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Industry Star of the Month

Elizabeth Rapuano, Governors Island

Elizabeth Rapuano September 1, 2009 - Nestled at the foot of Manhattan is Governors Island, 172 acres of serene parks, historic buildings, and unparalleled views of Manhattan, and Elizabeth Rapuano is ready to help productions turn the Island into their next location.

Rapuano has served as the director of marketing and communications for Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation since 2007. It���s her job to coordinate with productions that are interested in shooting on the Island. She takes them on tours of the island, answers any questions, and oversees the shoot in consultation with her colleagues.

The Island, which includes a 92 acre historic area with buildings dating back to the early 1800s, is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May to October. There���s also a two mile stretch of land that���s not open to the public with abandoned and derelict Coast Guards buildings.

Governors Island also offers some of the most amazing and unique views of lower Manhattan, the three East River bridges, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty. ���We���re often requested by documentaries and other programs to shoot the view from the Island,��� said Rapuano. ���It���s a unique perspective; you see New York in an entirely different way.

Governors Island receives several inquiries a week for filming. While the vast majority of requests are from those wanting to shoot the view, the Island plays host to a number of other projects as well. Often it���s for a graduate student film or still photography shoot. In recent years, the Island has also hosted feature films like Choose, American Gangster, and the Sarah Jessica Parker film Spinning into Butter.

���It���s really exciting to see different ways Governors Island can be brought back to life,��� said Rapuano. ���Film shoots are another way to do this.���

Rapuano���s favorite spot on the Island is Nolan Park in the historic district. It���s where the British first settled and it���s surrounded by old homes, some of which date back to 1810, and looks like a college campus. ���It���s a delightful, shady place with sculpture and art installations.���

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