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Publishers Clifford and Stuart Richner announced July 10 that Richner Communications has agreed to acquire L&M Publications, a Long Island weekly newspaper group that includes Merrick Life, Bellmore Life, The Freeport-Baldwin Leader and The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen. Both Richner Communications and L&M are privately held companies, and terms of the sale were not announced. The sale is expected to close this quarter. Baldwin’s Kevin Kamen brokered the deal. Stuart Richner said the acquisition will serve to expand the reach of the Herald Community Newspapers, Richner Communications’ 15-paper group, across the South Shore and solidify its place as the Town of Hempstead’s num-

ber-one community news outlet. “It’s a strategically sound move for us,” said Cliff Richner. “It strengthens our presence in the Freeport, Merrick and Bellmore communities and extends our reach eastward into Wantagh and Seaford, something we have been wanting to do for some time. It will enable us to better meet the needs of our advertisers.” “It is great to be a part of Richner Communications and watch the company grow throughout the years,” said Rhonda Glickman, RCI’s vice president of sales. “This new acquisition will give us even greater strength. I look forward to meeting people in our new territories.” L&M’s flagship newspaper, Merrick Life, was founded in 1938. Faith and Johannes Laursen, both daily newspaper journalists, purchased Merrick

Life in 1958, later adding Bellmore Life, The Freeport-Baldwin Leader and The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen to their newspaper mix. (See guest editorial on page 6.) Their daughter, Linda Toscano, has led the papers for many years as publisher, while her brother, Paul Laursen, has served as editor. Today, on an average week, the newspapers reach about 30,000 readers in print and online. Linda Toscano said, “We want to thank all of our staff, our family of subscribers as well as our advertisers and community activists for 55 years. Together, we helped make a difference, raising railroad tracks, founding needed social services and cultural organizations, preserving land for future generations, building better business districts,

informing voters and chronicling the very fabric of our lives. “We look forward to continuing to work with you in the weeks ahead as we transition into a new life together. Please do send in your memories for special planned anniversary editions and your news and plans for the days ahead. “We trust our newspapers will each continue to be ‘the glue that helps hold a community together and the spur that helps keep it moving forward.’ The Richner family also has its roots steeped in printer’s ink. Like my father, Cliff Richner is a former president of the New York Press Association, the professional organization that has kept community journalism alive in New York State. Herald Community Newspapers are the (continued on page 2)

For Debra Markowitz, the film’s ‘the thing’ Merrick’s county film director presides over growing local industry by Kristen Buckley Serving three administrations during her 25-year county tenure, Merokian Debra Markowitz, director of the Nassau County Film Office, has steadily increased the production of movies, television programs and commercials that are shot in Nassau County, logging over 650 production days and providing over $80 million in economic impact. Under her tenure, Nassau County has come to rank second in New York State for the amount of documented production days, second only to New York City. Ms. Markowitz also serves as vice-president of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, Long Island’s most established and largest not-for-profit agency dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking. Under her leadership, the foundation spawned the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE). The event, now in its 16th year – begun at the Malverne Theatre owned by Anne and Henry Stampfel, who also own the Bellmore Movies – enjoys enormous popularity, attracting short and featurelength independent films from around the world. The expo spotlights films made on Long Island and concludes each year with a star-studded award celebration. Ms. Markowitz, who chairs the Nassau County Film Commission, now known as the Nassau County Film

Advisory Board, as its executive director, is an ex-officio member of the New York Production Alliance and is a member the Association of Film Commissioners International. She is also a freelance writer and novelist. The third book in her trilogy (following “Naked in the Rain” and “Sarah and Caleb”), “Karmic Wind,” is set for release in this year. For a complete list of her work, visit her site, Ms. Markowitz’s name can be found on the Long Island Press’ Power List, 50 Long Islanders Who Control Our Lives (2003 and 2012); Beverly Fortune’s 52 (2006); as the recipient of the prestigious George M. Estabrook Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (Hofstra University, 2011) and the 2012 Long Island Arts Council honoree as its Outstanding Advocate for the Arts. An enthusiastic fellow filmmaker, Ms. Markowitz has acted as casting director, consultant, writer and producer on movie, television and commercial projects individually and with CastingKarma. Ms. Markowitz, an avid practitioner of yoga, lives in North Merrick with her partner John Marean, and their daughters. Ms. Markowitz is a proud volunteer at the Save-A-Pet organization. This newspaper tracked Ms. Markowitz down during the final hectic weeks before the film expo opened yesterday at the (continued on page 2)

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from page 1 second largest employers of print journalists on Long Island. They are also out front in online journalism with responsible news reporting.” Paul Laursen added, “We have always admired the professionalism and community service of the Herald newspapers and considered them worthy competitors who share our goals. We can count on Stuart and Clifford to ably continue our decades-long service to these South Shore communities.” Cliff Richner offered high praise for the Laursen family. “I’ve always admired their fierce independence and devotion to their local communities,” he said. “Faith Laursen was a force of nature in Merrick and Bellmore, and someone I considered a mentor when I came to the community newspaper business. We hope to continue and strengthen their tradition of community leadership,” he added. Herald Community Newspapers have their own strong tradition of independent-minded journalism, with an

intensely local focus. The papers have long been known for their top-quality journalism and advertising, as well as their political independence. The Heralds have won hundreds of awards from local, state and national press associations in recent years, often for their outspoken stands on community issues. In the past 20 years, the Heralds have taken home the New York Press Association’s most prestigious honor, its annual Community Leadership Award, a dozen times. Whether fighting to close a polluting power plant or to preserve Long Island’s dwindling open spaces and scenic wetlands, the Heralds have frequently been cited as a catalyst for community action. Also a family affair, Richner Communications was founded by Robert and Edith Richner, parents of the current publishers, with the purchase of the Nassau Herald, which serves the Five Towns, and the Rockaway Journal in 1964. The papers trace their roots to the founding of the Journal 1n 1883. In addition to

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from page 1 Bellmore Movies to ask a few questions. She answered our request: How did you become involved with film? I’ve always been a film lover. I was the high schooler who would stay up to watch the late show, the late late show, and the late late late show. I took drama at Nassau Community College, but went into business after that. What is your background in film? In 1988, I came to work for the County of Nassau as a special assistant to the county executive. In 1989 I discovered a department called Commerce and Industry and found out that they would do a couple of film permits per year. After doing some research, I put together a proposal explaining how I would increase the number of film permits, and what I would do to make a fully functioning Nassau County film office. It was agreed that I could start the Nassau County Film Office. What has been your most high-profile project to date?

Hard to quantify my biggest project to date. “The Blacklist” television series was the most complicated – we needed the assistance and approval of the County Executive Office, the Department of Public Works, the Nassau County Police Department, City of Long Beach Police Department, City of Long Beach, Village of Island Park, Marine Bureau, Aviation Bureau, Coast Guard, Nassau County Arson Squad, Nassau County Bomb Squad, Fire Marshal's office – and I’m sure there were more. Possibly also “Spiderman,” which was supposedly one of the most expensive features ever made. How was the Long Island International Film Expo started? The Nassau County Film Office started working with the Long Island Film-TV Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ground around 1997, and in 1998, the Long Island International Film Expo was born. We started with 40 films, and now show about 150. Kristen Buckley interns at Merrick Life after graduating from SUNY-Purchase, with a focus in film studies.


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“We want a nice Stop & Shop, something that is beautiful and clean,” Hannah Kramer of Merrick told the Hempstead Town zoning Board of Appeals last week. “There is a terrible odor on Seneca Gate from those dumpsters, especially on hot summer days. The [Merrick Park] home owners have spent many hours volunteering and trying to get us a store we can be proud of, a store that will uplift the area,” she added. Last week, just prior to a hearing before the zoning Board of Appeals, the Merrick Park Home Owners Association and Stop & Shop agreed to 13 terms that will pave the way for a new supermarket in the Merrick Mall. Stop & Shop, now 20,000 square feet, will expand its footprint to 35,729 square feet, including Escapes, the building next door to the supermarket. The sales area will increase by 9,800 square feet, said Robert Bencivenga, senior director of real estate for Stop & Shop. The new store will increase the deli, produce and meat departments, and will also include a new bakery and seafood department. “There will be more specialty items for the customer,” said Mr. Bencivenga. “It will be a much nicer shopping experience.” This is a $16 million project. William Bonesso, attorney representing

Stop & Shop, agreed to 13 terms and conditions in return for MPHOA’s support of the Stop & Shop application before the zoning Board, which asked for a parking variance at the Merrick Mall. There are 231 parking stalls, but 618 stalls are needed under Hempstead Town code. The terms are as follows: The Hewlett Avenue loading dock will be moved to Johnson Place; there will be a buffer and landscaping on Hewlett Avenue and plantings on Smith Street and Benson Lane. The dumpsters, now behind the store, will be enclosed, sanitized and moved away from homes; there will be no trucks or loading on Smith Street, and the store will have a 10 p.m. closing. There will be no cell towers or antennae on the roof of the store, and the roof air conditioner will be moved away from homeowners, Mr. Bonesso said. Security cameras will be installed inside and outside of the store. There will be no sign on the roof of Stop & Shop, nor will there be any signage, which is out of code on the building, he added. Tall evergreens by 2175 Hewlett Avenue will be installed and the grading and drainage at the back of the store will be serviced and maintained so there are no odors at the back of the building, or any pooling of water, which is now a problem when it rains, he said. “Furthermore, we agreed today to addi-

tional landscaping on the southerly side of the building with a row of plantings,” said Mr. Bonesso. He added that the “only open area back there would be for fire access.” Many of these terms had been agreed upon in 2008 when Stop & Shop first went before the zoning board to build a new supermarket. However, Stop & Shop has also agreed to provide a designated contact person from Stop & Shop to address quality-of-life concerns at the store. Complaints would go through MPHOA or elected officials, who would then contact the Stop & Shop representative. Martin Valk, attorney and vice-president of MPHOA, said the list, as read by Mr. Bonesso, was “incomplete. There is the issue of lighting, which is to be installed on the west side of the building, and also light will be shielded from residential properties.” In addition, Mr. Valk added, “These restrictions can’t be modified without written permission. These conditions are binding for Stop & Shop and future occupants.” Mr. Bonesso agreed. In return for these terms, MPHOA agreed to support Stop & Shop’s application for a parking variance. John Harter, hired by Stop & Shop as a traffic expert, said that even with a 22% increase in traffic, “there should be an 85% occupancy [of the parking stalls].” He also pointed to the municipal lot adjacent to the Merrick Mall, which could be used for park-

ing. However, Dr. Ana M. Triliouris, who has an office at 56 Merrick Avenue, said her patients complain about crowding in the municipal lot. “Most people want to see an improvement there,” said county Legislator David Denenberg. “There have been issues of cleanliness, odor, the condition of the parking lot. They are getting a variance on parking so we can get a new store.” Barry Fox, president of MPHOA, told Merrick Life that at the civic association’s meeting on July 8, “75 people showed up for a very contentious meeting. Almost all want a new Stop & Shop. We went over the issues at the meeting and most of the concerns are about the present condition of the store. It is intolerable,” said Mr. Fox. “That’s why we will accept the parking deficit in exchange for new and better conditions,” he said. At the hearing Mr. Fox told the zoning board, “We have the faint hope that things will change.” Meanwhile, he told Merrick Life in a telephone interview that “we are still waiting for those conditions [agreed upon at last week’s hearing] in writing.” The next hurdle will be a timetable for the new store, said Mr. Fox. “There have been 21 revisions to this plan. I don’t have confidence, but we remain hopeful.”

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MERRICK LIFE USPS (340-100) 1840 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, L.I., N.Y. 11566 Telephone 378-5320 FAX 378-0287 Subscription Dept.: e-mail: Classified Dept. Display Ads Editorial Dept. Website: AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER FOUNDED SEPTEMBER 22, 1938

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55 years Is 55 years a long time? That is how long since my wife and I bought Merrick Life. We were both into newspapering. She had a degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and had worked several years on weekly newspapers in the Carolinas, as well as the daily Charleston News & Courier. Besides, she had for a little more than a year worked as a Red Cross correspondent in India during the war. I had a degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and had for almost three years practiced journalism at the daily Nationaltidende in Copenhagen. She, Faith Brewer, and I had met in Washington in 1950 and were married that year. I got a position at the Danish Information Office in New York City from October 1. In 1958, we had decided to stay in America and located Merrick Life, founded in 1938 by Karl Anton, as being for sale. (It was owned by L&M Publications in Syosset – Little & Morgan.) Later, we added Bellmore Life, The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen and The Freeport-Baldwin Leader. In 1992 we turned the papers over to our children, Linda Toscano, Dr. John Christian Laursen and Paul Laursen, with Linda as publisher. We retired to Fort Myers, Florida. Sadly, Faith died on January 15, 1993. I stayed in Florida till 2001, when I drove out to California to live near Chris. Since 2005 I have been back on Long Island in the house we bought in 1961, now owned by Linda and her husband, Dr. Nicolas Toscano. I wish the new owners, the Richners, much success. With thanks to our faithful readers and advertisers as well as to our staff. – Johannes Laursen

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Tom Gallagher and his wife Kathleen of Seaford were among several hundred people at last week’s hearing in Long Beach to learn more about a proposed project to create a deepwater port for the import of liquefied natural gas, known as LNG. The deepwater port would be 17 nautical miles off Jones Beach in the area known as the New York Bight, an important recreational and commercial fishing area. The project is called the Liberty Natural Gas Port Ambrose Project. “Why now?” asked Mr. Gallagher in an interview with Merrick Life. “Most people don’t even know about this [project]. They are just too busy trying to get back into their homes,” he said, referring to the devastation many residents suffered to their homes in Seaford and Wantagh. That turned out to be a recurring theme for many of the speakers. “I see this beautiful beach [Long Beach] and I feel guilty. I can’t enjoy it

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The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) will hold its 16th annual installment at the historic Bellmore Movies from Wednesday, July 17, through Thursday, July 25. Showing 146 films from around the world, LIIFE will showcase movies from 18 countries, with 36 of the films having Long Island ties and 35 more hailing from New York in general. For the first time since the festival moved to the Bellmore Movies from Malverne, traditional American westerns – with horses, tumbleweed n’ dusty cowboys – get billing. “These are good films,” remarked Debra Markowitz, director of the film festival. “‘Dawn of Conviction’ is a gorgeous film,” she continued. “But we also picked them not so much for their western setting, but because they tell a good tale, they are quality films, they are entertaining and they may also provide a message of social or political import.” In “Dawn of Conviction,” for example, The London Gang, a group of bandits in the 1880s, wreaks havoc throughout Dakota Territory – and within the gang itself. In the movie, co-directors and cowriters Dennis Donovan, Matther Petterson, Patrick Hendrickson and Robert Camisa pose the question about relationships: What is it that keeps people together and what is it that pulls people apart? “Dawn of Conviction” will have its world premiere as a feature film on Thursday, July 18, during the 5 p.m. block.

No typical western “Skeleton Canyon” isn’t the typical cowboy western. A retired marshal on the hunt for his dead son replaces a gun-slinging sheriff riding horses through town. Outlaws from the marshal’s past are inevitable in Kenneth Oefelein’s short film. “Skeleton Canyons” New York premiere takes place on Friday, July 19, during the 2:30 p.m. block. Treasure-chaser Weston Giroux sets out for a second time to find an elusive, legendary relic in Jake Lloyd’s “Skull Rosary of Frao’ Ranggoh.” As Mr. Giroux, this “past-his-prime adventurer,” and his less-than-experienced sidekick get closer to the relic – and the truth about what happened during the first attempt at finding the relic is revealed. “Skull Rosary of Frao’ Ranggoh” has its New York premiere on Tuesday, July 23, during the noon block. Supports independent film “Nassau County has always been a supporter of independent and studio films, and it’s our pleasure to bring this type of entertainment and cultural opportunity to our constituents,” remarked Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. “LIIFE also provides an opportunity for filmmakers to come and see the types of filming locations Nassau

County has to offer, whether it be our beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, which are all state-approved movie studios that qualify for the much sought after 30% tax credit.” “What makes LIIFE such an important film festival,” said Debra Markowitz, of Merrick Nassau County film office director, “is not only that we bring rare short and feature-length independent films to the public, but that LIIFE has fostered a growing film community.” She said that filmmakers from around the world apply and return year after year to meet old friends and find new contacts to work with. From local to foreign filmmaker, casting director to actor, producer to director and so on, many lasting connections are made every year, she continued. “What’s different is that we actually have three westerns at this year’s LIIFE,” said Ms. Markowitz. “We also have a horror block on Saturday, July 20, at 9:15 p.m. That’s becoming a yearly standard.” The festival begins with a traditional film festival warmup today, July 17, and kicks into high gear on Friday, July 19, with the opening night feature, “Wet Behind the Ears,” by past LIIFE winner Sloan Copeland.

Stars appear at late Friday opening The late-Friday block is anchored by Fred Carpenter’s “Send No Flowers,” starring Sean Young, Tony LoBianco, Robert Clohessy and Gianni Russo. Ms. Young, Mr. Lo Bianco and Jackie Martling have confirmed they will attend that screening. Besides the USA, this year’s films come from France, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Africa and Canada. LIIFE also has panels on scriptwriting, film distribution and financing, a filmmakers’ breakfast panel and an opening-night reception. The closing night party and awards ceremony celebration complete with a buffet, celebrities, winners clips and filmmakers from all over the world will be held on Thursday, July 25. This year’s honorees include William Sadler (“Iron Man 3”) and Ally Sheedy (“Breakfast Club”). Presenters include Federico Castellucio (“The Sopranos”) and Robert Clohessy (“Blue Bloods”) with more signing on daily. Celebrities appear schedule permitting, and the line-up could change before the festivities. For information on the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo, go to or email Or call 5713168.

R E V I E W ‘Raw Visions’: Art as inspirational therapy The Long Beach Public Library recently screened “Raw Visions: Art of Survival,” a vibrant documentary directed by international filmmaker and Bellmore resident Leslye Abbey. “Raw Visions,” filmed from 2002 to 2011 and made by Ms. Abbey’s production company Snowflake Video Productions, presents a mosaic of inspiring individuals who have used art to overcome personal struggles and face their inner demons. The film also showcases the Survivor’s Art Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps empower victims of trauma by providing them artistic outlets and promoting exhibitions to display their talent and work. The strength of the piece comes from its wide variety of people, traumas and expressions of artistic mediums. Every person presented in the documentary shows that suffering can either be inherent or received, but it all must be conquered. There are many memorable subjects throughout the documentary. Matt Sesow had been hit by an airplane when he was a child and lost half of his left arm as a result. He channels his raw emotions into simple-but-powerful paintings that resemble child-like and primitive cave drawings. Other times he’ll use art to confront his own condition by giving his figurative subject the same amputation that he has. Danny Kean is a musician who was

born completely blind. According to him, music helped give him a purpose and an identity that was more than just the “blind guy.” Bobby Seeback had been relentlessly bombarded with medical calamities that include Hodgkin’s disease, a stem cell transplant, a complete breakdown of his immune system and a heart transplant. But he feels lucky to be alive and is in good shape. He and other musicians got together to form the Transplant Band in order to get the word out on organ donation. Mr. Seeback said that music helped him take his mind off his numerous medical treatments and surgeries. Finally, and perhaps the most colorful character in this collection is Michael Kanarek, an artist who specializes in stylized pornographic drawings that focus on sexual voyeurism and distortion. He uses art to deal with issues of his own adoption and alcoholism – on top of regularly seeing a therapist every week. The common thread weaving through the entire film is the healing power of art in all of its many forms. For these people, art acts as a powerful form of catharsis to release negative feelings, which proves to be exceptionally therapeutic. This form of expression allows one to explore their own emotions and experiences, and show them to others so that they can be better understood. They have used art – successfully so – to alleviate their suffering and find peace through acceptance. For information about Ms. Abbey’s

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by Hannah Wilkowski I visited the New York City Animal Care and Control on August 4, 2012, to meet an abandoned dog I saw online. He was an obese, scared beagle-mix who was left there with the name “Speedy.” I had visited the NYCACC (as well as other shelters and dog-adoption sites) for many weeks prior to this day, met and walked many dogs, but never felt a strong connection to any. And then I met this dog. I grew up in a suburban Merrick home with rescued dogs my whole life, and moved into the city in the summer of 2011. After spending a whole year without a canine companion, I couldn’t take it anymore and starting browsing different dog rescue websites. Then I went to shelters on Friday afternoons and on weekends, looking not so much for a specific breed, but for a dog I felt a strong bond to. I met and went on “meet and greet” walks with dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds, but didn’t connect with any of them. On the first Wednesday in August I was browsing the NYCACC’s website and happened across a dog profile that caught my eye. I can’t say why; the picture was out-of-focus and the description was vague compared to the happy effervescent paragraphs accompanying most of the other dogs. Nevertheless, I decided that if he was still there I would visit him first thing Saturday morning. I woke up and checked the website and the fuzzy picture with no description was

NM firefighters battle blaze by Paul Laursen Seventy-five firefighters from six departments battled a blaze that broke out early Monday morning in North Merrick. No one was injured in the 12:30 a.m. fire on East Drive, but a North Merrick firefighter suffered a broken ankle and is now fine, North Merrick First Assistant Chief James Rogers told Merrick Life. All occupants escaped unharmed. A cat was found inside the home, not breathing, he added. Firefighters revived the pet outside the home. Firefighters responded to a report of a bedroom fire on the second floor, Chief Rogers said. The cause was determined to be electrical. Volunteers from the Merrick, North Bellmore, East Meadow, Freeport and Roosevelt Fire Departments answered a call for mutual aid, Chief Rogers said. It took them 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, under the command of North Merrick Fire Chief Sean Kelleher. Two fire engines, a ladder truck and two ambulances responded to the scene.

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Sen. Fuschillo: Over 1,000 old medicines collected Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (RMerrick) thanked the over 400 residents from across the South Shore who participated in his recent “Shed the Meds” program. The program collected nearly 1,000 pounds of expired and unwanted medications for safe disposal. “Safely disposing of medication helps to prevent pollution and keep it out of the hands of children and others who would use it improperly. “That’s precisely what ‘Shed the Meds’ allows residents to do. Through the efforts of all the residents who

participated, nearly 1,000 pounds of medications were kept out of the waterways and off the streets,” said the senator. Senator Fuschillo’s “Shed the Meds” program enabled residents to safely and conveniently dispose of their expired or unused medications at the Bellmore train station in Bellmore and William Rall Elementary School in Lindenhurst. Residents were able to drive up, drop off their expired or unwanted medications, and drive away. All medications collected through the pro-

gram were taken by the Nassau County Police Department and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office for safe disposal. The Police Department and Sheriff’s Office partnered with Senator Fuschillo in offering this service to residents. Residents who were unable to participate in Senator Fuschillo’s “Shed the Meds” program but would like information about where to safely dispose of their unwanted medications can call Senator Fuschillo’s office at 882-0630.

Senator Charles J. Fuschilo

‘The Great Gatsby’ a ‘must-see’ by Emily Belfiore The film “The Great Gatzby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann and based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald of the same name, follows the narration of Nick Carraway (Toby McGuire), a war veteran and aspiring writer, as he moves to New York City in the 1920s. While trying to create his new life in the city, he falls into the lavish lifestyle and drama of his millionaire party-throwing neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), introducing Mr. Carraway to a completely differ-

ent outlook on life. Mr. Luhrmann brings yet another fantastic and dazzling film that allows the viewer to become fully immersed in the characters’ worlds. The film stays faithful to Fitzgerald’s novel while incorporating modern elements and twists, despite the movie’s 1920s setting. The film is visually stunning with colorful settings and marvelous props. The film’s soundtrack consists of several modern rap songs, such as JayZ’s “No Church In The Wild,” and other modern song covers with a 1920s feel to help set the mood.

Mr. McGuire gives his all in this performance as he goes along with Mr. Luhrmann’s modern take on the novel, making Nick Carraway a patient in a sanitarium. Mr. Edgerton and Ms. Mulligan bring Tom and Daisy Buchanan to life in the film, portraying the couple as perfectly lifelike, and true to the book. Although there was initial doubt over Mr. DiCaprio’s ability to play the famous and intriguing Gatsby, he delivered one of his best performances. He captured the audience’s attention, drawing them into Gatsby’s character to anticipate more. Mr.

DiCaprio was the perfect actor to play Gatsby, if not for his beautifully aging face, then for his well-chizeled talent. At 143 minutes, beautiful settings mixed with an excellent soundtrack and Mr. DiCaprio’s inescapable charm helped keep the audience interested throughout. The “Great Gatsby” is a must-see movie, not only for its A-list cast, but also because it dazzles, is creative and captivates. It will make the world fall in love all over again with Fitzgerald’s classic story of opulence.

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by Colin Hekimian Merrick native Lee Kolinsky’s new film will be the blockbuster premiere at the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo at the Bellmore Movies at Friday’s July 19 opening ceremonies. Scheduled for the coveted 9:30 p.m. slot, “Send No Flowers,” is a thrilling shoot ’em up gangster movie starring Sean Young, Tony Lo Bianco, Robert Clohessy and Jackie Martling. Directed by Long Island’s own Fred Carpenter, Mr. Kolinsky wrote the screenplay. Sean Young is a well-known actress for her roles in “Blade Runner,” “Dune,” “No Way Out” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” While she has been out of the limelight in recent years, Mr. Carpenter hopes this film will revitalize her career. “We hope this movie does for Sean Young what ‘Pulp Fiction’ did for John Travolta,” Mr. Carpenter said. The film stars Ms. Young as Toni Albano, a Mafia princess who must act as the head of the family after her father, played by Tony Lo Bianco, is killed by a rival family in this thrilling shoot ’em up. She takes control with the help of her estranged sister Ava in this revenge tale. Jackie Martling, famous for “The Howard Stern Show,” plays a seedy club owner. Mr. Kolinsky told this newspaper, “Sean Young was great to work with, along with the director Fred Carpenter and the whole crew. Her character, Toni Albano, in ‘Send No Flowers’ has a straightforward, no-nonsense, type-A personality. She really elevated the

character and brought the script to life.” But “Send No Flowers” is also a story about two sisters, Toni (Ms. Young) and Ava (Donna DeCianni), continued Mr. Kolinsky. “It’s about their relationship and how a life of crime has affected it.” The movie was filmed in Baldwin, Merrick, Malverne and Old Brookville. Bully pulpit Mr. Kolinsky also wrote a short film called “Bullified,” which was filmed in Dix Hills, West Babylon and Melville. The film is described as follows: Since he was 10 years old, Riley Samuel has been bullying, intimidating and exploiting anyone he could to achieve power. Now he must confront his childhood and the choices he’s made after being accused of murder. With the help of criminal psychologist Dr. Staci Brennan, Riley must explore his history and trace back the path to what made him a bully, before receiving his final sentence. “Bullified,” starring Russ Carmada (2009 LIIFE Best Supporting Actor for “The Video Guys,” and 2012 LIFE Best Supporting Actor for “The Night Never Sleeps”) and directed by Steve Sage Gold, premieres July 23, at 7:45 p.m. The film displays the lasting effects of bullying on a child. “Most of the cast and crew are from Long Island,” Mr. Kolinsky said. “It’s great to be able to show the film in, essentially, our backyard.” Mr. Kolinsky told this newspaper he grew up in Merrick and has lived in both Bellmore and Wantagh. He attended Merrick Avenue Junior High School and Kennedy High School. His family owned a local video store,

LEE KOLINSKY, Merrick screenwriter, left, pow-wows with director Fred Carpenter of Shirley during break in “Send No Flowers.” which gave him an insatiable appetite for movies. “I had access to thousands of movies. Those movies gave me the inspiration to want to create a movie of my own.” On working locally on Long Island, Mr. Kolinsky said, “Filming in your hometown is great. You get a chance to be part of the community, film your favorite places and if you need to get a bag of lemons for a scene, it doesn’t hurt to know where the local supermarket is.” Mr. Kolinsky’s filmic influences include Clint Eastwood, Sam Peckinpah, Michael Mann, the Coen Brothers, Francis Ford Coppola and John Sturgess. When asked about his inspiration to

write the film, Mr. Kolinsky responded, “When I wrote the initial story for ‘Send No Flowers,’ I had been watching a lot of mob movies and thought it would be unique to see a women as the head of the crime family.” With “Send No Flowers” the opening-night headliner of the LI Film Expo, Mr. Kolinsky adds that, “You can expect some great drama and a lot of action from ‘Send No Flowers.’ It’s gonna be a fun one. Tickets are [sold out]. With ‘Bullified,’ you can expect a thriller that offers a message with a twist.” The Long Island International Film Expo runs through Thursday, July 25. See a complete listing on page 14.

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LIIFE’s complete film schedule Here is a listing of the films being shown during the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo at the Bellmore Movies, being held through Thursday, July 25. Tickets are available for most shows. If you want to guarantee your seating, you can buy tickets in advance by visiting the box office or buying them online at The minutes of each block of film are also posted to help you decide the blocks of film most worthy of your viewing pleasure. Long Island Rail Road customers, and Nassau County and Hempstead Town employees, get a $2 discount on general admission tickets. FILM FESTIVAL WARM-UP Wednesday, July 17 5 p.m.: Day 1 Block 1 “Never Stop Me Now”– music video. Filmmaker from Commack. 5 minutes. “Mr. Spontaneous” – Toronto. 10 minutes. “Act 1 Scene 1” – Stockholm. 13 minutes. “Dog Ghost” – Los Angeles. 14 minutes. “The First Day” – New York. 14 minutes. “The Backup” – Jersey City, New Jersey,18 minutes. “Two Weeks Tops” – Tel Aviv, 26 minutes “Her Black Wings” – Filmmaker Hennes Svarta Vingar, Norrbotten, Sweden. 29 minutes. Total time: 2 hours, 9 minutes. 7:45 p.m.: Block 2 “Horror Story” – music video, Brooklyn. 3 minutes. “Buffalo Nation/The Children are Crying” – movie trailer, director Leslie Abbye, Bellmore. 4 minutes. “Secret Detective” – music video, Lindenhurst. 6 minutes. “HO HO HO!” – Levittown/Los Angeles. 6 minutes. “Selenophobia” – Wantagh. 7 minutes. “The Brazilian” – New Mexico. 8 minutes. “Who is Arvid Pekon? – Kim jest Arvid Pekon, Poland. 14 minutes. “The Tunnel of Love” – Brooklyn. 14 minutes. “The Sampler” – Stevens, Pennsylvania. 15 minutes. “Sharp Love, Sharp Kittens,Astoria. 16 minutes. “Idiot” – California.19 minutes. “Kink Inc.” – shot in Brooklyn; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 27 minutes. Total time: 2 hours and 19 minutes. Thursday, July 18 Noon: Day 2, Block 1 “Mr. Bojangles” – music video, Jamaica, New York. 6 minutes. “My Day” – Staten Island. 23 minutes. “East Coast Rising” – Long Beach. 24 minutes. “A Marvelous Coincidence” – Patchogue. 30 minutes. “Wars” – Belgrade, Serbia. 40 minutes Total time: 2 hours 3 minutes. 2:30 p.m.: Block 2 “Sinsis” – Valencia, Spain. 3 minutes. “Reclaiming the Spirit” – Port Jefferson Station. 7 minutes. “Greg’s Guardian Angel” Jersey City,

New Jersey.11 minutes. “Robot Man” – Fairfield, Connecticut. 15 minutes. “The Dead Experiment” – Toronto. 1 hour, 20 minutes. Total time: 1 hour, 56 minutes. 5 p.m.: Block 3 “One Trick Dieter” – New York, filmed in East Meadow. 8 minutes. “Tied Up” – New York. 29 minutes. “Dawn of Conviction” – Fairfield, Connecticut. 1 hour, 21 minutes.

Total time: 2 hours, 2 minutes. SATURDAY, JULY 20 10:30 a.m.-noon: Panel and Filmmakers Breakfast – Filmmakers Lounge (next door to the Bellmore Movies) “The Good, the Bad and the Horror Stories: The Perils of Independent Filmmaking.” Moderated by Jim Cook, Spirit Owl Films. General public $5. 2012 LIIFE participating filmmakers – free.

Total time: 1 hour, 58 minutes. 7:45 p.m.: Block 4. “A Long Time Ago” – music video, Malk de Koijn, Denmark. 5 minutes. “Lady in Black” – Huntington Station. 5 minutes. “It Happens Fast” – Manorville. 6 minutes. “Synchronicity” – Melbourne, Australia. 10 minutes. “A Strange Kind of Love” – Budapest, Hungary. 14 minutes. “Long Shot Louie” – Staten Island. 1 hour, 27 minutes. Total time: 2 hours, 7 minutes. Friday, July 19 Noon: Day 3, Block 1 “7 a.m.” – Athens, Greece. 11 minutes. “Prelude” – Wading River. 16 minutes. “Thursday’s Speaker” – Los Angeles. 1 hour, 23 minutes Total time: 1 hour, 50 minutes. 2:30 pm.: Block 2 “Hide-and-Seek” – Brooklyn, 9 minutes. “Through the Morning” – Ewing, New Jersey. 9 minutes. “Good Samaritan” – Austin, Texas. 1 0 minutes. “Skeleton Canyon” – New Hyde Park. 18 minutes. “The Equestrian” – Warwickshire, UK. 25 minutes. “Island Nurse” – Brooklyn. 49 minutes.

Noon-12:45 p.m. “Write Stuff” Panel on scriptwriting, Filmmakers Lounge. Free 1:15 p.m.: Day 4, Block 1 “Once Upon a Time” – London. 5 minutes. “Good Dog” – Longmont, Colorado. 15 minutes. “A Man Named Bob” – filmed in Garden City. 15 minutes. “Three Lifetimes” – Astoria, filmmaker from Port Washington. 15 minutes. “A Rainy Day for Earthworms” – Massachusetts. 16 minutes. “Maybe Later” – Israel. 18 minutes. “Birthplace” – Vacri, Italy. 22 minutes. “Titanic Love” – Birmingham, UK. 23 minutes. Total time: 2 hours, 9 minutes. 4 p.m.: Block 2 “Sides” – New York. 7 minutes. “Frames” – Chicago. 22 minutes. “Me, You and Five Bucks” – Los Angeles, 1 hour, 33 minutes. Total time: 2 hours, 2 minutes. 6:45 p.m.: Block 3 “Pawnshop Express” – movie trailer, Los Angeles. 2 minutes. “The Painted Girl” – Bellevue, Washington. 9 minutes. “Things I Don’t Understand” – New York. 1 hour, 51 minutes. Total time: 2 hours, 2 minutes.

Total time: 2 hours. Wine and Cheese Reception – Technical Awards – Filmmakers Lounge (next to the Bellmore Movies) – 5-6:30 p.m. – Free for LIIFE 2013 filmmakers, Gold Pass holders and ticket holders. OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT FILM BLOCK Friday, July 19 7 p.m.: Block 3 “Kyla Silk ‘Don’t Cry for Me’ ” – music video, Seaford. 4 minutes. “Time 2 Split” – Paris. 5 minutes. “Bona Nox” – Belgium. 14 minutes. “Wet Behind the Ears” – New York. 1 hour, 32 minutes

Horror Block 9:15 p.m.: Block 4 “The Clear” – movie trailer, Commack. 3 minutes. “Jack Attack” – New York. 9 minutes. “Ten Questions” – Bellport. 12 minutes. “For Clearer Skies” – Toronto. 14 minutes. “Town Red” – Clifton, New Jersey. 21 minutes. “The Human Race” – California. 1 hour, 27 minutes. (Actor Eddie McGee, originally from Commack, plays Big Brother) Total time: 2 hours 26 minutes. SUNDAY, JULY 21

Total time: 1 hour. 55 minutes. 9:30 p.m.: Block 4 “This is Love” – West Babylon, shot in St. James. 13 minutes. “Four Simple Rules” – New York. 14 minutes. “Send No Flowers” – Fred Carpenter, Shirley, LI. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Filmed in Bellmore, Merrick, several LI environs. Starring Sean Young, Tony LoBianco, Robert Clohessy and several local actors.

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Noon-1:30 p.m. Film Financing/Distribution Panel – “Hear Industry Professionals Discuss the Current State of Independent Film Financing and Distribution” – moderated by Marc Jacobson, Marc Jacobson, P.C. Filmmakers Lounge. Free. 1:45 p.m.: Day 5, Block 1 “The Tale of Paris Echo Gold” – New York. 7 minutes. “Tilt of a Rose” – Mineola. 14 minutes. “Spaghetti for Two” – Miesbach,

Germany. 19 minutes. “The Face” – Montrose, New York. 20 minutes. “Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home” – Chicago. 1 hour. Total time: 2 hours. 4:15 p.m.: Block 2 “Waiting for Godot” – music video, Los Angeles. 5 minutes. “Alternate Sides” – New York. 11 minutes. “Posey” – Glendale, California. 22 minutes. “Black and White Lines” – Melbourne, Australia. 25 minutes. “Lucky Express” – New York. 60 minutes. Total time: 2 hours, 3 minutes. 6:45 p.m.: Block 3 “Caroline Bauer-Last Train Home” – music video, Portland, Oregon. 7 minutes. “Genre” – California. 8 minutes. “PDA” – Los Angeles. 8 minutes. “Naked: A Musical Short Film” – N e w York. 12 minutes. “Winter Storm” – California. 15 minutes. “ Shifting” – California. Actor Eddie McGee is originally from Commack. 17 minutes. “The Puritans” – Brooklyn. 25 minutes. “Crackers” – Westfield, New Jersey. 31 minutes. Actor/comedian Sal Richards is originally from Long Island. Total time: 2 hours, 3 minutes. 9:15 p.m.: Block 4 “Matter of Time” – Commack. 4 minutes. “Two Shots” Filmmaker is from North Babylon, film shot in Brooklyn. 17 minutes. “Brighton” New York. 27 minutes. “Carla” – 1 hour, 20 minutes. Total time: 2 hours, 8 minutes. MONDAY, JULY 22 Noon: Day 6 Block 1 “Cirque Invisible” – Philippines. 10 minutes. “Fable”– Argentina.14 minutes. “The Feed” – Newark, New Jersey. 15 minutes. “Shelter Island” – Brooklyn. 1 hour, 18 minutes. Total time:1 hour. 57 minutes. 2:30 p.m.: Block 2 “Robert Box-Perfect for the Kitchen” – Wellington, Florida. 5 minutes. “Crisalida” – Cuba. 8 minutes. “Blue Train” (Le Train Bleu) – Paris. 18 minutes. “Deputized” – Brooklyn. 1 hour, 26 minutes. Total time: 1 hour, 57 minutes. 5 p.m.: Block 3 “Out of Service” – Salisbury, UK. 13 minutes. “My Friend Charlie Whight” – California. 13 minutes. “Prudence Pecker” – Sydney, Australia. 15 minutes. “The Coin Bearer (Oros)” – Producer from Baltimore, shot in Philippines. 1 hour, 21 minutes. Total time: 2 hours, 2 minutes. (continued on page 15)

from page 14 Total time: 2 hours, 2 minutes.

7:45 p.m.: Block 4 “Freckle” – music video. Oakland, California. 5 minutes. “Seventeen Hours In” – Hollywood, Florida. 14 minutes. “Odessa” – New York. 15 minutes “Coriolis Effect” – New York. 33 minutes “Twenty Million People” – Jersey City, New Jersey. 1 hour, 15 minutes.

5 p.m.: Block 3 “Dr. Gutman’s Eulogy” – Los Angeles. 18 minutes. “Theresa is a Mother” – Stanfordville, New York. 1 hour, 42 minutes. Total time: 2 hours. CLOSING NIGHT FILM BLOCK

Total time: 2 hours 22 minutes. hour, 7 minutes. “Bullified” – Dix Hills. 29 minutes. “Azooma” – Seoul, South Korea. 1 hour, 15 minutes.



Total time: 1 hour, 51 minutes. Noon: Day 7, Block 1 “Puncture” – Cronulla, Australia. 5 minutes. “AMOK” – Königs Wusterhausen, Germany. 14 minutes. “Skull Rosary of Frao’ Ranggoh” – Actor is originally from Deer Park. Shot in Los Angeles. 37 minutes. “Miro & Josef” – Queens, New York. 1 hour. Total time: 1 hour, 56 minutes. 2:30 p.m.: Block 2 “Breathe” – Miami. 6 minutes. “Strain” – Glendale, California. 11 minutes. “End of the Great American Businessman” – Valley Stream. 19 minutes. “April’s Fool” New York. 21 minutes. “Finnigan’s War” – Connecticut. 54

5 p.m.: Block 3 “(Re)Birth” – Atlantic Beach, New York. 14 minutes. “Goodbye, Sweetheart” – New York. 14 minutes. “I Spy With My Little Eye” – (Was du nicht siehst...). Germany/Switzerland. 15 minutes. “Product Pain” – Sydney, Australia. 15 minutes. “Us & Them” – Brookville, New York.1 hour, 7 minutes.

Total time: 2 hours, 18 minutes. WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Noon: Day 8, Block 1 “Smell No Taste” – Liberia. 12 minutes. “Little by Little” – New York. 16 minutes. “At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd” – Brooklyn. 21 minutes. “The Lost Reunions” – Denver. 1 hour, 14 minutes.

Total time: 2 hours, 5 minutes.

Total time: 2 hours, 3 minutes.

7:45 p.m.: Block 4 Syler “All for Leyna” – music video, New York. 6 minutes. “The Palace” – Amsterdam, Netherlands. 11 minutes. “Girls Named Pinky” – New York. 1

2:30 p.m.: Block 2 “Beyond Broken” – Garden City. 39 minutes. “Fambul Tok” – Sierra Leone. Filmmaker from Portland, Maine. 1 hour, 23 minutes.

7:45 p.m.: Block 4 “You’re It” – Canada. 3 minutes. “Barnaby Bright, “Old Coats” – music video, St. James, New York. 5 minutes. “Checkmate, Keep Your Enemies Closer” – Denville, New Jersey. 16 minutes. “The Fix” – Astoria. 18 minutes. “Ocean Keeper” – Amagansett, New York. 27 minutes. “The Cold Heart” – Wilhelm Hauff, Germany. 30 minutes. Total time: 1 hour, 39 minutes. THURSDAY, JULY 25 Closing Night Party 5-6:45 p.m. Buffet in the Filmmakers Lounge. 7-10 p.m. Entertainment and Awards Ceremony. $55 general admission, $45 for participating filmmakers and Gold Pass holders.




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