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From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry  (ann-parry.com)
December 16, 2017

Happy Holidays from Long Island

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Garden City, New York, USA. May 31, 2017. At Democratic Nominating Convention, candidates include LAUREN CURRAN for Nassau County Executive, LAURA GILLEN for Hempstead Town Supervisor, SYLVIA CABANA for Hempstead Town Clerk, and SUE MOLLER for Town of Hempstead Council 6th District.

Town of Hempstead & Nassau County Elections 2017: All Come to Look for America

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry  (ann-parry.com)
November 22, 2017

The Town of Hempstead and Nassau County 2017 elections permeated the fabric of my life this year.

Because countless Long Islanders and campaign events – candidates & their supporters, press conferences, traditional & social media, fundraisers & meetings… – are part of the material, I’ll focus on its pattern, not the threads.

errick, NY, USA. Sept. 9, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER, (Dem - Merrick), candidate for Town of Hempstead Council District 6; and ERIN KING SWEENEY, (Rep - Wantagh) Town of Hempstead Councilwoman District 5, pause chatting to pose for photo at Merrick Fall Festival. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. Sept. 9, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER, (Democrat – Merrick), candidate for Town of Hempstead Council District 6; and ERIN KING SWEENEY, (Republican – Wantagh) Town of Hempstead Councilwoman District 5, pause chatting to pose for photo at Merrick Fall Festival. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Since I’ve been capturing news photos of Long Island civics and politics for years, it didn’t strike me as unusual when I covered the January 15th “Our First Stand Rally” at Westbury supporting the Affordable Care Act, and the January  24th visit to Sen. Schumer’s L.I. office in Melville by the activist group Together We Will Long Island.

June 21, 2017. Garden City, New York, USA. June 21, 2017, A member of TWWLI, Together We will Long Island, waves at person outside window. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, USA. June 21, 2017, Woman waves to person outside window. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Later, however, I realize there had been a difference. Both my daughters participated in the “Our First Stand” rally, and my older daughter Sue was the TWWLI administrator at the Schumer office visit, and those were first times Sue and Laurie were at political events I covered.

Though the post-Inauguration Women’s Marches, the Resist Trump Tuesdays… certainly were helping raise awareness of protestors’ reactions to the Trump administration’s health care, advice from Bernie Sanders and some others strongly stuck in my mind: Protesting isn’t enough. “Resistors” need to run for office and to help fellow activists run for office.

Then I covered the January 30th Press Conference in Uniondale when Nassau County Democratic Party leaders endorsed LAURA CURRAN for N.C. Executive and JACK SCHNIRMAN for N.C. Comptroller. Up till then, I had photographed Nassau County Legislator Curran at a couple of local events; plus I knew she broke with fellow Democrats to vote with the GOP majority to approve capital borrowing for projects held up for over half of 2016.

Merrick, New York, USA. September 9, 2017. L-R, LAURA GILLEN, Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor; SYLVIA CABANA, Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Clerk; and SUE MOLLER, of Merrick, Democratic candidate for Hempstead Town Council District 6, attend the Merrick Fall Festival and Street Fair. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. Sept. 9, 2017. L-R, LAURA GILLEN, Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor; SYLVIA CABANA, Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Clerk; and SUE MOLLER, of Merrick, Democratic candidate for Hempstead Town Council District 6, attend the Merrick Fall Festival and Street Fair. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Video “All Come to Look for America 2017: Town of Hempstead, Nassau County”:

2017 Town of Hempstead & Nassau County photos, selection:  GALLERY

SYLVIO is Simply DiVine at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

Q:  Where does a 180-pound gorilla sit?

A:  If he’s the gentle gorilla who’s the title character of SYLVIO – the fantasy film based on “Simply Sylvio” Vine videos – he wants to sit on the floor behind a table he uses as a stage to act out scenes of “Quiet Times with Herbert Herpels” with his hand puppet Herbert.

Hempstead, New York, USA. October 30, 2017. Film event of screening of SYLVIO, a fantasy feature film, and Q and A with ALBERT BIRNEY, KENTUCKER AUDLEY, and mdoeraotr RUSSELL HARBAUGH, is hosted by Radio, Television, Film Department of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication of Hofstra University.

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 30, 2017. SYLIO screening and Q&A with (R-L) ALBERT BIRNEY, KENTUCKER AUDLEY, & moderator RUSSELL HARBAUGH, is presented by Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Before Twitter shut down Vine, “Simply Silvio” had over 500,000 followers. But when I heard Hofstra’s Herbert School of Communication was having a screening of SYLVIO, followed by a Q&A with ALBERT BIRNEY and KENTUCKER AUDLEY – the film’s co-directors & more – it was the first time I’d heard of the character.

So, based on the movie poster, I could tell Sylvio was an anthropomorphic gorilla who wore clothes and red sunglasses, and that’s about it. Which is why I was cautiously looking forward to seeing the film.

Hempstead, New York, USA. October 30, 2017. At screening of SYLVIO, a fantasy feature film, Sylvia the gorilla has Harold the puppet act out scenes of

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 30, 2017. At Hofstra screening of SYLVIO film, Sylvio the gorilla uses hand puppet Harold to act out scenes of “Quiet Times with Harold Herpels.”  (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

SYLVIO

Early in the film, Sylvio, who doesn’t speak, is at his job making calls at a debt collection agency. The one thing he likes about it is watering his cubicle plant.

Then he’s ordered to make an outside call to collect a debt from a man who hosts a talk show in his basement. When Sylvio arrives, he’s mistaken for a juggler, and since he isn’t one, ends up dropping things that break, loudly.

The talk show audience loves this, and Sylvio ends up chained to a wild on-air persona the opposite of who he wants to be. 

Hempstead, New York, USA. October 30, 2017. Film event of screening of SYLVIO, a fantasy feature film, and Q and A with ALBERT BIRNEY, KENTUCKER AUDLEY, and moderator RUSSELL HARBAUGH, is hosted by Radio, Television, Film Department of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication of Hofstra University.

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 30, 2017.  Sylvio reluctantly becomes the “What’s the Ape Gonna Break?” TV personality, in SYLVIO, screened at Hofstra. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Q&A

After the SYLVIA screening, Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley and Prof. Russell Harbaugh held a Q&A.

VIDEO Panel discusses the central concept of the movie,  what’s most important to Sylvio the gorilla, and more in this excerpt:

Birney is the creator of the “Simply Sylvio” Vine character, and he and Audley are the film’s directors, and, with Meghan Doherty, its screenwriters.

The gorilla who doesn’t talk and the talk show host make a solid team.

Wordlessly, Birney expressively plays Sylvio Bernardi, who at least gets to grunt a few times. I’m not surprised I didn’t figure out on my own who played Sylvio, but I didn’t even realize Audley co-starred as Al Reynolds, the financially strapped talk show host, until he talked about it.

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 30, 2017. After SYLVIO film screening and a Q&A, KENTUCKER AUDLEY and ALBERT BIRNEY chat with Prof. WILLIAM JENNINGS, of Radio, Television, Film Department of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication of Hofstra University. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 30, 2017. After SYLVIO film screening and Q&A, (L-R) KENTUCKER AUDLEY & ALBERT BIRNEY chat with Prof. WILLIAM JENNINGS at Hofstra University. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

PEACE & QUIET

Sitting in the audience at Hofstra’s Breslin Hall that night, I was so moved by Sylvio and his quest to lead a simple, peaceful life that I have a feeling he’ll quietly be with me for a good while.

Sylvio twitter: @simplysylvio  movie: SylvioTheMovie.com

My SYLVIO Hofstra event photos:   SLIDESHOW    GALLERY