The Long Island International Film Expo Starts This Week...

And we will be there! 13 years ago, I received my first ever film statue from the 2002 LIIFE as a producer, and now I will be there to speak as an attorney on two panels: Ask a Lawyer (with Marc Jacobson, P.C.) and How to Start Up an Independent Film Production Company (or Have Your Lawyer Do It).  

Here are vital bits of information:

The 18th Annual Long Island International Film Expo LIIFE (run by the incomparable Debra Markowitz):
July 8 - 16, 2015
Bellmore Movies
222 Pettit Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
516 783-3199

For complete information, including a full program of the films showing at the Expo, check out

Here is the schedule of panels:

Friday, July 10, 2015 "New York State Film Office Roadshow"

2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. in the Filmmakers Lounge - Maximum 25 Long Island Filmmakers - Must RSVP to

Meet the team from the New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development for a roundtable discussion of all things productive in NYS - Tax incentives, location scouting, finding stages and crew, and more. Whether you're a first time filmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face-to-face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to Meet Team NY and hear firsthand about all the great things New York State has to offer. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015 Panels in the Filmmakers Lounge

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. "Ask a Lawyer" A free opportunity to have an open Q & A with entertainment attorneys Marc Jacobson and Michael Prywes. Moderated by Jim Cook of Spirit Owl Films

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. "Film Financing and Distribution Panel" Hear Industry professionals discuss the current state of independent film financing and distribution. Moderated by Marc Jacobson, P.C.

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. "Learn about the New York State Tax Credits" A discussion on how the NYS film tax credit works, and how it works in other states. Moderated by Marc Jacobson, P.C.

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. "How to Start Up an Independent Film Production Company (or Have Your Lawyer Do It)" Moderated by Michael Prywes

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. "The Inside Dope on Daytime Soaps" moderated by Marilyn Chris. Award winning actress played Wanda Wolek for 20 years on "One Life To Live" among many roles. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015 Panels in the Filmmakers' Lounge 

10:30 a.m. - Noon "Panel and Filmmakers' Breakfast - The Good, The Bad and the Horror Stories: The Perils of Independent Filmmaking." Moderated by Mitchell Bard, Snapper Films General Public - $5. 2015 LIIFE Filmmakers and Gold Pass Holders - Free

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. "Write Stuff" Panel on Scriptwriting - Free Moderated by Mitchell Bard, Snapper Films

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. "Improv Like a Pro When the Unexpected Happens" Workshop instructed by Katha Cato of the Queens World Film Festival -Free The ability to sustain a well- developed character and remain fully present and immersed in the creative process while the cameras are rolling, the theatre explodes, or the other actor goes completely off book is a valuable skill set. In this workshop, you will be immersed in a series of improvisational techniques designed to calm your fears about improvisation while strengthening your ability to remain present in the moment. 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. "So You Want to Be an Actor" Moderated by Joseph A. Halsey For the beginner or someone already on an early course of their acting career. Learn the dos and don'ts of auditions, training, prep and set life and what to expect from a career in the industry. And need to dig deeper into a challenging role? Joe can help with that too.