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Kirsten Johnson’s documentary CAMERAPERSON, will kick off the 2016 Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) which will take place June 9-12, 2016 on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

CAMERAPERSON crafts both a personal and a universal story from clips Johnson has shot both in her award-winning career as a cinematographer and her own home-movie footage. Cameraperson will open LIFF on June 9th, at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences (LBIF) in Loveladies, NJ, with Kirsten Johnson participating in a Q&A following the screening.

LIFF will again present both Documentary and Narrative Centerpiece Films, including the World Premiere of Kristian Kiehling’s CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER IN EUROPE, as Documentary Centerpiece. A first person account of the historic summer of 2015 in which Kiehling embedded himself on the refugee trail beginning in Malta and the Mediterranean Sea and traveled with refugees across Europe ending up at another body of water, the English Channel.

The Festival’s Narrative Centerpiece film is WOMEN WHO KILL, directed by Ingrid Jungermann. An exceptional debut, both hilarious and tense, the film blends deadpan comedic moments of a lesbian relationship comedy with a murder mystery plot that builds tension as it simultaneously skewers its trappings.

Closing the 2016 Festival will be THE LAST LAUGH, director Ferne Pearlstein’s exploration of whether humor and the Holocaust can ever coexist when discussing tragedy of such magnitude.

The Lighthouse International Film Festival also announces the creation of WRITE BY THE BEACH, a new writers’ retreat program for female filmmakers and screenwriters. Designed with a simple mission to foster female voices in independent film, the inaugural program will see the Festival bring four female filmmakers and screenwriters to Long Beach Island for a week leading up to and including the Festival, with no obligation except to put work into whatever project they are currently developing. The 2016 Write By The Beach recipient writers will be announced later in May.

Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson, USA

Women Who Kill, Ingrid Jungermann, USA (NJ Premiere)
Women Who Kill

Chronicle of a Summer in Europe, Kristian Kiehling, Germany (World Premiere)
Chronicle of Summer in Europe

The Last Laugh, Ferne Pearlstein, USA (NJ Premiere)
The Last Laugh

Booger Red, Berndt Mader, USA
The Fits, Anna Rose Holmer, USA
Follow, Owen Egerton, USA (NJ Premiere)
Harry & Snowman, Ron Davis, USA (NJ Premiere)
Klown, Mikkel Norgaard, Denmark (Special Retrospective Screening)
Klown Forever, Mikkel Norgaard, Denmark (NJ Premiere)
Tickled, David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, New Zealand

Amok, Rick Rodgers, USA (NJ Premiere)
Autumn Fall, Jan Vardoen, Norway (NJ Premiere)
Colby, Alex Markman, USA (NJ Premiere)
Empty Space, James Choi, USA (NJ Premiere)
Last Pickup, Maggie Surovell, USA (NJ Premiere)
Out of Order, Mahmoud Kamel, Egypt/UAE (NJ Premiere)
Paperback, Adam Bowers, USA (NJ Premiere)
West Coast, Benjamin Weill, France (NJ Premiere)

A Brilliant Genocide, Ebony Butler, Australia (NJ Premiere)
The Babushkas of Chernobyl, Anne Bogart, Holly Morris, USA (NJ Premiere)
Fire and Water, Thomas Brookins, USA (NJ Premiere)
Please Remember Me, Qing Zhao, China (NJ Premiere)
Saltwater Buddha, Lara Popyack, USA, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico (NJ Premiere)
Until Proven Innocent, Jenna Jackson, Anthony Jackson, USA (NJ Premiere)
Yesterday’s Fish, Today’s Challenges, David Kaltenbach, USA (NJ Premiere)

Aleppo, Dave Patten, USA
Beauty & Chaos, James Skerritt, Ireland
Behind the Wall, Bat-Sheva Guez, USA
The Book of Ned, Judah-Lev Dickstein, USA
Boom Up!, Guy Chachkes, USA
The Boxer Believes, Mark Solomon, USA
Breathe, Paul Kowalski, USA
Brix and the Bitch, Nico Raineau, USA
Closure, Wallace Langham, USA
The Cricket and the Ant, Julia Ritschel, Germany
Dirt, Darius Clark Monroe, USA
Dropped Bars, Josh Fleury, USA
The Duke: Based on the Memoir ‘I’m the Duke’, Max Barbakow, USA
Faustine, Jeff Gabriel-Yu, USA
Feast On The Beach, Bobby Guarino, Tom Bentey, USA
First Date, Anisha Adusumilli, Tim Stafford, USA
FlySpy, Daniel M. Smith, UK
Foos Your Daddy, Luke Patten, USA
Foreign Sounds, Eric Shahinian, USA
Hard Waves, Samuel Russell, USA
Her Friend Adam, Ben Petrie, Canada
Inspired, Maggie Kaszuba, USA
Isabel, Abigail Schwartz, USA
Joe’s Violin, Kahane Cooperman, USA
Just Beneath the Surface, Jon Coen, USA
Knights of New Jersey, Michael Hadley, USA
The Legion of New North, Justin Liberman, USA
Letter to Subi, Genevieve Carmel, USA
Listeners, Sara X. Robin, USA
Oasis, Aidan Kahn, USA
Oh Em Gee, Jonathan Chase, USA
The Paper Trail, Jonny Lucy, Australia
Property, Allison Otto, USA
Sam & Barb’s School For Scandal, Erin E. McGuff, USA
The Shvitzing, Max Rissman, USA
Space Cadet, Brendan Walsh, USA
Squeeze, Jamie Kirkpatrick, USA
The Suitor, Alvaro Congosto, USA
Thank You, Surf Again, Frank Sun, USA, Philippines, Nicaragua
Thanksgiving Dinner, Brian Seibert, USA
They Were Afraid of Us, Jesse Soursourian, USA
The Treatment, Geoffrey Guerrero, USA
Two Cities, Darius Clark Monroe, USA
Vegas, Saj Pothjawala, USA
The Visit, Shane Andries, USA
We Remember, John Gallagher, USA
What Martha Said, Susan Skoog, USA

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