NY Times: Long Beach Film Festival finds a home at the Madison Theatre

By Karin Lipson

After Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, the fledgling Long Beach International Film Festival, which had just finished its inaugural year, threatened to collapse before ever fully taking off. A prospective screening site had been destroyed, and without a proper venue the festival could not attract filmmakers and sponsors. Tickets.

"We sat down and said there's no way we can do this. We have no theater, we have no money," said Ingrid Dodd, a founder of the festival.

Yet through a fortuitous alliance, the revitalized festival will have its first full season from July 30 through Aug. 4, screening more than 40 films, including features, documentaries, shorts and some student films. The opening-night feature, "The Wisdom to Know the Difference," was written and directed by Daniel Baldwin, who grew up in Massapequa. He and his brother William star in it. "It's just so Long Island," Ms. Dodd said of opening with a "Baldwin brothers" movie.  Read more.