New Jersey Stage published its 25,000th story in December 2021. As the site approached the milestone, we posed the question on social media as how we should celebrate. One response was to highlight our favorite stories from over the years. We liked this idea, but could not narrow things down to just 25 favorites so we will present a favorite each day from different genres. Every Wednesday will feature a story about film. This week's choice is our interview with Joey Skaggs - the subject of the film, Art of the Prank, which screened at the New Jersey Film Festival in 2017.
The interview was published on January 21, 2017 and is available here. In the interview, we talk about the film as well as his activism and pranks; his crazy stuff over the years like a cathouse for dogs and condominiums for upwardley mobile guppies; and how Joey Skaggs may have been the originator of "fake news". His fish condominiums are the subject of a new short film, Joey Skaggs: Fish Condos, which is part of a program of shorts at the New Jersey Film Festival on February 11th.
For more on the film, Art of the Prank, click here for our interview with that film's director, Andrea Marini.
The New Jersey Film Festival takes place on select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between January 28 and February 20, 2022. As a result of COVID our Festival will be a virtual one again this Spring. All the films will be available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date. Tickets are $15 per program, or $100 for Festival All Access Pass.