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May
15
Fri
2020
The Untold Story of the National Enquirer @ Cultural Insider Series
May 15 – Jul 31 all-day
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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Jun
29
Mon
2020
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things Encore! @ Online Screening
Jun 29 – Jul 15 all-day

Everyone knows Ella Fitzgerald was the ‘Queen of Jazz’, but few know how she achieved legendary status. “Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.

Moving beyond a conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times so as to bring to life the context of Ella’s unique career. Featuring interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Norma Miller, and Jamie Cullum, who said “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.

Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”.

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Director | Leslie Woodhead
Running Time | 90 minutes
Production Country | USA, UK
Release Year | 2019
Language | English

**Photo credit Larry C. Morris.

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR SPECIAL ELLA CONVERSATIONS RECORDED ON SUNDAY JUNE 28, 2020.

MARGO JEFFERSON and REGGIE NADELSON

CAMILLE THURMAN and REGGIE NADELSON

Jun
30
Tue
2020
Leonardo: The Works with EXCLUSIVE Q&A! @ Online Screening
Jun 30 – Jul 10 all-day

Gold Coast Arts is proud to present a virtual cinematic tour of the art of Leonardo da Vinci, the latest in a line of documentaries by EXHIBITION ON SCREEN.  Galleries from around the world show off their prized paintings in this impressive, authoritative documentary directed by Phil Grabsky, as part of a strictly limited run in celebration marking the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death in 2019.

Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as the world’s favorite artist. Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus of Leonardo: The Works, as EXHIBITION ON SCREEN presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen before on the big screen. Key works include The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de’ Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks, and more than a dozen others.

This film also looks afresh at Leonardo’s life – his inventiveness, his sculptural skills,  his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day – through the prism of his art. This is the definitive film about Leonardo: the first to truly tell the whole story.


“Undeniably impressive…this is pretty monumental!” –  The Guardian


Phil Grabsky | Documentary, Art on Screen | 102 mins | UK | $12

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Please join us for an EXCLUSIVE conversation with Director Phil Grabsky and Gold Coast Arts Executive Director Regina Gil.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Phil Grabsky is a filmmaker who has won multiple awards for his directing, writing, producing and cinematography.

In 2009, Phil and his colleagues began work on a new arts genre for the cinema called EXHIBITION ON SCREEN. This brings major art exhibitions – and the stories of both the galleries and the artists – to cinema, TV and DVD audiences worldwide.

He and his company SEVENTH ART PRODUCTIONS are behind cinema films such as Muhammad Ali – Through the Eyes of the World, In Search of Beethoven, and In Search of Mozart, as well as six enormously popular history films with Monty Python’s Terry Jones.  SEVENTH ART is noted as being the world’s biggest producer of arts films for cinema and TV over the last 20 years.

Phil has also written four history books, lectures and gives master classes, and is regularly involved as a judge for the Emmys, Bafta, Grierson and One World awards. He has won numerous personal awards himself including Royal Television Society awards for both ‘Best Director’ and ‘Services to Television’, and a Voice of the Listener and Viewer Award for ‘Services to Education.’


ABOUT REGINA GIL

Regina Gil has been the Executive Director and Founder of Gold Coast Arts for the last 25 years. Regina holds a Master’s Degree in Studio Art as well as one in Arts Education, and has been a professional artist her whole life having worked as a painter, sculptor, commercial illustrator and art director.

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Jul
6
Mon
2020
Sometimes Always Never WITH SPECIAL Q&A! @ Online Screening
Jul 6 – Jul 13 all-day
Sometimes Always Never WITH SPECIAL Q&A! @ Online Screening

Starring the fabulous Bill Nighy – Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.

“Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Alice Lowe are brilliantly cast as father, son and daughter-in-law. Their comic timing is sublime. They were a director’s dream and bring to the screen a chemistry that keeps you glued to their every word.” – Carl Hunter

Carl Hunter | 91 mins | Comedy, Drama | UK

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Carl Hunter initially started his creative journey by studying Graphic Design in Liverpool and then working as a designer/art director producing record sleeves, an area of design he had a love for. This love he later turned in to a five part documentary series for Granada television. Music and Design have played a huge part in his life, when not designing record sleeves he’d be recording and touring with Liverpool band The Farm.

A musical break meant he could expand on his interest in direction and moved into filmmaking. He’s produced and directed thirty broadcast documentaries, a few Short Films, some Pop Promos and produced the feature film, Grow Your Own. This was produced for BBC Films/WarpFilms/Pathe/Northwest Vision and co-written by Carl and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Frank and Carl have shared a long working relationship in film and other disciplines. Carl has composed music and songs for Frank’s Radio 4 play, The Believers. He recently collaborated with Clare Heney producing atmospheric Polaroids for The Unforgotten Coat, a children’s book written by Frank, which won The Guardian’s Children’s Literature Award and Germany’s biggest Children’s book award, the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis.

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ALSO AVAILABLE JULY 6, a special Q&A with Director Carl Hunter and Gold Coast International Film Festival Director Caroline Sorokoff.


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