FILM, MUSIC, AND THE ARTS

Top Stories

Influential Musician Mike Keneally Discusses His Acclaimed Career and New MFTJ Project

April 29, 2020

SAN DIEGO, CA -- As part of our focus on The Arts, TAPintoTV spoke to respected guitarist and producer, Mike Keneally via video conference from California. Keneally spoke with Brian Brodeur about the notable artists he’s worked with throughout his career, as well as his newest collaboration, MFTJ. 

Keneally first rose to prominence as a member of Frank Zappa’s last touring ...

Celebrated Music Photographer Elliott Landy Reflects on the Beginnings of his Legendary Career

LITTLE FALLS, NJ & WOODSTOCK, NY -- Brian Brodeur of TAPintoTV spoke with celebrated photographer Elliott Landy via video conference from his home in Woodstock, New York. Landy, who was the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock music festival, has a new project in the works, a book of photographs called Contacting The Band, a collection of portraits depicting the musicians, The ...

Berks Jazz Festival Moves Online Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- When the 30th Annual Berks Jazz Fest, originally scheduled to take place this week in Reading, PA, was forced to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to take the festival online instead. 

“We were getting so much feedback from fans, saying they’re missing the festival,” said John Ernesto, General Manager of the Berks Jazz Fest, ...

New Jersey Actor Alex Aldea Finds Success with Independent Film & Network Television

Alex Aldea joined Brian Brodeur at East Main Studios to discuss his experiences in the New York and New Jersey television production world, projects premiering at the upcoming Garden State Film Festival and his work as a Commissioner of the Paterson Film & Entertainment Commission. 

Aldea’s next role comes next week on CBS, where he will be on the show Bull. Michael Weatherly ...

Free Concert Showcases Award-Winning Vocalists at 2020 Jersey Harmony Explosion

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, world-class a cappella and barbershop singers will be performing at a free concert at the annual Jersey Harmony Explosion festival at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, NJ. 

Jersey Harmony Explosion brings student singers together with professional quartets for a day of community, collaboration and celebration. “It’s all ...

“Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival Screens 2020 Oscar Shorts in Montclair, NJ

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, all of the short films nominated for the Oscars this year will be shown at Buzz Aldrin Middle School in Montclair, NJ. The “Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival, founded and co-produced by Jeanne Reilly and Corinna Sager, will showcase all 15 shorts nominated in the Live Action, Animated and Documentary categories just ahead of the Academy ...

ArtPride NJ Highlights Economic Impact of Investment in the Arts

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, TAPintoTV spoke with Megan LoBue, Development Manager for ArtPride New Jersey, about the organization’s resources and latest arts initiatives. 

ArtPride NJ supports New Jersey’s creative community and is widely viewed as the go-to source for research, innovative programs and services, and ...

Franklin Township Principal Recalls Meeting Frank Sinatra

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ -- At the Franklin Food Truck Festival, recently held as a benefit for Franklin High School’s Project Graduation, William Grippo, Principal of the MacAfee Road School, shared two stories of his interactions with New Jersey’s own Frank Sinatra. 

Many years ago, when Grippo was in his 20s, he worked for a florist, who directed him to deliver flowers to the ...

The Incoherents Film, a Rock-and-Roll Comedy, To Be Screened at Soho Festival in New York City

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with filmmakers Jeff Auer and Alex Emanuel about their latest release, The Incoherents, which won “Best Home Grown Feature” at the 2019 Garden State Film Festival and will be shown this weekend at the Soho International Film Festival.

The Incoherents is a dramatic-comedy feature film about a group of 40-something friends that decide to reunite ...

The Life of Television Legend & Native Son, Ernie Kovacs, is Celebrated in Trenton, New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Native Trentonian Ernie Kovacs was honored at the New Jersey State Museum, in the year when he would have been 100 years old. Through presentations, anecdotes and archival footage of his television work, the “Ernie Kovacs Centennial” honored Kovacs’ multiple contributions to television history, and the Mayor of Trenton, W. Reed Gusciora, proclaimed ...

Art World And Music Industry Celebrate Carinthia West "Hanging Out" Photography Exhibit

New York, NY -- Art world and music industry luminaries came together to celebrate photographer Carinthia West's "Hanging Out" exhibit at the SoHo Contemporary Art gallery recently.

Carinthia West is best known for capturing intimate behind-the-scenes images of rock royalty and Hollywood stars including Mick Jagger, Carly Simon, Helen Mirren, Ron Wood and many ...

New Jersey Native Stars in “American Muscle,” Showcased at Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Ashley Platz, known for her roles on Grey’s Anatomy and GLOW, and a New Jersey native, stars in “American Muscle,” an Official Selection of the 2019 Garden State Film Festival. The film is about an overlooked driver who uses her brother's reputation in the drag racing world to finally get a shot at proving herself.

“It’s racing on the ...

Husband and Wife Filmmakers Screen “I’ve Been Compromised” at 2019 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with husband and wife collaborators, Courtney and Mark Sposato, at this year’s Garden State Film Festival to talk about their new short film, I’ve Been Compromised.

The duo co-wrote and co-directed the short together and it was their first time working as partners on a film. “We really turned out to be a pretty synergistic team,” ...

Home Grown New Jersey Filmmaker Tells His Backstage Story of Life as a Roadie

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with TJ Hoffmann, Producer of “Roadie: My Documentary,” which won “Best Home Grown Documentary Feature” at the 2019 Garden State Film Festival. The film looks back at Hoffmann’s 20 year career as a roadie, and incorporates his personal video archives starting with his tours in the 80s. “My film gives everyone a little peek ...

From Script to Screen: “Awesome Gal” Highlighted at 2019 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Frank Calo and Cameron Ring about their upcoming film, Awesome Gal, a story of a girl and a horse both escaping abusive situations and embarking on a new journey together.

Cameron Ring, Actor and Co-Producer of Awesome Gal, was working in politics when he had a change of heart, and ultimately, a change of career. He quit his job, moved to New York and ...

Celebrate National Barbershop Quartet Day with Deke Sharon Mentoring New Jersey’s Next Generation of Singers

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Deke Sharon, considered the “father of contemporary a cappella,” joined New Jersey’s top choral experts at James Caldwell High School for the annual Jersey Harmony Explosion festival, held every winter.

High school and middle school students from across New Jersey spent the day receiving choral and quartet instruction from a capella pros. The day ...

Keith Armonaitis & Heather O’Scanlon Discuss Premiere of New Film, "Be Home Soon"

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Be Home Soon, an official selection of the 2019 Garden State Film Festival, focuses on a day in the life of a woman as she prepares for her husband to come home. TAPintoTV spoke with Writer/Director Keith Armonaitis and Actor Heather O’Scanlon about the world premiere of the film at this year’s GSFF, held again in Asbury Park.

Be Home Soon is also the directorial ...

“Burning Kentucky” Captures Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2019 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Burning Kentucky, the brainchild of Writer-Producer-Director Bethany Brooke Anderson, received the award for “Best Narrative Feature” at the 2019 Garden State Film Festival this year.

“I’m from Kentucky, and I was acting for years in L.A.,” said Anderson. “I just didn’t want to wait for people to give me a job, so I made my own ...

Writer Drew Henriksen Wins Screenplay Competition at 2019 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Writer Drew Henriksen won the highly anticipated 2019 Screenplay Competition at the Garden State Film Festival this year. TAPintoTV spoke to Henriksen about his winning screenplay, “A Brooklyn Christmas,” as well as the process of watching it performed live at the festival.

The screenplay came about as a collaboration. “A friend of mine, actor Anthony ...

Playing Host at This Year’s Garden State Film Festival is No Laughing Matter for Comedian John Poveromo

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Comedian John Poveromo spoke with TAPintoTV about his hosting gig at this year’s Garden State Film Festival, along with his experience as a working stand-up performer and comedy writer.

His brand of comedy has been described as “the perfect blend of self-deprecation and optimism.” Poveromo can be found performing stand-up in clubs around the country and ...