Long Beach, NY - July 22, 2015 - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano invites residents to attend Long Beach International Film Festivals’ (LBIFF) “Taste on the Beach” event on Friday, August 7, 2015 taking place on the beach between National Boulevard and Edwards Boulevard in Long Beach. The LBIFF recently added the new element "Taste on the Beach" to their movie night event. Taste On The Beach precedes the FREE movie night Shorts on the Beach where Long Beach and regional restaurants finest foods, wines, cocktails and craft breweries will come together to give a sampling of their favorite dishes, bottles and brews.
“The Long Beach International Film Festival continues to provide an opportunity for filmmakers and fans to witness the filming locations Nassau County has to offer whether it be at local beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios,” said County Executive Mangano. “I invite residents to attend the festival and enjoy some of the best samplings of the food, music and film from Long Island.”
Films that will be showcased include Director/Producer Stephanie Donnelly’s narrative/comedy “The Cannoli” - where a Long Island family dinner turns tragic and a choice must be made between dessert and family; Director Sarah Menzies’ San Diego Surf Film Festival Best Short winning documentary “Catch It”, which follows Léa Brassy as her nomadic lifestyle takes a pause and she finds serenity in the Arctic surf of Northern Norway; And Croatian Director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic’s World Premiering “Eye for an Eye”, in which child’s play turns into a showdown of imagination and discipline.
Taste On The Beach gets underway with ticket holders arriving at 5 p.m. to walk the Red Carpet into the unique atmosphere to enjoy a wide variety of food, wine and craft beer on one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Live musical performances include Benoir, Michelle Medoff, Mark Newman and Oogee Wawa. Taste on the Beach opens with restaurants, wineries and craft breweries coming together to give a sampling of their favorite dish/bottle/brew at 6 p.m. At 9 p.m. attendees will be invited into the Beach Theatre a custom-made movie theatre on the beach to enjoy the “Shorts On The Beach” film series.
LBIFF Programmer Steve Shor recently said of the event, “Shorts on the Beach is a wonderful representation of what is in store for the Long Beach International Film Festival in September. The program will open with the Oscar winning short Feast from Walt Disney Animation. Additional animated shorts include Deep End by Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, and Bear Story- a Chilean computer animated short (considered one of the best this year). In the short documentary arena, we have Trust Design by Interior Design Magazine and Dryden by EarthJustice. The program includes some wonderful Narrative submissions from New York based directors and Universities.”
The Festival will celebrate its 4th Anniversary of “Shorts of on the Beach” this year with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. The festival is free and open to the public, tickets are required. Among the titles in this year’s event will be Director Brooke Wagstaff’s animated film and Award-winning Vimeo Staff Pick “Missing U”, an animated tale about the letter “I” and her perilous adventure in search of her missing “U”. As a Long Island Highlight, Director Peter Frizalone’s HBO Project Greenlight Top 200 “Mommy” will be making its World Premiere. For more details and information on the festival or the LBIFF visit here.
The Long Beach International Film Festival - sponsored by Nassau County - celebrates the art of storytelling through cinema. Presenting shorts, fiction and documentary formats, the festival is committed to exhibiting films that convey a fresh voice and differing perspectives. The goal of these programs is to captivate, engage and enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment.