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Garden State Film Festival To Present The East Coast Premiere of "Making A Killing"
originally published: 02/17/2018
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The 16th Annual Garden State Film Festival will present the East Coast premiere of "Making A Killing," a new independent feature film from Tinton Falls, New Jersey native Devin Hume (Director/Producer/Co-Writer) and Bruce Robinson (Executive Producer/Producer). Starring Michael Jai White, Mike Starr, Jude Moran, Aida Turturro, New Jersey’s Jack Forcinito with Sally Kirkland and Christopher Lloyd, this twisted modern-day crime mystery BASED ON A TRUE STORY, tells the story of three morticians who get caught in a web of greed and deceit, involving buried treasure and a tangled love affair.
The backstory to this film is as compelling as the film itself. “Making A Killing” will screen at the Jersey Shore Arts Center with the filmmakers and several cast members in attendance, on Saturday, March 24th from 8:00-10:00 p.m. during the Garden State Film Festival which runs from March 22-March 25, 2018.
When New Jersey native Devin Hume met Canadian Bruce Robinson on a beach on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2016, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and exciting film collaboration. Robinson had hired Hume to do camera work for a documentary interview. Their interview subject went MIA, but the two met up on that beach anyway, as Robinson offered to treat Hume to lunch. When Robinson asked Hume if he had any ideas for a feature film, not only did Hume respond with a compelling and crazy true story... but said that he also actually knew the people involved! Although initially apprehensive about investing in a murder mystery, Robinson became too intrigued to pass this one up.
Hume told Robinson that it all began when he was seeking work in a small Colorado town in 2008/09. He responded to an ad by two Mortician brothers who were looking for someone to paint their mortuary. These men were philanthropists and highly respected pillars of their community – in addition to the mortuary, they held positions on the city council and one later even became the town’s Mayor. They also ran a church, owned a guitar store, a restaurant and more. Some time later, Hume enrolled in film school in Denver, but often returned to that small town to work on his film projects, as he had access to an abundance of resources there. His first few films were about Morticians because he knew them and was able to borrow their hearse, etc. During this time, Hume had begun a screenplay about these people, as he was fascinated by their life. Fast forward a few years, Hume had been away for a number of years and received a call from a friend telling him that the Morticians were suspects in a murder case. They were being accused of murdering another Mortician from a neighboring town, who was also a convicted pedophile. And there’s more…much more to the story….
Winner of “Best New Mexico Feature Film” at the Santa Fe Film Fest, “Making A Killing” is only the third film to entirely shoot in Las Vegas, New Mexico (along with the original “Red Dawn” and “No Country For Old Men). The filmmakers chose this location because it had the look and feel of “anywhere U.S.A.,” had an abundance of resources, perfect weather and was extremely “film-friendly.”
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Individual screening tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Weekend passes are $50 in advance and $55 at the door. Day Passes are also available - the Saturday Day Pass is $30 and Sunday Day Pass is $25. Tickets are available at www.gsff.org and at festival box offices.
State Theatre Presents Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet Tour
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Diana Krall live in concert as part of her Turn Up The Quiet World Tour on Friday, October 12 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $43-$153.50. This concert will feature songs from Diana Krall’s stunning new album, Turn Up The Quiet, out now on Verve Records as well as a mix of some fan favorites.
Kean Stage Presents The Manhattan Transfer
(UNION, NJ) -- Going strong after more than 45 years, Grammy Award winner The Manhattan Transfer, with tenor vocals from Kean University alumnus Alan Paul '71, will captivate Kean Stage audiences with their distinctive four-part harmonies at Enlow Recital Hall on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00pm.
3rd Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival returns to Jersey City on October 6. Presented by Mint 400 Records and Sniffling Indie Kids, the festival includes acts from those labels and Little Dickman Records, Rhyme and Reason Records, and State Champion Records. The festival takes place at White Eagle Hall. Doors are at 4:00pm and the music starts at 4:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Bobby McFerrin To Kick Off the 125th Season Of Princeton University Concerts
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- On Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30pm, 10-time GRAMMY award-winning artist Bobby McFerrin launches Princeton University Concerts’ (“PUC”) 125th Anniversary Season in a special event performance at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The concert will feature McFerrin alongside members of his a cappella group Gimme5 in a program titled “ Circlesongs ” -- an evening of spontaneous music-making through shared improvised sound, in a language growing out of tribal chant and sacred music.
The Dryden Ensemble Presents Bach Cantata Fest
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Dryden Ensemble will present a Bach Cantata Fest on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, Pennsylvania, and on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00pm at Miller Chapel, located on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 for general admission and free to students with an ID. They may be purchased at the door or online at www.drydenensemble.org.
“Here’s Lucie!” Lucie Arnaz LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center
Even though the weather outside Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center is cloudy with some light intermittent drizzle this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 afternoon, the venue’s stage is still shining brightly with talent thanks to a live performance by television, film, and stage actress/singer Lucie Arnaz!
Mike Aiken Talks About Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch At RVCC
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Raritan Valley Community College presents Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22. The three-day event will feature a number of different musical shows by Mike Aiken, as well as other solo artists and groups.
Virtuoso Jazz Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
It’s a warm but lovely Aug. 23, 2018 evening here in Newton, NJ. After enjoying some hand-dipped Cliff’s ice cream from the window at Hayek Market, we march up Spring Street looking forward to hearing some world-class jazz at one of the Garden State’s favorite concert venues, The Newton Theatre.
An Interview with Bernie Williams
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“Unleash the Love” The Beach Boys LIVE! at The Great Auditorium
So what were you doing at 8:18 pm on 8/18/18?
Well, we’re not sure what you were up to, but we know that on that hot August night, we were listening to “America’s Band” — The Beach Boys — and watching them “Unleash the Love” while performing their incredible catalog of hits at Ocean Grove NJ’s Great Auditorium!