The 2014 Lighthouse International Film Festival begins Thursday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 8 on Long Beach Island – the community devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Not coincidentally, the festival’s opening night film is This Time Next Year, Jeff Reichert and co-director Farihah Zaman’s chronicle of the Long Beach Island community’s struggle to rebuild and recover from the hurricane. Reichart s family has lived on LBI for decades, and producer Dan O'Meara is an island native. The film is the inaugural grantee of Tribeca Film Institute's Resilient Communities Project, made possible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation; This Time Next Year was fully-funded by the grant. Reicheert directed the 2010 political doc, Gerrymandering.
Also on the LIFF program this year:
Fort Tilden, Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ comedic indie feature about NYC hipster quarter-lifers looking for sand and surf in the title locale – a waterfront state park tucked away in Queens. Fort Tilden won rave reviews, not to mention the grand prize, at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March.Evolution of a Criminal, Darius Clark Monroe’s first-person doc, detailing how, as a 16-year-old from a struggling Houston family, he robbed a bank and went to prison. The graduated from college and attended NYU's Graduate Film program. Evolution of a Criminal is the grand prize winner of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Hellion, Cat Candler’s drama about a troubled 13-year old (Josh Wiggins) and the turmoil and tumult of his dysfunctional family. The film premiered at Sundance in January. Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis play the parentals.