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Astoria LIC Film Festival

Second Annual Astoria LIC Film Festival Oct 14 - 16, 2011

astoria lic film festivalSeptember 30, 2011 / Long Island City LIC / Fashion Film & Music / Queens Buzz. On Friday, October 14th the second annual Astoria LIC Film Festival begins. The weekend long event opening night begins at 6 pm at the Z Hotel at 11-01 43rd Avenue in Long Island City [212.319.7000]. The opening night is a social with a cash bar that will last into the evening where film goers will have a chance to meet and talk with producers, directors, actors and actresses and writers.

Simultaneously there will be entertainment provided at another of the film festival venues, E-garage at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City. An open mic begins at 5.30 pm, followed by improv at 7.30 pm and comedy acts beginning at 9 pm. The graphic to your right is of one of the films being shown this weekend, a comedy / drama about what happens in Park Slope following a neighborhood kid's mother's death.

Click here to read our report on the Astoria LIC Film Festival 2011.


Astoria LIC Film Festival

Second Annual Astoria LIC Film Festival Oct 14 - 16, 2011

smolarze at film festival in astoria licContinued. September 30, 2011 / Long Island City LIC / Fashion Film & Music / Queens Buzz. Use the search funciton to find the beginning of this report.

On Saturday the film viewing begins at 9.30 am at three different locations: 1) The Secret Theatre 44-02 23rd Street [718.392.0722], 2) E-garage 44-02 23rd Street at [718.433.2733]and 3) the Variety Boys & Girls Club at 21-12 30th Road [718.728.0946]. The larger mainsteam films are being shown at the Secret Theatre [150 seats] and Variety Boys & Girls Club [150 seats] and the more niche films are being shown at E-garage [60 seats]. The Secret Theatre and the E-Garage are located in the same complex [hence same address]. Click here to view a location map of the Secret Theatre and E-garage in Long Island City. The photo above right is from Smolarze, a polish film about charcoal burners.

Highlights of the Astoria LIC Film Festival

astoria lic film festivalI asked Dennis Cieri, one of the founders and current director of the festival what some of the highlights of the festival might be. He talked about Smolarze: Charcoal Burners, which is a short documentary about how charcoal is made in Poland. He talked about a documentary of the hurricane in Haiti, entitled Bound By Haiti, which was filmed by a crew in Haiti on another project. They filmed the island in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Burma Indictment was also mentioned, about the gentle Burmese people who live under a harsh dictatorship [see photo to your right].

On the lighter side was a film entitled Spok Anarchy which is about the punk movement in Seattle. And there's a local favorite, entitled the Apostles of Park Slope about an unlikely development of friendships following the death of a Brooklynite's mother. Click here to visit the AstoriaLIC Film Festival website with the listings of the films, which include shorts, dramas and other genres.

Astoria LIC Film Festival $10 per Show - Saturday

The Astoria LIC Film Festival includes about 54 new films. They includes feature length films, comedies, shorts, super shorts and documentaries. For $10 per person, you'll be treated to either one feature length film, or a longer film, a short and possibly a super short. The film showings begin at 9.30 am at each of the three locations. Check the Astoria LIC Film Festival website to check dates, times and prices of films [see Super Pass offer below].

Super Pass $150 or Mention Queens Buzz $70

film festivals in queensIndividual shows cost $10, but the all-weekend pass lets you attend all events during the weekend for $150. Mention Queens Buzz and you can purchase the pass for $70. Call 718.433.2733 to get this offer as it's not available online.

Panel Discussions At The Z Hotel in Long Island City LIC

On both Saturday and Sunday there will be opportunities to hear panel discussions by the producers, directors, actors and actresses and writers. These sessions begin at 11.30 am at the Z Hotel in Long Island City LIC - read on for more information about them.

Astoria LIC Film Festival - Sunday

augustines music video film festival in astoria licThe panel discussions begin at 11.30 am with some general discussion about film and the roles of the various contributors. At 1 pm the producers talk about their films and their role in them, and at 2.30 pm the directors do the same.

The Astoria LIC Film Festival will also present ten music videos created by local musicians beginning at 5 pm at E-garage. All of the videos will be shown in a three-hour long presentation, including brief presentations by many of the artists themselves. Click here to read our report of the Astoria LIC Film Festival last year, which includes a few highlights from this section of the program. One of the video covers is shown above left.

z hotel long island city queensAfter Party At Z Hotel In LIC Long Island City

The After Party begins at 6 pm at the Z Hotel in Long Island City. The Improv Nation will perform and host the film festival awards ceremony. The after party runs until 8 pm. The Z Hotel is located near the Queens Borough Bridge and has a striking view of the Manhattan skyline.


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