December, 2016

Oakland Gardens saw the filming of the hit Showtime series “Homeland” last week. The Golden Globe-winning drama started shooting in the early morning hours at 210th Street and 67th Avenue where signs were placed informing residents to remove vehicles from what would be used as the set. Comment
Kew Gardens

New film festival is coming to Kew Gardens

A new film festival is making its debut in Queens next year, but aspiring borough filmmakers already have a chance to get in on the act. Comment

November, 2016


‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ films near Bayside High School

The long running NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was on set in Bayside last week and Raymond O’Connor Park was lined with trailers and 18-wheelers for the filming of episode 11 of the 18th season. Comment

An MTA star turns out to be a fake

Former Francis Lewis High School student Darius McCollum has been called the best-trained driver the MTA ever had. Comfortable at the controls of both subway trains and city buses, he started out by memorizing the New York City subway map by the age of 8, and became such a well-known expert on the ins and outs of the city’s transit system that the FBI consulted with him in the days following 9/11. Comments (1)

Big screen Bayside

Two different stories are told in “Bayside: The Actors’ Enclave,” an exhibit currently on display at the Bayside Historical Society in Fort Totten. Comment

October, 2016


Mayor’s Office announces initiative to raise profile of women in city film business

When it comes to the worlds of film and television, New York City has “the richest talent base in the country,” says Julie Menin, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Comments (1)

Asbury Shorts coming to Flushing Town Hall

While the Asbury Shorts Concerts, which is billed as “USA’s Premier Short Film Showcase,” has been screening short films (20 minutes or less) to audiences around the country since 1980, it makes its Flushing Town Hall debut Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

September, 2016


A season on screen at the Museum of the Moving Image

It’s a busy fall season at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, featuring a tribute to one of the greatest American actors of his generation, a retrospective of the work of a director who ruled the art houses in the 1990s and a web-based, interactive exhibition that gives viewers a look at how American presidential candidates have been marketed to the public for the past 60 years. Comment
Kew Gardens

Filmmaker tells a story of the Holocaust—and humanity

Philippe Mora is a second-generation Holocaust survivor—eight members of his family died at Auschwitz. Born in 1949 in Paris, Mora moved to Australia with his family when he was small, and he was not aware of the role that his father played in the French resistance, nor of how his mother had evaded, by just one day, what would have been a certain death at Auschwitz. Comment

July, 2016


MMI puts on a really big show for film lovers

In Hollywood’s heyday, the line between “movies” and “films” was for the most part an artistic one. “Movies” came with a tub of popcorn, “films” were accompanied by an artistic pedgree and, usually, subtitles. Comment

Queens World Film Fest brings some favorites back to borough screens

The Queens World Film Festival is celebrating six years of bringing the best of both local and international filmmaking to borough screens. Katha Cato, QWFF president, said its schedule of free summer encore screenings, which runs through the rest of the summer, has something for everyone—and something from just about everywhere. Comment
Kew Gardens

New film questions the story of Kitty Genovese’s murder

Many know the story of the harrowing murder of Kitty Genovese, but according to the new documentary, “The Witness,” a lot of people may have the story wrong. Comment

May, 2016


Kaufman Astoria opens studio doors


Kaufman Astoria opens studio doors

Kaufman Astoria Studios, a film and television production studio located at 34-12 36th St. in Astoria, welcomed the public behind the scenes for an open house on Sunday, as thousands of visitors witnessed how stunts are created, how special effects are formed and how and where the stars live when they are working on location. Comment

April, 2016


York alum mades documentary about Nepal

York College’s journalism program welcomed 2014 graduate Bimina Ranjit and her award-winning Nepal documentary. Comment

Documentary shows worldwide struggle to educate girls

While many American students spend their days dreaming of summer vacation and not going to school, plenty of young people around the world, particularly girls, struggle to receive an education. Comments (3)

March, 2016


That’s a wrap on 6th annual Queens World Film Festival

It was an award-winning evening as the Queens World Film Festival staged its closing ceremonies at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria Saturday night. Comment

Bayside animator readies screening at Queens World Film Festival

“The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead” has already screened more than three dozen times in numerous countries, according to director Elliot Cowan. Past screenings of the animated film have taken place in spots ranging from Arkansas to Armenia. It will be shown Friday as a part of the Queens World Film Festival, and the night will have a special significance for Cowan. Comment
Broad Channel

Film looks to save Jamaica Bay

About five years ago, filmmaker Dan Hendrick was jammed into Broad Channel’s American Legion Hall with hundreds of residents, and could not believe what he was hearing. Comment

February, 2016


Queens World Festival prepares for another run

The sixth annual Queens World Film Festival kicks off March 15 with more than 120 feature length and short movies on tap. Comment

Celebrate Black History Month at the movies

After a rather inauspicious beginning during the second week of February 1926, Black History Month was finally recognized by the federal government in 1976. Comments (1)

January, 2016


‘In Jackson Heights’ settles into run at Museum of Moving Image

Frederick Wiseman was a no-show at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards Jan. 5. Comment



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