Actor/Filmmaker and long-time resident Vincent Spano joins the jury for Roosevelt Island Film Fest

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Actor/Director/Writer/Producer Vincent Spano, long-time former resident of Roosevelt Island has announced his participation in the jury of the first annual ROOSEVELT ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL which will be opening its screen to new works August 21-23

NEW YORK - s4story -- Born in Brooklyn, Spano developed an interest in acting at a young age and was pursuing it professionally at age 13. A year later, while living on Roosevelt Island, he earned a co-starring role in the play The Shadow Box on Broadway. Other roles in films quickly followed.

Spano's breakout role was as The Sheik in John Sayles' Italian-Catholic-boy-meets-Jewish-girl romance, Baby It's You. After the films' success, he was thrilled to have the opportunity, once again, to work with one of his favorite directors, Francis Coppola, in Rumblefish.

As he developed his career, Spano spent his teenage years on Roosevelt Island. He became good friends with fellow actor and film festival founder, Daniel Jordano. "Danny and I always worked on filmmaking projects together. I even cast him in my Super 8 classic, The Optimistic Pessimist," laughs Spano. In fact, their friendship even led to their appearance together in Amos Poe's Alphabet City.

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"The island holds so many great memories for me. It was always a place of inspiration. I remember getting Sylvester Stallone to watch my Super 8 film, Little Rock, during the filming of Nighthawks," Vincent recalls. "We projected it on the side of a handball court at the Sports Center. That was an awesome moment for us. We thought we were dreaming. Jordano and I had small shrines to Stallone in our rooms. We were like super-fans," he laughs. "I was later blessed to work with Sly in Oscar"

It's these experiences as a young filmmaker that made him proud not to just be on the jury of the festival, but to also hand out an award in his name:

The Vincent Spano Award for Best Emerging New York City Filmmaker

Spano is excited to help inspire a new generation of artists through the Roosevelt Island Film Festival, which is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent American and International filmmakers. The festival seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, and introduce audiences to new exceptional works.

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The festival is open to submissions from filmmakers on filmfreeway.com/rooseveltislandfilmfestival.

Visit the website www.rooseveltislandfilmfestival.com

It will be taking place 8/21-23, culminating in the award ceremony, where they will bestow the GOLDEN TRAM to the best in fest. @ The Main St. Theater 548 Main St. Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

Media Contact
Founders Toni Vitale and Daniel Jordano
rooseveltislandfilmfestival@gmail.com


Source: Roosevelt Island Film Festival
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