Michelle Isabelle-Stark & Debra Markowitz, Suffolk County Film & Cultural Affairs Director/Nassau County Film Commissioner

What do the movies Men in Black 3 starring Will Smith, The Dictator starring Sasha Baron Cohen and Salt starring Angelina Jolie have in common with the TV shows Royal Pains and Boardwalk Empire and Pan Am? All feature scenes shot in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Most of which Markowitz and Isabelle-Stark were instrumental in facilitating as locations for the shoot—although, in the case of MIB, the beautiful beaches at Robert Moses State Park practically sold themselves. Sure, these two have many more non-Hollywood responsibilities. But their power to get the bigger half of LI onto screens nationwide deserves an Oscar.

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