The red carpet was rolled out for the 20th Gold Coast Arts Center’s Gala dinner at The Space in Westbury. Long Island’s best were out and about. This year the association honored The Mindel Family with an Honorary Founder’s Award, Susie Essman with The Artist of Distinction, comedy and lastly Paul Sorvino, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Gold Coast Arts Center started in 1993 as a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. They support the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. The goal of the organization is to create a “home” on Long Island to showcase the work and passion of filmmakers and to provide the public with an insider’s view of the entire industry. The festival includes exclusive screenings, workshops, conversations and finally a gala, like the one we attended Wednesday. The 7-day festival has 8 separate locations throughout northern Nassau County.
This event honored the Mindel Family. The Mindel family has been a supporter of the center for years. Holocaust survivors Sam and Mary Mindle strongly support their community and the arts. They are humble owners of the Inn at Great Neck. They are very good candidates for any award, especially this Honorary Founder’s Award.
They also bestowed the Artist of Distinction, comedy award on Susie Essman. Some may know Essman as Susie Greene on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. The quick-witted and colorful Essman was a crowd favorite. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Paul Sorvino. Sorvino played a character named Paulie in arguably one of the best movie ever made, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. He also appeared in Romeo+ Juliette, Dick Tracy and the very entertaining film, Kill The Irishman. Mr. Sorvino mere presence commands respect. I know him as Paulie from Goodfellas, his name is Paul but I could not bring myself to call him by his first name. I was unable to call him anything other than Mr. Sorvino. To view all shows check out Gold Coast Film Festival. Do something different tonight. Support the arts.