Debra Markowitz created and served as the Director of the Nassau County Film Office. In this capacity, Ms. Markowitz presided over the Nassau County Film Commission, now known as the Nassau County Film Advisory Board and chaired as its Executive Director.
Serving four administrations during her 33-year tenure, Ms. Markowitz had steadily increased production of movies, television programs and commercials that were shot in Nassau County, logging over 1,000 production days and over $150M in positive economic impact per year. She began when studios were a dream, and left with three-fully functioning NYS approved soundstages and a forth on the way.
Ms. Markowitz serves as Vice President of the Long Island Film-TV Foundation, Long Island’s most established and largest not-for-profit agency dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking. Under her directorship, the Foundation spawned the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE). Heading into its 26th year, LIIFE enjoys enormous popularity, attracting short and feature-length independent films from around the world, spotlighting films made on Long Island and concluding with a star-studded award celebration.
An enthusiastic filmmaker herself, Ms. Markowitz is an award-winning writer and director who has won awards worldwide. She is currently in post production on three films, One Last Time, The Prof and The Better Man. Debra’s feature film, The Only Woman in the World, has been requested by several steaming platforms, and she hopes to have some news soon! She is currently fundraising and looking for producers for the series, Couple of Guys. Three episodes are completed, with seven more left to film in this 10-episode, award-winning, LGTBQIA+ series.
Debra teaches actors’ workshops as both director and casting director at the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts. She has been a judge on the LaGuardia Arts panel for potential incoming drama students as well as for the Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival. Debra is a past recipient of the Town of Hempstead’s Woman of Distinction Award. Ms. Markowitz is a proud member of New York Women in Film & Television and Women in Film, Debra was on the LaGuardia Performing Arts High School Drama and Technical Theater Advisory Board (the FAME high school) and currently serves on the CTE Board of LIHSA (the Long Island High School for the Arts Technical and Advisory Board) and Five Towns College. She is a former member of the Discover Long Island Tourism Board and a member of the Westfield International Film Festival.
Debra Markowitz is a freelance writer and novelist, having written the Karmic Wind trilogy: Naked in the Rain, Sarah and Caleb, and Karmic Wind.
Ms. Markowitz’s name can be found on the Long Island Press’ Power List, 50 Long Islanders Who Control Our Lives (2006 and 2012); Beverly Fortune’s, Fortune 52 (2006); as the recipient of the prestigious George M. Estabrook Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (Hofstra University, 2011) and the 2012 Long Island Arts Council honoree as its Outstanding Advocate for the Arts.
You can follow Ms. Markowitz on Instagram (@debramarkowitzfilm) Twitter (@debramarkowitz) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/DebraMarkowitzWriterDirector You can find out more about her, her films and her company at www.IntentionFilmsandMedia.com and LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-markowitz/ For more information on the Long Island International Film Expo, please go to www.LongIslandFilm.com
Debra was one of the originators behind The Master Shift Global Meditation event, which now has over two million followers on Facebook. She is an avid yoga practitioner and a Reiki healer. She lives with her husband and business partner, John Marean, and their rescue dog, Gracie. They have four adult daughters between them.