Lighthouse International Film Festival’s Busy Autumn on LBI

Sep 19, 2016
George Tice: Seeing Beyond the Moment

As locals are well aware, the Lighthouse International Film Festival is far more than a weekend in June. The folks at the LIFF will be plenty busy on LBI this autumn.

First, they’re holding a fundraising dinner, “La Table,” at Francis’, located at 1419 Long Beach Blvd. in Surf City, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. Chef Francis Pous will concoct a wine and food pairing from Provence to benefit the LIFF. Tickets are $125 per person, $50 of which is tax deductible. Reservations can be made online by emailing Natalie at natcato@comcast.net, or tickets can be purchased online at lighthousefilmfestival.org. There is limited seating, so reservations/advance purchase are a must.

Two nights later, at 8 on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum located at 129 Engleside Ave. in Beach Haven, the LIFF will screen “George Tice: Seeing Beyond the Moment,” a 72-minute documentary directed by Bruce Wodder. This is a must-see for photographers of all levels of skill and experience and for lovers of the photographic image.

Tice, a Jersey native and resident, is a photographer best known for his black and white prints in silver gelatin and platinum and for his 20-plus books. He’s collected numerous awards and was the recipient of both National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships.

Often compared to Edward Hopper, Tice works in the urban tradition. But he’s also captured many an image of the Maine seacoast, having spent numerous summers in the Pine Tree State teaching at the Maine Photographic Workshops.

Wodder is a photographer and a Jersey resident. He’ll be at the screening of his film and will participate in a Q&A after the showing.

“George Tice: Seeing Beyond the Moment” tells the story of Tice’s career, one spanning six decades. He’s interviewed in his home and studio and at the locales of some of his most famous photos, such as “Petit’s Mobile Station” (see Hopper-like) and “Oak Tree.” Wodder also follows the master through the process of five new photographs, from location to darkroom to the finished print.

Admission to the film’s showing is $5, but free for Lighthouse Film Society members.

Other LIFF events scheduled for the autumn of 2016 include:

• a screening of “All In Time,” the winner of 11 film festival awards, followed by a concert by the band Badlees, at Beach Haven’s Tuckers Tavern on Friday, Oct. 14.

• The showing of director John Kurash’s “Out View of Vietnam” and a Q&A with the filmmaker at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum on Saturday, Nov. 12.

• A screening of “Fire and Water” at South-End Surf ’N Paddle in Beach Haven on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Visit the LIFF’s website at lighthousefilmfestival.org or keep an eye out in future SandPapers for details. —R.M.

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