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The Maplewood Film Society Hosts Screening Of "Frida Kahlo" on October 10th
(MAPLEWOOD, NJ) -- In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, The Maplewood Film Society will host the first area screening of the new documentary FRIDA KAHLO on Sunday, October 10th at 5:00pm at The Woodland in Maplewood. After the film, Visual Art Center of New Jersey curator Mary Birmingham will discuss the legendary artist’s life and art.
"Gone Too Soon: The Life, Legacy and Loss of Newark’s Cultural Icons" Premieres On October 9th
(NEWARK, NJ) -- On Saturday, October 9, 2021, The Newark Public Library and Celeste Bateman & Associates, LLC will host the Newark premiere of the new documentary, Gone Too Soon: The Life, Legacy and Loss of Newark’s Cultural Icons, as part of the Newark Arts Festival Open Doors exhibits. Through interviews with the people who knew and worked with eleven of Newark’s most influential artists, director/producer Celeste A. Bateman delivers lively vignettes of these beloved icons. The film is an opportunity for those who are new to the city – residents, workers, students, teachers, developers – to understand and appreciate the rich tapestry of Newark’s culture and those who in recent decades helped weave it.
SOPAC Offers Virtual Performance Of Ian McKellen on Stage; Some Proceeds To Support Storm Recovery Efforts
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) suffered damages from Tropical Storm Ida and is currently closed. The venue is offering a special production of Ian McKellen's wildly popular one-man show for home audiences. Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU will be available on demand from Friday, September 17 to Sunday, October 3. In this 152-minute production, the 82-year-old performer reprises many of his award-winning roles and shares anecdotes. Some proceeds from this show will support SOPAC’s recovery efforts.
Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival Runs Online From September 20-26
(BROOKLYN, NY) -- The Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival (BSFFF) is a week-long virtual festival that runs from September 20-26. All 162 selections, from 18 countries, will be available for viewing throughout the seven days and viewers can cast their vote for their favorites. A People’s Choice selection will be announced as part of an awards ceremony on September 25.
“Monmouth County, 9/11, and Its Aftermath” Film Now Available Online
(MIDDLETOWN, NJ) -- Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon has announced that the film “Monmouth County, 9/11, and Its Aftermath” created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is available on YouTube. As a member of the Monmouth County Historical Association’s (MCHA) 9/11 Commemoration Advisory Committee, Clerk Hanlon produced this film as a companion to the MCHA exhibit by the same name, which honors the 147 residents lost on that tragic day and its impact on Monmouth County.
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New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Ela: Breaking Boundaries Filmmaker Video Q+A
Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Q+A with Ela: Breaking Boundaries Director Swapna Kurup, Festival Director Al Nigrin and Festival Judges Ashley Terer, Caroline Mabrey.
New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Zero Gravity Filmmaker Video Q+A
Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Q+A with Zero Gravity Director Thomas Verrette, Festival Jurors Amit Bachani, Hamsa Hasan and Festival Director Al Nigrin:
Ela: Breaking Boundaries screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 26, 2021
Ela: Breaking Boundaries, a film by Swapna Kurup which screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday-September 26, 2021, follows artist Ela Shah and how her revolutionary art represents her multifaceted life and complex emotions. Ela, an immigrant from India who traveled to the United States with her family, expressed the challenges she faced as a foreigner through her work. The film details how she makes powerful statements through multiple mediums. Her art comments on themes such as gender roles, cultural identity, and violence. Ela: Breaking Boundaries demonstrates how Ela expresses feelings, facets of herself, and cultural realities beyond words.
An Interview With Thomas Verrette, Director of "Zero Gravity"
Zero Gravity is a feature documentary by Thomas Verrette that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Ela: Breaking Boundaries screens at the Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 26
An in-depth look into New Jersey-based artist Ela Shah’s life and work, Ela: Breaking Boundaries screens at the Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 26. Directed by Swapna Kurup, this touching documentary explores the intersections between an artist’s personal life story and her work through interviews with Ela herself as well as several friends, family members, and colleagues. Hearing from various figures at institutions such as the Montclair Art Museum, the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, and Rutgers’ own Zimmerli Art Museum, it is clear that Ela is an important fixture in the New Jersey art community whose body of work is deeply impactful.
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