UPDATE: We at SBTC love the Long Beach International Film Festival, but just cannot wait for the day when it is 100% held in Long Beach. Yes, we realize we don’t have the theater reopened yet, but just felt for all the local business and local event planners who felt ignored by the city this past weekend. Some who emailed me directly. Some were comments that I read by residents on various facebook groups.
I agree with this statement from Michelle on facebook. The long term goal of keeping this film festival in Long Beach is really what’s important here.
It would be more productive to help find a solution to allow the ENTIRE Long Beach International Film Festival (Official) to remain in Long Beach next year. Although the City of Long Beach, New York (OFFICIAL) could have promoted other events,but they were trying to help out a local organization that does get Long Beach a lot of attention. Anyone who knows me knows I am a strong supporter of local businesses, and shopping local, but I try to support all local businesses and organizations even if they have no alternative but to do things over the bridge. A lot of planning goes into something this size. Ingrid Krumholz Dodd gives so much to the community through this film festival. She ran a couple of great, well attended teen events at the rec center, a terrific fundraiser at the Buoy Bar and the film festival bestows several honors on local families. I would hate to see all these efforts turn into a mud slinging war with the City of Long Beach. In trying to keep the film festival in Long Beach next year, I propose to you all, (since the movie theatre may not be up and going by next summer) how would you show movies in red carpet style, that attract a large and “famous” audience in Long Beach?
Opinion: Why Did Our City tell us to leave LB this past weekend?
Sorry, I am slightly late to the game on this one… but a lot of people on Facebook are up in arms regarding our City telling people to leave actually Long Beach to watch the International Film Festival in Rockville Centre. One concerned resident told me this:
So much buildup for an event that is 80% out of town. The Project 11561 ladies listed a slew of things that people could do in LB. On a terrible rainy day when (I would believe) most restaurants are sending employees home our city tells people to leave LB….
From Wednesday to Friday the city posted 10 items on FB about the Film Festival…..[not much about other local stuff]. and I bet you wont hear anything about the Mercedes that was parked on the boardwalk.
…it shows the city management is more concerned with the people who come to long beach than those that are already here.
I get the idea of “Long Beach” being in the title, how it promotes the city as a whole. Yes, the film festival is an awesome idea and I love how it’s been an annual event that involves Long Beach. Yes, we don’t have our theater yet, but still…
As a reader pointed out, the overall goal of keeping this in Long Beach far outweighs where the event is being held now. How do you folks feel?