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Introducing Write By The Sea Recipients and Women Film-makers Screening for our 8th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival

Farihah Zaman ( see above bio)
Bat-Sheva Guez ( see full bio above)
Eleanor Wilson ( see full bio above)

Long Beach Island, NJ- June 1, 2016-- 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, there are three writers that will come 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.


I started to gather some information about women writers in film. I heard on public radio that there are only 9% women directors/producers in Hollywood. We at LIFF have 19 out of 72 films by women filmmakers this year. That is over 1/4 of our films. Independent film making seems to be a more open avenue for women to express themselves and hopefully this trend will continue. Certainly, by providing a forum for women to show their work at The LighthouseInternational Film Festival, we are contributing to more diverse stories being told and seen.


The success and popularity for our first year of WRITE BY THE SEA leaves us possibilities for next year to bring more women to LBI for a week of WRITE BY THE SEA . We are confident that this program will grow along with LIFF. The Lighthouse International Film Festival is committed to contribute, promote and advance women in the field of independent filmmaking to tell their unique stories. Independent filmmaking, by its very nature is about topics told by deeply passionate people who tell their stories about worlds we haven't seen before or show us the world we already know as we continue to learn.Often, these stories are so raw and visceral that Hollywood doesn't dare touch them. Come June 9-12th to the Lighthouse International Film Festival to be informed, be inspired, and be entertained.

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Lighthouse International Film Festival 2016 Recipients for the WRITE BY THE SEA


Eleanor Wilson was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia and has lived in New York for the last 7 years. In addition to making films, she is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, a freelance commercial producer and the outreach director of The Babushkas Of Chernobyl (LIFF 2016). Possum, Eleanor's directorial debut (LIFF 2013) won many awards throughout it's worldwide festival run. Her most recent short film, Everything All At Once, won Best Short Film at LIFF 2015, and was later released online on She produced the short films The Hedge (Michael Robinson), Blunderbus (Ash Louis) and the upcoming Interior Teresa (Meredith Alloway). Her acting can be seen in the recent indy features Lonely Boys, Things I Don't Understand & The Confabulators, and the Australian ABC TV series' The Librarians and Very Small Business. She is a co-founder of the Picture Farm Film Festival, alumni of the Film Victoria Producer's Attachment Program, a former juror of LIFF and a 2016 Artist In Residence at the Spruceton Inn Artists Residency. Eleanor is a proud member of Film Fatales, a collective of female filmmakers all over the world.



Bat-Sheva Guez is passionate about weaving dance, magic, and experimental techniques into visually compelling, character-driven stories. She has directed over a dozen short films and screened them in festivals worldwide including the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Lighthouse International Film Festival, the New York Television Festival, and more.She is the recipient of the JT3 Artist Award for Screenwriting & Directing. Her latest film, Behind the Wall, won the Panavision Grant for Best Cinematography at the Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival ($10,000 worth of camera gear). She is also a member of Film Fatales.

With her production company, Adventure Pants, she has directed web films for several years, including over 20 videos for Lincoln Center, promoting artists and performers including New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and American Ballet Theatre to name a few. She's directed a web series featuring New York's underground performing arts scene as well as promo videos for think tanks, non-profits, dance companies, and brands. She is currently in the financing phase of a magical realism feature film entitled, And How She...More info at and



Farihah Zaman is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, critic, and programmer. Her diverse background in the film industry includes working as the Acquisitions Manager at indie distribution company Magnolia Pictures, and serving as the the Program Manager of The Flaherty Seminar, organizing their historic, contentious annual event and launching a monthly screening series at Anthology Film Archives. She currently writes for Reverse Shot, Huffington Post, Filmmaker Magazine, and AV Club, among others. Her first feature film is the award-winning documentary Remote Area Medical, which was followed by the short Kombit (2014 Sundance Film Festival) and second feature This Time Next Year (2014 Tribeca Film Festival). She is currently the production manager for Field of Vision, the video production arm of The Intercept, founded by Charlotte Cook, A.J. Schnack and Laura Poitras.


The 8th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival films/filmmakers by Women this Year.

*Expected to attend


1. Cameraperson- Kirsten Johnson* (doc/narrative)

2. A Brilliant Genocide-Ebony Butler (doc)

3. Saltwater Buddha-Lara Popyack* (doc)

4. Women Who Kill-Ingrid Jungerman* (narrative)

5. The Fits-Anna Rose Homer (spotlight)

6. Until Proven Innocent-Jenna Jackson, Anthony Jackson* (doc)

7. Letter to Subi-Genevieve Carmel* (short)

8. Property- Allison Otto* (short)

9. The Babushkas- of Chernolbyl-Holly Morris*, Anne Bogart (doc)

10. Last Pickup-Maggie Surovell* (narrative)

11. Behind the Wall-Bat-Sheva Guez* (short)

12. Isabel-Abigail Schwarz* (short)

13. Sam & Barb's School for Scandal- Erin E. McGuff* (short)

14. What Martha Said-Susan Skoog* (short)

15. First Date-Anisha Adusumilli, Tim Stafford (short)

16. Listeners-Sara X. Robin

17. Cricket and Ant-Julia Ritschel*(short)

18. Inspired-Maggie Kaszuba (short)

19. The Last Laugh-Ferne Pearlstein* (headliner)


All Access Passholders includes pass to All Films, Filmmakers' Breakfasts, and Nightly Parties to mix & mingle with the filmmakers. 2016 Lighthouse International Film Festival will present- One World Premier-20 New Jersey Premiers and a Special Retrospective Screening! With 25 Feature Length films, and over 45 shorts- there is something for everyone! Everything is online: and ready for you! Individual movie tickets can be bought online as well.www.lighthousefilmfestival. Be Inspired, Be Informed, Be Entertained, Be There!


The Lighthouse International Film Festival was founded in 2008 by a collection of filmmakers, film critics and film industry professionals who share a passion for film and wanted to create an event aimed first and foremost at film enthusiasts. Taking place on Long Beach Island, NJ -- one of the East Coast's most popular surfing destinations -- the festival celebrates three days of new, exciting and challenging films in honor of Long Beach Island's historic Barnegat Lighthouse


Our Mission and Objective

The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films and fostering the next generation of filmmakers. The festival offers three days of films, panels, Q&A's, networking, parties and surfing, and draws some of the industry's top film critics, producers and distributors. The festival also seeks to serve the community by presenting unique programs that inspire, engage and challenge a diverse audience through the art of film.


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