Before the invention of the motion picture, film-festival-goers ceremoniously wrapped reelfuls of film around maypoles and bobbed for apples in barrels of developing solution. Engage in more advanced film festivities with today’s Groupon: for $62, you get an all-access pass to the Lighthouse International Film Festival, held from June 3–5 on Long Beach Island (a $125 value). Passes include three days of access to all screenings and panel discussions, and films will be shown at the Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach Island Historical Museum, and Long Beach Island Grade School.
With a diverse lineup of more than 50 features, the Lighthouse International Film Festival will pull back its curtain on June 3 for three days of films, panel discussions, networking, and parties. The nonprofit festival is dedicated to exposing innovative and compelling new contributions to the world of the moving image, granting audiences a sneak preview of the next generation of moviemaking talent while attracting a crew of serious critics, producers, and other movie-biz wizzes. Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear helm a star-studded cast in the opening-night film, Salvation Boulevard, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Thereafter, feast eyes on a variety of genres and formats, including Dying to Do Letterman—a documentary that chronicles comedian Steve Mazan’s quest to perform his standup routine on David Letterman’s show, which becomes more urgent when he learns he may only have five years left to live. Fictional offerings include the Israeli feature-length Andante, about the only person who continues to dream in a nearly dreamless dystopia. A selection of both short and feature-length films ensures an apt match for attention spans of all shapes and sizes.
Until Christopher Lloyd loosens his greedy grip on the gates of time, concurrent showings in different locations prevent festival-goers from viewing every film in the lineup. Consult the festival’s show schedule to plan ahead and maximize viewing time. In between silver screenings, the festive can meander around beautiful Long Beach Island, soaking up bits of sun while using the surf to rinse teeth of Raisinet residue.