Special Events for all Access Pass Holders for the 7th Annual Film Festival
Singer-songwriter-Jamie Block of- "Abby Singer/Songwriter" & "Top Spin" table tennis champions
Long Beach Island, NJ- May 27, 2015

Long Beach Island, NJ June 4-7th 2015: We are mixing it up for our 7th annual Lighthouse Film Festival this year with some special events on both Friday and Saturday night. It will be non-stop top notch films, fun and entertainment all weekend.

FRIDAY: The Narrative film ABBY SINGER-SONGWRITER features Jamie Block a real life singer-songwriter. One of the more prolific and exciting filmmakers emerging right, Director Onur Tukel, now has two films in this year's festival, Abby Singer,Songwriter and Applesauce. He and Jamie Block, the Star of Abby Singer,Songwriter, will be present and will have a musical performance postscreening.

A comedy with real heart, Abby Singer, Songwriter tells the tale of a filmmaker and a musician who meet and start working together in a union that at times seems the most ill-fated creative partnership in history. Luckily for us, it's also one of the funniest, as terrible music video ideas come to life, recurring jokes land perfectly and don't hold back on political correctness and the film builds layer upon layer of character driven conundrums to form its perfect NYC-set universe. Featuring real-life musician Jamie Block and real-life director Onur Tukel playing fictionalized versions of themselves, the film is a throwback to great independent films as a unique story and structure pay off in spades. As Jamie tries to survive Onur and make a real connection with his daughters he must also face the prospect that the two things are becoming increasingly, hilariously intertwined.
IN ATTENDANCE: Director Onur Tukel, and star Jamie Block (with accompanying musical performance post-screening) Friday June 5, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
LBI Foundation For the Arts and Sciences (120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, NJ)

SATURDAY:Our Documentary Centerpiece Film-TOP SPIN by director Sara Newens and Mina T. Son, shows the struggle of an Olympic athlete for the summer Olympics in table tennis. This chronicles the struggle of three underdogs intent on battling the world's best and brings new understanding to a beloved sports.
TOP SPIN Saturday June 6, 2015 6:00pm - 7:45pm
LBI Foundation For the Arts and Sciences (120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, NJ)

Saturday night we will have TOP SPIN co-director Sara Newens as well as several of the worlds's top table tennis players for a demonstration, during the Centerpiece Party at The Dutchmen's. Our Saturday Night Centerpiece party is always a favorite, and this year promises to be a crowd pleaser as well, as some of the world's top table tennis pros will put on an exhibition of their skills during the party (approx. 10:30 p.m.) Courtesy of Spin. NOTE: Event limited to Filmmakers and Passholders only.
Individual film only tickets can be bought online or at the venue for $12.00.

Centerpiece Party-Saturday June 6, 2015 9:00pm - 11:59pm
The Dutchman's Brauhaus (2500 East Bay Ave. Cedar Bonnet Island, NJ)

SUNDAY: Tukel's closing night feature film is APPLESAUCE. Applesauce has premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, perfectly mingles comedy, drama in a quick -talking, fast-moving satire that will keep you waiting for the next surprise to appear.

What is the worst thing that you have ever done? This simple question is at the crux of a conversation between two couples at dinner one night when one of them admits his worst deed and sends each person into a spiral of hilarity and paranoia as they confront their own missteps. Bonds of trust are broken, re-formed and broken again as Max Casella (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jennifer Prediger , Onur Tukel (also directing) and Trieste Kelly Dunn circle one another, trying to figure out who they can count on and why you can never trust the delivery guy. Applesauce, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, perfectly mingles comedy and drama in a quick-talking, fast-moving satire that will keep you waiting for the next surprise to appear. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that people aren't out to get you. IN ATTENDANCE, Director/Star Onur Tukel, star Jennifer Prediger.
Sunday June 7, 2015 4:00pm - 5:45pm
LBI Foundation For the Arts and Sciences (120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, NJ)

Closing Night Party and Award Ceremony
Celebrate the end of another terrific festival with the filmmakers, staff and volunteers of LIFF and find out which films take home the Golden Lighthouse awards. NOTE: Event limited to Filmmakers and All Access Passholders only.
Sunday June 7, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Dutchman's Brauhaus (2500 East Bay Ave. Cedar Bonnet Island, NJ)

*Press Pass available pick up at Welcome center or bring press credential to any venue and you will be issued a press badge.

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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