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(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The SOMA Film Festival is back for its second straight year and is bigger than ever with an extra date added. Featuring entertaining and innovative independent films from 11 countries, and from all corners of the United States, the festival takes place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center from March 9-12.... READ ON

Chelsea and Emann Odufu, a pair of Guyanese / Nigerian / American creatives and art activists born in Newark, NJ and now based in New York City, have created ORI INU: In Search of Self – an Afro-futuristic coming-of-age story of a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion known as Candomblé. Sharing an unfamiliar cultural narrative, this original entry into this year’s Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) and Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) stars Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins (All My Children) and features performances by the Grammy nominated group Les Nubians. Though the film by the brother and sister team revolves around a young woman torn between the practice of Candomblé and Christianity, the story is a universal one of self-enlightenment, told through an unconventional lens. With rich color and Afro-futuristic imagery, ORI INU addresses inter-generational conflicts, religion, and the trauma of finding one’s true self. While portraying the protagonist’s journey, the film engages audiences with a powerful message reflecting how self-examination and knowledge of self can create a brighter future – not just for people of African descent – but for all peoples.... READ ON

Festival Proves Super 8 Film Is Not Dead Yet!... READ ON

The 29th Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival takes place February 18 and 19, 2017 at Rutgers University - Part 2... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- George Street Playhouse and the the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College are teaming up to present a free screening of the documentary, Margit: Not A23029. The film, which focuses on the life of Holocaust survivor Margit Feldman of Somerset, will be screened on February 28, at 7:00pm at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick.... READ ON

The 29th Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival takes place February 18 and 19, 2017 at Rutgers University! ... READ ON

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Scott Cronick has been named the Honorary Chair of the 2017 Garden State Film Festival, which will be held March 30 to April 2, 2017 in Atlantic City, NJ. In this role, Mr. Cronick will bring his experience as a leading media voice and knowledge of the Atlantic City community to champion the event. ... READ ON

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- The public is invited to a free film screening of the award-winning documentary, Race to Nowhere, Wednesday, March 1, from 6:00pm-9:00 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College. The provocative documentary highlights the pressures of American school children to succeed.... READ ON

New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2017 Winners Announced! ... READ ON

(NEWTON, NJ) -- The Newton Theatre is presenting two of the most talked about films of this winter - La La Land and Lion. Tickets for each movie are $7.00 and are on sale now. ... READ ON

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