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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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Protesting Youths Cripple Activities at Akpabio Stadium

first_imgTHISDAY learnt that the protest was staged four days to the decisive World Cup match between Nigeria Zambia to draw attention to the unfulfilled promise of the state government.The youths insisted that the beautiful edifice in their community has added no financial value to uplift their lives and wellbeing.Some of the placard placed at strategic location round the stadium reads in part,” the Stadium is Beautiful but the People in the Communities here are Suffering”.The Youth Leader of Obio Etoi village, Mr Sunday Peters, who led the demonstration told newsmen that one of their grievances was that since 2011 when Julius Berger commenced work at the stadium, the villagers have nothing to show in term of employment or remodeling of their communities.Due to the neglect of the communities, he said the activities of the construction giant has made the community to become water logged anytime it rains.Mr Peter lamented that flood from the artificially created lake in the stadium now makes it possible for the community to become flooded anytime it is full.“Since 2011, when this company commenced work here; this stadium has not brought anything good for us here. The company took all diversion ways to the community with their heavy equipment and machines, at a point we have to sell our land to maintain the road. That is why we are crying to the state government and we will continue to cry until something is done”.On his part, the village head of the Obio Etoi, Eteidung Ezekiel Inyang Ekott, said the protest by the youth was a peaceful one as it was not marred by violent.The youths, he said only demonstrated at the stadium gate just to draw the state government attention to the plights of the host communities.“We want to let the state government to know that the Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU), entered between the host communities, Julius Berger and the state government has been breached”.Top government officials including the state Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang, and his Information and Strategy counterpart, Mr Charles Udoh, pleaded with the youth to remain calm and not embarrass visitors to the stadium.To pacifying the youths of the communities, the work commissioner hinted that the road being the subject of complaint has been earmarked for construction stressing that work will commence in a week’s time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Complaint of non-implementation of MoU with Akwa Ibom State governmentThe two host communities of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Obio Etoi and Obio Ofot in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State yesterday staged peaceful protest at the complex to press home their complaints of unfulfilled promises by the state government since taking over their land for the project.The protest which commenced in the morning lasted for several hours as the youths barricaded the main gate leading to the stadium tagged the “Nest of Champion”, thus frustrating early day activities at the complex.last_img read more

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first_imgAnne Marie and Natasha after their superb runs. Pic by Gerry Farnan.Another chapter in the resurgence of Lifford AC was written yesterday in the Phoenix Park, Dublin when Senior athletes Ann Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams had two outstanding runs to claim Irish vests for forthcoming international meets.The Gerry Farnan event marks the opening of the Irish Cross Country season in which Ireland’s leading senior, junior and masters cross country runners participate. The double European cross country champion of 2011 and 2012, Fionnuala Britton, commenced her seasons by winning the Gerry Farnan in each of those years and yet again, Britton was in action yesterday having just returned from altitude training in France.It was in a field of this class that both McGlynn and Adams took to the starting line.In McGlynn’s case, a top four berth would secure selection to the Irish team for the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp, while Adams knew a top four placing in her Masters event would secure a first Irish vest for the upcoming international in Wales.In recent months, all the superlatives have been written about Lifford AC athletes and their performances and progress. However, yesterdays race by Ann Marie and Natasha was simply outstanding from start to finish. Fionnuala Britton, as expected, led straight from the gun and opened up a big gap early in the race. While a group of up to ten runners tried to keep with Britton’s blistering pace, Ann Marie ran a composed race off this chasing pack.As the race progressed, Ann Marie worked her way through the field and on the last lap, dug deep into her reserves to pick the front runners off one by one to work her way through to a fourth placed finish behind internationals Britton, Sara Louise Tracey and Laura Crowe.This secures an international vest for Ann Marie, certainly turning back the clock to such appearances many years ago, and showing she is coming back to her very best.While Ann Marie ran a composed race, the same could be said of Natasha Adams, whose consistent pace was evident throughout the race.Going into the race, Natasha would have settled for a fourth place in the Masters.However, after her front running Masters victory in Donegal last week, Natasha showed her fearless nature by mixing it not just with the Masters, but with the top class senior opposition in this race. From an early stage, Natasha led the Masters race with Kilmore’s Jackie Carthy not far behind. Going into the last lap, Carthy closed the gap on Natasha, but with about 800m to go, the Lifford girl put some distance between the two to claim the Masters title and a well deserved first Irish vest.A thoroughly satisfying day out, great to see the Lifford vest at the forefront of such a high quality race, and fingers crossed for even better days to come.LIFFORD ATHLETES SECURE IRISH TEAM BERTHS WITH SUPERB RUNS was last modified: October 21st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:athleticsCross CountryIrelandLIfford AClast_img read more

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