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(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- On Friday, June 5, 2020 at 7:00pm,  the first of four "Best of 2020 New Jersey Film Festival" online programs. These screenings will be free and open to the public and will take place on June 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 7:00pm and are being sponsored by Rutgers University Summer Session; the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center; the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies/School of Arts and Sciences; Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State and the New Jersey Film Festival. Many thanks to Rika Rana and Krystal-Ann Ladao for their help in making this program possible.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, Rutgers University presents short film screening and Q&A with Newark based digital artist Ngu Asongwed on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The shorts include Wetlands, City on Fire, and Gourd.  RSVP Required. Zoom details will be sent via email 24 hours before the program. ... READ ON

The 12th edition of the Lighthouse International Film Festival on Long Beach Island NJ (LBI) will be taking place this year on June 16-20 and will screen new films in drive-in venues. The goal: Seeing movies on the big screen, while in keeping with the social distancing guidelines, from the comfort and safety of the audience own cars, LIFF executive director: "We are doing this for LBI's amazing community and the filmmakers who are struggling in these challenging times." ... READ ON

There’s something about being a rock and roller in your youth that is hard to let go. The adrenaline of being on stage, the groupies, the fame - even when there isn’t much fame - is hard to forget while you work each day in your cubicle. The Incoherents is a comedy about a guy named Bruce Flansburgh who gets the itch to return to rock and roll years after breaking up his band.... READ ON

To get ahead in life you need to be a bitch. That’s the advice a mother gives her daughter in director Abner Pastoll’s Northern Ireland set thriller A Good Woman Is Hard to Find, which is available via Video on Demand. Over the film’s runtime we’ll watch said daughter, young widow Sarah, go from a timid bundle of nerves to an avenging angel in convincing fashion, thanks to a stellar performance from Sarah Bolger.... READ ON

Imagine you could go back in time and relive a particular moment. Fans of the British television show Doctor Who might remember an episode called “Turn Left” in which the future of one person’s life depended on whether she turned her car left or right at an intersection.  Sometimes life is that simple; where one incident holds the key to our future.  In the independent film ReRUN, such a moment occurs for the legendary actor Christopher Lloyd.... READ ON

It may seem strange to claim that an actor whose IMDB page currently lists 213 performing credits has been under-utilized throughout his career, but that’s the case with Canadian character actor Stephen McHattie. Thanks to the vast amount of American productions that shoot north of the border for tax reasons, the Canuck star has never been out of work, but meaty roles have largely eluded him, and he’s best known to casual viewers as “that guy” who crops up in baddy of the week roles in TV shows.... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- After a successful opening weekend, the Kathedral Event Center, in collaboration with the Eagle Theatre will be expanding Karpool Cinema at Kathedral in Hammonton, New Jersey. As soon as Governor Murphy permitted drive-in and drive-through events, within 24 hours, Karpool Cinema was up and running for in-car only, outdoor movies.... READ ON

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- The Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College will present a timely webinar documentary film series, “Resilience During Challenging Times: Testimonies that Provide Hope,” Fridays, June 5-26, from 3:00pm-4:00pm.... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- The Kathedral Event Center, in collaboration with the Eagle Theatre presents Karpool Cinema at Kathedral in Hammonton, New Jersey. On Wednesday, May 13, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 142 permitting car gatherings for the purpose of drive-in and drive-through events. In less than 24 hours, Karpool Cinema was up and running for an in-car only, outdoor movie showing of Toy Story 4. The first preview night was held to paying customers on Thursday, May 14 with more than 50 cars attending Toy Story 4.... READ ON

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