LBI Sandy Recovery Doc ‘This Time Next Year’ Slotted to Open Lighthouse Film Fest

Apr 22, 2014
“This Time Next Year”

The Lighthouse International Film Festival announced this week its opening-night film will be “This Time Next Year,” a riveting documentary on a year’s worth of Superstorm Sandy recovery and beyond, through the lens of Long Beach Island and surrounding areas and its inhabitants specifically.

“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘This Time Next Year’ back to the strong, warm community that has come to feel like home to us over the past year of filming. We love LBI, we love the people who live and visit here and we hope that the film does their spirit justice,” say co-directors Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman.

The filmmaking team previously screened their documentaries “Gerrymandering” at the 2010 LIFF and “Remote Area Medical” in 2013. Reichert is a Tuckerton native who continues to spend much time there each summer with his wife, Zaman. Last year the film received a key grant from the Rockefeller/Tribeca Film Institute Resilient Communities fund; it’s beginning to garner national attention as it readies to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan this weekend.

“Jeff and Farihah have created a film that speaks directly to the personality of the Island – the resiliency, kindness and generosity of spirit of the people who call LBI home – and we are thrilled to kick off this year’s festival with their film,” said Eric Johnson, executive director of LIFF. “The recovery process is still ongoing, and the day-to-day lives of LBI’s residents are still affected and will be for years to come. Jeff and Farihah are alumni of LIFF and fully understand what the residents of LBI endure in the recovery process. To have them present the film here on the Island on opening night, directly to the people who lived and continue to live these stories, is an excellent way to continue the discourse that LBI has had for the last 18 months. It’s also a thrill to present a truly independent local film that is receiving national attention, a perfect way to begin our sixth year of championing independent filmmaking and filmmakers.”

The film’s screening on June 5 to open the LIFF continues a tradition set last year set by the short “Hope for LBI” and “Shored Up,” which played in Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven and added a fourth day to the weekend-long festival.

Some of the other films slated to be screened this year will be announced at the LIFF’s primary N.J. fundraiser dinner and “Hall of Fame Retrospective” taking place this Saturday evening at Dutchman’s Brauhaus from 6 to 10.

Lynn Doyle, a multi-award-winning television journalist with more than 30 years in the industry, will be one of the attendees, the LIFF also announced this week. You have seen her on CNBC, PBS,and Fox News. For the past 17 years, she has been the host and executive producer of “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle,” for which she has won 10 Emmy awards and which is now airing nationally on RLTV (Real Life Television). She has been honored for her commitment to local causes and lauded for her involvement in charities close to her heart.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $60 per person and may be purchased online at through Thursday, but not at the door. The festival is a 501(c)(3) organization, and proceeds from this event will go to support the festival.

— Michael Molinaro

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