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Fire Island Film Festival returns to Ocean Beach this month

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Lights, camera, action: The Fire Island Film Festival is hitting the big screen.

Some may remember the Golden Wagon Film Festival in Ocean Beach that ran annually from 2003 to 2008, showcasing various documentaries, short films, student films, and feature films starring prominent actors like David Duchovny and Steve Guttenberg, who were both honorees at the festival.

The Fire Island Film Festival is reviving the island’s love for cinema by giving a platform for young independent filmmakers of all diverse backgrounds to share their work and passion for movie making.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. on August 28 at the Ocean Beach Community House.

Out of hundreds of submissions, six short films were selected to be shown at the festival, including Oscar-nominated, Sundance, and TriBeCa film festival finalists.

Movie-goers will have the opportunity to ask the filmmakers and actors questions at the event and snacks, beverages, and merch will be on sale.

16-year-old actor and director Jesse Ray Sheps created the festival to bring filmmakers together to share their stories and give them recognition for their accomplishments in the industry.

Sheps is also passionate about giving back, which is why all proceeds from the festival will be going to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to help young patients.

To purchase tickets and to see the list of finalists, visit the official website for the festival here.

Top: Fire Island Film Festival logo. Photo courtesy of the event’s organizer.