May 15, 2020 – July 31, 2020 all-day
Cultural Insider Series

Sex! Gossip! Scandal! Listen in on our exclusive and revealing behind-the-scenes look at the documentary “SCANDALOUS: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer”, with Director Mark Landsman and Cinematographer Michael Pessah. This eye-opening and sensational documentary premiered at our Gold Coast International Film Festival back in November 2019 and is still remarkably relevant today as it relates to the limits of journalism and the blurring of lines between truth and fiction.

Mark Landsman is a Los Angeles-based director, writer and producer with a background in documentary productions. His films include the acclaimed feature-length film, Thunder Soul, on the extraordinary reunion of the legendary Kashmere Stage Band. The film had its World Premiere at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, where it won an Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary. Mark also directed and produced Los Jets, a six-part television documentary series that focuses on the team from Jordan-Matthews High School, and how it secured its place in history by being the first predominately Latino sports team to win a statewide sports championship in North Carolina. Most recently, he was the supervising producer for the Molly Ringwald episode of Who Do You Think You Are, the show where celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results.

Award-winning cinematographer and Great Neck native Michael Marius Pessah is known for his work in black and white as well as his bold use of light. Pessah’s images can be seen in theatres, television, museums and mobile devices and merge an avant-garde sensibility with classic visual storytelling. In addition to Scandalous, his most recent work includes the visually-rich series The Shape of Pasta for Quibi, as well as the film Saving Flora. He also lensed the documentary Absent which was recently added to the permanent collection of the Y’ad Vashem museum, as well as Viva la Causa, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. He has been on the Cinematography Faculty of the AFI Conservatory since 2010 and is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

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