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Jan
11
Mon
2021
Exhibition on Screen: I, Claude Monet
Jan 11 – Feb 8 all-day

From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this new look at arguably the world’s favorite artist – through his own words.  Based on over 2500 letters, I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humor, insight and love of life are revealed.  Shot on location throughout Europe at the very spots he painted, I, Claude Monet is a fresh and intimate cinematic exploration of some of the most loved and iconic scenes in western art.

“An illuminating journey. Remarkable attention to detail” FRANCE MAGAZINE

“A graceful film that suggests there’s a passion beneath the beautiful surface” THE GUARDIAN

Phil Grabsky | Documentary, History/Art | 87 mins | UK | $12

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Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack
Jan 11 – Feb 8 all-day

At 88 years-old, Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art in America. Feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor and teacher, Audrey’s often controversial 40-year career evolved from abstract expressionism in the 1950s to photorealism in the 1970s. One of the first women ever included in the famed Janson’s History of Art, Audrey continues to create, explore, and inspire with her unique style and indomitable spirit.

Queen of Hearts follows Flack as she takes her work in a brand new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. Flack has something deep and genuine to communicate to the world. She is a provocateur and a rebel, an example and an inspiration. Queen of Hearts is a moving portrait of an artist who is still testing, still experimenting, still searching.

“Art is a calling. Artists are not discovered in school. Artists do not just paint for themselves and they don’t simply paint for an audience. They paint because they have to. There is something within the artist that has to be expressed. Every creation reveals something more about the universe and about the artist.” — Audrey Flack, Art & Soul: Notes on Creating

“…a fascinating examination of a singular artist, a woman who thrived in the nearly completely male-dominated art world of the 50s, changing the demographic and cultural landscape of 20th century art. Anyone who is interested in hearing and seeing first-hand the experience of a woman breaking the artistic glass ceiling will find the film compelling, not least because her story comes directly from the source. Audrey Flack is an opinionated, feminist artist who not only continues to create but also to educate young artists. It’s a beautiful thing to know women like her are out there. It’s time her story is being told, and we have Shaffer and Reichman to thank for that.”- Leslie Combemale, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

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FILM TEAM REVIEW

“Admittedly, I did not know much about Audrey Flack before watching this film, but I am so glad my eyes were opened. Through this entertaining and informative film, I gained a deep appreciation of the artist’s unique creative process and the struggles she faced – not only as often the only woman artist in the room but also as a parent of a child with special needs when working mothers were not the norm. This opinionated, principled, hard-working and incredibly talented artist is still going strong at age 88 creating and educating the next generation. Don’t miss this in-depth look at her life and career.” – Caroline Sorokoff, GCIFF Festival Director


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Jan
20
Wed
2021
Cowboys @ Virtual Film Screening
Jan 20 – Feb 12 all-day

Steve Zahn stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family. COWBOYS, a modern day Western from director Anna Kerrigan, is a tale of rescue, family betrayal and a father and son on the run.

Premiered in the U.S. Narrative Competition of this year’s online edition of the Tribeca Film FestivalCowboys won best actor honors for Zahn and best screenplay for Director Anna Kerrigan.

Anna Kerrigan| Drama | 83 Minutes | USA | $12

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FILM TEAM REVIEW

This is a touching film focusing on gender-identity issues and the complex family dynamics involved.  Steve Zahn is so natural and charismatic as the troubled but unquestioning father. Sasha Knight and Jillian Bell’s nuanced performances round out this poignant tale of discovery, acceptance and love. – Julie Wostenholme, GCIFF Film Team


REVIEWS

“Zahn brings great warmth to one of his most surprising performances yet, as does the usually radiant, unexpectedly severe Bell… both comedic actors given a chance to defy expectations in a movie that fully embraces the spirit of reinvention.” –Peter Debruge, Variety

“A modernist western unlike any other, Cowboys is packed to bursting with complex characters, outstanding performances… and an overwhelming amount of empathy.” –Andrew Parker, The Gate

Rams @ Virtual Film Screening
Jan 20 – Feb 5 all-day

In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

Jeremy Sims | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 119 Minutes | Australia | $12

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FILM TEAM REVIEW

I truly enjoyed this warm, tender and down-to-earth rural drama about two estranged brothers forced to deal with the near certain end to their family legacy – a line of heritage sheep. With spots of dry humor, beautiful Australian landscapes and excellent performances by Sam Neil, Michael Caton and Miranda Richardson. –Caroline Sorokoff, GCIFF Festival Director


REVIEWS

“Sam Neill and Michael Caton’s unpretentious sheep farmers will move ewe!  Rams is a lovely, even-tempered drama about men and rural life, gentle but firm of spirit, with a down-to-earth pith and a way of entertainingly and unpretentiously exploring potentially difficult subjects such as masculinity and loneliness.” –Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian.

“It’s a cinematic rule of thumb that anything starring our national treasure Sam Neill is worth the ticket price and Rams is no exception.” -Kate Rodger, Newshub.

Some Kind of Heaven @ Virtual Film Screening
Jan 20 – Feb 12 all-day

From producers DARREN ARONOFSKY and THE NEW YORK TIMES and director LANCE OPPENHEIM –

With Some Kind of Heaven, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. With strikingly composed cinematography, this candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act.

Lance Oppenheim | Documentary | 83 minutes | USA | $12

Included with this film is an EXCLUSIVE Q&A with Lance Oppenheim, Darren Aronofsky, and Taylor Lorenz.  Simply purchase your ticket and you will be able to view it after the film.

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Feb
4
Thu
2021
Chasing Childhood
Feb 4 – Feb 8 all-day
Chasing Childhood

Chasing Childhood is a feature length documentary that explores a phenomenon affecting kids from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Overprotected and over-directed, American children are wilting under the weight of well-meaning parents. In the pursuit of keeping them safe and creating an impressive resumé of extracurricular activities to wow admissions boards, over-parenting smothers children across socioeconomic classes. This thoughtful film follows education professionals and reformed helicopter parents who seek and offer solutions for developing more confident, independent young people while restoring some joy and freedom to childhood.

This online screening is being presented FREE to the public from February 4 to February 8, through a special partnership with the filmmakers.

Margaret Munzer Loeb, Eden Wurmfeld | Documentary | 78 minutes | USA | FREE

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Watch a special Q&A after the film with:

Dr. Michael HynesSuperintendent of Schools, Port Washington, New York. Dr. Hynes mission is to spread the message of the importance of a holistic approach to educating children. He emphasizes the importance of play, recess in schools, mental health, yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. He is also a public school advocate, TEDx speaker, and author of numerous articles on school leadership.

Dr. Peter GrayResearch Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston College. His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so.  His book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, is available in 18 languages. His four new collections of essays can be purchased now at Tipping Points Press. You can read his Psychology Today blog and follow him on Facebook.

Dr. Lori Koerner  – Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Personnel;  Dr. Koerner spent the first 26 years of her career as an elementary school teacher, having taught every grade.  She is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar, and served as an adjunct professor of special education at several universities in New York. Her research has been centered on educating the whole child; that is, developing students’ social competencies, emotional well-being, and physical fitness through recess and play so that they are best equipped to meet their maximum academic potential. Dr. Koerner is a mom of four, and a bold advocate for children. She has written numerous articles for national magazines regarding paradigm shifts necessary for 21st century learning. Dr. Koerner has presented across the country regarding innovation in education. Her book, Actually, I Can: Inspiration, Empowerment and Leadership is due out this month.

Oana Scholl, LCSW – School Social Worker, Great Neck North High School. Oana Scholl is a social worker who has held various roles in the mental health field over the years, including working in several schools, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, drug rehabilitation and prevention. She has been a school social worker in the Great Neck Public Schools since 2002 and is currently the social worker at John L. Miller, Great Neck North High School.  Ms. Scholl has two children aged 10 and 12.


Reviews:

“An intriguing and thought-provoking film forces us to wonder what the future holds when many parents are so controlling of their kid’s lives.” –Unseen Films

“Chasing Childhood is a powerful statement on today’s ways of parenting and the deprivation of American children’s freedom.” –2020 DOC NYC


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Mar
6
Sat
2021
Youth Film Day 2021 @ Virtual Event
Mar 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Youth Film Day 2021 @ Virtual Event
A FREE DAY OF LIVE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS FOR EMERGING FILMMAKERS IN GRADES 7-12

This year, Gold Coast International Film Festival and Hofstra University team up to present VIRTUAL Youth Film Day.  As in year’s past, this event is FREE for all interested students – you just need to register in advance.  This year’s event will include:

  • LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOPS – Cinematography, Experimental Filmmaking, Special FX Makeup, Directing, Low Budget Special Effects and more! Login to as many workshops as you want throughout the day. For descriptions of all workshops click HERE
  • SHORT FILM COMPETITION – Submit your film for awards consideration.  All winning short films will be screened online during Youth Film Day.

To register, please fill out the Google Form below. Registered students will be emailed all workshop login information the week of the event.

To submit your film for awards consideration, visit https://filmfreeway.com/GCIFFYouthFilmDay

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