Shining The Spotlight on Our Own Local Film-Makers at Our 8th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival

Long Beach Island, NJ- June 1, 2016

Lighthouse International Film Festival is proud to focus the spotlight on our local talent in the 8th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival. Independent filmmaking, by its very nature is about topics told by deeply passionate people who tell their stories about worlds we haven't seen before or show us the world we already know as we continue to learn.Often, these stories are so raw and visceral that Hollywood doesn't dare touch them. These of local filmmakers who have a story to share. Come June 9-12th to the Lighthouse International Film Festival to be informed, be inspired, and be entertained.All of the filmmakers * are expected to attend and be available to a Q&A after the screening.

Yesterday's Fish, Today's Challenges - dir. David Kaltenbach*
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 in-depth journey of the decades and ends up at the doorsteps of today's local fishermen., USA) Screening Saturday June11th- 3:30 PM Screening Surf City Firehouse with Just Beneath the Surface

Just Beneath the Surface - dir. Jon Coen*
'Just Beneath the Surface' is a mini documentary focusing on the the Long Beach Island area. Specifically, this is a look at two hyperlocal food sources - blue claw crabs and Jersey tomatoes and find out what it is about Southern Ocean County that inspires local artists. Even more so, it delves into the characters of the area as we meet Richie the Crabber, Tomato Jay, Bunkerfish and Cathleen Engelsen. (18m, USA)
Screening June 11th-3:30 PM-Screening Surf City Firehouse- with Yesterday's Fish, Today's Challenges

Colby - dir. Alex Markman*
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 pitch-perfect 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.
Screening Sat June11th -8:00-Long Beach Island Historical Museum.

Space Cadet - dir. Brendan Walsh*
Nearly thirty years after the mysterious death of his decorated war veteran, drug kingpin brother in a Long Beach Island marsh, a junk collector continues to piece together the details and circumstances that lead to his brother's untimely demise. The main suspect: a billionaire businessman with an internationally recognized brand. (25m)
Screening Sat. June 11-Short Block #4- Long Beach Island Historical Museum.

Inspired- Maggie Kaszuba*
A high school basketball player, Sam, struggles to understand the way life works and discovers truly how fragile life is.
Screening Friday June 10th-3:15 Short Block#1 - Long Beach Island Historical Museum.

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-20 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: 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

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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