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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

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

(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

The long-awaited Elliott Murphy film Broken Poet will come out on digital HD May 15 from Virgil Films and Entertainment exclusively through music site The Backstreets' site boasts a large fan base for Bruce Springsteen, who along with his wife Patti Scialfa makes a cameo appearance in the film. Together with Springsteen, Elliott Murphy began his career in the early 1970’s when both singer-songwriters were proclaimed the “new Dylan.” His career has been focused in Europe for many years where he continues to tour and release more than thirty-five albums. He lives in Paris where he has often joined Bruce Springsteen on stage.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to NJPAC with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in Concert, the final chapter in the Harry Potter series. On Saturday, June 5, 2021. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will perform Alexandre Desplat’s Grammy nominated score live from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.... READ ON

(PLAINFIELD, NJ) -- Organizers for the 3rd Annual Queen City Film Festival (NJ) are faced with a new set of challenges as they plan for the annual gathering which takes place in October.  The annual festival attracts hundreds of festival goers and dozens of filmmakers from around the country for the multi day event which last year screened 52 films from 7 countries.  Last year’s star studded guest list included Emmy Award Winners, network Writers, Actors and Directors from as far away as Los Angeles and Atlanta for the two day festival held in historic Plainfield NJ with an award show held at the newly constructed Cinemark Theater in Watchung. Dozens of festivals have either postponed or canceled however the Junior (3rd) year fest Queen City decided to forge ahead by planning to go digital with film screenings in the event that life had not returned to normal.  ... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- The New Jersey Web Festival announces the expansion of its festival to includefiction podcasts, which will join web series, music videos, pilots, and trailers to be celebrated by NJ WebFest. The submission deadline is June 12, 2020 at 11:59EST. There is a $30 submission fee.... 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

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