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(NEWARK, NJ) -- You may have seen Young Frankenstein a hundred times, but you've never seen the film until you've watched it with Mel Brooks. Back by popular demand, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00pm in Prudential Hall. The King of Comedy returns to NJPAC to accompany a full-length showing of the film on the big screen and to provide many hilarious stories.... READ ON

(TRENTON, NJ) -- The Trenton Film Society hosts their annual Trenton Film Festival at the Mill Hill Playhouse from Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2. This year 37 films from 14 different countries will be screened at the four-day festival, along with a special screening of short films from We the Voters and a panel discussion with local filmmakers about filmmaking for social causes.... READ ON

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Drama, politics, mystery, danger, intrigue and love all combine together in The Samaritan, a riveting true story and feature-length film. Directed by Kevin McAfee, The Samaritan documents the reunification of an immigrant family in the midst of the Romanian Revolution and The Cold War. The screening of The Samaritan takes place at the Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) in Resorts Casino Hotel's Ocean Ballroom in Atlantic City on Saturday, April 1st at 2:30pm.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- One of the most legendary clubs in Asbury Park music history was only open for a few years, didn't serve booze, and was literally open all night long until the early hours of the morning. During its brief era, it helped musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Bill Chinnock, Southside Johnny, David Sancious, Little Steven Van Zandt and many more hone their talent live on stage. A new documentary entitled Just Before the Dawn will tell the story of the Upstage Club - a venue that was as important as any in the world. The film will have its World Premiere on Friday, April 21 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park during the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival.... READ ON

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- The Garden State Film Festival continues to add fascinating workshops to its 2017 lineup. Fans of filmmaking and animation technology will want to take part in the "300 Clicks of a Camera: How LAIKA Makes an Animated Film" workshop on Saturday, April 1 at 2:45pm. The special 2-hour filmmaking workshop on stop-motion animation techniques will be presented by Mark Shapiro from LAIKA, the renowned Academy Award-nominated animation studio based in Oregon. ... READ ON

(NEWTON, NJ) -- A United Kingdom and The Salesman are two of the new movies to be shown at The Newton Theatre. Tickets for each movie are only $7 and are on sale now. ... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- The Montclair Film Festival has changed its name to Montclair Film to better express the organization’s year-round commitment to a wide range of film and education programming, will be the new identity under which the non-profit operates. The Montclair Film Festival (MFF), an annual event taking place this year from April 28 - May 7, 2017, will retain its name as the organization’s signature program. ... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Women in Media-Newark (WIM-N) will honor six significant women in the community during “Women in the World,” the organization’s eighth annual international Women’s History Month Film Festival, being held March 28 through April 6, 2017. ... READ ON

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Iconic TV talk show legend and Emmy-Award winner Sally Jessy Raphael will receive the "2017 Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) taking place in Atlantic City, March 30th through April 2. Raphael is being honored and recognized for her outstanding body of work and contributions to the television and film industries. She was the first female talk show host on TV, and her signature show, The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, was the longest-running female-hosted talk show in television history. Raphael also had memorable cameos in several films, including The Addams Family and She-Devil. ... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Festival (formerly the Rahway Film Festival Jr), is now moving into its second season. This program is geared towards New Jersey students in grades 3 through 12, meant to encourage students’ storytelling capabilities through the lens of filmmaking.... READ ON

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