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(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Garden State Film Festival's annual Movie Music Competition is accepting submissions of original movie music from any independent film until December 1, 2018. GSFF is proud to be the first in Film Festival History to recognize the vast and varied achievements of musical composers in the cinematic arts on it's own merit. Entries will be judged by music professionals.  ... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Count Basie Center for the Arts will present the first-ever Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Festival on April 6, 2019 in Red Bank. The mission is to locate, showcase and recognize student filmmakers from 7th grade all the way through college. Submissions are accepted now through March 3, 2019. ... READ ON

(VINELAND, NJ) -- Enjoy four highly-acclaimed award-winning recent foreign films representing diverse cultures at the 2018 International Film Festival, starting Monday, November 26, at the Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High St., Millville, NJ. The four films—A Fantastic Woman, The Interpreter, 1945, and Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me—will introduce the theatergoer to the universality of themes that are common to Jewish and other international themes. They are representative of the finest of today’s international cinematographic art.... READ ON

(TEANECK, NJ) -- Performer, composer, and author John T. LaBarbera performs his original score for Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck on October 28 at 4:00pm. LaBarbera’s score creates an emotional atmosphere through the melodic themes that are reminiscent of the Italian immigrant music published during the early 20th century. Chaplin’s 1917 comedy about his own experiences as an immigrant draws on parallels of the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley which inform LaBarbera’s composition, highlighting the comedic and romantic aspects of the film through ragtime style, slapstick references, and melodic leitmotif that adorn the film’s narrative.... READ ON








(NEWARK, NJ) --The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents screenings of the complete film Star Wars: A New Hope with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed live on Thanksgiving weekend, November 23–25. Performances take place in Red Bank, Newark, and New Brunswick.... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents two events in time for Halloween: "Poe by Candlelight" on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00pm and the classic silent thriller, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," accompanied by Wayne Zimmerman on the organ, on Sunday, October 21 at 7:30pm, both at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street in Cape May, where the theater is in residence.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts will present a big-screen showing of Disney’s Coco as part of its annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos, sponsored by Basie’s partner program Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. The screening, which takes place on Saturday, November 3 at 11:00am, will also serve as a fundraiser for the Red Bank Borough School District, which will receive half of all tickets sold.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents a screening of the cult classic movie musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday, October 26 at 11:00pm. In addition to the screening, from 9pm to 11pm, State Theatre is hosting a pre-show party with a full service bar, ticket giveaways, a DJ, and a costume contest with prizes. Tickets are $15 and include a goodie bag of props.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) --The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) has announced that its annual “Call for Entries” is open now through December 1, 2018. The festival, New Jersey’s largest and most respected film festival, accepts all film genres from documentaries, animation, children's, narrative, trailers, Web Series/ New Media, and short films, as well as music videos, commercials, trailers, music competition, and student projects. Additionally, submissions are also being accepted for film scoring and music, as well as the “Home Grown” category, which includes offerings of which 75 percent or more has been shot in New Jersey. Complete details for submissions and the requirements for consideration can be found on the GSFF web site at www.gsff.org.  ... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) --  The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival heads into its nineteenth season, October 30 through November 11, offering a great diversity of award-winning, international films. Fifteen feature films, five New Jersey premieres, and thought-provoking discussions with filmmakers, actors, scholars, and other noteworthy guests will be featured. The festival will be held at two venues: AMC Loews New Brunswick 18, 17 US Highway 1 South, New Brunswick (AMC); and Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton (PGT). The festival is sponsored by Rutgers’ Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. ... READ ON


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