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(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- Big Dreams & Silver Screens, the non-profit organization that annually brings you the Westfield International Film Festival, will showcase the works of young New Jersey filmmakers at the 4th annual Big Dreams Youth Film Festival on May 11, 2019 at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield, NJ.... READ ON

(BOUND BROOK, NJ) -- The lineup for the 2019 “Movies-in-the-Park” series presented by Bound Brook Revitalization Partnership has been announced. The series shows a family-oriented feature film each Wednesday night from July 10 to August 28 on the lawn at Billian Legion Park in downtown Bound Brook, with screenings starting at dusk. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blanket or chair and purchase snacks from local food vendors.... READ ON

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- RHPS at Hoboken, is hosting the spring run of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on May 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at Bow Tie Cinemas in Hoboken. Doors will open at 11:00pm, with festivities starting and 11:30pm and performances beginning at midnight.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show debuted in 1975 and, due to the long-running tradition of being shadowcast, has become the longest-running film in cinema history. ... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film Festival has announced the launch of the Mark Urman Award For Fiction Filmmaking. The award, to be given by the festival each year  in perpetuity, will be award to the winning filmmaker in the festival’s Future/Now competition, a juried competition that celebrates the work of early career American independent filmmakers. Launched with the support of Urman’s wife Deborah Davis, the award has been created to honor Mark’s legacy as one of Montclair’s greatest champions of independent filmmaking. The award will be given, alongside the festival’s other juried awards, at the festival’s annual award ceremony at 3:00pm on Saturday, May 11th, The event is by invitation only.... READ ON

(TRENTON, NJ) -- Trenton’s next generation of law enforcement and Trenton teens came together on April 27 to voice their opinions on how to overcome historically, negative interactions that resulted in distrust, a lack of respect and violence within the community through a series of sit down discussions captured in the docuseries called, ‘Common Ground.’  ‘Common Ground,’ is part of the Generation Change docuseries, which focuses on positively changing the way we think about the fractured state of our cities and provide solutions needed for a better future.  ... READ ON

A decade after scoring an international breakout hit with Gomorrah (a movie that would spawn an entire mini industry of spinoff prestige TV dramas), director Matteo Garrone returns to the world of Italian crime, though in a more intimate fashion, for Dogman.... READ ON

Writer/director David Robert Mitchell made his feature debut back in 2010 with the coming of age drama The Myth of the American Sleepover, but he really announced himself with his followup, 2014’s It Follows, arguably the best horror movie of the past decade. With that film, Mitchell displayed an innate understanding of what makes a horror movie tick, and most of us thought he would stay in the genre, with many putting his name forward as a potential director for the rebooted Halloween franchise. It’s a surprise then that Mitchell has confounded expectations with Under the Silver Lake, a rambling gonzo adventure that largely defies categorization. It may be his third feature, but it plays very much like a ‘difficult second album’, in this case a four-sided prog rock concept album complete with gate-fold sleeve.... READ ON

Imagine waking up one day to your own personal version of The Matrix in which everything you thought you knew about your family was a lie? ... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey is bringing back its popular Free Summer Movies Series for 2019. This year's lineup includes Captain America, The First Avenger on July 3, Finding Nemo on July 9, Ernest & Celestine on July 16, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on July 23, Mary Poppins Returns on July 30, and Incredibles 2 on August 6. ... READ ON

When Jason Charnick discovers a long pushed aside box of interviews with his father (a heroin addict who was in jail for most of Jason's life and who died of AIDS in 1997) he learns about generations of family secrets, which force him to redefine his own past, doubt his present, and question his future.  His journey is chronicled in real time in the documentary Getting Over, which will be screened at The Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 - both nights at 7:00pm, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Admission is free.... READ ON

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