The Ninth Annual International Lighthouse Film Festival Brings to LBI- International and Local Cutting-edge Films
LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ-May 30, 2017-The Ninth Annual Lighthouse Film Festival is bringing the best films from around the world to Long Beach Island the weekend of June 8-11th- The festival will screen more than 85 dramas, comedies, documentaries, and short-films from around the world. Several filmmakers will be on hand for Q&As, breakfast panels and festival parties, which will give movie lovers plenty to see and do! LIFF is an international film festival with a wide array of subject matter and film genres-including some great film picks from Philadelphia and New Jersey. Read more more about our local film selections.

Quest (headliner film)
The film is a portrait of a family in North Philadelphia, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, along with his wife Christine'a (aka "Ma Quest"), open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Over the years, the family evolves as everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil, the film is a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing and hope. Following its premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Quest has won Best Documentary at Full Frame, Dallas, Nashville and River Run film festivals.Expected to attend- director Jonathan Olshefski

Dina ( Spotlight film)
Winner of 2017 Sundance Grand Jury award for best documentary, DINA is a fabulous story of an unusual romance, beautifully told. Dina is getting married in a few weeks . She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he has ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter. She has to make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved Dina after the death of her first husband and the string of troubled relationships that followed. Throughout it all, in the face of obstacles large and small, Dina remains indomitable. She has overcome tragedy and found the man she wants and at age 48, is bent on building the life for herself that she believes she deserves. Dina is unstoppable, a force of nature, and as the star of her own life story, she's an unconventional movie protagonist the likes of which hasn't been seen before. Directors: Dan Sickle & Antonio Santini(USA)

LIFF New Jersey picks are diverse and depict insight into New Jersey life from a comedy about Orsen Welles iconic alien spoof, "Brave New Jersey", to three documentary films that show a slice of New Jersey life. There is a winning swim team made up of autistic boys overcoming tremendous challenges in Swim Team. The two documentary films that will be screening together, place the focus of life and a lively-hood on the water in Commercial Crabbermen and The Oyster Farmers. And a 4 minute surf board artist short Shapers.

Brave New Jersey ( narrative competition)
is a comedy about a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles's legendary 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast-the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America. As the citizens of Lullaby, NJ face what they think is their last night on Earth, their lives will change forever. An alien invasion movie where the aliens never show up the film features a terrific cast including Tony Hale ( Veep, Arrested Development) and Anna Camp ( The Help, Cafe Society) who make this ensemble comedy come together in fun and unexpected ways as the panic taps into the hidden desires of Lullaby's residents. Brave New Jersey-director: Jody Lambert-Expected to attend.

Swim Team (documentary competition)
Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team made up of a diverse autistic teens. As they vie for state and national championships, SWIM TEAM follows three of the team's star athletes in and out of the water, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.Expected to attend director: Laura Stolman

The Oyster Farmers (documentary competition)
centers on coastal life in New Jersey. The plight of the oyster, offers a keyhole view of human impact on the environment. Following the oyster from proliferation to decimation, to resurgence, the story parallels the presence of the Barnegat Baymen and Baywomen working the water for the last four centuries, Through a dynamically fluid visual esthetic, the undercurrent of the film's driving force, an ethos of environmental stewardship flows throughout the film. With 90% of seafood imported in the US, the sustainable seafood movement both local and global is in the hand of the Oyster Farmers. They are bringing the bounty back from seed to farm to plate. Expected to attend:directors Angela Anderson and Corrine Gray Ruff -

Commercial Crabbermen ( A Lively hood on the Barnegat Bay)
Many people consider it unusual to be out on the Barnegat Bay in the dead of night or the middle of winter, but those who fish for blue claw crab for a living couldn't find that any more ordinary.( 11 min) filmmaker:Andy DiAngelis

Jeff Mansfield shares his passion and process behind shaping surfboard in one of New Jersey's rapidly re-emerging beach towns- Asbury Park-director: Graham Willoughby ( 4 min USA)

*Over 85 Films, 40 Filmmakers, 3 Parties, 2 Breakfasts with the Filmmakers and 2 Panels with Filmmakers, Featuring Virtual Reality Shorts for the first time this year!