Highlands, NJ —   It began as one of many short films selected for screening during the four-day Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park. When the house lights came up and the winners were announced, The Twin Lights of the Navesink Highlands stood alone in the category of Best Documentary Short. 

An engaging mix of live-action and historical imagery, The Twin Lights of the Navesink Highlands was directed by Fred Frintrup and produced by the Twin Light Historical Society. The film was originally created to be shown to adult visitors and school groups in the Twin Lights Museum Auditorium, so it had to hold the attention of young people while delivering eye-opening insights and information. 

“I think that balance is what impressed the festival judges,” says Frintrup, a filmmaker who owns Visionary Video Studios in Milltown, NJ. “It moves through tons of material quickly and confidently, with a fun attitude and several Wow! moments.”

Ed Asner (center) is shown at Garden State Film Festival

The Twin Lights of the Navesink Highlands was also packaged for sale as a 30-minute DVD and sold in the newly remodeled Museum Store at the lighthouse. 

“Maybe we should have expected something good to happen at the Film Festival, because the first run of the DVD completely sold out in 2011,” says Mary Jo Kenny, President of the Twin Light Historical Society. “We added some new images and made some additional edits to the version that is in the Museum Store now.”

The Twin Lights of the Navesink Highlands can also be ordered online at the Twin Lights new web site www.twinlightslighthouse.org. The redesigned website features updated content and images covering the Twin Lights, lighthouse history, early lifesaving technology, Marconi’s wireless experiments, the first Pledge of Allegiance ceremony and other fascinating facts related to the site and surrounding area. The old twin-lights.org address also takes visitors to the new site. 

The Twin Lights has been a state park since 1962. The current structure was complete in 1862. Next year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Twin Lights. 

Admission is free.  Visitors can climb to the top of the North Tower, which offers panoramic views of New York Harbor, Sandy Hook Bay and the Two Rivers area.

For more information contact Margaret Carlsen, curator Twin Lights Historic Site at 732.872.1814.