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It's the award-winning Hollywood comedy biopic that retells the history of the movies in a way it's never been told before.

Actor Robert Amico and Cognac

A Love Letter to OId Hollywood

Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story can be described as a mockumentary, similar in to such films as This is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind, but in many ways it is so much more. Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story details the life and films of the legendary director of the title. And it is often so convincing that the viewer can easily forget that Oskar Knight never actually existed. This is helped immensely by the real-life Hollywood personalities who appear throughout the film to discuss Oskar Knight, including Margaret O'Brien, Noel Neil., Jon Provost, Rudolf Martin,Sir David Suchet, and many others. At its core, Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story is a love letter to Old Hollywood. Through the life and films of Oskar Knight, it acts as a tribute to every director.director, actor, or other artist who never got their due.

Scott Fivelson is a writer, producer, and director, known for America Reel (2003), 3 Holes and a Smoking Gun (2014), and Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story (2018). He cast the actor Lenny Von Dohlen to portray the legendary Oskar Knight, based not only on the uncanny resemblance between Von Dohlen and Knight, but also on the actor's rare gift for period portrayal in such stories as Under the Biltmore Clock.

Before the premiere I interviewed one of the actors Robert Amico from the film.

He honed his craft on stage in New York City and owes all he knows about acting to the Actor's Studio and "The Method". He NOW adds Producing, Writing,and Directing to his resume, as well as teaching acting through his "The Reactors Studio" at the Whitmore Lindley Theatre in North Hollywood.

I also had the chance to chat with Actress/Artist Diane Hanna who came to support the film. Diane is known for acting roles in The Streetz, The Gilbert Diaries: the Movie, Escape Artists and other well known films.

Box Office Manager Neil Cremmins told me the history of The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center in our interview.

The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center is part of an international consortium, the Art House Convergence, which by 2017 consisted of over 500 delegates representing exhibitors, distributors, film festivals, and allied organizations.

The idea of the Art House Convergence (AHC) was born in 2008 when a group of exhibitors were brought together at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project.

Robert Redford foresaw the need and necessity to mobilize independent movie houses to protect their interests against commercial multiplexes and build negotiating power to secure movies from the big studios. But there was also a second need to preserve independent movie houses; they were needed to exhibit smaller films produced by independent filmmakers as well as foreign films. Thus was born the idea of an Art House cinema that serves a community's needs as a cultural media arts center.

The mission of the AHC is to increase the quantity and quality of Art House cinemas in North America. The organization strives to reflect its core intention, community-based, mission-driven, in all its programs, seminars, and the annual conference.

In the fall of 2010 a group of volunteers unassumingly began screening films once a month in Shand's Loft at the BrickHouse Brewery and received an enthusiastic response. After nine months of "Monday Nights at The Movies" it was clear that the South shore community wanted its own Art House Cinema - Plaza MAC, Inc. was born. Encouraged by a $5,000 gift from filmmaker George Stoney, the founders moved into a bare bones 1,200 sq. ft. storefront at Artspace on Terry Street. With hammers and paint brushes in hand, the volunteers caught the attention of a local newspaper reporter and celebrity Isabella Rossellini. Inspired by what was happening, community members started sending unsolicited checks to The Plaza.

Within the first two years (2011-2013) of Plaza’s existence at Artspace, the community's gifts made it possible to build a box office, folding chairs were replaced by comfortable reclining chairs, the Blue Velvet wine bar and concession stand replaced folding tables, walls replaced curtains, risers were modified, and the screening and sound equipment were up-graded to a state-of-the art digital cinema system with surround sound. By Midsummer 2016 two art deco marquees were installed and The Plaza celebrated with a memorable marquee lighting and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community supported organization. This means there are no shareholders and that all monies are used to fund operations, programming, and capital campaigns.

The Plaza's operational model brings cultural and educational programming under one mission-driven roof and is fiscally supported by a combination of admission and tuition, philanthropic funding, grants, business sponsorships, and community contributions.

The Plaza's mission is to celebrate the power and magic of film as an art form and as a medium for multicultural exchange and social responsibility by:

Screening quality mainstream, independent, foreign films, and operas and plays captured live from world stages

Presenting series and festivals with guest speakers

Offering field trips, classes, and workshops in filmmaking and animation

Contributing to the economic and cultural development of the community

If you are interested in supporting our mission please contact Executive Director Catherine Oberg at





Filmmaker Michael Dougherty poses for a photo-op with 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actress Margot Steinberg "Love & Everything In Between"

At The Premiere in Southampton, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actress  Mikaela Happas "Love & Everything In Between"

At The Premiere in Southampton, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actress and Star of the film Angela Pierce "Love & Everything In Between" 

At The Premiere in Southampton, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Producer Ned Dougherty at the Movie Premiere and Screening For "Love & Everything In Between" in Southampton, NY

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane  poses for a photo-op at the "Love & Everything In Between" After Party at Kozu Restaurant in Southampton, New York

Filmmaker and Actor Michael Dougherty premiered a screening of his latest film "Love & Everything In Between" to a packed audience at the Southampton Movie Theater in Southampton, New York on July 29, 2017.

Celebrities, actors and press gathered to view this special screening of the film that was filmed entirely in the Hamptons to Montauk Point.

The synopsis of the film is It's summer in the Hamptons, when a widower and his teenage daughter are romanced by a divorcee and her son, a recent college graduate. The developing relationships implode when an all-night party ends badly. What unravels is 'Love & Everything in Between.

The film captivates audiences with its stunningly beautiful cinematography ,  high level production, storyline and acting ability of the cast and Filmmaker Michael Dougherty. 

"Love & Everything In Between,"was written produced and acted by actor Michael Dougherty in  conjunction with Hampton Filmworks.

Michael Dougherty was born on April 7, 1991 in Southampton, NY.   He grew up in the Hamptons and began acting at a young age appearing in school plays at Our Lady of the Hamptons.   He recalls: "After being cast as Bobby Darin in fifth grade and singing the hit "Mack the Knife" before a crowded auditorium of 500 people, I knew this was my passion that I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing, when I heard a deafening applause!" Michael studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, The Art of Acting - Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles, and The Ivana Chubbuck Studio, also in Los Angeles. In addition to a variety of film and television roles, he has a vast amount of diverse stage credits in L.A. theatres. Michael divides his time between New York and LA.

The event also was a fundraiser for

S.A.A.F.E. PROGRAM uses the creativity of theatre arts to highlight the issue of sexual assault. They encourage you to improve your awareness with their film expo opportunities.

Your financial donations help them expand awareness about sexual assault with the ultimate goal of eliminating it completely. Additionally, you may donate your car, boat, plane, and other premiums of value such as fine art, jewelry, and other valuables you no longer want.

For your convenience, their representatives will come to your location to pick up your items. One hundred percent of all donations will be used for the daily and ongoing expenses of S.A.A.F.E. PROGRAM.

Hampton Filmworks produces thrilling and captivating feature films that are centered in the Hamptons. The latest completed project  is  of course "Love & Everything in Between, " and it's a drama about romance, family, love, and betrayal. This is just the beginning of the deluge of stories that touch the heart that  Hampton Film Works are planning on releasing.

For more information please visit

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