Over 40 films from over a dozen countries across the world screened at the 2nd annual Monmouth Film Festival. Features, Shorts, Student Films, Trailers, Web Series and TV Pilots.
SHORTS BLOCK A
Luigi's (France), Does a bear need many glasses? (Boston), A Stubborn Bet (Florida), Mother (Poland), Addle Strife (New Jersey), High & Tight (New York), Ballooinator (California), The Pooka (Illinois), Parallax Dreams (New Jersey)
“The Blood Is At The Doorstep”
While not as publicized as cases of police brutality and police shootings in cities like New York, Oakland, Ferguson, and Baltimore, the 2014 killing of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee is as shocking and tragic as any. In broad daylight in the middle of downtown, an officer responding to a complaint from a Starbucks employee approached Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed black man coping with paranoid schizophrenia resting in a public park. Minutes later, the officer shot Dontre 14 times.
Directed by: Erik Ljung
SHORTS BLOCK B
Joy Ride (New York), The Stock Boy (New York), The Boy by the Sea (Netherlands), Three Skeleton Key (California), Manners of Dying (California), Parivara (New York), Jenny Got Famous: Loneliest Hour (UK), Tiny Worlds (New Jersey), The Finger (New York), The Archivist (New Jersey)
INDUSTRY FILM PANEL
Bryan DeNovellis (News 12), David Schoner (NJ Film Commission), Taimak (The Last Dragon), John R. Green (ABC), Thomas Crowell (Ent. Lawyer/Author), Jenna Ricker (Producer/Director), Jeremy Profe (Filmmaker - The Lennon Report), Jen Fineran (Film Editor/Documentary).
After Isaac's blind girlfriend walks out on him, his life goes into free fall, and he directs an unhinged staging of Chekhov's "The Seagull," attends the Passover Seder from hell, and attempts to woo a new flame.
CAST: Michael Cera, Judy Greer, Brett Gelman, Nia Long, Shiri Appleby, and Fred Melamed.
Directed by: Janicza Bravo
LATE NIGHT FEATURE
“The Strange Ones”
Mysterious events surround two brothers as they travel across America. On the surface, everything seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to dark and complex truths.
CAST: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus and Gene Jones
DIRECTORS: Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff
SHORTS BLOCK C
The Forever Woods (Georgia), The Adventures Of Lucy (California), Chrysalis (New York), Dear Anima (Taiwan), Timeline (New Jersey), Whoever Was Using This Bed (Australia), Pickup (New York), Togetherness (Taiwan), Passaic (New Jersey)
Quantum Rum 356, Appleseeds, Triangle Mansion, Roadie The Documentary.
The Agent, The Bunny Hole.
ANIMATED FEATURE NARRATIVE
Rosie goes on an unwitting journey of forgiveness, reconciliation, and perhaps above all, understanding, through learning about her father’s past, her own cultural identity, and her responsibility to it.
CAST: Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Directed by: Ann Marie Fleming
SHORTS BLOCK D
Tyson! (California/Rwanda), Before Christmas (New York), The Third Movement (Canada), Satori (New York), One Last Ride (California), Still Here (PA), Ovid (New Jersey), The Wheels On The Bus (Australia), The Tramcar Girl (New Jersey)
CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE
A biographical drama detailing how Kevin Smith bankrolled his $27,000 first film with maxed-out credit cards and garnered career-making critical attention at the Sundance Film Festival when Clerks debuted there in 1994.
CAST: Brian O'Halloran, Mark Frost, Scott Schiaffo, Matthew Postlethwaite and Kevin Smith.
Directed by: Christopher Downie