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Mar 27, 2017

Local Film Makers to Screen Work at Garden State Film Festival

By Lori Draz

Over a dozen local film makers have passed a rigorous selection process to have their films screened at the upcoming Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), being held in Atlantic City March 30 through April 2. The festival is considered one of the premiere festivals in the United States and receives over 1,000 submissions world-wide, from which 150 titles are selected, making this a true honor as recognition of their work.

Seven films from Christopher Corey’s program at Middletown South High School will be screened. Those films include:

“Lovelorn,” directed by Jackson Healey

“When Randy Was Here,” directed by Sage Levine, Charlotte Larish, Lisa Merola, Lexi Brizzi, Stephanie Tregillies

“1600,” directed by Sage Levine, Maria Dragone, Charlotte Larish, Lisa Merola

“Pork Roll Prohibition,” directed by DJ Hager, Sean Nelson, Kurt Nohl

“Streetfight,” directed by Matt King, Aidan Dunphy, Kaylin Iannone, Mike West, Marc Ciappina

“Tiny,” directed by Griffin Nagel, Matt King, Goodspeed Ko, Adrian Gibbons

“Usine,” directed by Sage Levine, Maria Dragone, Charlotte Larish, Lisa Merola

“Painted Cranes,” directed by Maria Dragone, Sage Levine, Charlotte Larish, Lisa Merola, Andrew Bergstrand

“Hindsight,” directed by Sean Cuddihy

“It is a great honor to have our students’ hard work recognized at the Garden State Film Festival this year,’ said Chris Corey, Middletown South High School teacher of film and TV. GSFF Executive Director Margaret Fontana commented, “We are excited to be able to present these wonderful high school films and shine a spotlight on the extraordinary talent from our state.”

There are many selections from other area film makers, as well. Among them, most notably, is the documentary story of the former resort Highland beach, called “Destinations Past: Highland Beach,” written, directed, and produced by Fair Haven’s Chris Brenner.

Other selections that will be screened include:

“Lunch Thief,” directed by Red Bank resident Lawrence “Lang” Yip. The film also features Heather Brittian O’Scanlon of Little Silver in a starring role. She is the wife of Legislative District 13 Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon.

“Helping Hands,” directed by Middletown resident Mike Jacobson

“The Mistake,” directed by Rumson-Fair Haven resident Cameron Spector

Three films, “Patient 605,” “She Entered The Void,” and “We Are Going to Be OK,” directed by Red Bank resident Kierin Rogers

“The Precision Crossover Cone,” directed by Red Bank resident Drew Bolognini

“Ruin,” directed by Middletown resident Justin Guerrieri

To get the dates and times of the screenings or to get your tickets to cheer on your hometown heroes, visit www.gsff.org. The Garden State Film Festival runs from March 30 through April 2 at several different locations throughout Atlantic City.