Dare to be Different

Ellen Goldfarb | USA | English | 93 min | Documentary


Soundview Cinema - Port Washington (Aud1) Sun, Nov 12, 2017 4:30 PM
Soundview Cinema - Port Washington (Aud1) Sun, Nov 12, 2017 7:30 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Arts & Fashion Films
Films with Q&As
NY Spotlight
Release Year:2017
Running Time:93 minutes
Premiere Status:Long Island Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Debbie Harry
Joan Jett
Billy Idol
Denis McNamara
Nick Rhodes
Director:Ellen Goldfarb
Executive Producer:Denis McNamara
Gregg Goldfarb
Producer:Roger Senders
Ellen Goldfarb
Co-Producer:Max Leinwand
Screenwriter:Jay Reiss
Cinematography:Greg Daniels
Editing By:Allan Holzman
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Date Search:November 12, 2017
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SOLD OUT: 11/12: 4:30 screening: Q&A with Director/Producer Ellen Goldfarb and Executive Producer Denis McNamara with special guests!

SOLD OUT: 11/12: 7:30 screening: Intro by Director/Producer Ellen Goldfarb and Executive Producer Denis McNamara and other special guests!

SOLD OUT: 11/14: 7:00 screening: Q&A with Director/Producer Ellen Goldfarb 

U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY: WLIR. In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries knew they couldn't compete with the mega-stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. Program Director Denis McNamara, the 'LIR crew and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, mega-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.

ELLEN GOLDFARB is the Creator, Director and Producer of Dare To Be Different. Ellen grew up listening to radio station WLIR, which greatly impacted her life. She has produced and directed many projects including 2 concerts, but this is her first feature film. She studied in New York and took screenwriting classes through UCLA's extension program. Ellen is a major music buff and grew up listening to radio station WLIR. She experienced the format change in 1982 to “New Music” and was an avid listener and fan of the station. After the format change, like many in the greater New York area, Ellen remembers New Music WLIR becoming a central part of her life. Ellen created Dare To Be Different to document the history and energy of the amazing WLIR at its heyday in the 1980’s when it introduced New York and America to New Music and launched groups like U2, The Police and many others to greatness. Ellen started Jomyra Productions to house Dare To Be Different and other entertainment projects. Ellen is a born producer and director who is excellent at organizing, networking, creating and getting the job done. She is currently residing in Los Angeles with her husband and 2 children. Ellen comes from a family of entertainment industry folk.

DENIS MCNAMARA has played an important part in music radio in Long Island influencing the careers of musicians around the world. In fact, in 2010 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame alongside musical luminaries such as Billy Joel, Lou Reed, John Coltrane and Harry Chapin as well as bands like Vanilla Fudge, Mountain, Twisted Sister and Kiss. Denis is an award winning programmer and a personality for Long Island stations WLIR and WDRE as well as a music company executive. He has worked with and is friends with some of the most important artists, producers and music industry folk in rock history. These include U-2, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Joan Jett and hundreds more.In 1982, Denis McNamara was the primary reason WLIR “dared to be different” by ushering in a new wave of music. WLIR couldn’t compete with the megastations in Manhattan so McNamara urged the station’s owner, Elton Spitzer to change formats, to provide listeners with the “new music” becoming popular in Europe which was risky and cutting edge, and not available anywhere else in America at the time. Some wanted a more commercial adult contemporary sound but McNamara urged his boss to Dare To Be Different. After Spitzer accepted the challenge, McNamara led WLIR to greatness by introducing America to European groups such as U-2, The Police, The Clash, The Cure, Simple Minds and Depeche Mode and championing American artists such as Joan Jett, Talking Heads and Blondie.In the 1990’s McNamara went on to head up international A&R at Polydor Records. He now runs NYM Inc., an Internet Radio consulting company.

Also scheduled to appear: Larry "The Duck" Dunn (Former WLIR DJ and now on Sirius XM radio First Wave) Michael "Eppy" Epstein (Owner of My Father's Place and WLIR On air personality) Max Leinwand (Former WLIR DJ) Steve North (Former WLIR News anchor) Carol Silva (Former WLIR News anchor and currently on News 12) Donna Donna (Former WLIR DJ and now on WBAB) "Malibu" Sue MCann (Former WLIR DJ)