In our first year, Monmouth Film Festival screened and presented the finest quality independent cinema featuring all genres of Features, Shorts, Student Films, Animations, International Films, and Trailers.
SHORTS BLOCK A
Emma (student), Dark Town (UK), Reeds Motel (FL - student), Black Air (Doc - Hungary), Absolution (FL- student), Game Of Life (France), Injection (NJ), Big Mouth Billy Bass (Canada - student), Another Love (UK).
In New Jersey, the parents of one autistic boy take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting multiethnic autistic teens and training them with high expectations and zero pity. As they vie for state and national championships, what happens next alters the course of the boys' lives.
Directed by: Lara Stolman
SHORTS BLOCK B
Wannabe (NY), Gorilla (France), Twins Days (NJ), 2 Brothers (Thesis - NJ), Reunion (NY), Doug (NY - student), Thunder Road (CA), Parents of the Groom (NY).
INDUSTRY FILM PANEL
Bryan DeNovellis (News 12), David Schoner (NJ Film Commission), John R. Green (ABC), Mark Ehrenkranz (Producer), Ernest Mingione (Actor), Dani Tenenbaum (Filmmaker) & Stacey Maltin (Producer/Actress).
Stranded in a small beach town, a troubled young drifter breaks into a wealthy home and cons her way into the good graces of the family that lives there.
Directed by: Alex Markman
LATE NIGHT FEATURE
Josh and Isabel Harris, after suffering the loss of their only child, relocate to a secluded hillside research facility with the hopes of repairing their broken family. After years of trying, Josh and his research partner, Thomas, have a breakthrough involving a cryptic shortwave radio signal and its universal origins. Something within the signal resonates with Isabel and she begins experiencing seeming hallucinations and visions of distant memories. Upon further investigation into the phenomenon, the scientists fear for Isabel’s health while Isabel fears the signal has attracted something sinister to their new home.
DIRECTORS: Ryan Gregory Phillips
SHORTS BLOCK C
Perspective (AZ), Little Pig (IN - student), Never Been Sicker (NJ - Thesis), Mayfield (KY), Skin Deep (NY), Bad Habits (Cyprus), Blind Eyes (MA), The Suitor (NJ), Mammoth (FL-student), Woman With Violin (NJ).
“Saving Dreams”, “Book Of Nyx”.
“The Rainbow Kid”
Eugene, a young man with Down syndrome, sets out on a life altering journey to find the end of the rainbow.
Directed by: Kire Paputts
SHORTS BLOCK D
We Remember (NY), La Favola Bella (Italy), PUNK or “How I Learned To Be Cool Without Trying” (NJ - thesis), The Duke (CA - student), Checkmate (NJ - student), There’s Too Many of These Crows (NY), Fils (Luxembourg), Scraps (South Africa), Apocalypse Rock (MD)
Set against the backdrop of the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, this film is an intimate, first-of-its-kind look inside the issues surrounding abortion through three women who stand on all sides of this debate and live at a turning point for reproductive healthcare in America.
Directed by: Maisie Crow