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Stony Brook Film Fest Kicks Off Eighth Annual Run

Stony Brook Film Fest Kicks Off Eighth Annual Run

Stony Brook Film Fest Kicks Off Eighth Annual Run

by Claiborne Smith

Stephen Baldwin and Ally Sheedy star in Geoff Schaff’s “Shelter Island,” written and produced by Long Islander Paul Corvino. Courtesy: Stony Brook Film Festival

Long Island’s eighth annual Stony Brook Film Festival opened last night (Wednesday) with the East Coast premiere of “Resistance,” writer-director Todd Komarnicki’s World War II drama starring Bill Paxton and Julia Ormond. “Resistance” is one of 29 films that are making either their world, U.S., East Coast, regional, or New York premieres at the festival, which runs through July 26.

More than 37 films will be screened during the 11-day festival, but this weekend Stony Brook festival-goers will have an opportunity to catch three movies making their world premieres. “Dog Gone Love” is a romantic comedy starring “Spin City”‘s Alexander Chaplin and Richard Kind. Lindsey Sloane plays Rebecca, a veterinary assistant who mistakenly assumes that Steven (Chaplin), a research-obsessed writer, is gay. To pursue the relationship and kickstart his floundering novel, Steven lets Rebecca maintain her assumption about him until it’s too late to backtrack.

Like “Dog Gone Love,” “Undermind,” a psychological thriller about the eerie connections between a corporate lawyer and a criminal, is in competition at the festival for both jury and audience awards. “Shelter Island,” another Stony Brook world premiere, is a thriller written and producer by Long Island resident Paul Corvino that stars Ally Sheedy, Patsy Kensit, Stephen Baldwin, Mimi Langeland, and Chris Penn. “American Gun,” James Coburn’s last film, is also in competition.

“September 11” a French-produced omnibus film of eleven shorts, will make its regional premiere at Stony Brook as will “The Secret Lives of Dentists,” the fest’s closing night film — a black comedy starring Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, and Robin Tunney.

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