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LEAVING
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LEAVING
 
NY Premiere

Director: Debra Markowitz

United States, 2015, 10min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Molly Ryman, Sal Rendino, Joseph A. Halsey, Cristian Neenan, Noelle Yatauro, Donna Sirianni
Crew:  Producer: Debra Markowitz, John Marean, Joseph A.Halsey, Intention Films and Media, The Majors Productions, MovieMan Productions and Halsey Films - Cinematography: Marc Riou - Editing: Robert La Rosa - Music: Stephanie Zuccaro - Sound: Robert La Rosa - Production Manager: John Marean - 1st AD: Nugent Cantileno
Email:  debra.markowitzgmail.com

synopsis
Emily Hemming has a husband, children and life she loves. Events beyond her control cause her to leave her family, but she clings to them even though she knows she can't stay. Stars Molly Ryan, Joseph A. Halsey and Sal Rendino.

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Debra Markowitz serves as Director of the Nassau County Film Office. In this capacity, Ms. Markowitz presides over the Nassau County Film Commission, now known as the Nassau County Film Advisory Board, and chairs as its Executive Director. Serving three administrations during her 28-year tenure, Ms. Markowitz has steadily increased production of movies, television programs and commercials that are shot in Nassau County, logging over 650 production days and over $80M in positive economic impact. Under her auspices, Nassau County ranks #2 in New York State for the amount of documented production days, second only to New York City. Ms. Markowitz also serves as Vice President of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, Long Island's most established and largest not-for-profit agency dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking. Under her directorship, the Foundation spawned the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE.) The event, currently in its 19th year, enjoys enormous popularity, attracting short and feature-length independent films from around the world, spotlighting films made on Long Island and concluding with a star-studded award celebration. LIIFE fosters a world-wide burgeoning film community, and is noted for such. Debra Markowitz is also a freelance writer and novelist. Her latest work is her Karmic Wind Trilogy (Naked in the Rain,Sarah and Caleb, and concluding with Karmic Wind) Ms. Markowitz's name can be found on the Long Island Press' Power List, 50 Long Islanders Who Control Our Lives (2003 and 2012); Beverly Fortune's 52 (2006); as the recipient of the prestigious George M. Estabrook Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (Hofstra University, 2011) and the 2012 Long Island Arts Council honoree as its Outstanding Advocate for the Arts. An enthusiastic fellow filmmaker, Ms. Markowitz has acted as Casting Director, consultant, writer and producer on movie,television and commercial projects. Her films have been winning awards at festivals worldwide. Debra Markowitz, an avid practitioner of yoga, lives in North Merrick with her partner, John Marean, and their daughters. Ms. Markowitz is a proud volunteer at the Save-A-Pet organization.
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