The Long Island International Film Expo’s Must-Watch List

Some of the summer’s hottest festivals have come and gone on Long Island, but there’s still time to get some festival time in before the August heat hits. The Long Island International Film Expo runs through July 21, so spend the weekend and days after away from the beach and catch one (or five…or all…) of these 11 must-see flicks at Bellmore Movies.

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July 15

Good Business
Christian Campbell, America Olivo and Academy Award Winner Mercedes Ruehl star in this short film directed by Frank Dale Arroyo. Enjoy seven minutes of a charismatic businessman getting revenge on his ex-mother-in-law at a dinner.

Until 20
Directed and produced by Jamila Paksima and Geraldine Moriba-Meadows, Until 20 is a documentary filmed in Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania making its Long Island premiere at the festival. Learn about inspirational golfer James Ragan, who raised millions for cancer research while battling a rare and often fatal form of bone cancer.


Mail.Man won Best Fiction at the Short. Sweet. Film Fest and Best Narrative Short at the Trail Dance Film Festival, among other awards, in 2015. Director William Aydelott brings viewers 20 minutes of a veteran mailman’s worries and a techie teenager who has a solution for him.

July 16

Taking the Stand

This documentary written, directed and produced by Bernhard Rammerstorfer is nearly 30 minutes of Holocaust survivors telling their stories “as a legacy for future generations” to combat prejudice.

We Remember
The Sopranos‘ Artie Pasquale and Kohl Beck star in We Remember, a four-minute film about a son’s journey to his estranged father’s deathbed after a night of degeneracy.

 July 17

En Pointe
This student film makes its New York premiere with a story of the journey of a young girl, Sophie, who has colorful dreams of becoming a ballerina. Will she make it or will it just remain a dream?

Calling All Collectors

A retired police officer dying from a 9/11-related illness shares his “incredible lifetime collection of amazing items.” This short documentary was filmed in Suffolk County and is making its world premiere on Long Island.

July 18

Selected to show at other film festivals in 2016, Porcupine tells the story of a country music star who reconnects with a woman from his past. It turns out they have a lot in common, despite their “prickly personalities.” But will they hit it off or continue to push each other away?

July 19

The Suicide Flowers
Writer Peter Conrad, executive producer Ericka Tobiassen Place and director John E. Seymore’s drama is about a jerk-of-a-rock star, Raeburn Messiah, who meets a terminally ill fan–they have things in common that have the potential to save each other’s lives.

July 20

A New York Love Story

Sex in the City fans will want to get out to A New York Love Story. Based in New York City, dancer Delphine falls in love with a painter despite every effort not to. They both decide to continue their sexual escapades, but eventually realize feelings can be ignored and love is not that simple.

July 21

My Friend Ed
My Friend Ed explores the notion of hero vs. celebrity and the role of legendary actor Edward Asner’s impact as an activist. Asner, who stars in the Sharon Baker-directed flick, will be on hand for a Q&A after the showing.