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(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








(NEWARK, NJ) -- Nearly six months post-Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has been forgotten. Camera crews and journalists are no longer in sight, and efforts to help have waned. Still, groups of people from around the world remain hopeful and are making an impact. In Be The Light, multimedia icon, executive producer and host, Angie Martinez joins Rutgers University–Newark’s (RU-N) International Leadership Exchange (ILE) Global Scholars to document their journey to deploy We Share Solar suitcases in multi-purpose community help centers and a cancer care center in Puerto Rico. ... READ ON

(RIDGEWOOD, NJ) -- The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival continues on May 9th and 10th at the Bow Tie Cinema in downtown Ridgewood, and the schedule is packed with over 75 films, Q&A's, and red carpet appearances with local and national celebrities.  ... READ ON

Those of us residing on the coastal cities of the United States often paint the American Midwest with a wide brush. Regardless of how many examples provided that speak to our “flyover country” being a cauldron of political complexity that is nowhere near as black and white as the East and West Coast dwellers insist it must be, the Midwest is forever labeled as a conservative utopia that would make every Trump supporter proud. And that’s why Kimberly Reed’s new documentary Dark Money is a must-see!... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- On Saturday, May 5th evening, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy addressed the audience at Montclair Film Festival’s Closing Night screening of Believer. Introducing Stephen Colbert, who moderated the film’s Q&A with Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds, Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn, and filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena Joyce, Governor Murphy spoke of the burgeoning importance of the film industry in Montclair and New Jersey more broadly.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK) -- The 2018 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival has announced the film submission award winners.  The ceremony was held on Sunday, April 29 at the Asbury Hotel hosted by Shelli Sonstein, two-time Gracie Award winner, co-host of the Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show on Q104.3 and APMFF Board member.... READ ON

The seventh annual Montclair Film Festival kicks off this Thursday with a world-class program, featuring more than 160 films, special events, parties and discussions with Jeff Daniels, Ethan Hawke, Rachel Weisz, Claire Danes and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. The festival will also feature a performance from MacArthur Genius Award-winner Taylor Mac – “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)” – which The New York Times writer Wesley Morris called “one of the great experiences of my life.” We spoke with Evelyn Colbert, President of the Board of the Montclair Film Festival – and wife of Stephen Colbert – about this year’s crop of new films, and how sharing stories can strengthen a community – and maybe a country.... READ ON


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