2006-07-28 / Front Page

Wave Film Critic Takes Top Prize At LI Expo

Robert M. Snyder (left) and Philip Snyder (right) producer and directors of "Fitzgerald's Flask," receive award for the best short film/video from Abe Vigoda, star of "The Godfather" and "Barney Miller," at the Long Island International Film Expo gala awards dinner on July 20.Robert M. Snyder (left) and Philip Snyder (right) producer and directors of "Fitzgerald's Flask," receive award for the best short film/video from Abe Vigoda, star of "The Godfather" and "Barney Miller," at the Long Island International Film Expo gala awards dinner on July 20. Wave film critic Robert M. Snyder and his brother, Philip Snyder, have won a top prize at the 2006 Long Island International Film Expo.

Presented on July 20 during the awards gala dinner by actor Abe Vigoda at Chateau Briand in Westbury, the "Best Video Short" award went to the Snyders' "Fitzgerald's Flask." The 25-minute screwball comedy is a fantasy mixture of Roaring Twenties silent film cinema and futuristic science fiction. Destitute and drunk, Jazz Age writer F. Scott Fitzgerald ("The Great Gatsby") contacts sci-fi author H.G. Wells ("The Time Machine") and travels to the 21st century to cash in on his memorabilia at an auction.

Based on Robert's original story, "Fitzgerald's Flask" was produced and directed by the Snyder Brothers with Robert starring as Fitzgerald. It also features another Snyder brother, Peter, as Scribner's editor, Maxwell Perkins and Robert's daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, as Jazz Age flappers. It was filmed on Long Island and in Manhattan.

The Long Island International Film Expo was held from June 11 through 20 at the Bellmore Theater. It showcased 150 full-length and short independent films from all over the world. Some 20 of them won awards in various categories.

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