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NEW JERSEY WELCOMES A WORLD BOXING CHAMPION!


The US Premiere of 'Risen' the true life story of Welsh boxer Howard Winstone will happen on January 21st 2011 as part of the prestigious New Jersey International Film Festival!

Director Neil Jones and the films lead actor Stuart Brennan will be attending the event that is already seeing tickets snapped up. This will be the first screening in the US and will see Brennan, who was made an official World Boxing Champion by the WBC earlier this year in recognition of his dedication to the role, bring his world title to the event, so audience members can get a memorable picture taken holding aloft the belt!

The film is expected to be a big hit on the festival circuit after a massive 2000+ audience and over 100 world champion boxers attended it's UK Premiere in Cardiff in July. It was followed up by a sell out VIP Premiere in Mexico City, with 5 time world champion Erik Morales in attendance.

The film has a number of well known faces in it including 'Fringe' star John Noble, British TV star Shane Richie (best known for his role on long running TV show 'Eastenders') and features more world champions that any other film in history!

The movie tells the incredible true story of boxer Howard Winstone who lost three fingers on his right hand at the age of 16 and yet went on to win every honour in his division, including a world title! And all of this while his marriage goes through the tough tests that fame and fortune brings.

Taking over 5 years to make, the movie was a work of passion and a huge commitment for the Producers and Director Neil Jones. "The experience was the toughest professional experience of my life, but to see the finished product getting standing ovations from audiences now and meaning so much to the people of Wales and around the world, it's all been worth it." said Neil.

Set in 1950's and 60's Britain the movie has captured the essence of an era and great lengths were gone to with the production design of the movie for it to be as authentic as possible. The same authenticity was demanded of the boxing, which was full contact with the actor Stuart Brennan trading blows with world champion boxers in the ring to ensure the fight scenes are as realistic, fast and furious as possible.

New Jersey has a great history of world boxing champions and actor Stuart Brennan was quick to point this out: "Having the US Premiere in New Jersey is really fitting. The state has had so many great world champions, such as Arturo Gatti and The Hurricane Ruben Carter, it's truly a perfect setting. We're very proud to be a part of the festival and will be dressed up for the occasion!"

Risen -- A Feature Film
The true life story of boxer Howard Winstone's rise from losing his fingers at the age of 16 to lifting a world title. Shot in full HD in the UK over the past five years and supported by the World Boxing Council and Ringside, it is Burn Hand Film Productions seventh feature film.

New Jersey International Film Festival -- held at Rutgers, the screening will be at the Voorhees hall. Group tickets can be booked in advance by calling: 732-932-8482.




Rahway Presents Pop-Up Screening of "Best of Rahway Reel Shorts"
(RAHWAY, NJ) -- In 2019, the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership will continue to expand the Culture Crawl Concept to include the Culture Crawl Film Series, with the first pop-up screening, “Best of Rahway Reel Shorts,” scheduled for Saturday, January 19th from 8:00pm-10:30pm at Atelier Rosal (74 E. Cherry St.) in downtown Rahway.
State Theatre Presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert with NJSO
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra featuring Conductor Constantine Kitsopolous on Saturday January 6, 2019 at 3:00pm. Tickets range from $35-$125. 
A Look At New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, presents the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019 which marks the festival's 37th Anniversary.  The Festival will take place between January 25 and March 1, 2019. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019 will feature over 35 film screenings. 
NJPAC Presents Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Live in Concert With The NJSO
(NEWARK, NJ) -- The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Live in Concert, on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. See the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra perform the magical score live while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.


REVIEW: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"
For better or worse (worse in this writer’s eyes), the success of the Harry Potter franchise is largely responsible for the current Hollywood landscape of endless sequels, prequels and that awful phrase “universe building.” The Potter films showed Hollywood that it was a far safer financial model to hook audiences into returning for instalments of an ongoing series rather than taking a punt on the unknown quantity of original properties.
REVIEW: "Shoplifters"
Earlier this year, writer/director extraordinaire Hirokazu Kore-eda surprised us with The Third Murder, a legal thriller that made for a stark departure from the sentimental family dramas he’s become known for. With his Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters, Kore-eda is back on familiar ground, but this particular family drama shares much in common with The Third Murder. With his thriller, Kore-eda deconstructed the genre, forcing us to question how willingly we place our trust in a storyteller. Similarly, Shoplifters sees Kore-eda lull his audience into a false sense of security, making us develop a warmth and affection towards people who may not warrant such empathy.
REVIEW: "First Man"
The image that most defines the 20th century is that of a man standing on the surface of the moon. The man is astronaut Neil Armstrong, but we can’t see his face as he’s wearing a helmet, the glass of which reflects our collective achievement back at us. When he took a small step, we all took a giant leap with him, and Armstrong instantly became more than a mere man, a symbol. With First Man, director Damien Chazelle takes us inside the famous helmet, stripping away the symbol to tell the story of Armstrong the man.
REVIEW: "Halloween"
In 2013, John Carpenter’s Halloween received a 35th anniversary blu-ray release. The accompanying booklet credited the following line of dialogue to Jamie Lee Curtis’s babysitting heroine Laurie Strode: “Was it the boogeyman?” Of course, that’s a misquote. In the scene in question, Laurie admits to herself that “It WAS the boogeyman,” to which Donald Pleasence’s Doctor Loomis solemnly replies, “As a matter of fact, it was.”
REVIEW: "Cold War"
Back in 2006, German cinema scored something of a breakout global hit with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others, which followed the travails of a group of disgruntled, pro-western artists in communist era East Germany. At the time I couldn’t help viewing the protagonists of Von Donnersmarck’s drama as the sort of people who would be just as discontented with their lot if they found themselves living in the capitalist west. The grass is always greener on the other side.






Event calendar
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018


MUSIC

THE NEPTUNES @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 7:00pm

Funk Tuesdays @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 8:00pm

Holiday Express Benefit Concert @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


COMEDY

H.A.G.S. COMEDY SHOW @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

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