Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 28 June 2013 00:00
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.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.