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New Jersey Films, Filmmakers and Writers Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards

April 24, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — On Sunday, April 25th 2021, the 93rd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA, and there’s a New Jersey connection to several nominated films and filmmakers this year. TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by David W. Schoner Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at East Main Media ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...

NJ Actress and Co-Producer Premieres Thriller Set in 70s New York at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Heather Brittain O’Scanlon spoke to TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, about her latest film, which premiered at this year’s Garden State Film Festival. O’Scanlon is the leading actress and co-producer of “Victim No. 6,” the latest production from SOS Productions.

In the film, a woman meets a random person at a New York bar, ...

Booming New Jersey Film Industry Showcased at 19th Annual Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with David W. Schoner, Jr., Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival. 

Schoner, a board member of the festival, spoke about this year’s hybrid format necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can look forward to in 2022 when the festival celebrates its 20th ...

Daniel Baldwin on Directing Documentary "My Promise To PJ" at 2021 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Daniel Baldwin, an American actor, director, and producer, discussed his documentary "My Promise to PJ" at the Garden State Film Festival. The documentary focuses on the aftermath of the drug overdose of PJ Raynor, the son of long-time family friend Barbara Jean, and the effects addiction has on families and friends.

Because Barbara knew Daniel since he was four ...

The Bachelor Degree Podcast is a Big Hit as Popular Reality Dating Show Celebrates 25th Season Finale

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPinto TV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Jill Morgan and Maddie Moore, co-hosts of The Bachelor Degree, a podcast that gives listeners a weekly deep-dive recap into the ABC hit-series “The Bachelor”. 

Each podcast episode starts with a recap of the Bachelor episode, which aired earlier that week. “We let our listeners know about the dates that ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Breaks World Record While Raising Money for Children's Cancer Charities

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Comedian John Poveromo recently broke a Guinness World Record and spoke to TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to explain how it all went down. 

Poveromo and his comedic colleagues recently produced a live show on Twitch, a popular streaming platform, and broke the Guinness World Record for the longest live-streamed comedy event, which “clocked in ...

Inauguration of President Joe Biden: Report from Washington D.C. with Photojournalist Julian Leshay

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with independent photojournalist Julian Leshay, live from Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day about his experiences in the nation’s capital as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris became the next president and vice president.

Leshay spoke to Brodeur via Zoom as he photographed images from the historic day at “one of the closest ...

Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...

From Behind the Camera to Interview Guest: East Main Media Director of Photography Andrew Lepley

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – Brian Brodeur is joined by Andrew Lepley, the longtime Director of Photography at East Main Media. The two spoke about Lepley’s longtime collaboration with Brodeur and his work with the team at East Main Media. 
 
Typically working behind the camera, Lepley joked about being a guest on TAPintoTV. “This is an odd place for me and also makes me very ...

Documentary Filmmakers on the Untold Story of How Indigenous Women Influenced the Suffragette Movement

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur talked with Director Katsitsionni Fox and Editorial Consultant Corinna Sager about the new documentary film Without a Whisper, the untold story of how indigenous women influenced the early suffragette movement in the United States. 

The film “uncovers that hidden history,” said Fox. Women in the Haudenosaunee ...

Visit the Home of One of America's Most Celebrated Poets: The Robert Frost Stone House Museum

SHAFTSBURY, VT -- Erin McKenny, Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the museum and the lasting legacy of one of America's most celebrated poets.

We know whose woods these were—Robert Frost lived in the home for nine years starting in 1920. The home is located in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and is operated by Bennington College.

Jack Frisch Recalls Jaco Pastorius and the Inspiration for a Successful Career in the Music Industry

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, speaks with Jack Frisch, owner of Upright Graphics & Upright Transport, to discuss how his love for jazz was born and led to a successful career serving the music industry.

After purchasing a 1947 upright Kay bass, Frisch decided to name his businesses “Upright Graphics” & “Upright ...

Jazz Musician Mark Egan Discusses Developing His Musical Voice as a Bass Player

Mark Egan, World-Renowned Bassist and Composer, joined TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur, to discuss how he found his distinctive musical voice as a bass player.
 
Growing up in Brockton Massachusetts, Egan first began playing trumpet while in elementary school and continued throughout high school, while taking up bass guitar at age 16. Egan attended the ...

Frank Zappa Halloween Box Set Celebrates Iconic 1981 New York City Concerts

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Joe Travers, archivist of the works of Frank Zappa, spoke to TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about the Zappa Trust's latest box set entitled "Halloween 81"

"This is the third box set that we've done," Travers said. "Celebrating Halloween runs that Frank did in New York." Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and it ...

NJ Studio Owner Reflects on the Evolution of East Main Media Entering its 20th Year

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Today marks the 19th anniversary of the founding of East Main Media, which was incorporated on 10/30/01. Owner and Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with TAPintoTV host Stephanie Willoughby about founding East Main Media, lessons learned, and the evolution of the production studio as it enters its 20th year in business. 

Brodeur founded East Main less ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

American Business Associates Launches New Television Show: Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe

Little Falls, NJ -- American Business Associates, New York & New Jersey’s premier business development organization, is partnering with East Main Media to launch a new weekly television program: Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Airing each Sunday throughout the New York Metro area at 11am EST on News12Plus, the program will feature conversations with experts and leaders ...

NJ Native Television Editor Discusses Career and Adapting to Change During Pandemic

ORLANDO, FL -- Caldwell, New Jersey native Dave Ammirata reflected on the past decade working with high-profile media clients at East Main Media. After graduating from Duquesne University, Ammirata was hired as an assistant editor and engineer in 2011 and has since become an indispensable member of the EMM team.

"When I think about when I came and met with you the first ...

Voice-Over Artist and Event Announcer George Alan Ruth Describes His Career Behind The Microphone

George Alan Ruth, who is the voice behind the TAPintoTV promos, recently joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios for a conversation on his long-spanning career as an announcer and voice-over artist. 

Ruth, who grew up in New Jersey, was the inaugural announcer for the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium beginning in 1998. For Ruth, that ...

NJ Video Production Studio Provides Businesses with Safe and Socially Distant Media and Event Services

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- As the COVID-19 pandemic has passed the six-month mark, East Main Media Studios continues to provide industry-leading media services and remote communication support to businesses throughout the Tri-state area and beyond. “Not only do we provide the highest level of production for virtual events, but we operate in a safe and socially distant manner ...

Visit the Birthplace of Rock and Roll: Behind the Scenes at the Legendary Sun Studio in Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN -- The legendary Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee, was founded by Sam Phillips in 1950, and is considered the birthplace of Rock and Roll music. Artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, got their start in this recording studio. TAPintoTV takes you behind the scenes--literally into the studio control room--to speak to recording engineer Ples Hampton and operations ...

50 Years After the Death of Jimi Hendrix: New Book Explores the Musical Legacy of the Legendary Guitarist

AUGUSTA, GA -- Corey Washington, educator and author of Jimi Hendrix: Black Legacy (A Dream Deferred), recently appeared on TAPintoTV, speaking with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his book, as well as the life and music of Jimi Hendrix, who passed away 50 years ago today.

Brodeur and Washington spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which ...

UrbEx Photographer Alex Gulino Discusses Her New Book "Empire State of Decay: Discarded New York"

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Author and UrbEx Photographer, Alex Gulino, appeared on TAPintoTV to discuss her new book Empire State of Decay: Discarded New York.

UrbEx, short for Urban Exploration, refers to the exploration and often the photography of abandoned buildings and structures. In the book, Gulino provides descriptions and writings alongside the featured photographs. "I decided to ...

"Christine" Movie Car and Rare Pierce Arrow Featured at Saratoga Automobile Museum Annual Auction

Saratoga Automobile Museum Communication Director, Dustin Lanterman, joins TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, to discuss the museum's diverse collection of vehicles and upcoming annual auction.

The Saratoga Auto Museum can be found in the former Bottling Plant of Saratoga Spa State Park. The Bottling Plant building size and location provided the perfect venue to establish the ...

International Theater Professional and Artistic Director Talks About Her Latest One-Woman Show

Artistic Director Brenda J. Lillie joined TAPintoTV's Brian Brodeur via Zoom video conference from Massachusetts where she discussed her international career in theater production and her latest one-woman show. 

Lillie started her professional career with a degree in Theater and Television Production from Emerson College in Boston. “For me, Emerson was a rock solid foundation to ...

Renowned Bassist Mark Egan Releases New Duo Project "Electric Blue"

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Grammy award-winning electric bassist Mark Egan about his latest recording, “Electric Blue,” a duo project with drummer Danny Gottlieb. The release highlights the five decades-long collaboration between these two highly-accomplished musicians. 

Mark Egan is widely known as one of the leading players of fretless ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Describes How Comics and Cartoons Influenced His Career

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, spoke with Comedian and Writer, John Poveromo about his latest projects, early influences, and how his comedy career has changed and grown, despite the lack of live appearances due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Though Poveromo is more well-known as a stand-up comedian, he is also a cartoonist and was interested ...

Photojournalist Tom Franklin Discusses New Online Exhibit “Seeking Refuge”

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Thomas Franklin, multimedia journalist, about his latest project, “Seeking Refuge,” a virtual exhibit featuring personal and collective tales of people seeking safety in foreign lands. Franklin, an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, is perhaps best known for his iconic flag-raising photograph ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

Jimi Hendrix Book Explores the Black Legacy and Musical Influence of the Legendary Guitarist

AUGUSTA, GA -- Corey Washington, educator and author of Jimi Hendrix: Black Legacy (A Dream Deferred), recently appeared on TAPintoTV, speaking with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his book, as well as the life and music of Jimi Hendrix. Brodeur and Washington spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate ...

Drummer and Zappa Trust Archivist Joe Travers Hosts DW Drums Playlist Party Live on YouTube

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, spoke with drummer and Zappa Trust archivist Joe Travers about his new YouTube channel and a special YouTube streaming program he’ll be hosting on Thursday, July 9th for DW Drums. 

Travers, known as the “Vaultmeister,” continues to work closely with Ahmet Zappa and the Zappa Trust to bring remastered and ...

Montclair Studio Sets New Standard for Producing Safe Recording Sessions During the Pandemic

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- What does the new normal of music production and recording look like in the time of COVID-19? David Amlen and Tony Drootin of Sound on Sound Studios, a full-service recording facility in Montclair, NJ, spoke with TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about how they are safely getting back to business. 

Upon deciding to reopen, Amlen and Drootin walked through the ...

NJ Guitarist & Composer Discusses Scoring for Music Libraries, TV and Film

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur spoke with New Jersey composer and sound designer Louis Gentile about his career creating scores for digital music libraries, television and film productions. Brodeur and Gentile spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gentile has ...

An American Actor in London: Greg Canestrari Speaks about his Latest Projects

LONDON, U.K. -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur caught up with actor Greg Canestrari, an American currently living in London. Canestrari talked about some of his past and future work and shared his experiences of living across the pond. 

One of the roles Canestrari is best known for is the part of Jerry Delucci in the Netflix series Lilyhammer, which has the distinction ...

NJ Children’s Theater Company Offers Both In-Person and Virtual Workshops this Summer

RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Ryan Pifher, Owner and Artistic Director of Porch Light Productions, a theater company for children, to see how he was faring during the pandemic, after Porch Light was featured on our HomeGrown: Ridgewood episode last fall. 

Willoughby heard good news: they have found a way to continue despite New Jersey’s stay-at-home ...

Independent NJ Filmmaker Talks about the Impact of COVID-19 and the Future of the Industry

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur spoke with independent filmmaker Francis Hibbs via video conference as the pandemic took hold in New Jersey. Hibbs remembered his father, who he lost due to COVID-19. He also shared his perspective about the current landscape for filmmakers as well as information about his latest project, City of Dreams. 

Hibbs took a moment to talk about the influence ...

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

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 ...

 

East Main Media Podcast: The Five W’s of Content Creation: Who What Why Where and When

In previous episodes of the East Main Media podcast, Brian Brodeur spoke about how media has evolved From the 20th century to the 21st century.

Regarding media, the 21st century really began with the arrival of the COVID19 pandemic. This idea is framed by where, when and how we, as citizens and customers, produce and consume media content. Video conferencing has become commonplace, and content ...

Progressive Payment Solutions CEO Jonathan Kramer on Financial Processing and Alternative Funding

May 6, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur was joined in-studio by Jonathan Kramer, President & CEO of Progressive Payment Solutions and Progressive Capital Resources. East Main Media’s studio space has been recently reconfigured to accommodate safe and socially distant production in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kramer shared some of his ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...