HOBOKEN, NJ  - This Friday, July 10th, Main Street Pops teams up with Mile Square Theatre to finish off the last of their virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival fundraising series.

Main Street Pops, a local pop-up programming company, has held two Wild & Scenic Film Festival screenings featuring fun, heartwarming and uplifting film shorts. So far they have raised over $15,000 for F.L.A.G., Hoboken Food Pantry, the Hoboken Shelter, and Hoboken Relief Fund. Now they have set their sights to help Hoboken's beloved, Mile Square Theatre.

Tracy Gavant and Zabrina Stoffel, two co-founders of Main Street Pops, have been on the Board of Trustees at Mile Square Theatre for 10+ years, so this particular fundraiser holds a special place in their hearts. "The pandemic hit the performing arts industry particularly hard and we need to do everything possible to protect this gem of an organization," said Zabrina Stoffel in an impassioned statement.

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"Particularly during challenging times, Mile Square Theatre and the arts in general offer not just escape and entertainment, but also tackle difficult topics - they make you laugh, cry, and really think.” said Gavant thoughtfully. “Our community needs MST now more than ever”, she added.

The virtual screening on July 10th, which features a curated selection entitled "Intentional Adventure", follows humans at their boldest, pushing against the limits of terrain, physics, endurance, and the human heart. The $10 ticket includes a few fan favorites like "Life of Pie" and "Wave Hands Like Clouds" and new inspiring film shorts that will warm your heart.

"It's fitting that we are finishing up our fundraising series with Mile Square Theatre, because we had originally planned to hold our opening night kickoff of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival weekend at MST” said Shan Gettens, the third co-founder at Main Street Pops.

In addition to the Video-On-Demand film block, the evening will feature a FaceBook Live adventure at 7:30pm hosted by the original character, "The Wild and Scenic Guy" who will auction a handful of unique socially distanced, COVID compliant theater experiences to raise money to ensure the continued existence of Mile Square Theatre and MST Dance & Theatre Education. Pre-bidding has begun and the auction items can be viewed on Mile Square Theatre’s Facebook page, as well as at Main Street Pops.

Stephanie Rostan, MST Board of Trustees President said, "We are so thrilled to partner with Main Street Pops to enable MST to continue to provide thought-provoking content and access to meaningful arts & dance education to our Hudson County Family".

Greg Dell'Aquilla, President of the Hoboken Business Alliance stated, "I've seen first hand the power and passion Main Street Pops brings to everything they do, and since non-profit organizations are not eligible for relief funds from the Hoboken Relief Fund, I'm happy to see Hudson County's largest arts organization supported. Live theater will continue to be one of the economic engines that will help the public and adjacent businesses when the world recovers from this public health crisis".

Tune in for the Facebook Live auction at Mile Square Theatre - Home | Facebook, and for tickets to view film screening, go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-wild-scenic-film-festival-intentional-adventure-tickets-109695680734?aff=erelexpmlt

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