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Apr
20
Mon
2020
A Look Inside “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm” @ Cultural Insider Series
Apr 20 – Jul 31 all-day
A Look Inside "The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm" @ Cultural Insider Series

A LOOK INSIDE “THE NUMBER ON GREAT-GRANDPA’S ARM”: A conversation with Award-Winning Animator and Painter Jeff Scher. Moderated by Michael S. Glickman, Gold Coast Board Member.

Directed by Amy Schatz, and inspired by the book by David A. Adler (“The Number on My Grandfather’s Arm”), the Emmy-Award winning documentary film is a conversation between a boy and his great-grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, interwoven with haunting historical footage, photos, and hand-painted watercolor animation by Jeff Scher. “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm” is both a heartbreaking story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the Holocaust, and a heartwarming story of a bond that reaches across generations.

Jeff Scher combed through archival photographs and historical films of the Holocaust, shot by shot and frame by frame, to give life to the story of one of its survivors. With his use of the rotoscope technique, he is able to trace film footage frame by frame to give a realistic look to the animation. Scher won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for his production design for the documentary.

To view the CONVERSATION, please click on the video below.

To view the the family-friendly short film,”The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm”, click HERE
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To view the Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look inside the studio of artist Jeff Scher, click HERE


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Looking at the Holocaust Through Film @ Cultural Insider Series
Apr 20 – Jul 31 all-day
Looking at the Holocaust Through Film @ Cultural Insider Series

LOOKING AT THE HOLOCAUST THROUGH FILM: A Conversation with Writer, Historian and Film Consultant Dr. Michael Berenbaum. Moderated by Michael S. Glickman, Gold Coast Arts Board Member.

Dr. Michael Berenbaum is an American Scholar, professor, rabbi, writer, and filmmaker, who specializes in the study of the Holocaust. He is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, and a Professor of Jewish Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

He was Project Director overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the first Director of its Research Institute and later served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivor in 32 languages and 57 countries. His work in film has won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards.

Dr. Berenbaum is the author and editor of eighteen books, scores of scholarly articles and hundreds of journalistic pieces. He won the Simon Rockower Memorial Award of the American Jewish Press Association three times in three different categories during a two-year period.

To view the CONVERSATION, please click on the video below.

After the conversation, and in honor of Holocaust Remembrance, we invite you to explore over a dozen moving films and a podcast series about the Holocaust that are worth seeing, listening to and sharing. These are just a few of the many narrative and documentary projects that filmmakers from all over the world have made to tell the stories that need to be told.

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May
2
Sat
2020
Making Memories with Music @ Virtual Performance
May 2 – Jun 15 all-day

STUART MARCUS– Live Virtual Performance From Home!

Sing along with Stu as he celebrates Spring, sunshine, hope and cheer spanning the decades from the 1930’s – 1960’s.

Stuart’s virtual Making Memories concert will available for you to view from the comfort of your home as many times you would like through June 15.

Making Memories with Music events will allow participants with opportunities to sing, clap and laugh along with our specially trained musicians. This stroll down Memory Lane will engage everyone in attendance. The music will be accompanied by brief introductions that will put the songs into historical context.



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May
15
Fri
2020
A Look Inside Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer @ Cultural Insider Series
May 15 – Jul 31 all-day
A Look Inside Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer @ 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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May
19
Tue
2020
Making Memories with Music @ Virtual Performance
May 19 – Jun 15 all-day

GAIL STORM– Live Virtual Performance From Home!

Tap your toes as you dance down Memory Lane with NY based singer/songwriter/ pianist Gail Storm. Gail regularly performs classic blues and jazz along with her original boogie woogie tunes.  Join her as she performs bluesy renditions of classic standards and traditional pop tunes.

Making Memories with Music events will allow participants with opportunities to sing, clap and laugh along with our specially trained musicians. This stroll down Memory Lane will engage everyone in attendance. The music will be accompanied by brief introductions that will put the songs into historical context.



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May
20
Wed
2020
Community Focus on Antisemitism @ Cultural Insider Series
May 20 – Jul 31 all-day
Community Focus on Antisemitism @ Cultural Insider Series

Gold Coast Arts’ Cultural Insider Series is proud to present an important conversation with Director Andrew Goldberg surrounding his powerful new documentary VIRAL: Antisemitism in Four Mutations.

ABOUT THE FILM:

Mass murders, vandalism, social media abuse, propaganda, assault – by virtually every yardstick, antisemitism in the U.S. and Europe is rising and worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s. Like a virus, it mutates and evolves across cultures, borders and ideologies, making it all but impossible to stop. Filmmaker Andrew Goldberg explores its infectious behavior in this important new film which features interviews with Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, academics, activists, and journalists, as well as survivors of the attacks on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and the kosher supermarket in Paris.

Andrew Goldberg is an Emmy Award-winning investigative producer and director. He has executive produced and directed 13 prime-time documentary specials for PBS and Public Television, two broadcast series (spanning 39 episodes) for HGTV, and countless long and short-form segments for such outlets as CBS News Sunday Morning, ABC News, E! Entertainment Television, Food Network and NPR. Some of his many film credits include: The Armenian Genocide; Jerusalem: Center of the World; They Came to America; Proud To Serve: The Men and Women of the US Army. Goldberg’s work has been supported by more than 50 foundations around the world including FORD Foundation, The Koret Foundation, The Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Skirball Foundation, and Goldman Sachs Gives. Andrew has been honored with some 20 major awards including the EMMY, five CINE Golden Eagles, 10 Telly Awards, a NY Festivals Worldmedal, The Genesis Award (Guest of Honor), The St. Vartan’s Award, The Joachim and Anne Humanitarian Award and numerous others.

TO WATCH THE MOVIE:

VIRAL: Antisemitism in Four Mutations will air on PBS (Channel 13) on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:00pm EST, and also on WLIW21 on Wednesday, May 27 at 9:00pm EST.

TO WATCH THE CONVERSATION:

Our conversation with Andrew Goldberg, moderated by Gold Coast Arts Board Member Michael S. Glickman, can be viewed below.

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We are proud to partner with the following organizations on this special event:

United Long Island, Nassau & Suffolk County’s Anti-Hate Task Force
AHA, Inc.
The Community Synagogue, Port Washington
Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County
Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island
Lake Success Jewish Center
Midway Jewish Center
Port Jewish Center
Reconstructionist Synagogue of North Shore
Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center
Temple Beth-El of Great Neck
Temple Chaverim
Temple Emanuel of Great Neck
Temple Judea of Manhasset
Temple Sinai of Roslyn
Voices for Truth and Humanity, Jericho
Young Israel of Woodmere


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May
29
Fri
2020
A Conversation with Award-Winning Actor & Producer Navid Negahban @ Cultural Insider Series
May 29 – Jul 31 all-day

Navid Negahban, sometimes referred to as “the man of a thousand faces,” is widely regarded for his portrayal of “Abu Nazir” on the Emmy award-winning Showtime Series HOMELAND opposite Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, and Damian Lewis.  His quiet and composed portrayal of the dangerous Al-Qaeda leader won him worldwide recognition and made his character a household name after just two seasons.

On the big screen, Navid recently starred opposite Will Smith as the Sultan in Disney’s 2019 remake of ALADDIN, and in the internationally acclaimed film BABA JOON, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win five Ophir Awards, the equivalent of the Israeli Oscar. Other notable credits include 12 STRONG, starring Chris Hemsworth; BRAIN ON FIRE directed by Gerard Barrett and starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss; DAMASCUS COVER, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, and John Hurt; Clint Eastwood’s AMERICAN SNIPER, starring  Bradley Cooper; BROTHERS starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams; and WORDS AND PICTURES with Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche. On television, in addition to HOMELAND, Navid is widely known for his starring role in LEGION.

Navid is the founder of the Romany Artist Center & Studio, an artist hostel and creative space located in L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood that provides “housing, a studio and recording space, and an opportunity to earn an income, for artists who need a place to stay and work while they get on their feet.” Click HERE to learn more about this incredible center.

Click the video below to view the conversation with Navid Negahban & Gold Coast Arts Executive Director, Regina Gil.

Click the video below to watch Navid accepting the Gold Coast Arts 2015 Artist of Distinction Award from HOMELAND’s Executive Producer Michael Cuesta. 


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Jun
3
Wed
2020
The Ghost of Peter Sellers @ Online Screening
Jun 3 – Jun 22 all-day

“Peter Sellers was the epitome of the man who is much more comfortable inhabiting alternative personalities than sticking with his own.”

THE FILM

A young, award-winning Director desperately trying to complete a movie on the open sea, whilst battling a comedy genius who is trying to sabotage his own film.

In September 1973 Peter Sellers embarked on the production of a 17th Century pirate comedy in Cyprus for Columbia Pictures (Ghost in the Noonday Sun). Sellers lost confidence with the film as soon as it began and desperately tried to sabotage it, firing the Producers in the first week and then setting his sights on his friend the Director, Peter Medak. At its core lies the story of an unraveling production but also the tale of a young Director firmly on a path to greatness. Medak had made 3 back-to-back successes; most notably ‘The Ruling Class’ in 1972 with Peter O’Toole (nominated for the Palm D’Or). This film changed his career forever. After 43 years the wounds have barely healed for Medak and this is his opportunity to tell the story and finally release the weight associated with its failure. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a comic-tragic feature doc about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster.

THE DIRECTOR

Peter Medak is an award-winning international Film Director. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1937, Peter fled to England age 18 during the uprising against the communist regime and immediately began his film career with Associated British Picture Corporation working on some of the most remarkable British films of that period. In a career spanning 50 years, Peter has made 27 features and 59 TV episodes. He continues to live and breathe film every waking moment.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Making this documentary film was probably the craziest exercise I have ever done. It meant reaching deep inside and travelling alone through the memories of the worst directing experience of my entire life, reliving every moment again and walking in my own shadow of what happened on my movie 46 years ago. Both Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan were the two greatest comic geniuses at that time and I should have been able to make one of the best comedies of all time. Instead it was a miserable failure, which haunted me for the rest of my life. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is all about an unravelling production and what happened behind the scenes all those years ago and reliving my past in London, Cyprus and the Mediterranean like a Ghost flying back into my own life. A very emotional journey which I never ever wanted to embark on…but I’m so glad that I did.

REVIEWS

“A remarkable film” – Leonard Maltin

“Jaw-Dropping” – Hollywood Reporter

“One of the best docs of the year” – CBS

Peter Medak | Documentary | 93 mins | 2018 | USA | $10

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SPECIAL Q&A

Don’t miss a special event presented by the Cultural Insider Series “A Night of Comedy & Conversation”


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Jun
5
Fri
2020
Shirley @ Online Screening
Jun 5 – Jun 19 all-day

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

Shirley, directed by Josephine Decker, is based on the novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell, which follows world-renowned horror and mystery author Shirley Jackson—who is actually real and best known for her short story ‘The Lottery.’ Shirley, played by Elisabeth Moss, lives with a slew of conditions including agoraphobia and must battle those certain conditions in her own way when her adulterous husband offers a young couple a room in her home. What ensues is not a biopic look into the author’s interesting life, but a psychological work of art that keeps audiences constantly on the edge of their seats.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR SHIRLEY JACKSON

Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American writer, known primarily for her works of horror and mystery. Over the duration of her writing career, which spanned over two decades, she composed six novels, two memoirs, and more than 200 short stories.

Born in San Francisco, California, Jackson later attended Syracuse University in New York, where she became involved with the university’s literary magazine and met her future husband Stanley Edgar Hyman. The couple settled in North Bennington, Vermont in 1940, after which Hyman established a career as a literary critic, and Jackson began writing.

After publishing her debut novel The Road Through the Wall (1948), a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood in California, Jackson gained significant public attention for her short story “The Lottery“, which details a sinister underside to a bucolic American village. She continued to publish numerous short stories in literary journals and magazines throughout the 1950s, some of which were assembled and reissued in her 1953 memoir Life Among the Savages. In 1959, she published The Haunting of Hill House, a supernatural horror novel widely considered to be one of the best ghost stories ever written.[a]

A reclusive woman, Jackson remained in North Bennington for the last years of her life, and was reluctant to discuss her work with the public. By the 1960s, her health began to deteriorate significantly as a result of her increasing weight and cigarette smoking, ultimately leading to her death due to a heart condition in 1965 at the age of 48.

Josephine Decker | Biography, Drama, Thriller | 107 mins | USA | 2020 | $5.99

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A Night of Comedy & Conversation @ Cultural Insider Series
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

A funny thing happened on the way to Gold Coast Arts…join us for some fun as our Cultural Insiders Series presents an illuminating conversation with three quick-witted comics and Long Island natives, Marla Schultz, Rich Walker and Paul Anthony, as they discuss everything from high school, to their contemporaries, to what makes them laugh. Moderated by Gold Coast Arts Executive Director, Regina Gil.

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COMIC BIOS

Marla Schultz is a headlining stand-up comedian, speaker and actress. For two years she toured with Chelsea Handler, entertained the U.S. Military overseas and is a regular on Sirius XM Insight’s Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang. As an advocate for The National Alliance on Mental Illness ‘NAMI’ “In Your Own Voice” speaker, she regularly presents to mental health practitioners, graduate psychology students and hospitalized patients, sharing her story of recovery from anxiety and depression.

Rich Walker is a headlining comedian that performs at venues around the country. Rich is a long time veteran of Quality Stand-Up Comedy and one of the most versatile performers we have today. Voted “1st Place WINNER” of the BEST of L.I. 2011 & 2012 by the Long Island Press, Rich has been seen performing at some of the Country’s top comedy clubs, colleges, venues & benefit events. Rich has been delighted and honored to share the stage with some of show business’s biggest names such as Ray Romano, Kevin James, Dom Irrera and Johnny Maestro the Brooklyn Bridge.

Paul Anthony is a New York-based comedian and producer best known for his project The Long Island Comedy Festival. Paul has performed and produced comedy shows at top theater venues across the country, especially in the Northeast. Other projects include: The Berkshire Comedy Festival, New Year’s LAUGHIN’ Eve, Mom’s Night Out and Gold Coast Arts very own The 50+ Comedy Tour.

“Most people don’t know that comedy is harder to do than drama. What makes someone really funny is when they touch on a universal truth that we recognize. These three comics are pros. They face friendly and hostile audiences with the same courage and sense of fun. Now they are facing the most difficult challenge, how to be funny without any audience during this time of social isolation. Please join us for an illuminating conversation and gain some insight into the mindset of a stand-up comic.” Regina Gil, Executive Director of Gold Coast Arts and moderator of this special event.


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