Kicking off the 4th annual Long Beach International Film Festival, Long Beach hosted the ever popular Shorts on The Beach series on August 7th bringing filmmakers, film lovers, and foodies to the beach. With the perfect location for a mix of sand and sun Long Beach International Film Festival offered a fresh take on 'dinner and a movie' incorporating a new addition to the festival this year, Taste On The Beach. Hosting the event this year was model and actress Marisa Hunter, who greeted guests on the red carpet for quick interviews and photo ops as they arrived.
The festival began with Taste On The Beach, which proved to be an excellent new addition to the event. Bringing in vendors from all over Long Island, Taste On The Beach offered guests a perfect mix of flavors from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Some notables? There were so many, but it has to be said that The Murph's Bloody Mary's with Tito's vodka were killer and a perfect drink to kick off the evening. Pulled pork and pickles from Swingbellys were a fan favorite, and left many guests coming back to the table for seconds, and even thirds. Of course, indulging in savory foods calls for a necessary taste of sweet to round out the palette. Seasons 52 never disappoints with their “mini-indulgence” shot-glass sized desserts – a perfect size to minimize guilt but maximize pleasure (the raspberry chocolate chip canoli was heavenly).
Live musical performances took place on stage for party goers to enjoy, including a Long Island favorite, local reggae band Oogee Wawa. A drone flew overhead capturing footage during the event, guests pointing and waving as it jetted past. At times the drone footage was cast onto the big screen giving everyone a new perspective of the event from an aerial point of view.
At sundown Taste on The Beach came to a close as the Shorts on The Beach presentation commenced, and guests who hadn't grabbed a seat laid out blankets to enjoy the presentation. Oh and Yelp having a popcorn machine was genius – and a perfect pairing for the film portion of the evening.
Photo: Maggie Peikon