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Just in case you missed the opening night of the 2013 Lighthouse International Film Festival, it kicked off last night in front of a jam packed house at the Surflight Theatre.

More special than walking a red carpet, the evening was dedicated to LBI’s first responders, and the appreciation of their efforts and the excitement over LBI’s recovery in time for the summer season was contagious.

The fest, which runs from June 6-9 featured “Shored Up,” as its opening night film. Set primarily on LBI, it tackled the political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore in the years leading up to Sandy. Attendees seemed highly impressed by the balanced look at the pros and cons of beach replenishment. Incredible footage and very eye opening.

Sixteen-year-old Southern Regional student and amateur film maker Jimmy Ward was also in the house, and his “Hope for LBI” video was shown. I still get choked up every time I watch it. Check it out on YouTube if you haven’t seen it yet.

Based on the weather forecast, you are going to need an indoor activity this weekend. Happily, there are over 70 films from around the world to choose from. Some are making their premiers and others are award winning films from Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, South-by-Southwest and include feature films, documentaries, shorts and even surfing films. It’s just $12 to catch one or $125 for an “all access VIP pass,” which includes all films, breakfast with the filmmakers and even cocktail parties.

The viewing locations are up and down the Island, so you won’t need to travel far (plus, with no more regular movie theaters on LBI, you might as well take advantage while you can!)

Visit http://www.lighthousefilmfestival.org or call 609-207-1126 for more info.

- 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.