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be able to get that together and have a barometer for the footage .” And there was the personal connection for Derek . The film was shot at a shore home in Beach Haven that was previously owned by his family . It was more than just a summer place , it was sometimes a headquarters for his extended family ( his family and the families of his dad ’ s brothers ). Important events such as his grandparents ’ 50th wedding anniversary would take place there , and close cousins bought a house on the same block . Derek ’ s family parted ways with the house largely because of what happened with Sandy . The storm and its aftermath hit too close to their physical home . “ So what got folded into the process of making this movie was me saying goodbye to all of those childhood memories ,” said Pastuszek . “ I rode my bike to the same bench that ’ s in the film and used to fish off of the dock . The film became a love letter over time , which was cool . I was happy to be able to do that . That ’ s al-

be able to get that together and have a barometer for the footage .” And there was the personal connection for Derek . The film was shot at a shore home in Beach Haven that was previously owned by his family . It was more than just a summer place , it was sometimes a headquarters for his extended family ( his family and the families of his dad ’ s brothers ). Important events such as his grandparents ’ 50th wedding anniversary would take place there , and close cousins bought a house on the same block . Derek ’ s family parted ways with the house largely because of what happened with Sandy . The storm and its aftermath hit too close to their physical home . “ So what got folded into the process of making this movie was me saying goodbye to all of those childhood memories ,” said Pastuszek . “ I rode my bike to the same bench that ’ s in the film and used to fish off of the dock . The film became a love letter over time , which was cool . I was happy to be able to do that . That ’ s al-

Watch raw footage of the aftermath of Sandy on Long Beach Island

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