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LIIFE 2015 Long Island International Film Expo

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 20, 2015

LIIFE 2015 was held at historic Bellmore Movies. The 18th Annual Long Island International Film Expo, including screenings, panels, parties & more, spanned July 8-16, with Official Opening Night & Tech Awards on July 10th, and the Awards Ceremony on July 16th.

Bellmore, New York, USA. 16th July 2015. KEVIN BROWN, DOT COM on the TV series 30 ROCK, hosts the LIIFE Awards Ceremony at Bellmore Movies. It was the 18th Long Island International Film Expo. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Bellmore, New York, USA. 16th July 2015. KEVIN BROWN hosts the LIIFE Awards Ceremony at Bellmore Movies. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Actor Kevin Brown, Dot Com from the TV series 30 Rock, hosted the Awards Ceremony; presenters included actors Lukas Hassel (In Montauk) and Marilyn Chris (TV’s One Life to Live), and actor John Amos was an LIFTF Lifetime Creative Achievement Honoree for his work, including the groundbreaking miniseries Roots. Debra Markowitz, Nassau County Film Commissioner, was the Director of LIIFE 2015.

Bellmore, New York, USA. July 16, 2015. Actor LUKAS HASSEL and DEBORAH MARKOWITZ, Nassau County Film Commissioner, are on the Red Carpet at the 18th Annual LIIFE Awards Ceremony, at the Bellmore Movies. Markowitz is the director of of the Long Island International Film Expo. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Bellmore, NY, USA. July 16, 2015. Actor LUKAS HASSEL, a Presenter, and DEBORAH MARKOWITZ, Nassau County Film Commissioner, are on the Red Carpet at LIIFE Awards Ceremony, at Bellmore Movies. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Henry Stampfel, owner of Bellmore Movie Theater, shared background about the theater, which was built in 1912 and is Long Island’s oldest operating theater —  and has been part of my family’s entertainment life for over half a century.

Bellmore, New York, USA. July 16, 2015. HENRY STAMPFEL, owner of Bellmore Movies, and NICOLE GONZALEZ, pose at the 18th Annual LIIFE Awards Ceremony. The Long Island International Film Festival was held at historic Bellmore Movies. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Bellmore, NY, USA. July 16, 2015. HENRY STAMPFEL, owner of Bellmore Movies, and NICOLE GONZALEZ, a staff member, pose at 18th Annual LIIFE Awards Ceremony, held at Bellmore Movies. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

If films are an important part of your LIIFE, the annual Long Island International Film Expo is made for you.

LIIFE 2015 Ceremonies – bit.ly/LIIFE2015AParry  – Official Opening Night, 7/10 + Awards Ceremony, 7/16.

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China Now and Then at Nassau County Museum of Art

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 6, 2015

My friend Pat Dillon and I caught the China Now and Then exhibition at Nassau County Museum of Art a few days ago.

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. LINDA SCHWARTZ, a docent shares information about the artwork exhibits at the Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit on Long Island. Artwork on wall by Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao is Digital Photograph on canvas with thread, with eyes nose and lips of face faintly visible. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Docent Linda Schwartz shares information about Nassau County Museum of Art’s China Now and Then Exhibit. Artwork: Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao Digital Photograph on canvas with thread; covered Chinese jar. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

A dramatic docent was already leading a tour group when we arrived, so we spent our time in the ground level galleries capturing photographs and learning about ancient Chinese blue and white porcelain and 21st Century Chinese ink-on-paper paintings. Then we climbed the spiral staircase to the upstairs galleries which mainly featured contemporary Chinese art.

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Dinosaur (2006) in red polyresin, by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo (b. 1956) is displayed at the Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit. "MADE IN CHINA" is written in big block letters down his chest. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Dinosaur (2006) in red polyresin, by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo, Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit.  (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The China Now and Then exhibition’s synergistic blend of ancient and modern Chinese art was both inspiring and fun, and we ended our visit at the museum’s Gift Shop, where I bought colorful Swirl Sunglasses.

Photo Gallery: China Now and Then

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“The Interview” Opens at Merrick Cinemas on Christmas

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 31, 2014

On Christmas morning, I read that The Interview, the comedy by Sony Pictures Entertainment, was playing at Merrick Cinemas, the only movie theater showing it in Nassau County, Long Island. So, even though I still had most of my Christmas present wrapping left, I headed out to capture news photos before the first show, 12:30 pm.

Merrick, New York, USA. December 25, 2014. The Interview plays at Merrick Cinemas, the only movie theater showing it in Nassau County, Long Island, on Christmas Day. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. Dec. 25, 2014. “The Interview” opens at Merrick Cinemas, in Nassau County, Long Island, on Christmas Day. (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

In November, hackers hacked – yes, that sounds like coughing – Sony Pictures computers, and later threatened theaters planning to show The Interview, in which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen play civilians recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s dictator.

Due to the terrorist threats, Sony originally canceled public release of the film, but then changed its plans again, and released the film in a limited way, including several hundred independent theaters. Several people who bought tickets to the movie in Merrick said they were seeing it mainly to protest the attempt to suppress Americans’ Right to Free Speech.

Photo Gallery:   The Interview at Merrick Cinemas

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Ed Mangano, Tom Suozzi Debate, Nassau County Executive Candidates, 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 13, 2013

On October 8, 2013, Republican incumbent EDWARD MANGANO, Nassau County Executive, and Democratic challenger THOMAS SUOZZI, former County Executive, had a heated debate hosted and moderated by the Nassau County Village Officials Association at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury.

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. 8th October 2013. R-L, Republican EDWARD MANGANO, the Nassau County Executive, and Democrat THOMAS SUOZZI, the former Nassau County Executive, are approached by supporters and media before the two face each other in a debate hosted by the Nassau County Village Officials Association, representing 64 incorporated villages with 450,000 residents, as the opponents face a rematch in the 2013 November elections.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. 8th October 2013. L-R, TOM SUOZZI and ED MANGANO before start of debate hosted by Nassau County Village Officials Assoc.  (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

More than once, the moderator asked for restraint from groups of hecklers in the audience.

Opponents Suozzi and Mangano face a rematch in the November 5, 2013 elections.

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Tackapausha Museum & Preserve, Science Exploration Moon Day

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 28, 2013

Science Exploration Moon Day – despite landing during a week-long heat wave – attracted many Long Islanders, especially families, to the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve in Seaford, New York, on July 20, 2013.

Seaford, New York, U.S. 20th July 2013. Science Exploration Moon Day, by Long Island Fringe Festival 5, has moon art, science activities, and animals from the Tackapuahsa Museum and Preserve, the host of this family event. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Seaford, NY, U.S. – 20th July 2013 – Science Exploration Moon Day at Tackapauhsa Museum and Preserve. (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Members of Friends of Tackapausha and seasonal and part-time employees and volunteers at Tackapausha walked around animal residents, such as Zouzi the corn snake and Maple the Rabbit.

And children and adults were actively engaged in the science projects, such as creating green slime in the museum, and shooting off water bottle rockets outdoors.

Commemorating the 44th Anniversary of the 1969 First Moon Landing, the successful event also featured moon art and performances by Long Island artists, presented by Long Island Fringe Festival 5.

Click for slideshow of Tackapausha Science Exploration Moon Day 2013 photo gallery at Ann-Parry.com

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Nigerian Dwarf Goats Walk in Norman J Levy Park & Preserve

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 5, 2012

Though I first met the Nigerian Dwarf Goats that live at Norman J Levy Park & Preserve about 3 years ago, this week was the first time I saw them as they walked through the grounds with a park ranger.

May 1, 2012 - Merrick, New York, USA - Nigerian Dwarf Goats graze during their walk with Park Ranger at Levy Park and Preserve, Long Island, New York. (© 2012 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Nigerian Dwarf Goats graze during walk at Norman J Levy Park & Preserve in South Merrick, NY, on May 1, 2012. (© Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Entering the parking lot, I saw a sign that the goats were out walking, so I asked someone at the Park Station exactly where they were. He called Park Ranger Susan, who had them up by the hilltop ponds and was about to take them back on the trail near the golf course.

This delightful, well-behaved goatherd eats weeds as it walks through the park – each day, early morning and early afternoon – using a variety of routes. It’s one of many ways the park maintains itself in a green, ecologically friendly way for Long Island’s marshland environment.

BTW, the book Extraordinary Goats by Janet Hurst, 2014, includes one of my photos of goats walking with Park Ranger Susan at Levy Park.

Nigerian Dwarf Goats & Birds, Levy Park & Preserve:  Slideshow  |  Gallery

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Nassau County State of the County Address 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 17, 2012

During the March 14, 2012 State of the County Address, Nassau County’s Movie Industry was one of the topics highlighted by County Executive EDWARD MANGANO.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano gives State of the County Address, on Wednesday night, March 14, 2012, at Cradle of Aviation museum, Garden City, New York, USA. Mangano (front) was introduced by Legislator Peter Schmidt (at podium) Nassau County Presiding Officer and Majority Leader. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. March 14, 2012. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano gives State of the County Address at Cradle of Aviation museum. ( © 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

I already knew about one of the films mentioned – the Phil Spector Biopic (2012), starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren – because my daughter Sue was an Extra when some scenes were shot at Nassau County’s Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, Mineola, in 2011.

Understandably, Extras aren’t supposed to start chatting with principal actors, but when my daughter was positioned near Ms. Mirren on the grand stairway leading to the building’s entrance, Sue was concerned how Mirren’s shawl was dragging on the steps.

So  – when the cameras weren’t on – Sue pointed out the hazardously droopy shawl to Ms. Mirren, who was charmingly grateful for the head’s up.

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