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Bullitt County by David McCracken opens the New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2018 on Friday, June 1st at 7:00pm. In the psychological-thriller feature film, four buddies with a dark secret reunite after ten years for a bachelor party on the Kentucky Bluegrass Bourbon Trail.  When they discover that their favorite distillery has been turned into a winery, the newly sober groom, Gordie, seizes on an even better adventure: a search for a stash of buried Prohibition money deep in the woods of Bullitt County, Kentucky. His friends reluctantly join him on his quest, only to discover there’s something much more dangerous than cursed treasure.... READ ON

‘Punk’s not dead, it just smells that way!” So goes the old joke at the expense of that short-lived but impactful cultural movement that captured the imaginations of teenagers in the New York and London of 1977. Fifteen minutes into John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s short story we begin to get a whiff as pungent as the rotting corpse of Sid Vicious. This, folks, is a stinker!... READ ON

The phrase “feel-good movie” tends to get an unfair rep these days. But Brett Haley and Marc Basch’s Hearts Beat Loud is certainly not to blame for that. This make-believe tale of a father and daughter on the cusp of an empty nest transition has more sincerity and virtue than most films submitted for Oscar nods each year, and a lot of that is due to the script, the tone and the performances of its perfectly complementary cast.... READ ON

It’s rare to get the chance to talk to actors portraying their own lives on screen, but Linda Chorney is no ordinary actor and her story is anything but ordinary.  In 2012, she became known as the artist who crashed the Grammy Awards.  Her story is now told in the film, When I Sing.... READ ON








There’s an argument to be made against novelists adapting their own work for the screen.  They might be too in love with their words and don’t understand how to turn those words into images in the manner of a conventional screenwriter. They may struggle to trim down their work to fit a two hour running time, devoting too much time to unnecessary subplots at the expense of the main narrative.... READ ON

Showcasing new international films, American independent features, animation, experimental and short subjects, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2018 will feature 22 film screenings.   The screenings take place evenings from Friday through Sunday on two weekends from June 1-10.  All screenings are held on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The New Jersey International Film Festival presents the New Jersey premiere of “Vianey” on Saturday, June 2nd at 7:00pm.  This is an intensely personal documentary portrait about the life and hardships of the New Jersey and Bronx based underground hip hop artist Vianey Otero, also known by the stage name So Icey Trap.  The screening will be followed by a Q+A Session by the film's director, Marko Vuorinen, and Vianey Otero.... READ ON

(LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ) -- The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) has announced the complete lineup for its tenth annual event, which will take place June 7-10, 2018 on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The Festival will open with Madeleine Olnek’s acclaimed Wild Nights With Emily, a rousing Emily Dickenson comedy starring Molly Shannon that brought audiences to their feet at SXSW 2018.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Morris Museum’s new Bickford Film Series concludes its first season with director David Bickerstaff’s biography “Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing” on Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30pm. Produced by the critically acclaimed Exhibition on Screen, this fascinating documentary not only tells the story of the artist’s life, it also draws on iconic artwork in the celebrated Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. ... READ ON

(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- Big Dreams & Silver Screens, the non-profit organization that annually brings you the Westfield International Film Festival (formerly Rahway International Film Festival), is proud to showcase the works of young New Jersey filmmakers at the 3rd annual Big Dreams Youth Film Festival on May 19, 2018 at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield, NJ.... READ ON


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