SURF CITY - The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) and the Surf City Volunteer Fire Company present the hair-raising documentary MidNight Family on Tuesday, August 6th at 8:30 p.m. 

Being shown at the Surf City Firehouse and EMS station, 713 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City The screening event includes  A Gourmet Hot Dog Bar with sides, beer and wine available for purchase from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Midnight Family screening starts at 8:30 p.m. 

Proceeds will benefit  the Surf City Volunteer Fire Company and the Lighthouse International Film Festival. 
Admission is free to all First Responders and LIFS members, general admission is $5, Children and students are free. This film is not rated and may not be suitable for young children. 

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In the midst of high-speed ambulance rides, we meet the Ochoas, a family of private paramedics, who try desperately every day to be the first responders to critically injured patients, according to the film’s press release.

In a city where there are less than 50 licensed municipal ambulances for a population of more than nine million, the family acts as a crucial, but unregistered, underground lifeline in an occupation riddled with police bribes and cutthroat competition. 

The family has a reputation for being dependable and trustworthy but becomes faced with a sudden escalation in the demanded bribes. This could force them into ethically questionable practices to keep their dire financial situation from compromising the patients in their care.

Directed by Luke Lorentzen and co-produced with Kellen Quinn, the film won Special Jury Documentary Awards for Cinematography at both the 2019 Sundance and Montclair (NJ) film festival. Rolling Stone named it one of the “Top 10 Films To See at Sundance.” According to their comments, MidNight Family is  "A deft mix of big-picture doc-making and intimate moments... not to mention a wild — and remarkably eye-opening — ride.”

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