• St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign

    JenniferAniston 1 St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaignJennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan,

    Luis Fonsi ALONG WITH MARLO THOMAS TO STAR IN 11th ANNUAL

    St. Jude THANKS AND GIVING® CAMPAIGN This Holiday Season

    Jon Hamm, Keith Urban, Daisy Fuentes, Sabrina Soto, Olivia Holt, Elisabeth Röhm,
    Lily Aldridge, Ashley Tisdale, Camilla Belle and more also lend support to campaign

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, and Luis Fonsi join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas in leading a star-studded roster of celebrities lending their time and talents in support of the 11th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. Jon Hamm makes his campaign debut in a 60-second movie trailer that will appear in theaters nationwide beginning in November.

    St. Jude Thanks and Giving is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and more than 60 of the nation’s leading brands and companies that ask consumers to give while they shop this holiday season to help St. Jude give cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. The national television commercials and movie theatre trailers, which debut Thanksgiving week and run through the end of the year, will feature Jennifer Aniston and other celebrity friends along St. Jude patients.

    “I love being a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Aniston. “This year I appeared with Sam and Waylon in the TV commercials. They are the true stars and I had so much fun spending time with them. I am so inspired with their amazing courage and perseverance. This holiday season you can join the fight against childhood cancer and help St. Jude continue its research to find cures and save the lives of children across America.”

    St. Jude celebrity friends Keith Urban, Sabrina Soto, Daisy Fuentes and Olivia Holt are also supporting the campaign by designing special products that will be for sale during the holiday season online at the St. Jude Gift Shop with 100 percent of profits, after all related expenses, benefitting St. Jude.

    · World renowned songwriter, vocalist, musician and guitarist Keith Urban designed a holiday ornament featuring one of his guitars, a “St. Jude Rocks” design and his logo on the back.

    · Design expert Sabrina Soto created a slate cheese board exclusively for St. Jude. The gift set includes an assortment of cheese utensils and two sticks of chalk to help personalize any party spread.

    · Daisy Fuentes, model and fashion designer, designed an exclusive charm necklace, featuring an artistic “LOVE” charm and a St. Jude child logo cutout charm.

    · Actress Olivia Holt brought inspiration to an iPhone case with the powerful message, “Keep your head up, keep your heart strong.”

    The campaign receives added support from celebrity friends Lily Aldridge, Marsha Ambrosius, Garcelle Beauvais, Camilla Belle, Max Burkholder, Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole, Monique Coleman, Rachael Leigh Cook, Judd Daugherty, Ricky Dillard, James Fortune, Brian Geraghty, Hunter Hayes, AJ Johnson, Donnie McClurkin, Jennette McCurdy, Jonathan McReynolds, Smokie Norful, Elisabeth Röhm, Karen Clark Sheard, Marina Squerciati, Mark Steines, Ashley Tisdale, Michelle Williams and Mike Wolfe in the form of radio spots, online videos, social media support, participation in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. and more.

    “I am always so touched by the love and support our celebrity friends lend to our St. Jude Thanks and Giving program year after year,” said Marlo Thomas. “Beyond their time and talent, they bring their full hearts to this campaign — and you can see that in the genuine warmth they share with the children. The awareness they bring to St. Jude is vital to our mission. Through these beloved stars, we are able to reach millions across the country each year; and in doing so, we continue to receive amazing support, which allows us to keep my father’s founding promise that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything — not for treatment, travel, housing or food. That’s because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

    The national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, movie trailers starring celebrity friends appear in theatres nationwide – including Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and many others – as well as on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.

    The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $487 million thanks to tremendous public support. Throughout the months of November and December, consumers shopping where the St. Jude logo is displayed can make a donation at checkout or purchase specialty items that benefit St. Jude. Those wanting to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude are also invited to donate online or by phone at 800-4STJUDE. For more information, visit www.stjude.org.

    Additional Celebrity Quotes:

    Sofia Vergara

    “This is my 3rd year working with St. Jude and it means so much to be a part of a team that helps save children’s lives,” said Sofia Vergara. “This year I appeared with Sebastian in one of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving television spots. He is such an inspiration to me. Your support will help make sure that Sebastian and so many children like him from across America and around the world continue to benefit from the lifesaving research and treatment being done every day at St. Jude.”

    Michael Strahan

    “Over the past several years I’ve met so many of the incredible children receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Michael Strahan. “Their stories are inspiring and their positive attitudes are amazing. The research being done at St. Jude is so critically important, it benefits children across the country and families don’t have to pay for anything. I hope everyone will join me and support St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer.”

    Jon Hamm

    “I am honored to be a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign this year,” said Jon Hamm. “With your help, we can give hope to children across the country battling cancer and other deadly diseases. And no family ever pays St. Jude for anything thanks to people who support programs like the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.”



  • GOLD COAST INTL FILM FESTIVAL 2014

    catherine martin oscar sm GOLD COAST INTL FILM FESTIVAL 2014

    Great Neck, NY – From November 3-9, 2014 the Gold Coast Arts Center presented the 4th annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF), and everyone was invited—again—to join in on the fun for this special week of films, parties, panels, and glamour!

    The Town of North Hempstead was the partner for this special week of screenings and events that took place at the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck, Manhasset, Port Washington and Roslyn. This year’s Festival included 25 feature length films and 35 shorts from around the world, and showcased over 40 filmmakers and special guests, including 4-time Oscar winner Catherine Martin who accepted our Artist of Distinction Award and screenwriter and director Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality) and award-winning actor Hugh Grant, both of whom participated in a Q&A after a pre-release screening of their new film The Rewrite.

    OPENING NIGHT MONDAY NOV 3: OSCAR AWARDS WERE ON DISPLAY, STARS IN ATTENDANCE AS GOLD COAST INTL FILM FESTIVAL BEGAN WITH GALA EVENT! Among the notables who attended: Famous for her design and costume work on The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, Catherine Martin (4-time Oscar winner for production and costume design) accepted our Gold Coast Artist of Distinction Award; Meres One (famous 5-PointZ graffiti artist) accepted our Arts Activism Award, along with Marie Cecile Flageuil; and President of the Gold Coast Arts Center, Michael Glickman, accepted the Arts Center’s Man of the Year Award. Also on the red carpet were Len Berman from NBC Sports, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, David Paterson (Screenwriter, Bridge to Teribithia), US Congressman Steve Israel, NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, NY State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and so many more distinguished guests.

    ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH: The Gold Coast International Film Festival hosted a sold out Family Film Day at the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. Over 125 children and adults were treated to a fantastic program of short films, hands on art and ceramics workshops, theater and music classes and lunch courtesy of Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza. To add to the interest and excitement, the Festival Short Film Curator, Alexandra Gil, and some of the filmmakers appeared and were on hand to answer questions about the filmmaking process.

    ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5TH: The Festival hosted a screening of BURN, Denis Leary’s award-winning documentary about firefighters in Detroit followed by a Q&A with the film’s Co-Executive Producer Jim Serpico (from Long Island) and Lee Ielpi, head of the 9-11 Memorial Committee. Kristin Thorne of ABC 7 moderated the panel discussion that was opened up to a most appreciative audience. The Festival presented Mr. Ielpi and Jim Serpico (on behalf of The Leary Firefighter’s Foundation) its Heroes Award at the screening. In recognition of the special contributions made by both, Kim Kaiman, representing The Town of North Hempstead, was on hand to present them both with commendations.

     

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    ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6: A sold-out house enjoyed the world premiere screening of the documentary AUGUST WILSON: THE GROUND ON WHICH I STAND, followed by an unforgettable Q&A panel with Tony Award-winning actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago Hudson as well as Sam Pollard (Film Director/Producer) and Darryl Ford-Williams (Exec. Producer). The panel was moderated by Julie Anderson (WNET/Thirteen, Exec. Producer, Documentaries & Development) for an enthusiastic and dynamic audience of well-wishers.

    ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7: BESIDE STILL WATER – In this Big Chill for Generation Y, a group of childhood friends comes together for the last time at the scenic lake house where they all grew up, to comfort each other, rekindle old flames, and drunkenly stumble down memory lane. Directorial debut from award-winning actor Chris Lowell (The Help, Veronica Mars). Q&A was with producer after the film with producer Mo Narang.

    ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8: The Festival continued with some of the upcoming top films of the year!

    Zero Motivation

    On Saturday November 8 the Festival hosted a standing-room-only screening of ZERO MOTIVATION, the winner of the top prize at the Tribeca Film Festival; nominated for 12 Israeli Film Academy Awards. This zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers was followed by a Q&A with director Talya Lavie, who won the Norah Ephron Prize for Screenwriting for this film, and who accepted the first Gold Coast International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Award; she was joined by Nancy Gerstman, co-President of Zeitgeist Films.

    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9: The festival came to a close after a week of so many outstanding films, events and Q&A’s; it concluded with the Closing Night Awards Ceremony.

    Film screenings included –

    When the Garden Was Eden

    The Festival was proud to host a special screening of Michael Rapaport’s unabashed love letter to the Knicks; a fast-moving tribute to the team’s glory days. The ESPN film was followed by a Q&A with NY Times sportswriter Harvey Araton, who wrote the book on which the film is based, moderated by former Hofstra Mens Basketball Head Coach and current ESPN College Basketball analyst Mo Cassara.

    Joan Rivers A Piece of Work

    In tribute to the late, great Joan Rivers, the Festival was delighted to screen this excellent documentary that welcomes viewers into the legendary icon’s comedic process and private dramas, as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. The sold-out screening was a testament to Joan Rivers’ incredibly strong fan base on Long Island, and was followed by a Q&A with comedian Jeffrey Gurian and Audrey Lambert, a high school friend of Rivers.

    The closing Night Awards Party at Gold Coast Arts Center had local media including Elisa Distefano, Town of North Hempstead elected officials (Anna Kaplan, Wayne Wink), Village of Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender, Festival sponsors, including founding sponsor Douglas Elliman and Board Members, celebrating with Regina Gil, Caroline Sorokoff and the rest of the GCIFF team and fans. The Closing Party was held at the Gold Coast Arts Center where an an exhibit from the the National Basketball Hall of Fame was display which included vintage jerseys, photographs, signed basketballs and the NBA Championship Trophy.

    Here are the winners of the festival:

    FEATURES

    Audience Award, Best Narrative: Paulette

    Audience Award, Best Documentary: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

    SHORTS

    Jury Award: Why Do I Study Physics?

    Jury Runner Up: A Silent Waltz

    Audience Award: Welcome to China

    Audience Runner Up: How I Didn’t Become a Piano Player

    Over the past several years the festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix and it’s easy to see why GCIFF has become the “go to” Festival for film buffs (it is also the last major film festival on the East Coast before Awards season)

    For more information please visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

    (Photo: Neil Tandy, Image Photographers Inc.)