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Emmy Award Winning News 12 Reporter Erin Colton and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Long Beach International Film Festival
American Idol Singer/Songwriter Robbie Rosen poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the 5th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival
Long Beach Film Co-Founder Ingrid Dodd and Entertainment News Reporter From News 12 Elisa DiStefano and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at 5th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at 5th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival
The Long Beach International Film Festival was the hottest place in town last week as filmmakers, actors, celebrities and members of the press attended this year's film festival.
Stars and filmmakers from around the globe came to Long Beach to celebrate film and show their movie productions. There were long and short-form pieces of all genres, as well as many celebrations and parties to fill the time between screenings.
The three-day event showcased forty films, screening long movies at the Long Beach Cinema and short films directly on the beach itself.
In addition to a cavalcade of films, there were also parties hosted at the Allegria Hotel, as well as the popular Taste on the Beach, which showcased the fare from restaurants all over the area.
Long Beach International Film Festival co-founder Craig Weintraub has faith that his New York festival can become the next Cannes—arguably the most prestigious and best-known film festival in the world.
“The only difference between the Cannes Film Festival and the Long Beach International Film Festival is that 70 years ago somebody decided to start a festival in that city,” said Weintraub earnestly.
Conveniently located and only twenty-five miles away from Manhattan, Weintraub is certain that the Long Island event can become, if not the country’s most influential film festival, at least one of New York’s most visited.
The film lineup included feature-length narratives, documentaries, shorts and animated movies.
Films included in the roster were: Coach of the Year directed by David Stott, Dave Dodds’ Cherry’s in Season, about Fire Island's legendary gay bar Cherry's on the Bay; David Sigal’s Saving Jamaica Bay, which focuses on a community’s fight to preserve the 18,000-acre wetland estuary; and Martín Rosete’s Money, a drama that was partially shot in Woodbury, Long Island.
For more information please visit http://www.longbeachfilm.com/
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