The Monmouth Film Festival (MFF) loves to share films from all around the world, but of course they never want to forget where they came from. With the film industry exploding once again in New Jersey, the MFF is very excited to highlight some of the local films they are featuring this year. Sometimes you don’t need to go far to find incredible talent and the MFF wants everyone to see that you can be inspired to make an amazing film right in your own "backyard." So many of the independent films shown, this year and in the past, were filmed in NJ, or from directors born and raised here. Coming from the eyes of creators who grew up in the area really helps capture the essence of what NJ is all about. Plus, they know exactly where to go to find the tone they are looking for. Although these films can be intriguing and relatable to anyone, they hold a special place in the hearts of those who call it home and can spot the easter eggs that only a true Jersey native would understand.
Below you will find a list of some Jersey shorts being featured this year at the 4th annual festival, and for even more local love check out this Q&A with director Gerard Zarra about his award winning film, The Tramcar Girl, set in Wildwood, NJ.
- COME HERE OFTEN? - Michael Boylan -a chance encounter of a man and a woman in the park might not be chance after all. Buy tickets here!
- EVERYTHING'S FINE: A PANIC ATTACK IN D MAJOR - Zack Morrison -a musical comedy about a woman at the onset of her quarter-life crisis and her existential journey through the various stages of anxiety in song and dance. Watch the trailer and buy tickets here!
- LIFETIME 3 BROTHERS 1 STORY - Max Field -a story about three brothers growing up in the streets of North Newark where everyday is a struggle to survive. Family unity, strong Christian values and Brotherly Luv help keep these brothers on the straight and narrow. Watch the trailer and buy tickets here!
- PROCESSING - Tommy Butler -one morning inside the head of a young adult on the autism spectrum as he and his older sister try and get through the day. Watch the trailer and buy tickets here!
- RESONANCE - Alan Capinpin -a story of loyalty and betrayal between two hitmen while on an assignment. Watch the trailer and buy tickets here!
- SPRING '99 / SUMMER '00 - Wyatt Thompson -a young man investigates his brother's disappearance. Buy tickets here!
- THE CONNIVER, THE BACKBITER, THE LOUSE, & THE ROGUES - Tyler Doehring -in 1977 Queens, New York, Donnie tries to square up his debts with one drug dealer by working with a different drug dealer to scam the mafia's drug dealers. Watch the trailer and buy tickets here!
- THE LOST WEEKEND - Ryan O'Leary -after a rough breakup, Charlie Monahan dives headfirst into the world of online dating and meets the charmingly complicated Maggie Mae. Charlie is forced to confront the challenges of maintaining a relationship in the digital age. In an era where everyone's connected, Charlie's never felt more apart. Buy tickets here!
- UNTITLED: A LOVE STORY - Rolando Hernandez III -a husband and wife discover they no longer love each other as they used to. Buy tickets here!
- WINDOW SHOPPING - Russell Kohlmann -a young man with an active imagination and lackluster sex life goes shopping. Watch the trailer and buy tickets here!