New fictional film about Watergate scandal written and produced by Long Islanders

The film, called "18 1/2," references the gap in recorded Oval Office phone conversations that President Richard Nixon was ordered to turn over.

News 12 Staff

Jun 17, 2022, 2:59 AM

Updated 678 days ago

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A new movie about the Watergate scandal was written and produced by Long Islanders.
The film, called "18 1/2," references the gap in recorded Oval Office phone conversations that President Richard Nixon was ordered to turn over.
The movie is a fictional story about a White House worker who got a hold of the recorded conversation.
"She tries to leak the leak, the tapes, to the press and her attempt to do so leads her to a seaside motel where everything kind of goes haywire for them," says Daniel Moya, writer and producer on the movie.
The motel where the movie was shot was the Silver Sands in Greenport. It was just sold but was owned for decades by the family of one of the movie's producers.
"Florence Jurzenia was my grandmother, one of the founders of Silver Sands," says Terry Keefe, a producer on the film. "And some of my earliest memories when I was a kid was sitting at her feet while she was watching the Watergate hearings. My grandmother loved independent film and she really didn't like Richard Nixon--although the film isn't really anti-Richard Nixon. I think it plays both sides pretty well."
The missing conversation on the tape was believed to be between Nixon and his Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman.
The writers and producers of the show say they hope people have a good time watching the film and find it funny and tense
Friday is the anniversary of day that the Watergate burglars were arrested.


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