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Thursday, June 6
 

6:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA
 
Friday, June 7
 

7:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA
 
Saturday, June 8
 

8:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA
 
Sunday, June 9
 

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008, USA