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Zombie Movie Filmed on Long Island Debuts in July

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Robert Clohessy plays the lead role in The Last Taxi Driver shot in Eisenhower Park last month.Maybe your leisurely walks through Long Island’s beautiful parks don’t turn into the budding concepts of zombie movies. But then you aren’t Debra Markowitz, whose idea for a horror/comedy film was sparked at Mill Pond two years ago.The president of the Long Island International Film Expo, director of the Nassau County Film Office, novelist and filmmaker was so inspired by the current crop of contributions to the zombie genre that she came up with her own. Filmed in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, The Last Taxi Driver, about a disgruntled taxi driver who refuses to give up his taxi when most of the inhabitants left are zombies, is Markowitz’s answer to the legendary DeNiro/Scorsese film and AMC’s The Walking Dead. (EDIT: Changed from HBO to AMC. Thanks Janine JustJanine)“Working with this incredible team of actors and crew on The Last Taxi Driver just renewed my faith in all that is good,” Markowitz wrote on her Facebook page. “All the filmmakers who stepped in just to help, to create, to collaborate—and all without egos. People who LOVE what they do, and loving nothing better then ‘set life.’ I’m very thankful and appreciative—and I can’t wait to do it again.”Written and produced with her partner John Marean of Rapier Wit Films, the Majors Productions, and Steve Page Productions, they hope to premiere the film this July at the LI film expo. The cast features tons of local talent that came together to form what Markowitz calls her “film family.” In addition to Robert Clohessy (of the CBS series Blue Bloods) and Emily Jackson (of the Fox series Fringe and the film Incarnate), there was a zombie played by Raj Mehta, the president of Infosys in Plainview and author Judy San Roman from Huntington who wrote They’re Fake and They’re Fabulous about surviving breast cancer and two children’s books, and Deborah Twiss from Kick-Ass.Debra Markowitz, head of the Nassau County Film Office, on the set directing The Last Taxi Driver.Through the wind, rain, sleet, and snow that pummeled LI in the last week of February, the cast of The Last Taxi Driver showed up ready to get to work.“It was crazy!” Markowitz laughed, considering the weather conditions.It took three days to complete the filming. The first day of shooting was in frigid February weather. The second day: snow. The third day saw rain, but it tapered off in the afternoon, allowing them to wrap up, the gray skies keeping with the continuity of the film despite the ever-changing weather.February turned out to be the perfect time to film in Eisenhower Park, with the polar-vortex-induced weather keeping anyone who wasn’t involved in the production far away from the set, leaving them with the entirety of the park to themselves.A snowstorm complicated filming when a snow bank limited access to a spot they had scouted to film. The team of professionals quickly improvised, and with slight variations, they were able to continue.A grassroots indiegogo fundraising page created with the help of Majors Productions that raised over $11,000 in less than a month financed the production.With filming completed, the film is now in the editing process. What footage doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor, as they say, will be ripe for flesh-eating zombies.last_img read more

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Wenger in it for the long haul

Arsene Wenger says he is more committed to the job than ever and that the thought of retirement makes him panic. “You would not necessarily expect people to insult you on the way to the train. It’s the way society has gone and you have to go with it. You can take it or not. I can, as well, take a distance from that. “I know the same people can be excessive on one side and the other side. That’s where experience helps. You have a good assessment of who you are. And you’re not influenced by what people say, whether that’s on one side too positive and on the other side too negative.” Meanwhile, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be offered the chance of a loan move to Roma, Press Association Sport understands. The 25-year-old played in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa at Wembley, but lost his place in the Gunners’ Barclays Premier League side to David Ospina at the turn of the year following some inconsistent performances and being fined for smoking in the showers after the defeat at Southampton. Following the arrival of veteran Petr Cech from Chelsea, the Poland international appears set to get the chance of some regular match action with the Italian club. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is expected to leave for Galatasaray. Press Association At 65 and approaching the start of his 20th year with Arsenal, the Frenchman could be forgiven for considering following the path of old foe Sir Alex Ferguson into a life away from the game. On the contrary, though, Wenger has never been more up for the challenge and has admitted that he cannot allow the thought of packing in to linger. In an interview with a number of national newspapers, he said: “Retirement? Yes, it crosses my mind sometimes but for no longer than five seconds because I panic a little bit. “When we played at Man United, he (Ferguson) came to meet me after the game. I said: ‘Come on, you don’t miss it?’ He says: ‘No.’ He had enough. He goes to every game. But he has horses. I have no horses. “Enthusiasm? That is not a problem, honestly. I am more committed than ever for that. I just think the number of times you have done it doesn’t count. It is how much you love what you do that counts. “And the love of what you do is not necessarily diminished by the number of times you’ve done it. Football is new every day. That’s a big quality. It makes you question. “Because with every defeat people say: ‘What is this guy doing?’ Every three days you are questioned. You have an exam every three days. You have no way to look back. You have to prepare for the next exam and come out of it with success. So it always demands 100% commitment.” Wenger’s commitment was tested last season when, after a particularly nasty defeat at Stoke, he was verbally abused by a section of his club’s supporters as he boarded a train for home. Experience, he says, cannot prepare him for moments like that. “I have big experience and experience helps you anticipate what you will face. I did not necessarily anticipate that. Even here there are unpredictable responses,” he said. read more

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first_imgBring on the Dubs!! We want revenge!!It’s the game the whole country wants to see, and now they’re going to get their wish, Donegal will play Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on the 31st of August.Dublin were simply awesome this evening, as they easily disposed of the challenge presented by Monaghan.Dublin ran out 17 point winners over the men from the Farney County on a scoreline of 2-22 to 0-11, in a frightening display of attacking prowess. It was a close opening quarter, but once Diarmaid Connolly found the back of the net in the 25th minute there was no looking back.They simply outclassed Monaghan for the remainder of the match and in truth should have won by more.Earlier in the afternoon, Donegal won an epic quarter-final against Armagh, they trailed with two minutes to go, but two super scores from Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty edged Donegal over the line and set-up a mouth-watering clash with Dublin.The All-Ireland champions of 2012 now face the All-Ireland champions of 2013 in what promise to be one of the most fascinating games in years. Will Donegal adopt the claustrophobic defensive strategy they employed in that infamous semi-final in 2011??So many questions will be asked over the next three weeks as the excitement builds towards what will be a truly epic semi-final.We can’t wait for it, and I’m sure you can’t either, the scramble for tickets will begin now.There will be a double header of Donegal v Dublin matches, as Declan Bonner’s minor side will face Dublin earlier the same day.It promises to be some occasion, and how sweet would it be to beat the Dubs TWICE in the one day at Croker. Let’s dare to dream.Well done to Jim and the boys on their brilliant win earlier this evening.Oh I remember that summer in Dublin, let’s hope so.Tir Chonaill Abú. BRING ON THE DUBS: DONEGAL WILL PLAY DUBLIN IN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL was last modified: August 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:All-Ireland semi-finalAugust 31stCroke ParkdonegalDouble-headerdublinHome-page SportMinorsnewslast_img read more

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