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Old Hollywood Meets Mineola

The year is 1930.  In classic Old Hollywood, the world of speakeasies and celebrity mansions still exist. 

 

This is the setting for Tilt of a Rose, one of more than 100 short and feature-length independent films from all over the world that was accepted into the Long Island International Film Expo. This particular film strikes particularly close to Nassau County’s heart because it was written, directed and produced by Mineola’s own, Nugent Cantileno.

 

“It felt great, [to be accepted into the festival]” said the recent Long Island University Post graduate. “It was exciting because it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been editing this movie for about a year.”

 

The idea for the film actually lies within the painting the young filmmaker’s grandfather painted in Mineola about 50 years ago. The painting depicts the hand of the devil on the bottom of it and the hand of God on the other side. There is a rose tilting in the painting towards the hand of God. 

 

However, the setting of Old Hollywood also strikes close to home for Cantileno.

 

“The idea of fame has always fascinated me,” he said. “That is kind of what the message of the movie is. It’s an allegory/metaphor of fame. You see it all the time with celebrities, they strive for fame and fortune but eventually it’s what kills them. Sometimes what you want isn’t always what you necessarily need.” 

 

Something else the writer and director of the film cited as unique about it is the location for the film. At LIU-Post, there is a giant mansion in the middle of campus. The university allowed Cantileno and his crew the space for three nights a long with access to furniture and costumes from the school’s prop house.  

 

“It looks like a celebrity home,” says Cantileno “It is a giant mansion. It has couches we put in there and all this other stuff.”

 

Part of the film was even shot in Mineola’s own Black Sheep bar. The bar was transformed into a modern day speakeasy, which

according to the owner of the bar is not too far from the truth because the Mineola bar was once a speakeasy decades ago. 

 

“Mineola is a great town,” said Cantileno “It’s a small town. It’s a great community. It’s very scenic and very local, which creates easier access for film shoots.” 

 

For the long-time Mineola resident, the film industry was one that he always was fond of.  When it came time to look at colleges, he saw the film program at LIU/Post.

 

“I’m a creative person,” says Cantileno “So I applied to the film program. I had an interview with the head of the department. I got in and the rest is history.”  

 

Cantileno’s own history in Mineola is one that also helped his early connections to his recent major. As a high school graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, Cantileno was able to score three internships with Fox News. 

 

Being a Mineola resident even helped Cantileno become a production assistant for a 97-minute feature film, Detachment, which was filmed at the Mineola Middle School and High School. 

 

The movie featured director Tony Kaye (American History X) and actors such as Adrian Brody and Lucy Liu proved to be a great opportunity for Cantileno and one that quite literally had fate knocking at his door. 

 

“They were location scouting,” recalled Cantileno. “They were going around looking for local houses and they happened to leave a flyer on my house. They didn’t end up going with my house but I put myself out there and the locations manager let me be a PA [Production Assistant] on Detachment.” 

 

Cantileno thanked co-producer Robert La Rosa, who also edited the film for the past year with Cantileno. Acting credits go to Suzanne Lenz, Lane Kwederis, Matt Heller and Sara Percival, all of which had to audition and were cast from a production company in Manhattan.

 

“I am forever in all their debts for all the hard work they’ve put into it,” said Cantileno. 

 

Tilt of a Rose will be shown on July 21 at Bellmore Movies at 1:45 p.m. time during the Long Island International Film Expo.  


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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