Helena Bonham Carter, a two-time Academy Award nominee for work in "The Wings of Dove" and "The King's Speech," sat down to take part in the series, "A Conversation With" on Saturday at Bay Street Theatre.
She stars in the film, "Burton and Taylor," which was shown as part of the festival's "Focus on UK Film" and made its North American premiere at the festival. Set in 1983, eight years after Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's second divorce, the film is about their professional reunion to star in a West End revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lies." Dominic West plays opposite Bonham Carter in the BBC America docudrama.
Ralph Macchio, an actor best known for the "Karate Kid" series and a Huntington native, told photographer Lisa Tamburini, a friend to Southampton Patch, that this was his first Long Island film festival. He directed "Across Grace Alley," a short film shown at the festival.
"I was born and raised on Long Island and it's my first time here at the festival festival," Macchio said. "We wanted to have our East Coast premiere here, so I'm pretty excited about that."
The 24-minute film is about a young boy struggling with his parents' divorce who finds solace in his infatuation for a woman he discovers through a neighboring window.
Another actor who was at the film festival because of a film he directed was Kevin Connolly, of "Entourage" fame, who is behind the film, "Big Shot," about John Spano who "saved" the New York Islanders in the late 1990s with a $165 million buyout and began one of the biggest scandals in the National Hockey League's history.
Both Macchio and Connolly's films were part of the festivals "Views from Long Island" films.Former "Sopranos" star Steve Schirripa also made an appearance at the festival. He stars in a 14-minute film, "A Poet Long Ago," a story about two friends from a Brooklyn grammar school who reconnect.