FILM FESTIVAL

What a time to be alive if you’re a film lover! This year has seen a wave of innovative new works hitting the screens of festivals around the globe…and New Jersey's own Red Bank better get ready because it’s that time of the year again - their time to cinematically SHINE! The 2nd annual Indie Street Film Festival line-up has JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED and it features some of the best of the best in indie cinema from around the world. The Indie Street Film Festival will return to Red Bank from July 26th through the 30th featuring more than 60 independently produced narrative, documentary and animated films, panel discussions, Q&A’s with filmmakers, live art, an interactive community mural project, a community cookout, and both live and DJ music performances. Two sets of “Jersey Shorts” showcasing the work of local filmmakers and New Jersey locations and subjects will also be featured.     Narrative feature films in competition include: The Ring Thing, directed by William Sullivan (Provincetown Film Festival) Like Me, directed by Robert Mockler (SXSW) Beat Beat Heart, directed by Luise Brinkmann (Slam Dance, Filmfest Munich 2016) Life Hack, directed by Sloan Copeland (Brooklyn Film Fest, SoHo Int. Film Fest)  Documentary feature films in competition include: Barbecue, directed by Matthew Salleh (SXSW) Hotel Coolgardie, directed by Pete Gleeson (Slamdance, Hot Docs) Olancho, directed by Ted Griswold and Chris Valdes (Brooklyn Film Fest) Unrest, directed by Jennifer Brea (SXSW, Hot Docs, Sundance Special Jury Award)  The winning films will be selected by a jury consisting of noted film critics, producers and filmmakers. Industry experts including Aaron Hillis (Indiegogo), Alison Willmore (Buzzfeed), Dominic Davis (Rooftop Films), Heidi Reinberg (Producer) and Leah Sapin (Human Rights Watch) will join others in awarding the winning feature films with the prize of a 1 week theatrical screening in New York City and optional online distribution through Indie Street Media. Jury awards and audience awards will be announced at a live ceremony on the evening of Sunday, July 30th. Highlights include the NJ premiere of Unrest, an eye-opening documentary shot and directed by Jennifer Brea, as she tackles the very personal subject of chronic fatigue syndrome. Life Hack, featuring Sean Kleier (Odd Mom Out) and Devin Ratray (Nebraska, Blue Ruin), is an incredibly relevant comedic cautionary tale about our digital privacy or complete lack thereof. New Jersey talent will of course be showcased, including the world premiere of Brothers, the latest work from Jack Ballo, who directed the critically acclaimed 2016 documentary Destiny’s Bridge, about the plight of a homeless community living off-the-grid in the woods of Lakewood, New Jersey, and Pasquale’s Magic Veal, a dark comedy featuring Vincent Pastore, who played “Big Pussy” in The Sopranos. Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Adam Long (Happy Valley), star in The Knackerman, a narrative short funded by Creative England and the BFI Network. In Cul-De-Sac, from the team behind the Academy Award-winning short Curfew, a married couple's bubble of suburban normality is punctured when they find a surprise inside their toddler's teddy bear. Cop Dog, the sixth animated film in Bill Plympton's Oscar-nominated Guard Dog series, finds its plucky dog-hero with a new occupation: patrolling our airports sniffing for illegal drugs. Several other shorts will make their NJ premiere, including films written by screenwriters for NBC's THIS IS US and SYFY's CHANNEL ZERO, as well as performances from actors such as Jimmie JJ Jeter (Hamilton) and Chris Carfizzi (Showtime's Billions). Indie Street Film Festival Artistic Director/President of Indie Street, Jay Webb, noted that in addition to the incredibly diverse films from around the world that will be screened and discussed, this year’s schedule includes events linked to films showcased in the festival as well as New Jersey themes.  “From a live art performance by local artist Ronnie Jackson, who carves New Jersey landscapes and scenes into surfboards, a cookout after the screening of the documentary Barbecue with local sponsors, to a Liquid Lights creative workshop, we know festival attendees will enjoy what ISFF brings to the community,” Webb added. “What sets this festival apart from other film events is the integration and cooperation of Red Bank’s venues, restaurants and bars, retail shops and the local arts community which all gel to make the ideal atmosphere to celebrate the creativity of independent filmmakers.”  ISFF is more geared toward cooperation than competition, so all feature films accepted into the festival are awarded the opportunity to join Indie Street as a partner filmmaker and be promoted through its VOD platform. Winners from each feature film category will enjoy a shared 1 week theatrical release in NYC. Films and events will be held at multiple theatrical venues in Red Bank, including the historic Count Basie Theatre, the Two River Theater, Bow Tie Cinema and Red Bank Middle School. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit www.indiestreetfilmfestival.org. 5 day Passes are available for films only (Film Buff Pass for $99) or for all films and parties (All-access Pass for $169) and can be purchased by visiting the festival website. All-access passes are also on sale now that include entry to all festival events, open bar at nightly parties brought to you by sponsors Flying Fish Brewery and Prairie Vodka, as well as discounts at local businesses. Single event tickets will be available soon. Keep up with breaking news on social media: facebook.com/IndieStreetFilmFestival · twitter: · Instagram For more information on the Indie Street Film Festival or to learn how you can help out, contact info@indiestreetfilmfestival.org or head to indiestreetfilmfestival.org to check out THE STELLAR FULL LINEUP!! Be sure to check out highlights from last year’s successful inaugural year: 

If you can’t make it to SXSW 2017, what better way to numb away the sadness and pain by spending a few hours this week checking out Vimeo’s Streaming SXSW Channel? Watch films and music videos as if you were right there in Austin with all the other cool cats. And all from the comfort of your own home! Though the majority of selections available on the channel are narrative shorts and music videos, there are also feature length options to check out. Itching for some SXSW in your life? Head on over to Streaming @ SXSW 2017 and get watching NOW!

A few days ago, the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival announced their exciting competiton feature film line up, which you can learn more about here. And now, finally, we have been gifted with an incredible full slate of short films to look forward to next month! 57 films. 10 sections. 1 out of this world festival experience. You can check out the full list of shorts over on Variety! And don't forget: the 16th edition of the film festival runs April 19-30. 

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival line up announcements are starting to roll in and we are already super psyched for what's on the table so far! The US Narrative, Documentary, and International Narrative competition categories have been announced, as well as Spotlight, Viewpoints, and the popular Midnight section. The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 19th - 30th. You can check out the latest revealed chunk of their program here - and make sure to stay tuned for more!

Last week, SXSW announced the bulk of their 2017 line-up, including all 100+ feature screenings. This week, the short films and midnighters were finally unveiled, along with SXSW’s new, inaugural virtual reality section. If you’re looking to satisfy all of your weird, sick, twisted, bizarre, innovative, eclectic, controversial tastes and get acquainted with some of the best in well-crafted storytelling that 2017 has to offer, you don’t want to miss out on this line-up! Head over to SXSW’s website to get the full program rundown.

Happy February! While you're bundling up and trying to stay WARM, it's looking like the full lineup for SXSW 2017 is shaping up to be very, very COOL. This year, the festival will screen 125 feature films, including 85 World Premieres and 51 films from first-time directors. Films, technology, panels, special events, music and more - what else could you want?! Austin is definitely the place to be this March if you're a lover of all things innovative and new. Terrence Malick's highly anticipated "Song to Song" is set to open the festival. Check out the full schedule here and start planning!

With another Slamdance Film Festival over and done with, a whole slew of oddball, outlier and unique indie films and stories are set to be unleashed out into the world and around the festival circuit. The 23rd annual festival saw a program of promising, emerging talent that will be on our radar for years to come. Check out the full list of winners below!  Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize: Dim the Fluorescents (Canada, Director: Daniel Warth)  Narrative Features Honorable Mention: Kate Can’t Swim (USA, Director: Josh Helman)  Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize: Strad Style (USA, Director: Stefan Avalos)  Documentary Feature Honorable Mention: The Modern Jungle (USA/Mexico, Directors: Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak)  Documentary Short Grand Jury Prize: Moriom (Switzerland, Directors: Francesca Scalisi, Mark Olexa)  Documentary Short Honorable Mention: Irregulars (Italy, Director: Fabio Palmieri)  Narrative Shorts Grand Jury Prize: No Other Way To Say It (USA, Director: Tim Mason)  Narrative Shorts Honorable Mention: Oh What a Wonderful Feeling (Canada, Director: François Jaros)  Animated Shorts Grand Jury Prize: Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw) (USA, Director: Renee Zhan)   Animated Shorts Honorable Mention: My Father’s Room (South Korea, Director: Nari Jang)  Experimental Shorts Grand Jury Prize: UpCycles (USA, Director: Ariana Gerstein)  Experimental Shorts Honorable Mention: Blua (Colombia, Director: Carolina Charry Quintero)  Anarchy Shorts Grand Jury Prize: Ape Sodom (Canada, Director: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos)  Anarchy Shorts Honorable Mention: Horseshoe Theory (USA, Director: Jonathan Daniel Brown)  Spirit of Slamdance Award Winner: Neighborhood Food Drive (USA, Director: Jerzy Rose)  Audience Award for Narrative Feature: Dave Made a Maze (USA, Director: Bill Watterson)  Audience Award for Documentary Feature: Strad Style (USA, Director: Stefan Avalos)  Audience Award for Beyond Feature: Future ‘38 (USA, Director: Jamie Greenberg) 

With another exciting festival week about to wrap up, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival announced its short film awards on Wednesday, with the jury granting seven prizes overall. Check out the winners below and keep your eyes peeled for these shorts as they continue their successful runs on the festival circuit!  Short Film Grand Jury Prize: “And so we put goldfish in the pool.” (Japan, Director: Makoto Nagahisa)  Short Film Jury Award, US Fiction: “Lucia, Before and After” (USA, Director: Anu Valia)  Short Film Jury Award, International Fiction: “And The Whole Sky Fit In the Dead Cow’s Eye” (Chile/USA, Director: Francisa Alegria)  Short Film Jury Award, Non-Fiction: “Alone” (USA, Director: Garrett Bradley)  Short Film Jury Award, Animation: “Broken - The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck” (Germany, Directors: Volker Shlecht, Alexander Lahl)  Special Jury Award for Cinematography: “Dadyaa - The Woodpeckers of Rotha” (Nepal/France, Directors: Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet)  Short Film Special Jury Award for Editing: “Laps” (USA, Director: Charlotte Wells)

Yesterday, a new president. Today, a women’s march. What a time to then be in the snowy depths of Sundance Film Festival, where passionate people are celebrating a medium of storytelling. Think of all of the discussions that the independent film communities are currently having regarding their roles in the future - how they can become an even more driven, powerful force in delivering the messages we need. In light of the nationwide (heck, even worldwide) marches happening today, No Film School asked 5 female filmmakers with films at Sundance this year where they see the future of indie film. The result? Five totally different perspectives. This a total must read, so check out the full article via No Film School now!

While this week has been quite the politically challenging one, at least the indie film community had something to look forward to at week's end. Though we can't ignore the power shift happening in DC today, we can soothe our souls with a bit of filmic therapy. This is why we are estatic that both the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival are officially a-go! The power of cinema is strong and both festivals will introduce new indie big hitters as well as lower budget indie outliers. We can't wait to hear about the excitement, new technologies, and new stories that come out of Park City this year. If you'll be in the area, are a dreamer or just want to keep up with both of the festivals' schedules, be sure to give the Slamdance and Sundance line-ups another peak over the next week!

Ready, set…..make a movie?! Yep, you read that right. Wanna get those creative gears a-turnin’ but worried they might be a bit rusty? Nothing like a good old-fashioned race to get things moving again. Join F*It Club & the NY Indie Theatre Film Festival on January 17 - 21 for a bit of friendly filmmaking competition in the form of F*It Club’s Third Annual Film Race! One theme + Multiple teams + $20 + 72 hours = A whole lotta creativity on the big screen! Always wanted to screen at a film festival or just have an excuse to make something? Looks like you've got what it takes to reach this finish line! The official contest theme and required script elements will be announced January 17th and teams will have around 72 hrs to complete their visions. Get this: ALL films will be screened during closing night of the NY Indie Theatre Film Festival at New Ohio Theatre on January 21st. Don’t worry, like a true competition, there’s another kind of prize, too. And what will the victorious team be awarded? How about ONE FREE HOUR of open bar at The Chester in NYC! Sound tempting? Well, what are you waiting for?! Rally the troops (or just yourself will do!), grab some equipment (a smart phone is good enough!), sign up and get ready to get out there and start making something great! To officially sign up your team (minimum of one person, maximum of ∞), it only costs $20. Never made a film? Well, now is your shot! Creators of all types, including low budget/first time filmmakers, are encouraged to apply! Sign up NOW! Got questions? Email f.itclub2011@gmail.com.Too lazy/busy to make a film and wanna participate with just your eyes and voting capabilities? Then head to closing night of the NY Indie Theatre Film Festival on January 21st to cheer on the teams and support the indie film community! Tickets are only $10 to attend! Make sure to also check out the festival's full line-up for other exciting screenings, too!So, spread the word! OR Make a film! OR Watch the films! Or, F*It and do it all! We hope to see you there!