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GCIFF 2013 Special Events

Gold Coast Arts Center Gala
Wednesday, October 23

Join us for cocktails, walking supper, awards, silent auction, and a rocking after-party! Honoring The Mindel Family and Samar Hospitality - Honorary Founders Award – and Comedy Star Susie Essman - (The Hysterically Inappropriate) Artist of Distinction, Comedy. Read more


An Evening with Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling 
Saturday, October 19

A Special Pre-Festival Comedy Event. Formerly of The Howard Stern Show and currently the host of Jackie’s Joke Hunt on SiriusXM Radio, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling joins us for an evening of songs, stories, and–of course–jokes! Come ready to laugh! Read more 


How Sweet It Is, with actor Paul Sorvino
Tuesday, October 22

In this musical comedy, an alcoholic theater owner must put together a successful musical in order to pay off his mob debt, but problems arise when the wise guys want to cast their friends in the production. Followed by Q&A. Read more


The Genius of Marian
Monday, October 21

In this life-affirming film, director Banker White turns the camera on his mother who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers. Panel with Luke White and a panel of  distinguished experts from North Shore-LIJ Health System.  Read more


A Conversation with Jay McInerney
Saturday, October 26

The celebrated writer of Bright Lights, Big City joins us for what promises to be an entertaining and intimate onstage discussion looking back at the film version of the novel, released 25 years ago. Read more


The Business of Comedy
Saturday, October 26

A doc about what it’s like to make a living in comedy – or at least to try and make a living in comedy. Followed by a panel with Jeffrey Gurian, Richie Tienken, Gary Licker and Scot Sobel and signing with Gurian for his new book Make ‘Em Laugh. Read more


A Star Is Born!
Sunday, October 27

A Prudent Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kid in Show Business, with legendary entertainment attorney Steven Beer, who helped launch the career of Britney Spears and many others. Read more


The Prime Ministers
Sunday, October 27

An epic documentary exploring six decades of Israel’s history, based on the bestselling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner. Q&A with Ambassador Avner to follow, plus closing night reception and awards ceremony. Read more

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