December, 2013


Muppets take Astoria with programs for the holidays

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is shifting into full Muppet mode for the holiday season with a series of screenings and puppetry workshops for children. Comment

Movie biz gets big rush from new back lot

Film and television production in New York City got a powerful upgrade Tuesday when film executives joined political leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kaufman Astoria Studios’ new back lot. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway filmmaker hangs 10

You wouldn’t think that New York has a rich surfing history, or that surfing and firefighting are related, but it does and they are. It turns out that generations of Rockaway, Queens and Long Beach, Long Island firefighters, who called these coastline communities home, were avid surfers who passed down their passion for saving lives and riding waves to their children, even while inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. Comments (1)

November, 2013

Jackson Heights

Queens World Film Fest set to return for fourth year

When the 4th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns March 4, the organizers will depend on donations to run some of their programs this year. The festival’s director Katha Cato has had a bad year medically and the bills have piled up, forcing her and her husband Don to become fund-raisers. Comment

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October, 2013

Jamaica Estates

Queens filmmaker breaks new ground

While technology has made independent filmmaking more manageable over the years, it can still be rare to see true risks being taken in the medium, and on a minuscule budget. If this is the case, then Queens filmmaker William Cusick can be considered an indie heavyweight, as his new project “Pop Meets the Void,” plans to tackle motion graphics animation, green screen compositing and live action all in one $36,000 film. Comment

New exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image focuses on film projectionists

Photographer Joseph O. Holmes has spent the last couple of years capturing the waning era of purveyors of a once robust industry: movie house projectionists and their work spaces. Comment

At Corona’s ‘Empire Drive-In’ your car is optional

Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler have fond memories of summer nights camped out in the family sedan’s backseat watching Luke Skywalker battle the Evil Empire and a giant white shark terrorize a Long Island beach community at the local drive-in theater. Comment

September, 2013

Long Island City

Filmmakers take on bullies at LIC screening

When filmmakers Raymond Deane and Phill Hammond were finishing up their first movie “Travail,” the daily newspapers were loaded with stories providing the idea for their next project. Comments (1)

Museum of the Moving Image marks a quarter of a century in Astoria

Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, the Museum of the Moving Image flung opened its doors for the first time with an exhibit about media and the Vietnam War plus a screening of a classic movie musical. Comment

August, 2013

Long Island City

Outdoor cinema thrives in borough throughout the summer

Take advantage of the last warm summer nights with free outdoor movies across Queens. Comment
Howard Beach

TV actress from Howard Beach dies

Queens native and reality TV personality Gia Allemand died Wednesday night from injuries sustained after an apparent suicide attempt, reports said. Comment

Debi Mazar, known for playing Jersey Girls, hails from Jamaica

Mae West once said, “Personality is the most important thing to an actress’s success.” Seemingly having followed this advice, movie and television actress Debi Mazar (b. 1964) has cultivated a specific persona — that of the sassy, Italian Jersey Girl. Comment

Kaufman begins work on outdoor movie lot

Construction on the back lot of Kaufman Astoria Studios officially kicked off two weeks ago, making way for New York City’s first outdoor film set. Comment
Long Island City

LIC venue focuses in on non-traditional movies

Seven months after opening, Long Island City’s Chain Theatre is getting out of the live performance business — at least for a week and a half this month. Comment

July, 2013

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is ready for its close-up

Growing up in Sunnyside, Mike Ordonez thought it odd that residents from other parts of the city always identified themselves by their borough and not, as in Queens, by their neighborhoods. Comment
Long Island City

Filmmaker focuses on his Cannes’ debut

It’s said that it’s possible to create something positive from disparate circumstances. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Queens native finds herself in the Hollywood spotlight

Shirlyn Wong was beginning to think she had chosen the wrong career. Comments (2)

Popular HBO series stages film shoot on Bell Boulevard

Another popular television series took to the streets of Bayside to film part of an upcoming season, but with a new set of rules to minimize the effects on Bell Boulevard businesses. Comment

June, 2013


HBO’s “Girls” to close parts of Bell Blvd.

A popular HBO series will be shutting down parts of Bell Boulevard early next week to film in Bayside. Comment

May, 2013


Bayside native to star in new survival show

Michelle Lamelza makes most of her money working as a restaurant manager at Bayside’s Donovan’s Grill & Tavern, but she might have found an extra $100,000 thousands of miles away in the islands of Fiji. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways film follows autistic teen’s subway journey

In New York, we often attend the cinema to escape the deep belly of the subway, the stress and strain that city living induces, so when I went to see “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” at Tribeca Film Festival, I wasn’t sure if I’d run out of oxygen. Comment
Rego Park

Ready for their close-ups

As the three video makers prepared to read through their public service announcement script, they realized they were one actor short. Comment
Long Island City

Museum of Moving Image makes room for Muppets

The fabled Muppets have found a permanent home in Queens. Comment
Long Island City

Moving Image to house permanent collection of Jim Henson’s work

Jim Henson’s children announced Tuesday they are donating their father’s entire Muppet collection to Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image, which, in turn, will provide a new wing to display the beloved puppets. Comment

Feats of strength in Astoria, Queens

As I walked into the after-party at Red Door NYC in Chelsea, I slipped behind a red curtain and shuffled my way past an old Prohibition-style bar, through a thick crowd, to the vaudeville stage. There stood a hefty man with a long braid of red hair, whose booming hands were clasped around a hammer. Slowly the hammer bent and contorted. I looked to my right and assumed the smaller man I saw waiting in the wings was an assistant. Little did I know this man was Chris “Wonder” Schoeck, and he was waiting for his mentor, Chris Rider, to finish with the hammer so he could fin Comment

April, 2013

Floral Park

‘Braddock Boys’ recall memories of Bellerose

Mary Umans’ documentary “The Braddock Boys” begins with a poignant observation that holds as true today as it did half a century ago. Comments (4)
Floral Park

‘Braddock Boys’ comes to Queens

The Floral Park Historical Society is featuring a short documentary film produced by Mary Umans called “The Braddock Boys.” Comment

March, 2013

St. Albans

‘Central Park Five’ screening spurs talk about rights

A screening of the documentary “Central Park Five,” which recounts the case of five teenagers who were falsely convicted of the brutal rape of a woman jogger in Central Park in 1989, turned into a teachable moment for many at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center last Thursday. Comment

Astoria Performing Arts Center holds annual gala

The Astoria Performing Arts Center recently held its annual gala at the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment
St. Albans

“Central Park Five” director and defendants slated to lead discussion after screening

A film documenting a painful episode of New York City’s past will offer a chance for conversation and perhaps some healing this week in St. Albans. The community organization Our Village Giving Circle, along with St. Albans Congregational Church and Council Member Leroy Comrie will be presenting a screening and discussion of the documentary “The Central Park Five” at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center at 172-17 Linden Boulevard this Thursday at 7 p.m. Comment
Long Island City

Radio personality Richard Christy on the edge of Queens

His nickname is “creepy.” He loves heavy metal, horror movies and Halloween. Oh, and his day job is to make disturbing prank phone calls to unsuspecting victims across the country. Comments (3)

Third Queens World Film Festival opens in Astoria

The Queens World Film Festival opened Tuesday night on an enthusiastic note as the event kicked off the third year of its existence. Comment

Film, stage actress Cecily Adams, 46, born in Jamaica

Actress Cecily Adams was born in Jamaica Feb. 6, 1958, to singer Adelaide Efantis and actor Don Adams, of “Get Smart” fame. Comment

February, 2013

Long Island City

Queens Screens the World

Forget formality: The Queens World Film Festival makes its own rules, and originality is what will put it on the map in upcoming years. Running from March 5-10, the festival will screen 104 films from local and international filmmakers alike. Cambodia, Brazil, Chile, Iran, Italy and France are just a few of the countries to bring projects to the table. Programming will take place at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Jackson Heights Cinema in Elmhurst, The Secret Theatre in Long Island City and the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights. Comment

South Asian film fest reels in cinema lovers

Sometimes there is no better way to learn about a particular part of the world than through its cinema. Starting Feb. 6, Queen’s College’s Godwin-Ternback Museum introduced the second installment of its series “Representing South Asia on Film,” which is screening eight more films from the region as part of the college’s “Year of India” event. Comment

FX puts Bayside on spy alert

A new FX television series brought Bayside into the spotlight when it set up shop along Bell Boulevard to shoot an upcoming episode. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Direct from Queens

Queens’ native Marcos Siega is hoping that his latest TV directorial project, Fox Network’s “The Following,” develops just that: a loyal following. Comment

January, 2013

Forest Hills

Linda Riss Pugach dies in Forest Hills at 75

Linda Riss Pugach, a Forest Hills woman whose story of lust, betrayal, disfigurement and eventual love captivated the city and became the subject of a 2007 documentary film, died Jan. 22 of heart failure at the age of 75. Comments (3)

January 1936 a month of misery for many in Queens

The double bill of Shirley Temple in “The Littlest Rebel” and “Last of the Pagans” was at the Astoria in January 1936. The Triboro had “A Tale of Two Cities” with Ronald Coleman. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland starred in “Captain Blood.” The Broadway Grand and RKO Proctors were showing Katherine Hepburn in “Sylvia Scarlet.” “Annie Oakley” starred Barbara Stanwyck, Melvin Douglas and Preston Foster. Comment

Filmmaker Ed Burns grew up in Woodside, Valley Stream

Actor, writer and director Edward Burns was born Jan. 29, 1968, and raised in Woodside and Valley Stream, L.I. Burns is known for his role as Pvt. Richard Reiben in “Saving Private Ryan” and for later directing shoestring budget romantic comedies such as “Nice Guy Johnny” and “Newlyweds.” Comment
Long Island City

Rarely seen world films shown at Moving Image

Often we’re aware of the multitude of foreign and independent films being made, but sometimes we have no idea where to view them. Comment
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