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(RED BANK, NJ) -- See the movie before New York or Los Angeles! Monmouth Arts will provide another installation of its “Film Sneak Peek” series with Never Look Away, an epic tale of art and history spanning three turbulent decades of 20th-century Germany, on November 29 at Bow Tie Cinemas in Red Bank at 7:00pm. ... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- From the 1970s to today the Brighton Bar has been a live music venue and a staple of the New Jersey music scene.  On Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00pm, a free showing of The Brighton Bar - Home Of Original Music  - a documentary about the venue will be screened at The NJ Rep West End Arts Center.... READ ON

(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- Big Dreams & Silver Screens, the organization responsible for the Westfield International Film Festival, is happy to announce their end-of-year celebration and fundraiser, “Of All the Gin Joints” on December 6 at the James Ward Mansion. The evening is a Casablanca-inspired party that will feature a pop-up gin bar, light bites by Feast Catering, live music by Tony Mowatt, and a screening of Casablanca.  Westfield native, Francesca Rizzo will also be screening a complementary independent noir short film, Sullivan’s Last Call – “a sexy little film about celibacy.”... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film has opened the submission process for their annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC), open to students from around the world interested in submitting short films in the Narrative, Documentary, Comedy, and Experimental film categories. EFC also offers special Social Impact Awards for young filmmakers who engage with social issues in their work. This year’s competitive divisions are: Storytellers, for filmmakers in Grades 6-8 and Visionaries, for filmmakers in Grades 9-12. Submissions will be accepted starting today until March 1, 2019, with the selections announced on March 26, 2018. ... READ ON

The image that most defines the 20th century is that of a man standing on the surface of the moon. The man is astronaut Neil Armstrong, but we can’t see his face as he’s wearing a helmet, the glass of which reflects our collective achievement back at us. When he took a small step, we all took a giant leap with him, and Armstrong instantly became more than a mere man, a symbol. With First Man, director Damien Chazelle takes us inside the famous helmet, stripping away the symbol to tell the story of Armstrong the man.... READ ON

In 2013, John Carpenter’s Halloween received a 35th anniversary blu-ray release. The accompanying booklet credited the following line of dialogue to Jamie Lee Curtis’s babysitting heroine Laurie Strode: “Was it the boogeyman?” Of course, that’s a misquote. In the scene in question, Laurie admits to herself that “It WAS the boogeyman,” to which Donald Pleasence’s Doctor Loomis solemnly replies, “As a matter of fact, it was.”... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- Kean Stage’s Family and Children’s Film Series offers much more than just films. They include different movie-themed crafts, activities, snacks and in some cases, contests. At Kean Stage, it’s not just a movie – it’s a party! The series begins on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00pm with Disney Pixar’s Academy Award–nominated film, Coco. ... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Garden State Film Festival's annual Movie Music Competition is accepting submissions of original movie music from any independent film until December 1, 2018. GSFF is proud to be the first in Film Festival History to recognize the vast and varied achievements of musical composers in the cinematic arts on it's own merit. Entries will be judged by music professionals.  ... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Count Basie Center for the Arts will present the first-ever Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Festival on April 6, 2019 in Red Bank. The mission is to locate, showcase and recognize student filmmakers from 7th grade all the way through college. Submissions are accepted now through March 3, 2019. ... READ ON

(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.... READ ON

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