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LIIFE 2017 Long Island International Film Expo

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

“Laugh about it, Shout about it….”

Wednesday afternoon I visited the Filmmaker’s Lounge and the Bellmore Movies theater, where the Long Island International Film Expo was in full swing. LIIFE was celebrating its 20th Anniversary!


After capturing photos and a short video of MAGGIE WAGNER, the vivacious actor who plays Mom in the short film MOM, I spoke with TRISH APPELLO, the festival Coordinator and Secretary of the non-profit LITV/Film Foundation, which, along with the Nassau County Film Commission, presents the Festival.

When Appello told me about the feature documentary Where Have You Been, Lou DiMaggio? – the last filmed being screened that last night of the festival – I decided to return after dinner to catch it.

“MARIAM’S DAY OFF”

That night I arrived in time to first watch Mariam’s Day Off, a foreign film by Director ARSHAK AMIRBEKYAN, who filmed it in Armenia.

“Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes….”

I found the placid-on-the-surface story about a young prostitute who ends up spending a day with an artist and his family at his art studio so emotionally compelling and poignant that it wasn’t until about half way into the short film (0:44:22 min) that I thought to myself, “Oh, it’s in black and white!”

Bellmore, New York, USA. 19th July 2017. Director and writer ARSHAK AMIRBEKYAN speaks during a Q&A at the Long Island International Film Expo LIIFE 2017. (© 2017 Ann Parry)

Bellmore, NY, USA. 19th July 2017. ARSHAK AMIRBEKYAN, Director of “Mariam’s Day Off” short film, speaks at LIIFE 2017. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

“WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, LOU DiMAGGIO?”

The next and final screening was the documentary Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? – a feature film (75 min) directed by BRAD KUHLMAN about comedian LOU DiMAGGIO considering returning to comedy after being away from the stage for 20 years.

For more than one reason, I was glad Appello had enthusiastically recommended seeing, Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio?

For starters, it was fun to see so many of DiMaggio’s fellow comedians – including Joy Behar, Richard Belzer, Rebecca Corry, Larry David, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Howie Mandel, Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld.

And Lou DiMaggio’s stand up comedy sets on his road to comeback were certainly memorable, and for wildly different reasons.

“We’d like to help you learn to help yourself….”

And what likely made the strongest impression on me in Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? was cautionary advice DiMaggio’s fellow comedian gave him about returning to stand up comedy – for it reminded me, in a way, of advice my late mom, an opera singer, gave her voice students, including my talented younger brother:

The world has more outstanding singers than it can afford to support. And the difference between the best and next best in a major competition or audition can be imperceptible even to an expert – so luck will play a big part in the career each has.

When choosing if you’ll pursue a living in the arts, follow that path only if you’re absolutely driven to AND you can handle the competition and pressure.

Bellmore, New York, USA. 19th July 2017. L-R, HENRY STAMPFEL, BRAD KUHLMAN, LOU DiMAGGIO, TRISH APPELLO, woman, and ANNE STAMPFEL pose during final Screening Night of Long Island International Film Expo 2017 at Bellmore Movies. The last film screened was the feature documentary

Bellmore, NY, USA. 19th July 2017. L-R, HENRY STAMPFEL, BRAD KUHLMAN, LOU DiMAGGIO, TRISH APPELLO, MARIA PUSATERI, and ANNE STAMPFEL pose during final Screening Night of Long Island International Film Expo 2017 at Bellmore Movies. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

FILMMAKERS Q&A

“We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files….”

For the Q&A, eight filmmakers associated with the films screened that night participated. After hearing the candid, detailed answers to the audience’s thought-provoking questions, I wished I’d arrived in time to watch all the films.

  • View VIDEO of comedian Lou DiMaggio at the Q&A to hear behind-the-scenes info, including what the biggest obstacle was he faced making the documentary:

VIDEO above: Lou DiMaggio answers Q&A question at LIIFE 2017. [Q&A did not take place aboard a ship on stormy seas, despite appearances to contrary.] 

“And here’s to you….”

The next night at the Long Island International Film Expo Awards Ceremony, LIIFE celebrated its 20th Anniversary and 2017 winners, including the Best Documentary Feature:  “Where Have You Gone Lou DiMaggio?”

“Wo, wo, wo….”

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“Her Story Through Art” Invitational Show at Huntington Arts Council

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

I’m thrilled to be one of four artists in Huntington Arts Council’s “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Show! The Opening Reception – Friday, March 3, 2017, from 6-8 pm – is free and open to the public.

POSTCARD:

“Her Story Through Art” Invitational Show, at Huntington Arts Council, March 2017. Artists: Anahai DeCanio, Ann Parry, Tara Leale Porter, Irene Vitale. I captured photo of actress Kelli Vonshay Henderson during LIIFE 2016 Awards Ceremony at Bellmore Movies.

Since the exhibit celebrates Women’s History Month, I selected pieces from my portrait and news photography that focus on females of all ages – with emphasis on women passionately involved in civics and politics, the arts, and volunteering.

Fellow artists ANAHI DeCANIO, TARA LEALE PORTER, and IRENE VITALE are also showcased in this exhibit. It’s fun preparing for the exhibit with them, and I’m looking forward to seeing their work in person.

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Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. Artist Ann Parry at Opening Reception for

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. ANN PARRY in front of some of her work at Opening Reception for “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women’s History Month, at Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Gallery. (© 2017 Robert Stuhmer)

RECEPTION – MARCH 3, 2017 – Friday’s Opening Reception was special for so many reasons – most notably because guests experienced four such distinct approaches to women expressing themselves through art. And the cutest reason the night was special for me was that my grandchildren, who are one-and-a-half and almost five years old, were there, along with their mom, dad, and Aunt Laurie.

Other much-appreciated visitors included friends and fellow photographers from Long Island Center of Photography; plus, several people featured in my photos came with their families.

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. Sheimyrah Mighty, 18, next to 2008 photo of herself, at Opening Reception for

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. SHEIMYRAH MIGHTY, 18, next to 2008 photo of hersel by Ann Parry, at Opening Reception for “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women’s History Month, at Huntington Arts Council.

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. BETH E. LEVINTHAL, an HAC Member at Large , and ANN PARRY at Opening Reception of

Huntington, NY, USA. March 5, 2017. BETH E. LEVINTHAL, an HAC Member at Large , and ANN PARRY at Opening Reception of “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women’s History Month at Huntington Arts Council. (© 2017 Bob Stuhmer)

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. Eileen Fuscaldo and her husband, next to 2016 photo of Eileen, at Opening Reception for

Huntington, NY, USA. March 5, 2017. EILEEN FUSCALDO and husband BILL FUSCALDO pose next to 2016 photo of Eileen by Ann Parry, at Opening Reception for “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show, celebrating Women’s History Month at Huntington Arts Council.

Huntington, New York, USA. March 5, 2017. LORI HOROWITZ next to 2014 photo of herself, at Opening Reception for

Huntington, NY, USA. March 5, 2017. LORI HOROWITZ poses next to 2014 photo of herself by Ann Parry, at Opening Reception for “Her Story Through Art” Invitational Art Show at Huntington Arts Council.

TAKE DOWN DAY – MARCH 27, 2017 – When Bob and I arrived on “Take Down Day” after the show ended, Irene’s and Anahai’s art was already gone, and Tara was spackling where she had removed hooks from wall. Later, when I took a break from wrapping my canvases, Tara showed me how plants were sprouting in her sculpture terrarium.

Seeing the beginning of this new life  –  what a lovely way to end “Her Story Through Art.”

Huntington, New York USA. March 27, 2017. Artist TARA LEALE PORTER poses by her scupture garden after end of

Huntington, NY, USA. March 27, 2017. Artist TARA LEALE PORTER poses by her sculpture terrarium during Take Down Day of “Her Story Through Art” Show at Huntington Arts Council. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

LHSC360  As a proud Hofstra University alumna, I’m honored this exhibit is featured on herbertschool360.com, by The Lawrence Herbert School of Communications:  Alumna’s Photography on Exhibit 

Huntington Arts Council:  huntingtonarts.org
Main Street Gallery:  213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743

“Her Story Through Art”:  GALLERY

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