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Long Island International Film Expo: ‘Venial,’ ‘Henry & Me,’ ‘My Friend Ed,’ more films to look out for

"Henry & Me" is the animated tale of a baseball-loving boy with cancer who dreams of meeting his heroes. Photo Credit: Henry & Me Productions

Love will be all around for Ed Asner at this year’s Long Island International Film Expo.

The veteran character actor will be the featured guest at this year’s edition of the Long Island International Film Expo, which includes an hourlong documentary about him titled “My Friend Ed.”

The festival, sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the County of Nassau, will screen 127 short and feature-length films of all genres over the coming week, many filmed on Long Island by local directors. Several filmmaker-oriented events are also in the lineup, such as a Q&A with local film festival executives, a panel on financing and a session called “Ask a Lawyer” featuring entertainment attorneys Marc Jacobson and Michael Prywes.

Highlights of the screening schedule are below. As always, films are shown in roughly two-hour blocks, with features typically preceded by several shorts. All show times listed are after noon unless otherwise noted.

Venial (Wednesday, July 13, at 8:15) After the end of World War II, a Christian mother of three learns that her husband has died and begins to lose her faith. Starring Tiffany Browne Tavarez and filmed in Nassau County by director Joe Ciminera.

Until 20 (Friday, July 15, at 1:15) This documentary follows James Ragan, a Texan who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13 and used his remaining time to start Triumph Over Kid Cancer, a foundation that raises money for illnesses overlooked by large drug companies. Written and directed by Geraldine Moriba-Meadows and Garden City’s Jamila Paksima.

Le Frise Ignoranti (Friday, July 15, at 3:30) Four friends, whose rock band gives this movie its odd title (aka “The Ignorant Bagels”), go on an adventure to find a missing parent. In Italian with English subtitles. Written and directed by Pietro Loprieno and Antonello De Leo.

Stuff (Friday, July 15, at 6:45) This all-female love triangle involves a suburban couple, bored by the routines of work and child-rearing, who face temptation in the form of an edgy newcomer. With Yvonne Jung, Karen Sillas and Phyllis Somerville. Filmed across Long Island by Sayville director Suzanne Guacci.

Henry & Me (Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m.) This animated fantasy about a baseball-loving boy who develops cancer features an all-star voice cast including Richard Gere, Cyndi Lauper, Chazz Palminteri and many well-known baseball figures.

The Closer (Saturday, July 16, at 1:15) Three friends navigate the boom and bust of the subprime realestate market in Brooklyn in this thriller. Directed and co-written by Eli Hershko and filmed partly in Oceanside.

Saving Jamaica Bay (Monday, July 18, at 2:30) The movie tells the story of one community’s struggle to restore Jamaica Bay in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. Narrated by Susan Sarandon. Filmed in Nassau County by director David Sigal.

My Friend Ed (July 21, at 1) This documentary looks at the life and career of Asner, whose credits include television (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Lou Grant”), movies (the holiday fave “Elf,” Pixar’s animated “Up”) and the recent one-man cabaret show “A Man and His Prostate.” Asner will speak in person at this screening.

WHAT The Long Island International Film Expo

WHEN | WHERE Through July 21 at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave.

INFO $10 single blocks, $25-$110 passes; longislandfilmexpo.com

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