After a year of watching every new movie from a living room couch during the pandemic, moviegoers have the chance to celebrate cinema on the big screen once again at the Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF).
LBIFF will celebrate its ninth anniversary this summer from July 27 to August 1 with a lineup of independent films and studios from around the world. Genres vary across the board, from narrative feature films and documentaries, short films and even animation, all competing for a series of jury prizes. There will be 60 films screened over the five days of the festival and special evening events for attendees.
“The festival will provide ample opportunities to connect with an enthusiastic new audience, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations and the media in a beautiful oceanfront location in Long Beach. “LBIFF organizers said in a statement.
The festival includes activities for all types of film buffs: red carpet premieres, gala celebrations, filmmaker receptions and questions and answers, industry seminars, film-inspired chef dinners and even musical performances. In a recent press release, the organizers said they were “committed to providing an exceptional experience for both our filmmakers and our audiences.”
Among the films making their big screen debut at the festival is the locally produced documentary 86’D: How a global pandemic rocked the culinary capital of the world, which explores the pandemic through the perspective of New York City restaurants, some of the hardest-hit businesses in early 2020. The film follows several businesses in the city throughout the pandemic year as they struggle to stay afloat while keeping customers, and themselves, safe. Both owners and workers tell the story of the pandemic in real time and the lasting effects they believe it will have on the industry.
“In New York, we’ve been through so much. But as New Yorkers, we are still fighting, ”concludes the film’s trailer, which can be viewed on longbeachfilm.com.
86’D was written and directed by six-time Emmy Award-winning Rob Petrone, also known as executive producer and host of the show Restaurant hunter for the late Verizon Fios1 News. At the start of the pandemic, Petrone used its culinary connections in New York City to follow the story as it moved and developed in one of the hardest hit industries. The resulting documentary is Petrone’s first director and a fresh perspective on the effects of the pandemic in New York City.
Check the timetables and buy tickets on the LBIFF website, longbeachfilm.com.
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