Talkin Films


Talkin Films: That Way Madness Lies

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging and the Lighthouse International Film Society are sponsoring a free documentary film, That Way Madness Lies, and Q&A on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7pm, in the Alton Auditorium at Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway, NJ 08205.

Sandra Luckow’s documentary film That Way Madness Lies tells of a family upended by escalating mental illness, arrests, incarcerations and their quest to find mental health care. This film will unnerve you and infuriate you as Sandra is thwarted at every turn in attempting to find care for her brother. He is but one of the many most vulnerable in society who need but cannot attain proper mental health care.  A film not to be missed if you have been touched by mental illness. Suggested for nurses, ER staff, social workers, first responders, police, counselors, students and caregivers.One that should be seen by policy makers and those who care about the care and treatment of people living with mental illness in America.

The title of the film, THAT WAY MADNESS LIESis a quote from Shakespeare’s King Lear, Act III, Scene IV. It speaks to the complications of dealing with mental illness, and our own uncertainties as to which direction we should pursue towards wellness and peace. It is my greatest hope that this film will be an agent for changing the way we deal with our mental health in America,” says director Luckow. For a preview, or more information regarding the film, please see:

No registration necessary. Visit the SCOSA website for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

The 10th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival will take place June 7-10, 2018 on

Long Beach Island.

Air Date: October 27, 2017
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Talkin Films: For the love of meat

Listen as Christine chats with Jeff Jones the director of For the Love of Meat. The documentary For the Love of Meat focuses on the folks who take their BBQ seriously. If any gastronomical treat could give the proverbially American apple pie a run for its money, it might just be barbecue. Some even see it as a calling, it is in there blood a tradition to be passed along. Known as pit masters, folks like Tootsie Tomanetz, owner of Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin detail the effort it takes to create melt-in-your-mouth brisket, sausage, and other cuts of meat. From the various types of wood used in smoking meats to rubs and sauces, this documentary will leave you salivating. It’s a must for the down-to-earth epicurean. If you love BBQ or know someone who does this is a do-not miss doc! So join us for some Jersey BBQ, craft beer and some fun!

Air Date: August 22, 2017
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Talkin Films with Victoria Negri

Gold Star

After dropping out of Julliard, Vicki drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event. Featuring Robert Vaughn’s final on-screen performance, director Victoria Negri also stars and announces herself as a talent to watch. Expected to Attend: Director Victoria Negri.

Screening Sunday June 11th, at 1:30pm.

Air Date: June 9, 2017
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Talkin Films with Jody Lambert

BRAVE NEW JERSEY is a comedy about a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welless legendary 1938War of the Worldsradio broadcast — the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America. As the citizens of Lullaby, NJ face what they think is their last night on Earth, their lives will change forever. An alien invasion movie where the aliens never show up. A terrific cast including Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) and Anna Camp (The Help, Café Society) make this ensemble comedy come together in fun and unexpected ways as the panic taps into the hidden desires of Lullabys residents. Expected to Attend: Director Jody Lambert.

Screening Saturday June 10th at 1:15pm

Air Date: June 8, 2017
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Talkin’ Films with Steven Bachrach

Dogs and Tacos

High school junior Alma Pantaleon begins her after-school work shift at a South Los Angeles taqueria. Everything seems to be going fine until an old boyfriend pulls up at the curb begging her to perform a seemingly simple favor. USA, 17m.

Screening Sunday Jun 11th, 2017 @ 11am at the LBI Museum.

Air Date: June 7, 2017
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Talkin’ Films with Brian Berrebbi

Panel Discussion – How To Cast A Hit: Q&A Panel With Film & TV’s Top Casting Directors
2:00 PM     Sat, Jun 10
How do you cast a hit? How do you get the best actors for your next movie or pilot? What really happens in the audition room? How do you negotiate with star performers, directors and producers? Come ask your questions about what really happens behind the scenes with this fun and illuminating panel of top TV and Film casting directors, hosted by Brian Berrebbi. Panelists include Paul Schnee of BARDEN/SCHNEE CASTING, Kate Geller from CHRYSTIE STREET CASTING and Ashley Ingram from BILLY HOPKINS CASTING. Paul Schnee – Casting Director: 13 Reasons Why, GirlBoss, Bleed For This, Spotlight, Good Girls Revolt, Pitch Perfect 2, Love and Mercy, Dallas Buyers Club, The Help, Jessica Jones, Get On Up, The Judge, August Osage County, Winters Bone. Paul worked at ICM for agent Sam Cohn, then as assistant to director Mike Nichols. He and Kerry Barden formed Barden / Schnee Casting in 2008. In addition to casting for film, Paul directs theatre in New York, most recently Pucker Up and Blow for FringeNYC, The Children’s Hour, After the Fall and Awake and Sing! for the Atlantic Theatre Company/NYU and the world premiere of Napoleon in Exile by Daniel Reitz at 59E59 Theatres. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Kate Geller’s Recent credits include: THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES, LIZZIE, TULLY (NY Casting) SOLLERS POINT, AMATEUR, NY Casting for THE DARK TOWER, DON’T THINK TWICE, CHAINED FOR LIFE, JOHN WICK 2, 1st season of NBC’s BLINDSPOT, MADOFF, JACQUELINE (ARGENTINE), Jean-Marc Vallee’s DEMOLITION, first two seasons of NBC’s THE BLACKLIST, BELIEVE, NOAH, THE MAZE RUNNER, DRAFT DAY, JOHN WICK, LITTLE ACCIDENTS, THE OTHER WOMAN, plus multiple other indies and pilots. Ashley Ingram, Casting Director Billy Hopkins Casting. Current projects include the New York casting for the TV series EMPIRE and STAR on Fox, independent films, FLUIDITY written & to be directed by Linda Yellen, WANNABE written and to be directed by Matthew Manson and LOUISIANA CAVIAR to be directed by Cuba Gooding Jr. Recent projects include the films COME SUNDAY, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE starring Joaquin Phoenix (Cannes Film Festival), MUDBOUND (Sundance), THE BLEEDER (Tribeca Film Festival) , MARJORIE PRIME (Sundance), JEAN OF THE JONESES (SXSW), as well as large commercial campaigns. Other projects have included the films CRUISE, COMPLETE UNKNOWN, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, JANE GOT A GUN, 5 TO 7, EXPERIMENTER, the television film BESSIE for HBO and the off Broadway world premiere of IN MASKS OUTRAGEOUS AND AUSTERE by Tennessee Williams. ***Please note that due to space limitations, this event is limited to passholders only.
Air Date: June 6, 2017
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Talkin’ Films with Salome Mulugeta


Attempting to integrate her mother’s traditions with her own dreams, Ethiopian-born Elenie Tarikus life is destroyed when a mysterious crime in New York takes the life of her only brother. As Elenie searches for the truth behind his death, her life intertwines with an intriguing man whose own personal turmoil brings them together for better or worse. Tremendous performances particularly from its strong female characters – punctuate this beautifully told, perfectly written film. USA, 96m. Expected to Attend: Actor/Producer Ryan Spahn.

Screening June 11th @ 11am at the LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences

Air Date: June 5, 2017
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Talkin’ Films 2017 Kick Off

Listen as Christine Rooney chats with Founder & Creative Director Charlie Prince from the Lighthouse International Film Festival.

2017 LIFF Kick Off Party
Fun, film and friends at the Lighthouse International Film Festival Kick Off Party at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences!

Join us to Kick Off the 2017 Lighthouse International Film Festival. The Kick Off will be a great night of film, wine/beer and food. See a film, preview of 2017 entries, meet the filmmakers and snag a great prize at our silent auction. Purchase your tickets in advance . LIMITED tickets at the door.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:00 pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences

$35 per person
Limited tickets available at the door

Tickets can be purchased online –

Air Date: April 25, 2017
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With John Kurash on “Our View of Vietnam”

Lighthouse International Film Society will present a screening OUR VIEW OF VIETNAM with Q&A to follow with the filmmaker, John Kurash, on November 12, 2016 at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum at 8:00pm.

Air Date: November 8, 2016
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All in Time Screening October 14th

Find out more about this new independent film by visiting

Air Date: October 13, 2016
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Listen as Christine talks with Eleanor Wilson, Bat-Sheva Guez, and Farihah Zaman about film making, writing, and challenges that female filmmakers face.

Lighthouse International Film Festival is thrilled to announce the inaugural launching of -WRITE BY THE SEA writers retreat for women screenwriters and female filmmakers. This first year, three writers came to LBI for a week leading up to and including the festival, with no obligation except to foster their creativity on whatever project they are currently working. That’s it. No deadlines, no contingencies. Write. Create. The houses are donated by Long Beach Islanders to LIFF just for this purpose; to encourage the “creative juices.” and to Be inspired by LBI’s natural gifts, the essence of why the island is so beloved.

Air Date: June 10, 2016
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Behind the Wall

By Bat-Sheva Guez

In this magical realism tale, an injured young dancer flees her old life and moves into a strange dilapidated apartment – an apartment with a view into a world that moves to its own distinct rhythm.

Screens Saturday June 11th 1:15pm at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum.

Air Date: June 9, 2016
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Feast at the Beach

with Tom Bentey.

Every summer Bobby throws the best block party…

Screens Saturday June 11th at 1:15pm at the Ship Bottom Fire Station.

Air Date: June 9, 2016
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High School Student Film Makers

Screening June 11th at 3:30pm at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum.

Air Date: June 9, 2016
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Babushkas of Chernobyl

In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl”s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers”scientists, soldiers, and even “stalkers””young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film”s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one”s destiny and the subjective nature of risk.

Screens Saturday June 11th, at 1pm at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.

Air Date: June 9, 2016
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Until Proven Innocent

In October 2006 a four-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas named Andrew Burd died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, was charged with capital murder, vilified from all quarters, and sent to prison for life. But was this churchgoing young woman a vicious child killer? Or had the tragedy claimed its second victim? Until Proven Innocent documents the battle by this mother of five ” and her Dream Team of pro-bono lawyers ” over nearly eight years in a desperate attempt to win her freedom. Winner of the Dallas Film Festival”s Audience Award” the film is a worthy addition to the genre of documentaries such as Making a Murderer and The Oath that focus on the murky world of the law, the possibility of missteps and oversight in the process and above all, if truth and justice will prevail, the filmmakers skillfully guide you through the case with extraordinary access to its players, and carefully craft a lasting, important film that will resonate immensely.

Screens Friday June 10th, 8:00pm at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences

Air Date: June 7, 2016
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A father’s irresponsible handling of his gun could have life shattering consequences for his family.

Screening 11:15am June 11th at the LBI Historical Museum.

Air Date: June 6, 2016
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Shot almost exclusively on LBI, Alex Markman”s breakout feature film spins the story of its title character, a troubled young drifter stranded in a small beach town, who breaks into a wealthy home and cons her way into the good graces of the family that lives there. Stephanie Brait gives a pitch-perfect performance as Colby, a young woman harboring an inner battle that sways like the ocean she finds herself facing. Taking a deep look at a complex, intricate character, the film portrays a singular vision that always takes the most interesting roads along its journey.

Screening Saturday June 11th at 8:00pm at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum.

Air Date: June 3, 2016
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with Maggie Kazuba

A high school basketball player, Sam, struggles to understand the way life works and discovers truly how fragile life is.

Screens June 10th at 3:15pm at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum.

Air Date: June 2, 2016
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With John Coen

Just Beneath the Surface’ is a mini documentary focusing on the the Long Beach Island area. Specifically, this is a look at two hyperlocal food sources – blue claw crabs and Jersey tomatoes and find out what it is about Southern Ocean County that inspires local artists. Even more so, it delves into the characters of the area as we meet Richie the Crabber, Tomato Jay, Bunkerfish and Cathleen Engelsen.

This film screens June 11th at 3:30pm at the Surf City Volunteer Fire Station.

Air Date: May 31, 2016
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With Thomas Brookins

A unique film about New York and surfing history, Fire and Water introduces a new historical POV to the sports action industry through the lives of its eclectic surfing community made up of firefighters. Bringing to light rare and brand new archival footage never seen by the public, it adds to the lore of the surfers and films that came before it with its own fascinating chapter. Spanning NYC to Hawaii and back, the legacy of New York surfers, Hawaii wave breaks and firefighters become intertwined in a perfectly told tale. Add in some of the biggest names in surfing history paying homage to these brave men & women and it”s a story that needs to be told and a film that demands to be seen.

See Fire and Water Friday June 10th at 8:15pm at the Surf City Volunteer Fire Station.

Air Date: May 26, 2016
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With David Kaltenbach

The seafood production dock of Viking Village, Barnegat Light, N.J. and filmmaker David Kaltenbach have combined forces to bring the past 125 years to the screen in a compelling documentary focusing on one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. ‘Yesterday’s Fish Today’s Challenges‘ is the incredible story of the Scandinavians settling at the northern tip of Long Beach Island and forging the roads to establish the commercial fishing industry. By stepping back to the turn of the century, this marvelous fish story takes you on an in-depth journey of the decades and ends up at the doorsteps of today’s local fishermen.

See this film Saturday June 11th at 3:30pm at the Surf City Volunteer Fire Station.

Air Date: May 23, 2016
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Episode 1 – Intro to the Festival and Brendan Walsh

Brendan Walsh is our guest talking about his new film “Space Cadet.”  Get the inside scoop on this great short film.  Find it screening June 11th at 1:15pm at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum as a part of the Lighthouse International Film Festival.

Air Date: May 20, 2016
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