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Local Film Festival Thursday 6/25

Local Film Festival Thursday 6/25

Posted June 05, 2015

On Thursday, June 25th at 7 p.m., the Library will screen the entries for the 2015 Record.Play Film Festival. This red carpet awards ceremony celebrates the talent of the East Brunswick community.

This year’s theme is “Heroes.”  “The Record.Play committee chose the theme Heroes because it can be interpreted in so many ways and is accessible to the different age groups…we are very excited to see how our local filmmakers run with it,” said Interim Director Maryann Ralph when the festival was first announced.

This year’s judges include:

Dave Ambrosy has been working in local television and the video field for over 30 years. His work has received many local and national awards, from the local cable Jersey Access Group and Hometown Video Festivals to the Cable Award for Programming Excellence. Dave is the supervisor for East Brunswick’s local cable station EBTV Channel 26.

Joe Conlon has worked in video production for over 30 years. During that time, he has filled many roles as cameraman, sound recordist, lighting, engineering, directing, and as station manager for the former New Jersey Network. He currently runs his own business, Conlon Video Works, providing production services primarily for local and national PBS programs.  Joe has been recognized for his work, with nine Emmy awards in the New York and Philadelphia markets.

Zack Morrison is a MFA film candidate at Columbia University studying screenwriting & directing. His accolades include screenings at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and 2014; Best Student Film awards from the Garden State Film Festival, New Jersey Film Festival, and Jersey Shore Film Festival; and a collegiate lifetime achievement award from Campus Moviefest in Hollywood.   Zack graduated from East Brunswick High School in 2010, and attributes his love of filmmaking to participating in the Video Production and Humanities programs at EBHS.

There are nine entries, in both youth and teenage categories.  The entries are:

Youth (ages 12 and under)

Barenya Das

Three kid contestants are on the game show, “Questions 4 Kids,” with the category being heroes.   Each contestant is asked questions about her personal heroes, with very different answers.

“Be a Hero. Save a Life. (Stop Animal Abuse: The Story of Snowball)”
Vidhi Madan

Follow the story of Snowball, and learn more about the issue of animal abuse.

“An Unlikely Hero”
Madison Pugsley

Bando Girl is an unlikely hero who helps her peers overcome bullying by helping them find the courage to stand up for themselves.

Teen (ages 13 to 19)

“Dr. Delovative Saves the Day”
Prasad Patwardhan

Dr. Delovative is an intelligent young calculus prodigy who attempts to use her mathematical skills to find soul mates for her love-deprived patients.

“Richard J”
Alex Johnson

This music video by “Da Cuz Crew” is dedicated to the grandfather of the creators, who is an influence and role model for the family.

“Unexpected Hero”
Andrew Kal

A lonely girl who is struggling meets a stranger who helps her change her outlook on life.

“Hometown Hero”
Ben Kessler

A documentary that interviews teachers and residents of East Brunswick and whether they consider Jax of American Idol Season 15 a hometown hero.

“?? (Towel)”
Emily Eng

This film follows a young man who struggles with a breakup.  He flashes back to childhood, and with that inspiration, turns that pain into something beautiful. 

“Britany Saves the World”
Dominic Mistretta

Britany is your typical teenage girl whose after-school alter-ego Super Britany tackles some small and large challenges to make a difference in her community.