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EBPL Hosts Annual Film Festival

Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is the subject of a new film premiering at the East Brunswick Public Library Film Festival next week. Credits:

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —Showcasing talent from across the state, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick) hosts the third annual Record.Play Film Festival on Thursday, June 30 at 7 pm.

“This year’s theme is ‘Explore’,” said Jessica Schneider, Teen Services Librarian. “The theme was chosen because it can be interpreted in so many ways. We were excited to see how the filmmakers ran with it.”

Record.Play Film Festival accepted submissions from New Jersey filmmakers. Submissions were broken into three age groups: youth, teen and adult. The judges for the festival include:

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East Brunswick local cable station EBTV Channel 26 supervisor Dave Ambrosy. With over 30 years of experience in local television and video, his work has received several national awards from Jersey Access Group and Hometown Video Festivals including the Cable Award for Programming Excellence.

Columbia University MFA film candidate Zack Morrison. A 2010 graduate of East Brunswick High School, his work has been screened at the 2013 and 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Student Film award from the Garden State Film Festival.

Video professional Paul D’Amico. In addition to his work in film and television, he has taught several classes in video production.

The Record.Play Film Festival screening and awards ceremony is free and registration is not required. The following films will be screened:

Youth (ages 12 and under)

“Exploring American History” by Barenya Das

This film is about the history of the United States, from the problems to the accomplishments this country has faced.

“Time Machine” by Kashi Deepak

A scientist builds a time machine and needs volunteers to go back to the prehistoric era to explore and gather samples. What they find changes science forever.

“Math-o-phobia” by Ashna Gupta

Math-o-phobia is the fear of math. This comedic short film shows what a child experiences from this fear and how to overcome its challenges.

“The Mystery of the Ancient Book” by Kapila Mane

An explorer finds some ancient books, but a bandit tries to steal them. In order to protect them, the explorer does whatever he can to save them.

Teen (ages 13 to 18)

“Hello Teenagedom” by Arjun Deepak

Arjun is having trouble accepting growing up. He is met by Jackson, an agent assigned to help him explore his past and future to help him accept becoming a teenager.

“Scrawny Boy vs. Wild” by Hayagriv Gopinath

Explorer Panda Stoves attempts to explore the wild in this parody of the TV show "Man vs. Wild."

“The Nation's Capital” by Julianna Illenye

Follow two girls on their trip around Washington, D.C. as they explore popular attractions.

“Movement” by Dominic Mistretta

Movement is a short experimental film about a young girl who tries to find her niche in movement performance. Some peers wish for her to explore the path of staying alert and in-line with the rules of formal dance, while others challenge her to let loose and express her own style.

Adult (ages 19 and older)

“73 mL” by Ashu Gupta

This film focuses on how one person can teach another how to improve their life.

“Homeland Journey” by Jill Work

“Homeland Journey” is a music video about visiting and exploring the homelands of two adopted children from Vietnam and China.

“Paint Me a Story: Starry Night by Van Gogh” by Jill Work

This semi-animated film describes and visually portrays the creation of the iconic painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

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