It’s a real tearjerker, that’s for sure. Huntington High School senior Charlie Ehrman’s short film, bELIeve! will be screened on Sunday, November 13 at 12 p.m. during the Gold Coast International Film Festival at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington.
Mr. Ehrman’s film is a powerful documentary on Eli Mollineaux Day on September 17 at Blue Devil Stadium. The Huntington and Smithtown West football teams lined up for a play at the start of the third quarter as a standing room only crowd of 2,000 watched. Mr. Mollineaux, a Huntington sophomore took a handoff and darted 50 yards in his wheelchair to score a touchdown as fans went wild. An emotional ceremony followed in the end zone.
Mr. Mollineaux passed away late last month following a lifelong battle with Pearson Syndrome, a rare mitochondrial disease. He was 15 years old.
Huntington senior Charlie Ehrman
is a top young filmmaker.
“The Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry,” according to its website. “Festival events include screenings, workshops and conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.”
The festival’s young filmmakers program screens the winning short films from over 100 submissions. Mr. Ehrman’s film bELIeve! was chosen for this special showing.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to share the power of Eli’s story at this film festival,” Mr. Ehrman said. “Eli had an energy that radiated through our community, bonding us together.”
An award winning young filmmaker who has even been honored by C-SPAN, Mr. Ehrman is considering Emerson College, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount, USC and UCLA, plus several other schools.
While a limited number of tickets are available for Sunday’s screening, festival organizers said they will be able to accommodate those wishing to attend. Mr. Mollineaux will be honored in a special way at the screening.