Lighthouse International Film Fest Announces 2018 Lineup

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LONG BEACH ISLAND – The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) recently announced the 2018 lineup for the 10th annual event. Join LIFF for documentaries, feature films, short films, and much more from June 7-10 on LBI.

The Festival will open on June 7 with Madeleine Olnek’s acclaimed Wild Nights with Emily, an Emily Dickenson comedy starring Molly Shannon that brought audiences to their feet at SXSW 2018.

“We knew immediately that we wanted to open our 2018 Festival with Wild Nights with Emily, it’s a special kind of comedy and a film that the LIFF audience will love,” said Lighthouse International Film Festival Executive Director Eric Johnson. “Madeleine Olnek has consistently pushed the comedic envelope in her previous films and this film brings it all together, telling a terrific story with a ton of heart and laughs. It is punctuated by pitch-perfect turn from Molly Shannon and it all works in a sublime way. Kicking off the 2018 festival with Madeleine’s film allows us to present a superb piece of independent cinema to our audience while continuing to champion Madeleine as a director who embodies the independent film values that LIFF embraces.”

Come see Wild Nights with Emily at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, on June 7. Stay for a Q&A with director Madeleine Olnek following the screening.


Don’t miss some of the other great features of the LIFF, like the Documentary and Narrative Centerpiece Films. This year’s Documentary Centerpiece will be Jeremy Workman’s The World Before Your Feet. This film, produced by Jesse Eisenberg, is about Matt Green, a man who has dedicated over six years to walking every block of every street in New York City – a journey of more than 8,000 miles, as he seeks out moments of understanding about his world and the people who live in it. This film will screen at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences on June 9, with director Jeremy Workman and subject Matt Green taking part in a Q&A following the screening.

The Festival’s Narrative Centerpiece film is Madeline’s Madeline, the latest feature from director Josephine Decker. This film premiered at Sundance and tells the story of Helena Howard, a teenager who has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. Come out to see this film on June 8 at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences with Josephine Decker participating in a Q&A following the screening.

Attendees at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta mingled with the LIFF members to discuss film and what to expect at this year’s festival. (Photo by Kimberly Bosco)

Anote’s Ark is the film that will be closing this year’s festival and continuing LIFF’s dialogue surrounding global climate change; a documentary about the low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati, which faces a daunting challenge: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. In closing the 2018 Festival with the film, LIFF continues to discuss an issue that is of particular sensitivity to LIFF’s audience following the devastation incurred on LBI following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. This film will screen on June 10 at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences.

In addition to these highlights of the festival, LIFF will also be showing The Guilty, a Sundance and Rotterdam Audience Award winner; 306 Hollywood, a New Jersey-subject and Hot Docs award-winner; and Crime and Punishment, a Sundance Special Jury Prize winner.

LIFF’s Write by the Beach retreat program for female filmmakers and screenwriters has also produced three writers that will be featured during the festival: Sharon E. Cooper, Anne Hu and Rose Schimm.

Additional filmmaking talent includes:

  • Xin Xu (director, A Yangtze Landscape)
  • Carra Greenberg (producer, Daughters of the Sexual Revolution)
  • Onur Tukel (director, The Misogynists)
  • Andrea Magnani (director, Easy)
  • Alex Huston Fischer and Rachel Wolther (co-directors, Snowy Bing Bongs Across The North Star Combat Zone)
  • Emmy Harrington (director, Two Little B*#ches)
  • Cath Gulick (director, The Fever and the Fret)

You can find the full 2018 schedule and ticket information at