Local Love: MFF's Jersey Films

Updated: Jul 29

The Monmouth Film Festival loves to share films from all around the world, but of course they never want to forget where they came from. With the film industry exploding once again in New Jersey, they are very excited to highlight some of the local films they are screening this year. Sometimes you don’t need to go far to find incredible talent and they want everyone to see that you can be inspired to make an amazing film right in your own "backyard." So many of the independent films shown, this year and in the past, were filmed in NJ, or from directors born and raised here. Coming from the eyes of creators who grew up in the area really helps capture the essence of what NJ is all about. Plus, they know exactly where to go to find the tone they are looking for. Although these films can be intriguing and relatable to anyone, they hold a special place in the hearts of those who call it home and can spot the easter eggs that only a true Jersey native would understand.


The Monmouth Film Festival has two Jersey film blocks (1 and 2) filled with shorts that they can't wait to share, as well as this list below to give you a sneak peek of what's to come! For even more local love check out this Q&A with director Gerard Zarra about his award winning film, The Tramcar Girl, set in Wildwood, NJ.


COME HERE OFTEN? - Michael Boylan

A chance encounter of a man and a woman in the park might not be chance after all.


EVERYTHING'S FINE: A PANIC ATTACK IN D MAJOR - Zack Morrison

A musical comedy about a woman at the onset of her quarter-life crisis and her existential journey through the various stages of anxiety in song and dance.


LIFETIME 3 BROTHERS 1 STORY - Max Field

A story about three brothers growing up in the streets of North Newark where everyday is a struggle to survive. Family unity, strong Christian values and Brotherly Luv help keep these brothers on the straight and narrow.


PROCESSING - Tommy Butler

One morning inside the head of a young adult on the autism spectrum as he and his older sister try and get through the day.


RESONANCE - Alan Capinpin

A story of loyalty and betrayal between two hitmen while on an assignment.


SPRING '99 / SUMMER '00 - Wyatt Thompson

A young man investigates his brother's disappearance.


THE CONNIVER, THE BACKBITER, THE LOUSE, & THE ROGUES - Tyler Doehring

In 1977 Queens, New York, Donnie tries to square up his debts with one drug dealer by working with a different drug dealer to scam the mafia's drug dealers.


THE LOST WEEKEND - Ryan O'Leary

After a rough breakup, Charlie Monahan dives headfirst into the world of online dating and meets the charmingly complicated Maggie Mae. Charlie is forced to confront the challenges of maintaining a relationship in the digital age. In an era where everyone's connected, Charlie's never felt more apart.


UNTITLED: A LOVE STORY - Rolando Hernandez III

A husband and wife discover they no longer love each other as they used to.


WINDOW SHOPPING - Russell Kohlmann

A young man with an active imagination and lackluster sex life goes shopping.


View all the local films featured this year here, as well as those premiering in NJ for the first time. Save your seats now!


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