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Aug 11, 2017

Experience the Second Annual Monmouth Film Festival

On August 11-13 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, delve into the world of independent cinema at New Jersey’s top-rated, critically acclaimed, international film festival. Experience cinema from across the globe – and from right here in New Jersey – with short and feature films starring performers that include Michael Cera, Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, Nia Long, and more. With more than 14 hours of film, Monmouth Film Festival will feature narrative, documentary, and student short and feature-length films from across the state, country, and the world.

Does the name Kevin Smith sound familiar? Catch the New Jersey premiere screening of “Shooting Clerks,” 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. The film will also include a talk-back with special guests who you just may recognize.

Other spotlight films include the newest Michael Cera comedy, “Lemon,” directed by Janicza Bravo of FX’s breakout TV series, “Atlanta.” Catch it before it hits theaters! The beautifully drawn animated feature, “Window Horses – The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming,” features famous voices including Sandra Oh and Ellen Page. Don’t miss out on the exclusive New Jersey premiere of “The Blood is at the Doorstep,” the 2017 feature documentary; the emotionally raw story of the 2014 killing of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee is as shocking and tragic as any. The late night feature, “The Strange Ones,” is an intense and contemplative thriller starring Alex Pettyfer (“Magic Mike”) and James Freedson-Jackson (“Cop Car,” “Jessica Jones”).

For tickets and the complete film schedule, visit

Do you aspire to make the next award-winning film? Are you working on a film now, but struggling to get it on the big screen? Experience the industry and ignite your creative inspiration by attending the 2017 Industry Film Panel on Saturday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m., a 90-minute event driven by esteemed industry guests and professionals who are ready to answer your questions. Special guests include Bryan DeNovellis (News 12), David Schoner (NJ Film Commission), Taimak (“The Last Dragon”), John R. Green (ABC), Thomas Crowell (entertainment lawyer/author), Jenna Ricker (producer/director), Jeremy Profe (filmmaker – “The Lennon Report”), and Jen Fineran (film editor/documentary).

Special events include the Industry Networking Event on Friday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. Walk the red carpet and join featured filmmakers, artists, actors, agents, and press at this two-hour-long catered event. This is a great, energetic atmosphere enabling you to connect with artists to make your creations come to life. Featured companies in attendance will include the world’s most trusted casting resource, Backstage, the New Jersey Film Commission, and the renowned New York Film Academy. Discover the great opportunities and services available to get your next production on the go!

Tickets start at $5 and are on sale now and at the door. General admission tickets ($10-$15) are sold per feature film or per short film block. Experience the entire event with unlimited access and purchase a VIP Pass. Receive exclusive access to the VIP lounge, as well as free admission to the Networking Event and Film Panel. Saturday and Sunday all-day film passes are also available. For more information, visit:


Schedule of Events


Friday, August 11 – The Monmouth Film Festival Filmmaker Networking Event

Saturday, August 12 – Full screening day, with esteemed Industry Panel event.

Sunday, August 13 – Full day of screenings and 2017 Awards Ceremony (open to public), followed by an after party in Red Bank