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Stars shine at Queens World Film Festival


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The stars came out for the Queens World Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image. 

Opening night was held on Tuesday, March 5 and featured films from the borough and as far away as Belgium, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Organizers Katha and Don Cato welcomed the large audience of film lovers and encouraged the filmmakers present to continue making films.

“We have a lot to talk about or even argue about,” said Katha. “You must continue to tell your stories, it’s what binds us together!”

Before any of the films made its debut, the festival honored Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer as the 2013 Spirit of Queens Community honoree for his dedication to the community and the arts.

“If you do not believe culture and the arts sustain communities, you have to witness festivals like this,” said Van Bramer. “You don’t have to go to Manhattan to see world-class films.”

Although Academy Award nominated actress Karen Black could not be in attendance, she was also featured as a Spirit of Queens honoree and accepted her recognition through a pre-recorded video.

Saturday night, March 9, the awards presentation was held at Renaissance Event Hall. Among the winners was “Planet Utero” by Elmhurst’s Faiyaz Jafri, for Best Animation. William Cusick was another local filmmaker who took home an award for Founder’s Choice for his film “Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road).” The Audience Award winner was “Mikeyboy,” which is set in Queens, by director Christopher Berkenkamp.

The festival came to an end Sunday, March 10 with encore screenings at the Secret Theatre of all the winning films.

Adrian Manzano from Jackson Heights debuted his feature “BQE” at the film festival.

The festival honored Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer as the 2013 Spirit of Queens Community Honoree for his dedication to the community.

 

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Have your cake and eat it too at Renaissance Event Hall


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At Renaissance Event Hall, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Established in 2002, the Long Island City venue specializes in creating unique and distinctive events for New Yorkers.

Teresa Lisson, Partner at Renaissance Event Hall, built the foundation of the current business three years ago. “Ever since, I focus on private events only,” she said. “We are specialists in weddings, Sweet 16s, corporate affairs and some concerts.”

Conveniently located near all five boroughs, Renaissance attracts a diverse group of people.

“The European charm, our young motivated team, our on-premises catering, moderate prices, and layout of the venue fascinate film crews and urge networks to shoot with well-known actors here,” said Lisson.

Lisson and her sales staff ensure that all requests are handled with care.

“I ensure the logistics preparation for our events, such as ordering the freshest ingredients from the Hunts Point Cooperative Market, and preparation for our events are taken, customize new theme buffets and attend shows and other business-related events to always be up to date with the latest trends,” she said.

The Renaissance recently purchased the building next door in order to expand. The construction is set to start by the end of this year. It will allow for a bigger bridal suite, backyard and rooftop for ceremonies and outdoor affairs.

“That allows us to improve the kitchen in order to speed up the serving process,” said Lisson. “We will also add more seating space that will allow us to add 150 guests, which makes a total of 450 guests.”

As a growing business with steady requests from both existing and new clients, Renaissance’s number one goal is to assure clients their privacy.

“They don’t have to share space with others,” said Lisson. “It is guaranteed an intimate affair.”

Renaissance Event Hall is located at 27-34 21st Street in LIC. To learn more, call 718-274-4590 or visit www.renaissanceeventhall.com

Renaissance Event Hall: Catering with Care


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At Renaissance Event Hall, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Established in 2002, the Long Island City venue specializes in creating unique and distinctive events for New Yorkers.

Teresa Lisson, Renaissance’s general manager, joined the team more than three years ago. “Ever since, I focus on private events only,” she said. “We are specialists in weddings, Sweet 16s, corporate affairs and some concerts.”

Conveniently located near all five boroughs, Renaissance attracts a diverse group of people.

“The European charm, our young motivated team, our on-premises catering, moderate prices, and layout of the venue fascinate film crews and urge networks to shoot with well-known actors here,” said Lisson.

Lisson’s everyday job consists of a variety of things. “I answer phone calls with quote requests from mainly brides to be, order rentals such as special décor furniture and special light equipment for a unique transformation of the room, train waiters, prepare logistics, customize new theme buffets, and attend shows and other business-related events to always be up to date with the latest trends,” she said.

The Renaissance recently purchased the building next door in order to expand. The construction is set to start by the end of this year. It will allow for a bigger bridal suite, backyard and rooftop for ceremonies and outdoor affairs.

“That allows us to improve the kitchen in order to speed up the serving process,” said Lisson. “We will also add more seating space that will allow us to add 150 guests, which makes a total of 450 guests.”

As a growing business with steady requests from both existing and new clients, Renaissance’s number one goal is to assure clients their privacy.

“They don’t have to share space with others,” said Lisson. “It is guaranteed an intimate affair.”

Renaissance Event Hall is located at 27-34 21st Street in LIC. To learn more, call 718-274-4590 or visit www.renaissanceofastoria.com.