About Us - Organizational History

Long Island Motion Picture Arts Center & Museum (LIMPACM) was formed in 1994 by the chairman, Ralph Ciardulli. This non-profit organization was originally known as Long Island Association of the Motion Picture Arts (LIAMPA) that started in 1982 by Ralph Ciardulli and Garo Alexanian.

In the mid eighties, LIAMPA started with film workshops for filmmaking, editing, production lighting and sound mixing. These film workshops were located in both New York City and Long Island . LIAMPA also started the low cost equipment access program for production and editing equipment. In fact, the first person to take part in the equipment access program was a very young NYU film student named Ben Stiller.

In the early 1990's, this organization became active with the conceptual development of a Long Island movie studio, in conjunction with the Long Island Film & TV Foundation, led by Bob Hansen. For the following years, Bob Hansen, Ralph Ciardulli , and others have been pursuing the creation of a permanent film studio to broaden the already expanding market of feature film productions on Long Island .

LIMPACM's original roots date back to 1977, when twenty film students from the Adelphi University Film Department formed the Huntington Film Club. Working out of a two car garage converted into a movie studio, the students produced short films and TV commercials.