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The Lighthouse International Film Festival Casts the Spotlight on New Jersey Themes and Jersey Filmmakers
Long Beach Island, NJ- May 22, 2015

Long Beach Island, NJ- June 4th-7th, 2015-The Lighthouse International Film Festival was founded by a collection of filmmakers, film critics and film industry professionals who share a passion for film and wanted to create an event aimed first and foremost at film enthusiasts. The 2015 festival will present feature films, shorts, documentaries and family films, as well as panel discussions with leading film industry professionals.

The Lighthouse International Film Festival will focus the Spotlight today on local New Jersey Filmmakers and New Jersey Themes.These six independent films and shorts are very diverse and captivating. The LIFF film festival celebrates three days of new, exciting and challenging films from all over the world. These are just a few that celebrate the state of New Jersey. Come out and support our fine New Jersey talent and see for yourself. For a complete lineup of the over 50 films that will be screened including 30 shorts. Tickets are available through our website or at the door. Please visit our website www.lighthousefilmfestival.org for full descriptions, times, prices, and venues.

Individual Movie Tickets are available online & at the door for $12.00.Opening Night Film - $15.00

Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South - dir. Dena Seidel*
In the wake of devastating climate events like Superstorm Sandy, NJ-based oceanographer Oscar Schofield teams up with a group of world-class researchers in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South captures some of the most stunning footage of Antarctica ever put to film. Facing impossibly difficult conditions in a virtually unknown part of the world, they struggle against the elements to show how shrinking ice at the South Pole affects climates worldwide and documenting the plight of the Adelie penguins. Gripping, powerful and an urgent call to action. (72m, Antarctica, USA)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydHSvQ6j2MM

Boogaloo: The Life and Times of a Middleweight Contender - dir. Liam Mulvey*
Bobby 'Boogaloo' Watts the first fighter to beat Marvelous Marvin Hagler. A fighter out of Philadelphia who took a winding road from South Carolina to the mean streets of Philly, this film tells the tale of how he fought his way to the top of his sport only to be denied a shot at the world title and the unlikely turn of events in his life that followed. (106m, USA)

Safelight-feature
Safelight opens with a tense scene in which LIFF alumni Juno Temple (2012 Centerpiece Film Little Birds) is threatened by her boyfriend/pimp and Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past, American Horror Story) intervenes, putting himself at risk for a girl he doesn't really know. Thus begins their story and Safelight seamlessly weaves these two together as they form an unlikely travel duo, seeking lighthouses up the California coast to photograph. Director Tony Aloupis perfectly captures a moment in life when everything seems possible, with a pitch-perfect eye to period detail and story. Featuring tremendous performances, including a memorable supporting turn from Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope), Safelight promises, and delivers, on its potential for greatness. IN ATTENDANCE: Director Tony Aloupis. NOTE: Screening preceded by short film FLAT BRIM. Safelight-trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fydTjf6J3Ks

The Rat Slayer of Hillside, NJ - dir. Andrew Keogh Ruotolo*
The charge: murder. The setting: Hillside, NJ '94. The accused: Frank Balun. The weapon: a broomstick. The victim: a rat?! Combining present day interviews and archival news footage, The Rat Slayer of Hillside, NJ tells the dramatic story of Frank Balun and Lee Bernstein and the case that pitted them against each other and would eventually come to define their personal legacies. (17m, USA)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RWhE6KDj9w

Times and Venues for New Jersey filmmakers/themed films

Boogaloo: The Life and Times of a Middleweight Contender short- Island Baptist- Sat. June 6th @3:15

Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South- New Jersey filmmaker LBI Foundation -Sat. June 6th @3:30

Safelight-feature- LBI Foundation-Sat.June 6th @ 8:00 followed by Flatbrim

Flatbrim-short (filmmaker is the cousin of Safelight), both Jersey boys are coming to LBI Lighthouse International Film Festival and will be available for a Q & A after the screening.

Simpler Times-short film: Jerry Stiller stars.Filmed by New Jersey filmmakers and was filmed in New Jersey. (Shorts-Block #5) LBI Historical Museum Sat. June 6th @6:00

The Rat Slayer of Hillside, NJ -(Short-Block #4)- LBI Historical Museum Sat.June 6th@1:15

**Ticket information: $125 All Access Pass, Individual Tickets $12 at the door. $15-( Opening Night film), FREE Films Only Pass -for Active Military and College Students with ID.

The Lighthouse International Film Festival was founded in 2008 by a collection of filmmakers, film critics and film industry professionals who share a passion for film and wanted to create an event aimed first and foremost at film enthusiasts. Taking place on Long Beach Island, NJ -- one of the East Coast's most popular surfing destinations -- the festival celebrates three days of new, exciting and challenging films in honor of Long Beach Island's historic Barnegat Lighthouse

Our Mission and Objective
The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films and fostering the next generation of filmmakers. The festival offers three days of films, panels, Q&A's, networking, parties and surfing, and draws some of the industry's top film critics, producers and distributors. The festival also seeks to serve the community by presenting unique programs that inspire, engage and challenge a diverse audience through the art of film.

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Lighthouse International Film Festival
Eric Johnson, Executive Director
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