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Friday, June 7
 

2:20pm EDT

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

4:30pm EDT

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

4:50pm EDT

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 EDT
Surf City Fire House 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008, USA

6:00pm EDT

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

1:30pm EDT

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