The ABC's of Short Blocks

Updated: Jul 29

Fellow friends and filmmakers, at this point in the game the Monmouth Film Festival (MFF) is confident that you know what you want to see at this year's upcoming festival. Many of you are seasoned pros as the festival goes into its fourth year; you know the drill. However, as it grows new guests are expected, and with so many great short blocks to choose from you might still be deciding which are must-sees for you. Short blocks are a great way for people to immerse fully into the film festival experience, since they allow you to see multiple films for the same length as one of their features. A film or VIP pass saves you from this dilemma, since you can easily see them all! Yet, the MFF team understands that unfortunately not everyone has the time to spend all four days with them, even though they'd like you all to. So if you are still indecisive on what you want to see here is a little taste of one short from each block, A-J.


SHORTS BLOCK A

How to Make a Rainbow - Ryan Maxey

This film observes a young girl and her mother over the course of two years as they move together through transitions of home, identity and name.


SHORTS BLOCK B

Del Rio - Raj Trivedi

On her treacherous journey to reunite with her daughter, an undocumented mother's fateful run-in with a border patrol agent changes both of their lives forever.


SHORTS BLOCK C

The Cricket Kings of Queens - Hannah Keyser

Representing an immigrant-heavy Queens community, the best high school cricket team in the U.S. chases an unprecedented perfect season while navigating an increasingly intolerant culture.


SHORTS BLOCK D

Guns Found Here - David Freid

With more gun stores in the US than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, we head to the ATF’s National Tracing Center which handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day using technology that makes searching a database of gun owners impossible.


SHORTS BLOCK E

48 Hours with Muhammad Ali - Daniel Glynn

On July 18th 1974, freelance photojournalist Peter Angelo Simon, got a loud knock on his hotel room door at 4.30am in the morning. 'Grab your pants and your camera. The Champ is running'. The Champ in question was Muhammad Ali.


SHORTS BLOCK F

Ballet After Dark - B.Monét

This film tells the story a young woman who found the strength to survive after an attack. She created an organization that is helping sexual abuse and domestic violent survivors find healing after trauma through dance therapy.


SHORTS BLOCK G

605 Adults 304 Children - Michael Mahaffie

An immersive and intimate documentary filmed entirely by The Peoples Temple in Jonestown.


SHORTS BLOCK H

3 Sleeps - Christopher Holt

Based on a true story. When Mum leaves the girls home alone for the weekend, 9-year-old Casey is sworn to secrecy. But when Casey’s youngest sister falls seriously ill, she is now caught between protecting her mum or saving her sister's life.


SHORTS BLOCK I

Feathers - A.V. Rockwell

Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past and the present hazing by his peers in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.


SHORTS BLOCK J

Ghosts of Sugar Land - Bassam Tariq

In Sugar Land, Texas, a group of Muslim-American teens ponder the disappearance of their friend “Mark,” who is suspected of joining ISIS.


LOCAL BLOCKS


JERSEY SHORTS 1

Chance Encounter - Jimmy Ward

This film follows a true story from Lauren Raney, a teacher and avid community member in Manahawkin, NJ. Starting off in the late 1990’s, Lauren is visiting the nearby hospital to see her dying sister and is suddenly approached by a man that she will eventually meet again 17 years later when she's the one dying.


JERSEY SHORTS 2

Project Cadmus - Brandon Lescure & John Crawford

A younger Bruce Wayne/Batman who has stepped down from crime fighting due to the meta-humans arrival, now finds himself in position to fight one more time as he knows he is the only one who can stop Gotham from being destroyed.


Check out these films and more August 8th-11th!


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