Gold Coast International Film Festival kicked off on Monday night, November with a stately red carpet Gala of celebrated artists and Long Island socialites and LIB Magazine!
At Monday’s gala, GCIFF awarded Michael Glickman, President of the Gold Coast Arts Center, as the festival’s Man of the Year. Costume designer Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge), accepted the CGIFF Artist of Distinction Award. Marie Cecile Flafeul & Jonathan Cohen (aka artist Meres One) received the Art & Activism Award.
Ms. Martin has also won two Academy Awards for Moulin Rouge in 2002 and another two for The Great Gatsby in 2014. Winning four Oscars, Martin is the most awarded Australian- born person in Oscar history. She also won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for opera La Bohéme. Martin has also won awards for her work in Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Romeo + Juliet (1996).
Glickman has been a member of the of the Executive Committee of the Board of Great Neck Arts Center (now the Gold Coast Arts Center) since 2006 and was elected President of the Board, June 2014. Michael earned his Bachelors (B.A.) and Master (M.A.) from Long Island University. He earned his Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Columbia University.
Meres One is an artist whose activism help make 5 Pointz the Mecca for NYC and International graffiti artists. Cohen has taken an interest in graffiti arts since the age of 13; his work can be seen in all five boros, Florida, Connecticut, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Holland. As a freelance artist, Cohen “Meres” work has been displayed in magazines and video shoots. His clientele include the NY Knicks, Def Jam, Swatch, ABC, Coors, Heineken and Deutsche Bank. He appeared in movies such as Brown Sugar and Bomb the System. He was also featured in Matisyahu’s video “Youth.” Meres One was Banksy… before Banksy.
Special thanks to Rick Eberle and the Gold Coast staff. For a full slate of events this week, please check out goldcoastfilmfestival.org.