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Independent film 'Moves We Make' Featured At Indie Night Film Festival

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Credits: Nonstop Show Group
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Executive Producer Lamar Mackson and Author JM Benjamin Credits: Nonstop Show Group
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From Plainfield to Hollywood: Award Winning Plainfield-Based Crime Drama Hits Big Screen at IndieNight Film Festival In Hollywood

The acclaimed independent film Moves We Make made a stop at the Indie Night Film Festival in Hollywood, California in October. Based on the short story “Checkmate” written by popular “Urban Lit” Author JM Benjamin and directed by Brooklynite Patrick Coker (Shankman’s Deli), the crime drama is 28 Minutes of “edge of your seat” suspense. Filmed entirely in the City of Plainfield, the drama is the first in a series of films to be released over the next year by Nonstop Show Group, which is also based in Plainfield.

The story is a dark tale of a conflicted street thug, whose decisions lead to devastating consequences that disrupt his entire world, turning everything upside down. The film tackles tough issues surrounding consequence and action, and the dichotomy of street life that claims the lives of so many young Americans annually.  Writer and creator JM Benjamin, who spent ten years incarcerated for a variety of charges, has written 20 books since his release dealing with life in the underworld and growing up in underserved communities since being released in 2006. Benjamin was raised in the Elmwood Gardens Housing Projects, which was recently demolished to make way for a new townhouse complex.

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Author JM Benjamin said, “It’s a universal story based on what I was exposed to. It’s very parallel to my life when I was in the streets and even now not being in the streets. This is a story about a man who lives his life strategically every day, and he has to make the best moves possible in order to get through the day. That’s my life now. I’m just one bad decision away from returning to prison. So every day, I focus on making the right moves. That’s where the tittle came from.”

Starring John Anthony Wylliams (Daddy’s Boy, Heroes Don’t Come Home), Dahiana Torres (Walls Have Ears, Pain Love and Passion), Christian Barber (Empire, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Executive Produced by Plainfield Resident and Film and Television Veteran Lamar David Mackson  (Carrie Diaries, Kitchen Nightmares, Damages), Moves We Make will keep you guessing until the end. 

IndieNight Film Festival, which is now in its fifth season, has been hosted by notable film veterans like John Singleton, Robi Reed, Morris Chestnut and Vanessa Williams.  The festival aims to elevate the craft of artists while giving them an avenue where they can be recognized on a bigger platform, network and exchange information with new and established Hollywood creatives.

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East Brunswick's Ethan Reiss Saves the History of Who We Are

July 15, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - To some people, lists of names and pictures of locations just create a jumble of information and a confusing mass of facts.  To Ethan Reiss, a historian from East Brunswick who is working to keep facts alive, these bits and pieces come together to form a picture of who we are based on who we were in the past.

Reiss, the administrator of the popular "You Know ...

East Brunswick Council Candidates Respond to Mayor Cohen’s Comments in Recent TapInto Article

July 18, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ- Councilwoman Camille Clark and Council Candidates Curt Philipczak and Dhar Khona released the following statement in response to Mayor Cohen:

“While the TAP article and the Mayor focus on the semantics in differentiating between the phrases and terms “Redevelopment Zone” and “other” new construction, the end product is the same.  Simply ...

Learn How to “Ace The Interview” at the East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK—Looking for a new job? East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is here to help. The library offers a special program called “Acing the Interview” on Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 am, which is designed to help jobseekers.

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Learn About Food Preservation at the East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission are presenting the special program “Food Preservation 101” at the library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) on Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm.

“Food Preservation 101” covers the basics of food preservation. The program is led by Shailja Mathur and ...

East Brunswick Public Library Hosts "An Olde-Time Summer Band Concert"

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is more than just books. On Sunday, July 15 at 2:00 pm, the library hosts a special concert featuring the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble.

Titled “An Old Time Summer Band Concert,” the concert is a sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The Central Jersey Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of ...

East Brunswick Public Library Hosts Special Health Day

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Horizon will be providing blood pressure and blood sugar screenings in the library from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

The program “Brain Games – Keep ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)

 

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To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

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The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

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Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...