LIFF Screens ‘Talking Sticks’ at Surf City Firehouse Saturday

Film Follows a Musical Journey
Feb 12, 2018

The Lighthouse International Film Society, Rock Solid Productions and the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. & EMS present a screening of “Talking Sticks,” followed by a demonstration and Q&A session with director and musician Arthur Lipner, on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Surf City Firehouse. Admission is $5 for the general public, and free for children and film society members.

The film tells the story of a musician who embarks on an inward and outward journey of musical discovery, with the keyboard percussion instruments vibraphone and marimba, and their cultural roles in Ghana and Mexico. A historical perspective of jazz vibes is interwoven through personal interviews with legendary percussionists Gary Burton, Mike Mainieri and others.

Watch marimbas being made in Ghana, Mexico and U.S. factories; hear vibes and marimba with the National Symphony of Brazil; experience Carnival in the streets of Rio; see Lipner improvise on a xylophone he made out of ice in Norway. Take in extraordinary concert footage along with fascinating information and Lipner’s inspiring story of global musical connection.

Tickets are available at the door and at

The screening is part of the lead-up to the 10th annual Lighthouse International Film Festival, taking place on LBI June 7 through 10. Stay tuned for updates on Facebook and Instagram.  —V.F.

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