Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 25 January 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Nugent Cantileno is one of many local residents that will be producing The Last Taxi Driver, a short film created Debra Markowitz and John Marean of North Merrick. The production took to the web to find funding for the film, using indiegogo.com, an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, etc.
The Last Taxi Driver is a dark horror comedy about one man’s determination to retain his career as a taxi driver and refusal to give up when most of his customers are eaten by zombies. The taxi driver will be played by Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods, Wolf of Wall
Street) and Violet will be played by Emily Jackson (Fringe, Incarnate). The film will be shot in East Meadow.
When Markowitz wrote the screenplay for the film, she and Marean discussed different people who could play the roles. Then Markowitz spoke to her filmmaker friends, and the wheels started turning.
“The most exciting thing about The Last Taxi Driver is the collaboration between all the Long Island filmmakers,” Markowitz said. “It’s wonderful to work with all of these talented, creative individuals on one project.”
Markowitz and The Majors Productions explored the possibility of producing this dark comedic horror film on Long Island.
Marean and his producing partner, Cecily Mihok-Trenka (Rapier Wit Films of Merrick) got involved in the production, and it became even more of a reality. Steve Sage of Steve Sage Productions jumped on the bandwagon with his Red camera.
Kory Diskin of Roslyn Heights served as production designer. while Glen Cove native Regina Hardy came on to assist as second assistant director. Helene Schulman signed on as set photographer/videographer.
To raise the money to shoot the film, acting friends Christina Wood, John Thomassen, Stan Adams, Cheryl Martin and Ingrid Dodd acted in the promotional video without even rehearsing to stir attention for the project.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.