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Garden State Film Festival Seeks Submissions For 2016 Rising Star Award

originally published: 10/21/2015

Garden State Film Festival Seeks Submissions For 2016 Rising Star Award

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Are you or someone you know a talented up and coming actor with ties to New Jersey? The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), the state's largest and most respected film festival, is looking for accomplished actors on the rise that were born, raised or now reside in New Jersey for their 2016 Rising Star Award. The final deadline to submit is November 15, 2015. The award will be presented on April 3, 2016 at the festival's Black Tie Awards Dinner at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. The fourteenth annual GSFF runs from March 31- April 3, 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ. More information on the event is available at  www.gsff.org.

The Garden State Film Festival's Rising Star Award is open to all present or former New Jersey actors, regardless of age of union affiliation. Eligible candidates must have a proven passion for the art form and have made inroads to the industry through hard work and determination. The deciding committee will be looking for a progression of work in theater, commercials, television and film.

Applicant must be available to attend Black Tie Awards Dinner on April 3, 2016 in Atlantic City to accept the award. Entry should include a headshot, resume, references and demo tape or DVD if sent by mail. Please send submissions electronically to risingstar@gsff.org or by mail to GSFF 711 Boston Blvd., Sea Girt, NJ 08750. Mailed entries need to be postmarked no later than November 15, 2015 and submitted materials will not be returned to applicants.

The recipient of last year's Rising Star Award was the very talented New Jersey born and raised actress, writer and filmmaker Quinn Shephard.  At nineteen years old, Shephard's impressive feature film credits included Windsor, Unaccompanied Minors, Harrison's Flowers, From Other Worlds and Assassination of a High School President. Her television credits included a series regular role on Hostages, with guest-starring appearances on hit series Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Believe, Made in Jersey and Person of Interest. As a writer/filmmaker, Shepard's first feature-length screenplay Blame was selected as a finalist for the Sundance 2014 Screenwriters Lab, her short story Brighter was runner up for the 2014 One Teen Story Writing Contest and her past directorial work has been featured at the Garden State Film Festival.

The Garden State Film Festival is also accepting entries until November 15, 2015 for independent films, movie music categories and screenplays from around the world. There are competitive categories in documentary, animated, narrative short and feature length films, as well as music videos, commercials, trailers and student projects.  The winners of all competitions will be recognized at The GSFF Black Tie Awards Dinner held on April 3, 2016 at the Claridge Hotel.  Submission instructions and more information can be found on the festival's website at www.gsff.org.

In 2015, the festival featured 180 films from 19 countries, hosted an open talent casting call, held engaging panel discussions, opening and closing ceremonies and inspired the next generation of filmmakers.  Ed Asner, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Armand Assante, James Wilder, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Chance Kelly were among the celebrities and honorees that attended.  The long running event is a staple in the independent film festival circuit and celebrates its historic 14th anniversary in 2016.


 







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(VINELAND, NJ) -- Enjoy four highly-acclaimed award-winning recent foreign films representing diverse cultures at the 2018 International Film Festival, starting Monday, November 26, at the Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High St., Millville, NJ. The four films—A Fantastic Woman, The Interpreter, 1945, and Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me—will introduce the theatergoer to the universality of themes that are common to Jewish and other international themes. They are representative of the finest of today’s international cinematographic art.
John T. LaBarbera Presents Charlie Chaplin's “The Immigrant” with New Original Score
(TEANECK, NJ) -- Performer, composer, and author John T. LaBarbera performs his original score for Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck on October 28 at 4:00pm. LaBarbera’s score creates an emotional atmosphere through the melodic themes that are reminiscent of the Italian immigrant music published during the early 20th century. Chaplin’s 1917 comedy about his own experiences as an immigrant draws on parallels of the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley which inform LaBarbera’s composition, highlighting the comedic and romantic aspects of the film through ragtime style, slapstick references, and melodic leitmotif that adorn the film’s narrative.
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(NEWARK, NJ) --The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents screenings of the complete film Star Wars: A New Hope with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed live on Thanksgiving weekend, November 23–25. Performances take place in Red Bank, Newark, and New Brunswick.
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(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents two events in time for Halloween: "Poe by Candlelight" on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00pm and the classic silent thriller, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," accompanied by Wayne Zimmerman on the organ, on Sunday, October 21 at 7:30pm, both at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street in Cape May, where the theater is in residence.
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(RED BANK, NJ) -- The nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts will present a big-screen showing of Disney’s Coco as part of its annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos, sponsored by Basie’s partner program Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. The screening, which takes place on Saturday, November 3 at 11:00am, will also serve as a fundraiser for the Red Bank Borough School District, which will receive half of all tickets sold.


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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.
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Event calendar
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018


MUSIC

DiTrani Bros: Folk, Swing, Jazz, Ragtime!! @ Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen - 7:00pm

Jazz Guitarist Abe Ovadia @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Gypsy Jazz Brunch with Pyrenesia and Max Hansen Buffet @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

Dryden Ensemble: Bach Cantata Fest @ Miller Chapel (Princeton), Princeton - 3:00pm

Suzzanne Douglas @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm


THEATRE

The Ghost Princess @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

CDC Theatre presents A Few Good Men @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Wait Until Dark @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 8:00pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 3:00pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Almost, Maine @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 3:00pm

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 7:00pm

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie @ Westfield Community Players, Westfield - 2:00pm







DANCE

DRACULA - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 4:00pm


FILM

A conversation with John Cusack Following a screening of Say Anything @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:00pm


KIDS

Summit Farmers Market Pumpkin Painting @ Summit Farmers Market, Summit - 10:00am


POETRY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am


MISC

HAUNTED ILLUSIONS LIVE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE! @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

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