One World Premiere Film and 21 New Jersey Premieres
First time seen
Long Beach Island, NJ- May 26, 2016
This may be the longest press release ever as we are shining the spotlight on the WORLD PREMIERE Chronicle of a Summer in Europe and the 21 NEW JERSEY PREMIERE films that we will be screening this year at the The LighthouseInternational Film Festival. Filmmakers are arriving on beautiful L.B.I.from all over the world to show their cutting edge new films. These films will be eyeopening, revealing, educational, moving, thought provoking, and some darn right funny! There is something for everyone. LIFF is the festival that ignites the independent film market and gives emerging filmmakers from around the world a platform to display their talents.
Our World Premiere Chronicle of a Summer in Europe is our Friday night documentary centerpiece film and a timely documentary piece of the very human tragedy that is facing the migrants in Europe. A tremendously important film, skillfully put together in a manner that will move and incite you to action.
**DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE FILM:**WORLD PREMIERE
**Chronicle of a Summer in Europe dir. Kristian Kiehling ( Germany) **WORLD PREMIERE at The Lighthouse International Film Festival. A stunning, first person portrait of the greatest migrant crisis the world has ever known, CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER IN EUROPE shows the difficulties that refugees, government and humanitarian volunteers alike all face in wake of unprecedented events. Director Kristian Kiehling spent the summer of 2015 traveling the refugee route from Malta and the Mediterranean Sea to England. Featuring stunning images, vital reporting and incredibly important interviews with the migrants themselves, Kiehling documents a tremendously complex set of stories, sometimes at odds with what is being reported, but always human.http://liff.festivalgenius.com/2016/films/chronicleofasummerineurope0_kristiankiehling_LIFF2016 (77m, Germany). Expected to attend: Director Kristian Kiehling, Editor Eric Pforr, Composer Maurizio Curcio.
NEW JERSEY PREMIERES
These 21 NEW JERSEY PREMIERE films are in all categories:Spotlights, Narratives, Documentary,and Shorts and will be screened for the first time in New Jersey. It just gets better every year! You can see them first on L.B.I. at The 8th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival. You can read the synopsis, view the trailers, and see the schedule online at our website: www.lighthousefilmfestival.org
Filmmakers will be available after the screenings for Q & A. and for Breakfast with the Filmmakers , where you can attend if you have an ALL ACCESS pass.(or Press Pass)
You can see them first on Long Beach Island at the Lighthouse International Film Festival June 9-12th.
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**NARRATIVE CENTERPIECE FILM:**New Jersey Premiere
**Women Who Kill dirIngrid Jungermann ( USA) **New Jersey Premiere
Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, director Ingrid Jungermann builds on the promise of her two acclaimed web series with her feature film debut, in which she also stars. The film expertly tells the story of Morgan and ex?girlfriend Jean, locally famous podcasters, who suspect Morgan's new love interest may be a murderer. Both tremendously funny and a tense murder?mystery, Ingrid Jungermann announces herself as one of the most exciting directors of recent years, with a film Indiewire calls 'The Best Lesbian Horror?Comedy Ever'. NJ Premiere. (93m, USA).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdplyZDuAlY Expected to attend: Director/Star Ingrid Jungermann, Star Ann Carr.
**CLOSING NIGHT:**New Jersey Premiere
**The Last Laugh dir.Ferne Pearlstein, (USA)** New Jersey Premiere
Can humor and the Holocaust ever co?exist? Ferne Pearlstein's hilarious, insightful and uplifting documentary asks this question and puts this question to both Holocaust survivors and some of the biggest names in comedy. Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried and Rob Reiner (among a score of world?class comedians) weigh in with their opinions, and the film follows survivor Renee Firestone as she too debates what can and cannot be said in a society that prizes itself on free speech. The Last Laugh pulls that most difficult of cinematic feats - to have you doubled over in laughter one minute, and deep in contemplation on serious social issues the next. (88m, USA) https://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/last-laugh-2016 Expected to attend: Director Ferne Pearlstein, Producer Robert Edwards.
SPOTLIGHT FILMS:**New Jersey Premiere
**Follow - dir. Owen Egerton ( USA) **New Jersey Premiere
Quinn Woodhouse longs for something more. He and Thana, his beautiful girlfriend, rent a house from a kindly old man who lives next door. Quinn is a typical starving artist, working in a bar to make ends meet. Just before Christmas, he goes to work like any other night. But when he comes home, Thana has an enigmatic early Christmas present for him. Her behavior is strange and unsettling, but before Quinn can figure out what's going on, he blacks out. FOLLOW embarks on a tense spiral into the darkest recesses of paranoia and the most inhuman corners of human nature that you won't soon forget. (74m, USA http://liff.festivalgenius.com/2016/films/follow0_owenegerton_LIFF2016)Expected to attend: dir.Owen Egerton
**Harry & Snowman - dir. Ron Davis,(USA) **New Jersey Premiere
Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. What follows is one of the most remarkable, heartwarming and incredible stories of all time. Eightysix year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit. (74m, USA) Expected to attend: dir. Ron Davis
Klown - dir. Mikkel Norgaard (Denmark) ( Special Retrospective Screening)
SPECIAL RETROSPECTIVE SCREENING
LIFF 2016 is proud to again screen the film called 'The Funniest of the Year' in 2011, the original raunchy, noholds-barred comedic masterpiece that is Klown. The story of the hapless Frank, who, in order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, 'kidnaps' her 12yearold nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip. It's an unforgettable journey. (93m, Denmark)
Klown Forever - dir. Mikkel Norgaard, (Denmark) **NJ Premiere
The sequel to the legendary 'Klown' (see description above), Klown Forever picks up five years later as Frank and Casper's friendship is put to a test, when Casper decides to leave Denmark to pursue a solo career in Los Angeles. Determined to win his best friend back Frank chooses to follow Casper insuring an eventful trip. Returning with a comedic vengeance and again bringing an attitude that nothing is off limits, director Mikkel Norgaard shows that Denmark is unafraid to be at the vanguard of boundary pushing humor. (99m, Denmark)
NARRATIVE COMPETITION FILMS **New Jersey Premiere
**Amok, Rick Rodgers (USA) **NJ Premiere
A horrible work accident triggers a terrifying event from Adam's childhood. Newly settled in NYC with his wife and newborn son, he's haunted by the past while struggling to hold onto the present. Josh Hamilton (Frances Ha) lead a terrific cast, including Juliet Rylance (The Knick) and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss, The Color of Money) in Rick Rodgers' latest, a terrific exploration of the inner and outer workings of the mind. Brilliant cinematography enhances the psychological drama that grabs hold from the first frame and never lets go. (77m, USA) Expected to attend: Rick Rodgers
**Autumn Fall, Jan Vardoen, (Norway)**NJ Premiere
Oslo in beautiful autumn. Ingvild is stage manager at the National Theatre, and trying to make changes in life, in line with her artistic ambitions. As she gets involved in two very different affairs, she's faced with choices that will alter her future in dramatic ways and not at all as she expected. Beautiful Norwegian settings heighten understated comedic and dramatic touches by Jan Vardoen (LIFF 2013 short film Working Stiff). All the while, the actors' comfort in their roles shines through as they draw the viewer into their stories, their lives and their issues. (95m, Norway) https://www.youtube.com/watchv=y5A3eNBQY58&list=PL83m6xyKkLlfHjQI6FSxvgjoRBoOyLjA Expected to attend: Jan Vardoen
**Colby, Alex Markman, (USA)**NJ Premiere
Shot almost exclusively on LBI, Alex Markman's breakout feature film spins the story of its title character, a troubled young drifter stranded in a small beach town, who breaks into a wealthy home and cons her way into the good graces of the family that lives there. Stephanie Brait gives a pitchperfect performance as Colby, a young woman harboring an inner battle that sways like the ocean she finds herself facing. Taking a deep look at a complex, intricate character, the film portrays a singular vision that always takes the most interesting roads along its journey. (79m, USA) Expected to attend: Alex Markman
**Empty Space, James Choi, (USA) **NJ Premiere
Tom, an overweight young man, takes refuge at his grandmother's cabin in rural Protection, IL, in an attempt to bury the years of being bullied and feeling rejected. While in town, he meets a precocious blind girl named Lilly, who shows him how to be accepted and loved. Tender, funny and dramatic, the film shows characters not often depicted onscreen as leads, in a unique coming of age story. Directed by James Choi and written by Judi Krant, it marks a return to LBI of the filmmaking team behind 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning film 'Made in China' which played as the inaugural LIFF Centerpiece Film in 2009. (76m, USA) Expected to attend: James Choi
**Last Pickup, Maggie Surovell (USA) **NJ Premiere
While in the employ of Mr. Worthington, James, Mickey and Whitey have made several successful and uneventful pickups, but one last pickup will prove to be an adventure and the difference between life as free men or life behind bars. A nonstop film full of fastpaced comedic moments, the film is unafraid to showcase its indie film grittiness.(72m, USA) Expected to attend:Maggie Surovell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9trMybL7AZM
**Out of Order, Mahmoud Kamel, (Egypt/UAE) **NJ Premiere
A hustler and drug addict finds a crime video featuring a widow from his neighborhood. He blackmails her to pay off his debt only to get tangled in a twisted and altered relationship in which they fall into a mutually destructive state until the murder is unexpectedly unraveled. The film uses its street and apartment settings expertly to convey the characters' desperation. As the bond between the characters deepens, the performances become more and more nuanced but never anything short of captivating. (99m, Egypt, UAE) Expected to attend: Mahmoud Kamel
**Paperback, Adam Bowers (USA) **NJ Premiere
A pizza cook and aspiring novelist who never left his college town finally meets the woman of his dreams before finding out there's a huge roadblock to them being together. The multitalented Adam Bowers follows up his Sundance 2010 breakout New Low (LIFF 2010) with another whipsmart comedy. Both acting and directing, Bowers continues the promise of being the comedic voice for the"slackers" of his generation. (79m, Expected to attend: Adam Bowers(USA) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWAAwUFvEYQ
**West Coast, Benjamin Weill (France) **NJ Premiere
Four inseparable teenagers face the looming summer in a small town in Brittany (France). As lifelong fans of the West Coast rap scene, they think they are real gangstas. So when FleO, the leader of this merry gang learns that he has to leave his town and his friends at the end of the year, his whole world falls apart. With one last expedition together in store, they find it will lead them further than they would have imagined. A fun, funny and expertly helmed film with loads of charm to spare. (80m, France) Expected to attend: Benjamin Weill
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FILMS **New Jersey Premiere
A Brilliant Genocide, Ebony Butler ( Australia) **NJ Premiere
A Brilliant Genocide' is an expose of how an African dictator has been able to commit mass murder and still get a regular audience at The White House and 10 Downing Street. A direct response to the Kony 2012 viral video, the film brings forth questions of the use of media to form political alliances, even in the face of dire circumstances and invites the audience to be its own judge. (75m, Australia)
**The Babushkas of Chernobyl dir.Anne Bogart, **Holly Morris (USA) **NJ Premiere
In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl's Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers-scientists, soldiers, and even 'stalkers'-young thrillseekers who sneak in to pursue postapocalyptic video game inspired fantasies. Why the film's central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one's destiny and the subjective nature of risk. (70m, USA) Expected to attend: Holly Morris
**Fire and Water-Thomas Brookins (USA) **NJ Premiere
A unique film about New York and surfing history, Fire and Water introduces a new historical POV to the sports action industry through the lives of its eclectic surfing community made up of firefighters. Bringing to light rare and brand new archival footage never seen by the public, it adds to the lore of the surfers and films that came before it with its own fascinating chapter. Spanning NYC to Hawaii and back, the legacy of New York surfers, Hawaii wave breaks and firefighters become intertwined in a perfectly told tale. Add in some of the biggest names in surfing history paying homage to these brave men & women and it's a story that needs to be told and a film that demands to be seen. (60m, USA) Expected to attend: Thomas Brookins
**Please Remember Me Qing Zhao, (China) **NJ Premiere
Every day, people see 86 years old Feng and 85 years old Fang going out hand in hand to practice Tai Chi and to dine at a nearby canteen. They love to buy flowers and make fun of each other. He calls her baby girl and she calls him Mr. Silly. Please Remember Me follows the old couple in Shanghai over their final years as they fight for failing physical health and memory loss, while celebrating a lifelong memory of love and elegance. Simply put, it is a beautifully told story of life and love. (78m, China) Expected to attend: Qing Zhao
**Saltwater Buddha Lara Popyack (USACosta Rica, El Savador, Mexico)**NJ Premiere
Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a copy of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard. Now an author and father, Jaimal recounts his journey from jungle communes to zen monasteries, from the warm Pacific to the icy New York shore. Based on the internationallyacclaimed memoir, this is a chronicle of finding focus in the barrel of a wave and truth in the great salty blue. (60m, USA, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico) Expected to attend: Lara Popyack
**Until Proven Innocent-Jenna Jackson, **Anthony Jackson (USA) *NJ Premiere
In October 2006 a four year old from Corpus Christi, Texas named Andrew Burd died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, was charged with capital murder, vilified from all quarters, and sent to prison for life. But was this churchgoing young woman a vicious child killer? Or had the tragedy claimed its second victim? Until Proven Innocent documents the battle by this mother of five - and her Dream Team of pro-bono lawyers - over nearly eight years in a desperate attempt to win her freedom. Winner of the Dallas Film Festival's Audience Award' the film is a worthy addition to the genre of documentaries such as Making a Murderer and The Oath that focus on the murky world of the law, the possibility of missteps and oversight in the process and above all, if truth and justice will prevail, the filmmakers skillfully guide you through the case with extraordinary access to its players, and carefully craft a lasting, important film that will resonate immensely. (108m, USA) Expected to attend: Anthony Jackson
**Yesterday's Fish, Today's Challenges-David Kaltenback (USA) **NJ Premiere
The seafood production dock of Viking Village, Barnegat Light, N.J. and filmmaker David Kaltenbach have combined forces to bring the past 125 years to the screen in a compelling documentary focusing on one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. 'Yesterday's Fish Today's Challenges' is the incredible story of the Scandinavians settling at the northern tip of Long Beach Island and forging the roads to establish the commercial fishing industry. By stepping back to the turn of the century, this marvelous fish story takes you on an indepth journey of the decades and ends up at the doorsteps of today's local fishermen. (60m, USA) Expected to attend: David Kaltenback
Friday, June 10th /Saturday, June 9th
9:00 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.
Dutchman's on Cedar Bonnet
Must have LIFF ALL ACCESS PASS
Breakfast with the Filmmaker
Saturday, June 10th & Sunday, June 9th
9:00 am - 10:00 a.m.
Light continental breakfast provided by A Little Bite of Italy
Must have ALL ACCESS PASS, PRESS or FILMMAKER
Dutchman's on Cedar Bonnet
Must have LIFF ALL ACCESS PASS
6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
All Access Passholders includes pass to All Films,Filmmakers' Breakfasts, and Nightly Parties to mix & mingle with the filmmakers. 2016 Lighthouse International Film Festival will present- One World Premier-21 New Jersey Premiers and a Special Retrospective Screening! With 25 Feature Length films, and over 45 shorts- there is something for everyone! Everything is online:www.lighthousefilmfestival.org and ready for you! Individual movie tickets can be bought online as well. Be Inspired, Be Informed, Be Entertained, Be There!
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
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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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