RIFF 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, highlighting Female Directors, Emerging NYC Filmmakers, Comedy, and Foreign Language Film.
The festival will be taking place in the center of Roosevelt Island at
THE MAIN STREET THEATER and DANCE ALLIANCE.
548 Main St. Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
By Subway or Tramway. Take the little Red Bus to the second stop and follow the signs!
Daniel, a longtime resident of Roosevelt island, is an actor/writer/ filmmaker who started his career acting in the RI Youth Program’s first production of West Side Story, followed by Grease, with fellow resident Vincent Spano. He and Vincent were also lucky enough to witness the filming of some of the early films shot on RI, like Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone. Having cast co-founder Toni Vitale in his first directorial effort, FROG DREAMS, Daniel was thrilled to become a co-founder with her and help establish a legacy for those in the film community who grew up, or spent significant time on the Island. He is also excited to be a support to the independent film community and help give a platform to new filmmakers. Most recently, Daniel is on the festival circuit himself, having written and directed, BROOKLYN VANS, a comedy pilot.