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Thursday, June 6
 

4:00pm

Shorts Block #1
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to the following short films in this programming block:

1
LUCY IN THE SKY
USA, 11 m
director: Bertha Bay-Sa Pan


A high school student living with autism is faced with cataclysmic change when she and her twin sister become the subject of genetic research.

2
AZIZA
Syria, 13:12
director: Soudade Kaadan 


A dynamic take on the life of Syrian refugees, told through a husband teaching his wife to drive.

3
CUBA, ONE STORY
France, 2:44
director: François Dourlen 


A photographer uses a wide angle to get closer to the people of Cuba.

4
UNSPOKEN
Jamaica, 12:00
director: Danae Grandison


Two women are connected by circumstance, living untold truths and heartbreak.

5
BYGONES

USA, 2:07
director: William Wedig

An elderly woman visits the grave of an estranged lover to say her final goodbye.

6
MR PUNCHBAG

UK, 9:11
directors: Shirit Kedar, Frank Burke 


In the backstreets of inner city London, a broken man exists as a human punchbag for hire.



Thursday June 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

6:30pm

Opening Film: SKIN
Opening Film: SKIN
120 minutes
Director: Guy Nattiv
Starring: Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Vera Farmiga, Bill Camp, and Mike Colter.
Previous film festivals: Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca

From Oscar-winning director Guy Nattiv comes this shocking retelling of the real life story of Bryon Widner, a former Neo-Nazi turned anti-hate activist. A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

What we think: This film is a remarkable, complex, and artistic character study of a conflicted man, fighting to erase tattoos of hate from his skin and scars of hate from his soul.

Expected to attend: Director Guy Nattiv, real-life subject Daryl Lamont Jenkins, and cast members.

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Thursday June 6, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

9:30pm

White Rhino
WHITE RHINO
USA, 67 minutes
Director: Brent Storm

A parallel story from the big wave surfers and photographers who witnessed some of the biggest and best surf ever seen on the planet in the last few years. This film brings you back to 3 epic events, including the 2011 Code Red swell and the 2012 Volcom Fiji Pro swell.

What we think: Sometimes surfing is not about the people, but the astonishing wild surroundings.

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Thursday June 6, 2019 9:30pm - 10:37pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA
 
Friday, June 7
 

10:00am

Boni Bonita
BONI BONITA
Argentina/Brazil, 84 minutes
director: Daniel Barosa

Beatriz is a 16-year-old girl from Argentina who, after her mother’s death, finds herself moving to Brazil to join her absent father. At a concert, she meets Rogério, a musician in his late 30’s, who is struggling under the shadow of his grandfather’s considerable musical legacy.

What we think: A romance between a teenager fan and an older musician - oh, what an immoral cliche. But in this sensitive drama, emotions rise up, and it's not really clear who is the stronger one.

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Friday June 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:24am
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

10:00am

Shorts Block #2
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following short films at this screening:

1
ART SHOW
Canada, 4:00 minutes
Director: Claire Dub
The legitimacy of an influential artist's work is called into question.

2
JOYCE
USA, 29 minutes
Director: Nora Jaenicke
Joyce, an immigrant Filipino nanny, finds a friend the moment she needs one the most.

3
REGULATION
USA, 12:02 minutes
Director: Ryan Patch

In the near future, a social worker administers behavior modifying "patches" to children that guarantee happiness. But what happens when a young girl refuses?

4
SWEPT AWAY
France/USA, 11:58 minutes
director: Thomas Grascoeur 

The characters and plot twists in Swept Away break through stereotypes and challenge our perception of how others navigate through the world.

5
LADIES LOUNGE
USA, 9:15 minutes
Director: Michelle Bossy
In a restaurant, a woman on a date contemplates the roles women are offered and how they must sometimes take their power back by any means necessary.

6
SOMBRA CITY
Greece/USA/Cuba, 10:18 minutes
Director: Elias Plagianos
In the year 2037, a corporate assassin revisits a city lost in time and the love he left behind.

7
PATRIK
USA, 9:58
Director: Evgeniya Radilova

An accomplished elderly actor on his way to receiving a lifetime achievement award receives the ultimate reward we can all only hope for in this lifetime.



Friday June 7, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

10:00am

LONG SHORTS: Free Fall + The Nephew + Yakov in Snow + Stormchaser
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following films as part of this block:

FREE FALL 
Russia, 29 minutes
Director: Alexey Slinkin
A man tries to commit suicide by jumping off a dangerous cliff, but is interrupted by a woman who, by chance, decided to do the same thing, in the same place, at the same time. The woman decides to postpone her attempt and disappears. The man stays there and waits for her to return, meanwhile saving other people who come to the cliff to end their lives.

THE NEPHEW 
France, 20 minutes
Director: Wilhelm Kuhn

Set in Burgundy, France, at the end of World War II, Uncle Jules has prepared a very non-traditional gift for his nephew Louis’ 15th birthday. Eager to turn this little bugger into a real man, Jules takes Louis to his favorite brothel, all expenses paid. Through the evening's bittersweet encounters, Louis discovers the adult world, in all its cruelty.
Expected to attend: Director Wilhelm Kuhn


YAKOV IN SNOW
Russia30 minutes
Director: Dmitriy Orlov

There is a house within the snow. There's a table in the house. There's food on that table and there are two educated men talking with each other. But who are they?

STORMCHASER
USA, 28 minutes
Director: Gretl Claggett

All Bonnie Blue ever wanted was to chase tornadoes with her Dad. But dreams die with time. Now, she’s become a different kind of storm chaser — hawking storm-doors “door-to-door” for her charismatic boss, Flip Smyth, a cult-like father figure to Bonnie and his tribe of young salesmen. But when Bonnie realizes that Flip’s sales doctrine of “Flip the Switch!” is just a way to exploit customers, a different kind of switch flips inside Bonnie — unleashing an inner and outer storm of violence.
 Expected to attend: Director Gretl Claggett and actor Stephen Plunkett


Friday June 7, 2019 10:00am - 12:07pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

12:00pm

Master Class with Oscar winner Guy Nattiv
Master Class with Oscar winner director Guy Nattiv
Join the director who won the 2019 Oscar for Best Live Action Short in a workshop focusing on short films and, of course, the eternal question: Does size really matter? Open to filmmakers, only.

This event is only available to pass holders.

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Friday June 7, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Surflight Ice Cream Parlor 201 Engleside Avenue in Beach Haven

12:00pm

A War Within
A WAR WITHIN
Denmark, 103 minutes
director: Kasper Torsting

Esben flees the trenches of WW I, so he can return to his family. But everything at home has changed. A charming German Officer is trying to win his wife Kirstine’s heart and replace Esben as father to their child. Esben sees how his family is slowly slipping away, so he decides to fight for it. But just how far can you go in the name of love?

What we think: While Hollywood stopped producing the expensive unprofitable historical dramas, in Europe filmmakers still look back and give us a clear but complex reality from the past, like in this case.

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Friday June 7, 2019 12:00pm - 1:43pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

1:00pm

A Conversation with Gary Springer: SOMEONE IN THE SHADOWS
SOMEONE IN THE SHADOWS – a conversation with Gary Springer 
Where:  LBIF Marine Biology Room
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences
120 Long Beach Blvd
Loveladies, NJ
A behind-the-scenes view of life in the entertainment world, from vintage Hollywood to today, through the eyes of two generations of film and theater publicists. This live, hour-long photo essay presents candid images of stars and family members, compiled during the careers of PR pioneer John Springer and his son and successor, Gary. Take a close look into the everyday life of Hollywood's biggest stars - - including Mary Pickford, Ginger Rogers, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, and many other renowned names and faces - - as recounted by Gary Springer, whose favorite babysitter as a child was Marilyn Monroe! Join Gary as he shares his journey through the entertainment industry, from actor (Dog Day Afternoon and Jaws 2) to publicist. You’ll get to see 80+ photos from his family’s private albums and hear some incredible stories. Please note, due to limited space, this event is open to All Access Pass holders, filmmakers, volunteers, and members of the press, only.

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Friday June 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LBI Foundation - Marine Biology Room Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies, NJ

1:00pm

Shorts Block #3
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following films in this shorts block:

1
THE BLUE CAPE

Puerto Rico, 5:00
Director: Alejandra Lopez
Spanish with English subtitles

A young boy faces the challenge of saving his sickly grandfather during the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

2
THIS DAMN TOWN
USA, 11:47
Director: Lesley Hoyt-Croft
In 1970, sixteen-year-old Louis Taylor was sent to prison for life on 28 counts of murder. Why was he convicted in the first place and will he be able to adjust to a life where nothing is the same?

3
JONES

USA, 8:35
Director: Stacey Maltin
Aware that her drinking has become destructive, Jones makes a go at living the sober life. Not wanting to be someone else’s problem, she pushes away help and comes face to face.

4
FROM ONE SHORE TO ANOTHER
France, 19:30
Director: 
Gérard Corporon
Language: French with English subtitles
An oyster farmer from the South of France is confronted with a situation that is going to make resentment, racism, and intolerance rise in others.

5
REJECTORS
USA, 11:00
Director: Eve Van Dyke

A 20-year-old outcast finds himself torn between his allegiance to Rejectors, an anti-racist group, and a past he can’t escape.


6
JO
USA, 16:00
Director: Justine Williams
In 1980's Woodstock, NY, a 13-year-old girl reluctantly prepares for her Bat Mitzvah, while experiencing a rite of passage that moves her in an unorthodox direction.

7
VILLAGE VIBE
Russia/USA, 9:19
Director: Tanya Glebova

The experimental musician John Sully chronicles his time in the glory days of New York's East Village.

8
MEGAN
USA, 7:55
Director: Greg Strasz
Megan Paulson, along with the elite Delta Force team, investigates a mysterious attack in present-day downtown Los Angeles.

Friday June 7, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

1:15pm

15 Years
15 YEARS
Israel, 85 minutes
director: Yuval Hadadi
* international premiere

Yoav's demons start haunting him after his best friend becomes pregnant, without telling him, and after his boyfriend of 15 years starts talking about children, too. His life unravels, and self-destruction seems inevitable.

What we think: A simple romance about a couple of questioning life, love, relationship and children - but with two men.

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Friday June 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:40pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

2:20pm

For Sama
FOR SAMA
Syria/UK, 95 minutes
Directors: Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts (Emmy award winners)
Previous film festivals: SXSW (Jury and Audience Awards), Hot Docs (Jury Award), Cannes

In this intimate, visceral documentary about the female experience of war, Syrian journalist Waad Al-Kateab faces an impossible decision: Should she flee the war-torn city of Aleppo to protect her young daughter’s life, even though this means abandoning the struggle for Syria’s freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much?

What we Think: Combining her personal story with the Syrian people's desperate struggle for freedom, this bold filmmaker provides a raw, mind-blowing, and incredibly honest portrayal of the horrific bloodshed in Syria. A must see documentary which was selected for a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Friday June 7, 2019 2:20pm - 3:55pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

3:15pm

Sea Of Shadows
SEA OF SHADOWS (Austria)
Austria, 104 minutes
Directors: Richard Ladkani
Previous film festivals: Sundance (Audience Award – World Cinema Documentary)

The vaquita, the world's smallest whale, is near extinction, as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican drug cartels and the Chinese mafia seeking to harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish - - the so-called "cocaine of the sea." This urgent documentary tells the story of the efforts of environmental activists, the Mexican navy, and undercover investigators, who are fighting back against this illegal and environmentally-destructive multi-million dollar business.

What we think: Is it an environmental documentary? is it a thriller? This film is fascinating in any way.

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Friday June 7, 2019 3:15pm - 4:59pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

3:30pm

Episodic Block #1
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following short films as part of this screening:

1
PANIC (web series)
USA, 11:25
Director: Kieren Applebaum

Meet Sam, a boy who struggles with a crippling anxiety disorder, as he learns to cope and live a normal life.

2
5A5B
USA, 19:34
Director: Michael Cicetti

He’s a gay geek, hitting 30. She’s a suburban divorcée, embracing 50. Together, neighbors Kev and Jan, confront New York City’s daily disasters.

3
LIFE OF JESS
Australia, 9:08
Director: Laura Clelland

Successful YouTuber, Jess Holsman, gives advice on study, success, and life… but was her own life always this together?

4
ON
USA, 18:29
Director: Jamie Effros 

In the near future, a weekly meeting of Device Addicts Anonymous is the refuge for six strangers, consumed by their virtual worlds. But when a new member joins the group, bringing with him something beyond addiction, they all begin to realize that their connection to the virtual and to each other may be far more than coincidence.

5
THE BOOK OF CRAIG
USA, 33:36
Director: Tyler Stuart

Craig, a failed ad man, helps his new homosexual roommate, Jesus Christ, prepare for the rapture and adjust to life in the modern world.


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

4:30pm

Saint Frances
SAINT FRANCES
USA, 106 minutes
Director: Alex Thompson
Starring: Kelly O'Sullivan, Charin Alvarez, and William Drain
Previous film festivals: SXSW (Jury and Audience Awards)

After an accidental pregnancy leads to an abortion, a deadbeat nanny finds an unlikely friendship with the six-year-old she's charged with protecting.

What we thought: A charming, intimate portrait of an adult woman and a young child finding comfort in friendship.

Expected to attend: Director Alex Thompson and Actor/Writer Kelly O'Sullivan

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Friday June 7, 2019 4:30pm - 6:16pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

5:30pm

Well Groomed
WELL GROOMED
USA, 88 minutes
Director: Rebecca Stern

Previous film festivals: SXSW

Follow four champion groomers and their wildly colorful dogs through a year in the visually stunning and humorous world of competitive, creative dog grooming. This playful documentary reveals that, no matter what the subject or medium, an innate passion for creative expression is universal.

What we think: Dogs as a canvas, and their groomers as painters. A funny documentary about the relationships between women and their dogs as grandiose works of art.

Expected to attend: Director Rebecca Stern

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Friday June 7, 2019 5:30pm - 6:57pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

6:00pm

Shorts Block #4
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following short films at this screening:

1
CRAB SPECIAL
USA, 9:57
Director: Matt Simon
Two chefs, one who cooks crabs, and one who forages, meet on the beach the day they both lose their jobs. There's a connection, but can they bridge the gap between the way they each work and see the world?

2
THE 8th YEAR OF THE EMERGENCY

USA, 13:13
DirectorMaureen Towey
Eight years into Lil’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, a visit from her family inspires an ecstatic moment of clarity.

3
THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER
UK, 8:01
DirectorRory Waudby-Tolley (UK)
Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate eco-system is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: Giant Salvinia.

4
SCATTERED

Canada, 9:39
DirectorEllie Harvie
Two women venture into the woods to scatter their friend's ashes and fumble for a way to say good bye.

5
THE REPLACEMENT
USA, 15:00
DirectorSean Miller
On election night, a janitor feels cheated out of a life he might have lived when his own clone becomes the President.

6
CATHEDRALS

USA, 20:20
Director: Benjamin Caro
A young husband who, through a strange, almost psychedelic experience with a blind man, is able to see his marriage from a new perspective.

7
WINK
USA, 9:00
DirectorJohn Gallagher
A hung-over couple discover something odd in the middle of their living room. As details about last night are revealed, the couple's future changes forever.

Friday June 7, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

7:30pm

The Peanut Butter Falcon
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
USA, 93 minutes
Directors: Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz
Starring: Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, John Hawkes, Thomas Hayden Church, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
Previous film festivals: SXSW (audience award winner)

This story is nothing short of a modern-day Huckleberry Finn adventure. Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from his caretakers to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Through bizarre circumstances, Tyler, a small time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together, they wind through backwater deltas, elude capture, drink whiskey, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a nursing home employee, to join them on their journey.

What we think: This fantastic and intimate drama, which is blessed with a truly impressive cast, revolves around the star of the film, Zack Gottsagen, who overcomes the limitations of Down syndrome and shines as the lead actor.

Expected to attend: co-directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz

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Friday June 7, 2019 7:30pm - 9:03pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

8:00pm

Dons Of Disco
DONS OF DISCO
USA, 85 minutes
Director: Jonathan Sutak
Previous film festivals: Slamdance


In the 1980s, Den Harrow (a/k/a Stefano Zandri) dominated the European pop charts with hits like “Future Brain,” “Bad Boy,” and “Don’t Break My Heart.” Thirty years later, an American photographer, Thomas Barbèy, makes a startling revelation: he was “the secret voice” behind the project and Italian Stefano Zandri has allegedly been lip-syncing for decades. In this hilarious, true-life Faustian drama, a 30-year-old secret between two middle-aged men ignites the most conceptual music rivalry of all time. Who is the “true” artist behind Den Harrow: the face or the voice?

What we think: You might call this lightheaded music Euro Trash, but behind the scenes of there is in a real tensed debate about art, creation, marketing, and popular culture.
 
Expected to attend: Director Jonathan Sutak

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Friday June 7, 2019 8:00pm - 9:25pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

8:30pm

Short Block #5
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following short films as part of this screening:

1
DRIP
USA, 9:00
Director: Jillian Cantwell
A young male Manhattanite is incited to extreme behavior, after an encounter with his upstairs neighbor about a leaking air conditioner.

2
FINAL CALLBACK
USA, 7:11
Director: Jeff Ayars
A surreal nightmare follows an actress into a Kafkaesque audition and pushes her to the limits of her sanity to land the lead role in a feature film.

3
THE GUY
USA, 15:00
Director: Jon Fusco
Every day of Tony's life plays out in exactly the same way, until one afternoon, when a chance encounter with a local girl leads him to follow his dreams and row out into the middle of the bay.

4
TOO LATE
USA, 3:52
Director: Clayton Dean Smith
Chad's ready to apologize to the woman he wronged. He can't screw up - - the stakes couldn't be higher.

5
DON'T BLINK
USA, 7:08
Director: Graceann Dorse, Nannette Deasy
Nannette, champion of the staring contests, meets her ultimate nemesis. Will she reign supreme or be defeated fur-ever?

6
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
USA, 5:17
Director: Nikolai Basarich
A writer reaches rock bottom, while struggling with his demons.

7
BUG BITE
USA, 7:45
Director: Emily Ann Hoffman
A young woman and a female bed bug form an unlikely bond, while contending with toxic masculinity.

8
DOUGH
USA, 8:57
Director: Kurt Schneider

Vincent, a notoriously tardy pizza boy, is given one final opportunity to save his job. While delivering a particular pizza, saving his job becomes the least of his concerns.

9
IDOL
Germany, 8:33
Director: Luisa Taraz
Language: German with English subtitles

After a “blocked” artist is finally inspired by his muse to create a masterpiece, his muse and manager get into a violent argument over the sale of the work. Only then does the artist realize what is really going on.


Friday June 7, 2019 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

10:00pm

Cuban Wave Riders + Where The Desert Meets The Ocean
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following films as part of this screening:

CUBAN WAVE RIDERS
USA, 20 minutes
directors: Liz Magee and Taylor McNulty 

Cuba has close to 3 times the amount of coastline as California. Compared to California’s estimated one million surfers, Cuba’s surfer population hovers around 100. This is the story of four Cuban surfers and their journey to find waves that have never been ridden before.

What we think: A deep dive into Cuban surfing culture.

WHERE THE DESERT MEETS THE OCEAN
Czech Republic, 45 minutes
director: Vaclav Pisa

A journey of four surfing friends from a landlocked country, determined to ride some of the best waves in the world - - the waves at mysterious Skeleton Bay. In the middle of the African winter, they travel to Namibia to experience the greatest adventure of their lives.

What we think: If you think surfing on land is impossible, think again an watch this stunning documentary about a journey of Czech surfers looking for waves in the African desert.


Friday June 7, 2019 10:00pm - 11:10pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

10:15pm

SPECIAL SCREENING: To Make a Long Story Short + A Concert
TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT
USA, 29 minutes
Directors: Sal Del Giudice and Jeff Sternberger

LIFF is proud to host the premiere of the documentary To Make a Long Story Short, by filmmakers Sal Del Giudice and Jeff Sternberger. The screening will be followed by Shorty Long and the Jersey Shore Horns concert, at the iconic Bird & Betty’s. Tickets or All Access Passes required.

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Friday June 7, 2019 10:15pm - Saturday June 8, 2019 12:30am
Bird and Betty's 529 Dock Road, Beach Haven, NJ
 
Saturday, June 8
 

11:00am

Finding Alice
FINDING ALICE 
USA, 78 minutes
Director: Pablo Fernandez

Erin lives on the streets. Desperate for money, she cheats her way into a job at a nursing home, but ends up stealing cash and going on the run, kidnapping one of the patients in the process. But Erin's frantic escape gradually turns into an inspirational and revealing road trip, due to the unconventional relationship which develops between her and her kidnap victim - - a seventy-year-old man.

What we think: Two strangers - a feisty young woman and a confused older man suffering from dementia - go on a wild road trip full of twists and turns and shocking surprises that cannot be ignored.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:18pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

11:00am

Kifaru
KIFARU  
USA/Kenya, 79 minutes
Director: David Hambridge
Previous film festivals: Slamdance (Grand Jury and Audience Awards – Best
Documentary Feature), Full Frame


Sudan is the last male northern white rhino in existence, and this film explores the painful emptiness of potential species extinction, through the eyes of Sudan's three primary caregivers. Teetering on borrowed time and with his health in decline, Sudan's looming death and the uncertainty of employment that it will bring hangs over the heads of our three dynamic characters. Their only hope to save the species they love - and perhaps their livelihoods - rests fully upon the success of a last resort in vitro fertilization (IVF) experiment.

What we think: a touchy love story between humans and animals which encapsulates not only an intimate relationship but also a desperate struggle for the survival of the whole species.  

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Saturday June 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:24pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

11:00am

Episodic Block #2
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following episodic programs as part of this screening:

1
TECH BETTYS
USA, 9:26
Director: Kathleen Davison 
Two women, an outspoken QA Engineer and a first-time Office Manager, join forces to survive the social ineptitude of their male colleagues at a kooky, stealth mode start-up in NYC’s Silicon Alley.

2
CUFF
USA, 16:30
Director:  Laurence Shanet
A kaleidoscopic and gritty New York City tale about a talented young rapper from Brooklyn and his dominatrix girlfriend, who are forced into choices they can never undo when a freshly-paroled gang banger confronts the rapper for snitching on him as a child.

3
DEMON HUNTERS
USA, 17:13
Director: 
Nate Ziller
A comedic look at the life of a modern day demon hunter in New York City, who wants nothing more than to be seen as a hero.

4
TALI JAMS NEW YORK
USA/ISRAEL, 12:50
Director: Dror Pikielny

Tali Rubinstein is an up and coming recorder player, who is on a mission to conquer NYC’s jam session world: a highly competitive late night scene, saturated with the most talented and virtuosic musicians, from all over the world. Tali won’t let anything get in her way - - under her nerdy appearance lies a ruthless (yet sensitive!) gladiator.

5
JOE
USA, 20:01
Director: Kaye Tuckerman

A newly hired barista meets the man of her dreams on the street and instinctively lies about what is paying the bills. But things turn awkward when she discovers his favorite coffee shop is the one where she works.

6
CURRENCY
USA, 17:39
CreatorsScott Gabriel and Sofi Marshall
Seventeen days after the nation’s banking system collapses, a Cuban family-run gas station becomes the center of power in a small town. 


Saturday June 8, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

12:45pm

The Mundo King
THE MUNDO KING 
USA, 64 minutes 
DirectorMichael DeMinico

In 1993, at the age of 51, Rolf Schultz moved to the Dominican Republic from Hamburg to build a castle. Through extraordinary art, architecture, and showmanship, this eccentric German man weaves fantastic tales of attracting alien spaceships to Earth. Visitors to his home - Castillo Mundo King - are wowed by its towering, Gaudi-esque design and alien adornments. And, they most likely leave questioning whether Rolf has truly encountered aliens or is simply the greatest showman this side of the Milky Way.

What we think: A deep look into the life of an adorable "weirdo" who built a temple to serve as the center of the universe, but really transcends into the core of his own turbulent inner world,

Expected to attend: Director Michael DeMinico

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Saturday June 8, 2019 12:45pm - 1:48pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

12:50pm

LONG SHORTS: Carry Tiger to Mountain + Find Harbor for A Day
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following films as part of this screening:

CARRY TIGER TO MOUNTAIN
USA29 minutes
Director: Rajiv Shah


A terminally ill jazz trumpeter cannot reconcile the differences between the two people he loves most: his compassionate caregiver and a neglected daughter who fights to get closer to him.

Expected to attend: Director Rajiv Shah and Producer Denise Grayson
 
FIND HARBOUR FOR A DAY 
France, 64 minutes
Director: Paul Marques Duarte

When Adèle, an English teacher, spontaneously allows a 15-year-old migrant to illegally board a ferry bound for England with her class, she has no idea of the importance of her gesture and its consequences for this overnight trip.


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:50pm - 2:00pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

1:30pm

Short Block #6
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following short films as part of this screening:

1
OPEN
Turkey, 15:13
Director: Kerem Altin
Language: Turkish with English subtitles
Adem builds himself a boat to go to an island. At the beach, he meets with random people who join his project, while a kid plays with his sand castle.

2
DON'T CALL ME BEAUTIFUL
Australia, 10:06
Director: Jill Robinson

An aboriginal woman uses an unwaveringly positive mindset and determination to create a better life, after years of emotional and physical abuse from her adoptive mother.

3
FIRST DISCO
Ireland, 18:00
DirectorHelen O'Reilly
Kelly Harrison is not only experiencing her first crush, she’s going to her first disco. The only problem is that she’s getting huge braces right before her big night.

4
JANEK/BASTARD
Israel, 19:00
Director: Muriel Naim
Language: Polish and German with 
English subtitles
An exploration of the intricate relationship between a Christian and a Jewish boy, in 1942 Poland.

5
THE SEA
UK, 13:01
Director: Cameron Richards

Jenny sits alone on a beach. As she watches for birds, she is joined by best friends, family, and loved ones, in a series of seemingly random encounters.

6
THE MONTERREY EXPRESS
Ireland, 13:10
Director: Anthony Breatnach 

1940, Irish vaudevillians are on a train to Monterrey, with Mr Hardy’s new fiancée and her oppressed ward. When plans change, the darker side comes out.

Saturday June 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

2:30pm

Special Anniversary Screening: BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY
BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY (30th-anniversary special screening)
USA, 2h 25m
Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Jerry Levine, Willem Dafoe

The Lighthouse International Film Festival is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the American classic, Born on the Fourth of July.  This unforgettable masterpiece, directed by Oliver Stone, garnered 8 Academy Award nominations, winning 2 Oscars for Best Directing and Best Film Editing. This is one of Tom Cruise’s most powerful performances, ever. Paralyzed on the battlefield, Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic becomes a human rights and anti-war activist, after he experiences what he believes is betrayal by the country for which he fought.

What we think: Initially released in 1989, this powerful cinematic biography is still extremely relevant, today.

Expected to attend: Actor Jerry Levine

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Speakers


Saturday June 8, 2019 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

2:45pm

One Man Dies A Million Times
ONE MAN DIES A MILLION TIMES 
USA/Russia, 92 minutes
Director: Jessica Oreck

Set in the future, this story is about seeds and genetic diversity, growth and decay, love and war, hunger of all kinds, and what it means to be human, even when all your humanity is stripped away.

What we think: An artistic fascinating and stylized retelling of the siege on Leningrad during WW2 presented through the eyes of a worker of the Vavilov research institute protecting a seeds bank from starving humans including themselves.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 2:45pm - 4:17pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

4:50pm

Mickey and The Bear
MICKEY AND THE BEAR
USA, 88 minutes
Director: Annabelle Attanasio
Starring: Camila Morrone, James Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, and Ben Rosenfield
Previous film festivals: SXSW


Faced with the responsibility of caring for her addicted, veteran father, headstrong teen Mickey Peck somehow manages to keep her household afloat. When she has the opportunity to leave for good, though, she must choose between familial obligation and personal fulfillment.

What we think: A sensitive and candid drama about a father/daughter relationship, touching a wide range of emotions, as told from the Director's personal point of view.
 
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Saturday June 8, 2019 4:50pm - 6:18pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

5:00pm

Shorts Block #7
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following films in this shorts block:

1
THE BREAK
USA, 7:30
Director: Michael Goldburg

An unhappy accountant works out her midlife crisis to become an artist during a "break" with co-workers at her office.

2
NOW OR NEVER
Canada, 10:30
Director: Rose Schimm

A young woman in denial about the state of her relationship is spending Christmas Eve alone in a bar, where she meets what could be a future version of herself.

3
PAY TO STAY
Canada/USA, 11:53
Director: Heather Taylor

A lesbian couple takes a mini vacation to repair their relationship, unaware of what awaits them in the apartment they rented.

4
M.I.A.
USA/Kazakhstan, 7:23
Director: Abylay Zhakashov

In the midst of the relentless Iraq War, an American soldier drags his wounded brother across the vast and unforgiving desert in hopes of reaching safety.

5
THE STATION
USA/Canada, 10:18
Director: Simon Mendes, Angus Borsos

An observational portrait of two lighthouse keepers living and working on a Lightstation in British Columbia, Canada (population 2).

6
BAGGAGE
USA, 6:45
Director: Stacey Maltin
In a dystopian future, where the government mandates happiness and people must cover their faces with smiling paper bags, two lovers discover what happens when real emotions are set free.

7
TIME MACHINERY
Canada, 6:25
Director: Mei Fa Tan

Language: French with English subtitles
A mother and her 9-year-old son, who is gifted with a fertile imagination, are briefly trapped in an old elevator. The boy is convinced that the elevator is more than an elevator.

8
MASTERPIECE
USA, 6:51
Director: Eden Martinez
A female actor has a strange audition that will challenge her commitment to her acting career.

9
RUN
USA, 10:32
Director: Brandon Broussard

A college student goes on the run when he finds out his name is on the execution list of a local drug dealer.

10
LOW ROAD
Australia/USA, 9:40
Director: Eleanor Wilson

A tense slow burning thriller about a woman consumed by the image of her husband’s affair. She takes to the country to clear her head and becomes entangled in a bigger injustice.

Saturday June 8, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

6:00pm

Villains
VILLAINS
USA, 88 minutes
Directors: Dan Berk and Robert Olsen
Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Maika Monroe, Kyra Sedwick, and Jeffrey Donovan .
Previous film festivals: SXSW


After a pair of young, amateur Bonnie and Clyde-like criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out.

What we think: A hilarious dark comedy that ends as a horror thriller, featuring both high tension and wild humor, from start to finish, and highlighting a superb cast.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:28pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

7:20pm

Two Times You
TWO TIMES YOU
Mexico, 88 minutes
Director: Salomon Askenazi


After an innocent game, where they decide to exchange husbands during a wedding, cousins Tania and Daniela decide to drive back home with each other’s husband. One of the cars crashes, killing one of the mismatched couples, and leaving the other mismatched couple to create a new, strange relationship.

What we think: A compelling and seductive thought experiment involving questions of life and death, destiny and identity.

Expected to attend: Director Salomon Askenazi and lead actress Melissa Barrera

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Saturday June 8, 2019 7:20pm - 8:55pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

7:30pm

Shorts Block #8
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following films in this shorts block:

1
FOR A BETTER LIFE
USA, 9:32
Director: Yasmin Mistry
Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered.

2
BELIEVIN'
USA, 15:00
Director: Daryl Lathon

An unexpected guest at a New Year's Eve party makes a most bizarre request of her hosts, impacting all of their lives.

3
METRONOME (IN TIME)
USA, 13:00
Director: Scott Floyd Lochmus

An elderly ailing maestro and a young piano prodigy venture out of their musical isolation in hopes of selling their beloved piano.

4
REAL WITCH HOURS
USA, 3:36
Director: Jason Hood

A coven of witches cast out their demons and performs a tasty spell.

5
THE GUY: THE BRIAN DONAHUE STORY
USA, 19:13
Director: E.J. McLeavey-Fisher

Stuntman. Actor. UPS employee. Former WWF wrestler. Disney World performer. NFL nose tackle. Brian Donahue has seemingly done it all. Yet, he's still searching for that elusive Hollywood spotlight.

6
3 DAYS
USA, 11:31
Director: Julie Sharbutt

When three women friends sense danger on a camping trip, they keep each other laughing until a horrible twist makes them feel more alone than ever.

7
SHORT CALF MUSCLE
Netherlands, 13:00
Director: Victoria Warmerdam

Anders - a rather tall 30-year-old - finds out that the rest of the world is under the impression that he is a gnome.



Saturday June 8, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

8:00pm

The Art of Self-Defense
THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE
USA, 104 minutes
Director: Riley Stearns
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola
Previous film festivals: SXSW

Jesse Eisenberg stars in this dark comedy about a lonely, frail man (Casey) who must deal with severe trauma, after being attacked violently on the street. Casey’s path to recovery, for both his broken body and broken soul, goes through world of karate. With the guidance of a charismatic and mysterious Sensei and a downtrodden female student, Casey regains his confidence and discovers his inner macho. But, …. at what cost?

What we think: A brilliant take on what it means to be a fragile man (as well as a strong woman) in an alpha male-dominated world, full of dark humor and cynical wit.

Expected to attend: Riley Stearns

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Saturday June 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

9:30pm

Girl On Wave
GIRL ON WAVE
USA, 64 minutes
director: Steven Esparza


Maui based, 27-year-old Sarah Hauser left the comfort of a Master’s degree in computer science and a traditional career path behind to follow her passion and pursue the unconventional path of an action sports athlete. Girl on Wave follows the challenges and rewards that Sarah encounters on her journey, in hopes of inspiring others to never loose sight of their dreams.

Expected to attend: director Steven Esparza

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Saturday June 8, 2019 9:30pm - 10:34pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA
 
Sunday, June 9
 

11:00am

Vanilla
VANILLA
USA, 87 minutes
director: Will Dennis

A freewheeling comedienne, determined to save her family business, invites an uptight entrepreneur on a road trip to sell a van with a complicated history. Romance ignites on their three day trip south, but is tested as they discover each other's secrets. When the van sale deteriorates, they must decide if their very new connection is worth more than a very old van.

What we think: Such a heartwarming charming road trip film, with punchlines and a lot of Hutzpa.

Expected to attend: director Will Dennis 

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Sunday June 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:27pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

11:00am

Shorts Block #9
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following short films in this block:

1
JOE IMDB vs FRANKIE TRUFFLES
USA, 17:06
Director: William George-Louis
A battle of wits between NYC cinephiles.

2
THE SELFISH ONES
USA, 10:00
Director: 
Eric Grisanti
Two reminiscent brothers attend a wake while an underlying secret begins to reveal itself.

3
COFFEE AND A DONUT
USA, 11:28
Director: Cary Patrick Martin
A story of a young immigrant who knows no English, and his trials ordering breakfast at a local diner.

4
CLEAR SKIES
Sweden, 17:00
Director: Daniel Hagberg

Language: Swedish with English Subtitles
A young boy and his mother are fugitives and have to stay hidden in a house in the woods. Their relationship is getting worse, with the young boy’s nightmares of a vicious storm and his increasing concern that they aren't safe in the house.

5
40TH
USA, 7:57
Director: Neil Fennell

Anne’s mother died when she was 8 and left her the gift of 40 birthday cards.

6
ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
USA, 6:02
Director: Kylene Harrington
In 1960s’ Taiwan, young puppeteer Chen struggles with his feelings for another man, his best friend and fellow puppeteer, Li.

7
SNOW CHILD
USA, 11:57
Director: Diana Cignoni

A Russian girl witnesses the death of her father and submerges herself in the unseen world and finds her neutral space that comforts her grief and guilt.

8
BRISTLED
USA, 5:00
Director: Scott Farrell

After countless blind dates that have gone poorly, Bernard swears that his next date will be "the one." But, could her flaw be too much for him to overcome?

Sunday June 9, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

11:00am

Cold Case Hammarskjöld
COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD 
Denmark128 minutes
Director: Mads Brügger
Previous film festivals: Sundance (Director’s Award – World Cinema                                  Documentary)


Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious 1961 plane crash death of former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in on the truth, they discover a Byzantine international criminal conspiracy lies at the heart of this shocking assassination.

What we think: A brilliant conspiracy theory unfolds in this investigative documentary that left some UN official shaken.

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Sunday June 9, 2019 11:00am - 1:08pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

1:30pm

Safe Spaces
SAFE SPACES
USA, 91 minutes
Director: Daniel Schechter
Starring: Justin Long, Fran Drescher, Richard Schiff, and Lynn Cohen.
Previous film festivals: Tribeca

An NYC professor spends a week re-connecting with his family, while defending his reputation over controversial behavior in the workplace.

What we thought: A delicate and delightful drama, suffused with nuance and humor, and focusing on the personal challenges of individuals within a Jewish family.
 
Expected to attend: Director Daniel Schechter

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Sunday June 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:01pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA

1:30pm

Shorts Block #10
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following short films in this block:

1
EXTREMOPHILES
USA, 4:25
Director: Leah Shore

Extremophiles are organisms that exist when nothing else can survive. This a portrait film about pollution in Brooklyn NY and beyond.

2
CON SPIRITO
USA, 18:33
Director: Emily Izquierdo

At Vassar College, in 1933, two young women spend a night in a tree discussing rebel literature and loneliness.

3
SELF (ISH)
USA, 11:47
Director: Dani Tennenbaum
The story of a mother and daughter who choose, for one night, to look out for themselves, even though they may hurt the people around them.

4
THE SPIRIT SEAM
USA, 14:52
Director: Ashley Gerst

A mixture of animation mediums are used to tell the story of a young girl and her Pap-Paw, as they experience the simple pleasures of an Appalachian coal-mining town in the 1950s.

5
IF THE SHOE FITS
USA, 5:00
Director: Cinder Chou

A man finds a shoe that’s missing its other half and discovers his love for high-heeled pumps.

6
ELLA
USA, 8:49
Director: Clio Gevirtz
Laila is looking forward to her date, when an unexpected friend shows up and faces no choice but to ruin the date.

7
RESTORATION
USA, 15:00
Director: Cameron Taddeo

A successful actor finally returns home to visit and make amends with his father.

8
SETTLING UP
USA, 5:07
Director: Reuben Hernandez

A young man panics when he finds out his Tinder dates don't qualify as a tax write-off.

9
SAFE
USA, 10:55
Director: Elizabeth Page

Tension arises for a nanny who's survived a school shooting, when she discovers guns in the house at a play date for a pair of teenage girls.

Sunday June 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Long Beach Island Historical Museum 129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA

1:40pm

High-School Students Films
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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is very proud to present the following high school student short films in this block:

Pieces
Jimmy McCabe
Running Time: 3:07
Southern Regional High School, Manahawkin, NJ

You Are Enough
Summer Ward
Running Time 1:30
Communications HS

Goodbye Napolini’s
Running Time 5:36
Vaughn Battista
Communications HS

Artist In Progress
Running Time 6:44
Emily McNeill & Kera McGovern
Communications HS

Who She Is
Running Time 10:54
Emily McNeill & Ally Weitzman
Communications HS

Sidewalk Chalk
Running Time 1:53
Kara Petrosino
Communications HS
 
Cam’s Art
Running Time 3:57
Jackie Siminerio
Communications HS

Mirror, Mirror
Running Time 1:59
Jackie Siminerio
Communications HS

Pretty Girl
Running Time 2:58
Jackie Siminerio
Communications HS

Let Go
Running Time 4:57
Summer Ward
Communications HS
  
The Evolution of the Internet
Running Time 5:30
Filmmaker Name: Esha Charles
GEMS Wellington Academy/Silicon Oasis

Reflect
Running Time: 4:06
Filmmaker Name: Jack Sanders & Kerry Harper
Henry Hudson Regional

Mission Impossible
Running Time: 3:05
Filmmaker Name: Jack Sanders & Kerry Harper
Henry Hudson Regional
 
Books 
Director: Shannon Miller
Running Time: 1:55
Howell High School
  
Hollywood (music video)
Director: Alyssa Rose Capitini
Running Time: 3:55
Howell High School

Ode To a Toothpaste Tube 
Director: Arielle Sinicin
Running Time: 1:38
Howell High School

Rubber Bands
Director: Shannon Miller
Running Time: 2:40
Howell High School

Love, Dad 
Director: Stephanie Napolitano
Running Time: 3:18
Howell High School

George Gray
Director: Annie Fleisch
Running Time: 1:48
Howell High School

Fostering Hope 
Director: Olivia Douglas
Running Time: 3:17
Howell High School

Sunday June 9, 2019 1:40pm - 3:15pm
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

4:00pm

Closing Film: AMERICAN FACTORY
Closing Film: AMERICAN FACTORY
USA, 1h 55m
Directors: Julie Reichert and Steven Bognar
Previous film festivals: Sundance, Tribeca, Full Frame Documentary


In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. The early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks, as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

What we think: This Sundance winner is a poignant and timely documentary, addressing both socio-economic and human concerns highly relevant within our global village.

Expected to attend: Directors Julie Reichert and Steven Bognar and Producer Jeff Reichert

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Sunday June 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:55pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA