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Bread & Roses Film Festival and ShowRoom Cinema Bring Women in Film Series to Asbury Park

originally published: 02/18/2024

Bread & Roses Film Festival and ShowRoom Cinema Bring Women in Film Series to Asbury Park

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- In a celebration of Women's History Month, Bread & Roses, Jersey Shore's only female-centric film festival, in collaboration with ShowRoom Cinema, an independent, female-owned movie theatre in Asbury Park, presents a film series showcasing the visionary works of female filmmakers. Featuring a diverse lineup of cult classics and timeless favorites, this series promises to mesmerize audiences with its bold storytelling and groundbreaking perspectives.

“I am thrilled ShowRoom invited Bread & Roses to collaborate in putting together this screening series showcasing a few amazing films by women” said Marci Mazzarotto, founder, and executive director of the Bread & Roses Film Festival. “Our main mission centers around supporting, elevating, and celebrating women in film and this curated series offers an additional space, beyond the festival, in which female-centric cinema can be experienced.”

The “Women in Film” series invites viewers to immerse themselves in the creative genius of directors who have defied conventions in the world of cinema. From gripping dramas to dark comedies, each film offers a unique glimpse into the complexity of the female experience.

Royce Meier, ShowRoom’s programming director, stated that “after the sold-out success of Bread & Roses’ very first festival, which was held in our theatres, we simply couldn’t imagine teaming up with anyone else to celebrate Women’s History Month.”

Kicking off on March 5, 2024, screenings take place every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or directly at the box office.

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Weekly screenings include:

* Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985) follows a bored suburban housewife who becomes entangled in the mysterious world of a free-spirited drifter. Roberta is a bored suburban housewife who is fascinated with a woman, Susan, she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of the newspaper. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline “Desperately Seeking Susan” proposes a rendezvous. Roberta goes too, and in a series of events involving amnesia and mistaken identity, steps into Susan’s life. (March 5).

* American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000) is an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel which delves into the dark and violent psyche of a yuppie investment banker (March 12).

* But I'm a Cheerleader (Jamie Babbit, 1999) explores gender identity and sexuality, through the eyes of a young cheerleader sent to a conversion therapy camp (March 19).

* Party Girl (Daisy von Scherler Mayer, 1995) centers on the wild mishaps of a 20-something woman who finds her calling in a rather unexpected career (March 26).

Come support women in film and join us as we embark on an unforgettable cinematic journey to support and celebrate the unstoppable spirit of these pioneering female filmmakers.

The ShowRoom Cinema, Asbury Park’s home to Movies & More, is located at 707 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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