FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com FEBRUARY 28, 2013 • BUZZ • THE QUEENS COURIER 53 buzz Photos courtesy of Katha Cato Katha Cato, Rocking the Step and Repeat. FLEX SPENDING Use it or lose it! WINTER SAVINGS ONSITE DOCTORS • EYE EXAMS • CONTACTS • 1 HOUR SERVICE • VISION PLANS ACCEPTED • SUNGLASSES • LOWEST PRICES 2 PAIR OF EYEGLASSES QC QC QC $99 Includes: EYE EXAM, Frames & Lenses Select frames with clear plastic, single vision lenses+/- 4 sph., 2 cyl. Not valid with any other offers, sales, vision plans or packages. Must present prior to purchase. Offer valid at this location only. Offer ends: 3/21/13 NO-LINE BIFOCAL EYEGLASSES $99 Includes: EYE EXAM, No-Line Bifocal Lenses & Frame Select frame with select clear plastic no-line bifocal lenses +/- 4 sph., 2 cyl up to 2.50 add. Not valid with any other offers, sales, vision plans or packages. Must present prior to purchase. Offer valid at this location only. Offer ends: 3/21/13 DISPOSABLE CONTACTS $99 Includes: •EYE EXAM •2 Boxes of Lenses Clear Soft contacts brand clear spherical lenses. Not Valid with any other offers, sales, vision plans or packages. Must present prior to purchase. Offer ends: 3/21/13 BAY TERRACE SHOPPING CENTER 211-51 26 AVENUE • BAYSIDE, NY 11360 718.631.3699 *FREE with the purchase of glasses. Contact Lens Exam and EYE EXAM fitting add’l. *See store for details. QC of the 2013 THE QUEENS QueensCourier.com BY ANGY ALTAMIRANO firstname.lastname@example.org The third Annual Queens World Film Festival is just around the corner, with organizers and filmmakers from near and far ready to take the stage. “Brooklyn has an identity, Manhattan has an identity, everyone has an identity, except for Queens,” said festival director Katha Cato, who arranges the event along with her husband, Don. “Everybody needs to understand this is a great place to see films and to make films.” The festival, which brings together international and local filmmakers, will take place from March 5 - March 10 and feature 104 films, with 19 works from Queens. The films include shorts and feature lengths, documentaries, animation, fantasies, LGBT, “regular ol’ boy meets girl,” and many more. The six day festival begins at 8 p.m. at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria with a block of seven films and will also honor City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer for his years of service to the borough. The opening night films include five international, one from Brooklyn and one animation movie called “Planet Utero” from Queens filmmaker Faiyaz Jafri. Along with Jafri, other Queens films include William Cusick’s feature narrative “Welcome to Nowhere” and Flushing native Adrian Manzano’s “BQE.” The celebration of independent films will continue at venues such as the Jackson Cinema in Elmhurst, The Secret Theatre in Long Island City and the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights. “It’s all about bringing people together,”said Cato. The films are divided into different blocks based on subject and will each have a host organizing the night. Guests will also have the opportunity to interact with filmmakers in Q&A sessions afterward. “You want people to talk, to be engaged in the film. Whether they enjoy them or not,” said Cato. “We are trying to build community here.” Also, 50 guests will be able to reserve a package for a “Dinner and a Movie” night on Wednesday, March 6. Hosted at Armondo’s Italian Restaurant in Elmhurst, the $50 price tag includes a cocktail, appetizer, entrée and dessert. Once the film lovers have enjoyed their dinner, they will be able to take a walk down to The Jackson Cinema and enjoy a film block called “Grace Under Fire.” On the final night of the festival, films will be awarded Crystal Globes and all winning films will be rescreened at The Secret Theatre. “We really hope that all of New York picks up their ears and listen to what’s happening in Queens,” said Cato. Tickets for the festival are $10 for regular admission and $6 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at www.queensworldfilmfestival.com. To reserve a package for “Dinner and a Movie,” call Armondo’s at 718-429-8552. action! 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Festival Director Katha Cato, Program Director Don Cato, City Councilmember Danny Dromm. Lloyd Kaufman, Pat Kaufman NYS Film Commissioner, Toxie. Big Crowds Good Films 2012.
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