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(RED BANK, NJ) -- The nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank has announced its 2020 Awards Season Screenings series, celebrating films and performances recognized by this year’s Golden Globes, Oscars and other Hollywood awards programs.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film will present a free community screening of Amazing Grace on Saturday, February 8th at 3:00pm at the Glenfield Middle School auditorium. The film, directed by Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack, is an incredible document of one of America’s greatest artists at the peak of her powers and one of the best concert films of all time.  ​​​​​​​Amazing Grace presents the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album Amazing Grace at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Towards the end of 2019, the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission (NJMPTVC) partnered with Reel-Scout (TM) to expand its digital location library and enhance its production management and client services.... READ ON

(STONE HARBOR, NJ) --- Join filmmaker Bill Nicoletti and the Friends of the Cape May Music Festival for a screening on Friday, February 21 at 9:00pm at Harbor Square Theatre, of the documentary film, Once in a Hundred Years: The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson. The film tells the story of contralto and civil rights activist Marian Anderson, of Philadelphia, who reached the pinnacle of professional achievement, attaining worldwide fame and an honored place in classical music history, as one of the greatest opera singers of all time.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Level Forward has joined with four independent movie theaters to launch Level Forward / Screen Forward (“LF/SF”), a new theatrical distribution network designed to build stronger, direct, and socially-purposeful relationships between independent filmmakers and diverse communities. The founding cinemas are Denver Film (Denver, CO); The Loft Cinema (Tucson, AZ); Montclair Film (Montclair, NJ), and the Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY). Additional theaters will be announced in 2020. ... READ ON

The thought-provoking short film, Creation, was released worldwide online on January 1st, 2020. This slickly executed film, presents a fresh retelling of the Adam & Eve story. It cleverly explores the premise of what would happen if our computer could instantly materialize all of our wishes when we type them on its keyboard.... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- Four film favorites from multiple eras will be shown on 35mm film at Union County Performing Arts Center from January to April.  Each ticket comes with free popcorn and a short pre-show in which an organist will play UCPAC... READ ON

2020 marks 35 years since Paul Reuben’s classic, quirky sensation Pee-wee’s Big Adventure hit theaters. A critical and financial triumph at the box office, the 1985 comedy, starring and co-written by Reubens grossed over $40M domestically and made Pee-wee Herman a household name. The movie marked the feature film directorial debut of Tim Burton and the first major studio film for composer Danny Elfman, beginning the now legendary filmmaking duo’s partnership which has resulted in 16 films over the last three decades. The movie is a timeless classic that continues to entertain and enthrall generations of fans to this day.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) --  New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 7:30pm. This is the ultimate event for fans of The Princess Bride. See the iconic film on the big screen, followed by a moderated conversation with actor Cary Elwes (the heroic Westley, of course!). ... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in concert February 7–9 and April 17–19, respectively. Since the release of the first Star Wars movie more than 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.... READ ON

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