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Last night there was a private showing at the Surflight of “Landfall: The Eyes of Sandy,” a full length documentary produced by A.D. Pictures created to showcase the unity of the LBI area post Sandy and to raise funds for folks and businesses suffering damage from the storm.

Holy smokes, you need to see this film. There was not a dry eye in the house, and it received a standing ovation from the whole crowd. Proudly supported by Jetty, it is one powerful piece.

The film takes you through what it was like when the storm made “landfall,” the horrible destruction Sandy left in her wake and then the remarkable spirit of LBI and Stafford Township in the long, dark months following the storm.

A ton of first responders were featured in this film, as well as numerous local business and homeowners. But even though the documentary is about Sandy, she is not the star of the show. This is about the raw emotion of LBI coming together – neighbor helping neighbor. That’s what the audience overwhelmingly responded to. It was highly moving when the theater lights came on at the end of the show and you were sitting next to those very same people who lost so much but gave so much back.

One inspiring story about was Jetty. In case you’ve been under a rock – it’s not just a groovy sticker company! As Sandy approached, they knew they would need to get involved. They designed a T-shirt and got it online immediately to raise money for victims and first responders – only two days after Sandy. In fact, they were selling two shirts a minute for awhile. Now Jetty has currently donated more than $250,000! In addition, they were organizing relief efforts around the clock – everything from distributing supplies to ripping drywall out.

Landfall has great footage. Not the stuff you saw on the news over and over. More personal, more scary and much more touching.

Next showings:

- Sunday, June 16 (World Premiere): Long Beach Island of the Arts & Sciences in Loveladies at 3pm and 6pm

- Friday, June 28: Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven at 7pm

- Wednesday, July 3: Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven at 7pm

Show tickets are available at Jettylife. Be sure to check out the trailer here too. All proceeds benefit the Jetty Rock Foundation, a newly formed non-profit arm of the Jetty brand with the goal of helping those in need.

Unite, rebuild and go, go, go see this film.

- by Beth Foster deTuro

Beth Foster deTuro believes Long Beach Island is the best little sand bar in the whole world. Passionate about clams on the half shell, sailing on Barnegat Bay and taking long naps on the beach are just a few of her favorite Island activities. When is she not busy staring at the ocean she can be found pulling weeds at her cottage in Harvey Cedars.