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Arts & Leisure October 20, 2011  RSS feed

Astoria/ LIC Film Fest Is Something For All

Cinema From Comedy To Drama, From Texas To Sweden
story and photos by Sam Goldman


Astoria/Long Island City Film Festival Founder Dennis Cieri (center) greets two of the fillmakers presenting at the festival, VP Boyle (left) and William Apps, at the festival’s opening night party at the Z Hotel. Astoria/Long Island City Film Festival Founder Dennis Cieri (center) greets two of the fillmakers presenting at the festival, VP Boyle (left) and William Apps, at the festival’s opening night party at the Z Hotel. Hundreds of cinephiles turned out during the weekend for the second annual Astoria/Long Island City Film Festival, held from Oct. 14 to 16. The festival ran at the eGarage and the Secret Theatre, which share space at 44-02 23rd St. in Long Island City, and at the Variety Boys and Girls Club, at 21-12 30th Rd. in Astoria, with an opening and closing night party held at the Z Hotel, the newlybuilt structure at 11-01 43rd Ave., on the south side of Queens Plaza.

Among the highlights throughout the weekend:

 Bound by Haiti followed Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon—two friends working on a humanitarian mission to Haiti—who found themselves in the country during the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that decimated the island nation.


Performers from eGarage perform short scripts under the direction of Megan Boyle (right) at a reading last Saturday. Performers from eGarage perform short scripts under the direction of Megan Boyle (right) at a reading last Saturday. It then chronicles their efforts to aid the country in the days following the disaster.

“We knew it was important to get this on camera,” said Roman Saffain, the film’s director.

 Marianne is a psychological drama from Sweden with a touch of the supernatural.

The movie follows Krister (Thomas Hedengran), a man tortured after his wife’s death—first mentally, then by a supernatural element of Swedish folklore called a Mare.

With his rebellious goth daughter (Sandra Larsson) and her boyfriend (Dylan M. Johansson), Krister seeks to fight off the personification of his inner demons.


Residents take their seats at The Secret Theatre as a movie plays during the Astoria/Long Island City International Film Festival. Residents take their seats at The Secret Theatre as a movie plays during the Astoria/Long Island City International Film Festival. The movie features Peter Stormare (Fargo, The Big Lebowski) in a supporting role.

 Rooz Ah No is a powerful 20- minute short film following a pregnant Iranian woman going for a checkup to the gynecologist, only to hear the worst of news.

 The Great American Moon Rock Caper uses the real-life 2002 theft of over $1 million in moon rocks from NASA’s Johnson Space Center lab in Houston, Tx. by three interns as the basis for a romantic comedy that attempts to delve into the reasons why.

 World’s Best Dad is a buddy comedy featuring two brothers—one responsible, the other decidedly less so—who attempt to honor their father by blasting his ashes into space.


Marlene Sarres and Wes Linnebank, producers of The Great American Moon Rock Caper, traveled from Houston, Tx. to the Astoria/Long Island City Film Festival’s opening night party at the Z Hotel near Queens Plaza. Marlene Sarres and Wes Linnebank, producers of The Great American Moon Rock Caper, traveled from Houston, Tx. to the Astoria/Long Island City Film Festival’s opening night party at the Z Hotel near Queens Plaza. The movie’s conclusion finds the two brothers at the Burning Man Festival in the deserts of Nevada.

The festival also featured a comedy night and a reading of three short scripts by members of the eGarage, an artists’ space founded by Dennis Cieri, who also founded the festival.