Arts & Entertainment

Jasen Aziz Takes Top Prize at the 2016 Millburn Film Fest

5c275b7b7f1243cb6720_9582844c9e199e0eaeac_DSC_0117__1_.jpg
Jasen Aziz, overall winner of the 2016 Millburn Film Fest. Credits: Jonathan Sym
f7c853f9d510f9f70e1a_DSC_0112.jpg
Jasen Aziz, Director of Door After Door. Credits: Jonathan Sym
1ca445d950c990ad3c9b_DSC_0019__1_.jpg
Millburn Film Fest Co-Chairs Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo Credits: Jonathan Sym
eed2e6fe065ddeb6aca9_DSC_0003.jpg
Julia Damesek, Director of Skyliners Credits: Jonathan Sym
d82956e86851aa239ac1_DSC_0039.jpg
Anya Parker-Lentz, Joanna Parker-Lentz, Kate Parker-Lentz and Ruslan Voylar. Credits: Jonathan Sym
ae1db27b6a5b230abcb3_DSC_0006.jpg
Kyle Farscht, Director of Paranoid Credits: Jonathan Sym
c754dc9118e4b271d783_DSC_0028__1_.jpg
Anya Parker-Lentz,Ruslan Voylar and Kate Parker-Lentz, Max Retik (not pictured), Co-Directors of Let's Disappear.  The Parker-Lentz sisters co-wrote the original music. Credits: Jonathan Sym
b976d18378bb108f6120_DSC_0067.jpg
Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo presenting awards to the winners. Credits: Jonathan Sym
d9d70cb94b8e26114a3d_DSC_0007.jpg
Julia Newman, Director of New York City and Still in Motion. Credits: Jonathan Sym
f4e1751324cdf6465d82_DSC_0009.jpg
Aaron Surloff, Director of Date Night. Credits: Jonathan Sym
c50e585dba8739ac3e1f_DSC_0115.jpg
Jasen Aziz signing autographs. Credits: Jonathan Sym
6f34d47eb4f6b849ee2c_DSC_0010.jpg
Kevin Wang, Isabella Song and Amanda Huang, Co-Directors of Whistle. Credits: JonathanSym
daaf3c96c3994a6b5453_DSC_0046__1_.jpg
Film fans Millburn Township Committeewoman Jodi Rosenberg and Karen Bigos of the Towne Realty Group, sponsor of Millburn Film Fest 2016. Credits: Jonathan Sym
d85aba558d2c3f77dcb7_DSC_0023.jpg
Millburn teachers Gabe Rhodes and Ellen Krueger, recipients of the inaugural Kreuger-Rhodes Award. Credits: Jonathan Sym
ad9f088c9f14419e9080_DSC_0075.jpg
Larry Wu and Chloe Xiang, Co-Directors of Midnight Euphoria. Credits: Jonathan Sym
01d72830b3762bd8caec_DSC_0106__1_.jpg
Shannon Aronson, Chairperson of the Education Foundation of Millburn/Short Hills, thanking the filmmakers, volunteers and community for its support of the film festival. Credits: Jonathan Sym
2ec2cab9ce2bbb1eef12_DSC_0014.jpg
Ethan Podell, Director of Long Story Short-I Babysat, being interviewed by Studio 462's Joe Deleone. Credits: Jonathan Sym
7ef8cef34badd6ab712c_DSC_0099.jpg
Gabe Rhodes Credits: Jonathan Sym
079ec9d2c6cc531a789e_DSC_0079.jpg
Chris Stone, Darren Ting, Swathi Nachiappan, Raghav Chetal, Danny Sullivan and Allyson Graves (not pictured), Co-Directors of The Millennial. Credits: Jonathan Sym
f990b0a26960f208007d_DSC_0066.jpg
Luke Wroblewski, Brendan Weissman (Director) and Nick Ryan, of 2:32. Credits: Jonathan Sym
0cd8c9e143e661e17edc_DSC_0041.jpg
Daniel Rosenfeld, Robby Aronson, David Cross and Joe Deleone of Millburn's Studio 462. Credits: Jonathan Sym
eccb24403407baa368b9_DSC_0085.jpg
Standing room lonely at the MHS theater. Credits: Jonathan Sym
8a118a5e9141a3c2fdfc_DSC_0127.jpg
Dr. Miron, who plays a cameo role in 2:32, with film festival honoree Ellen Krueger. Credits: Jonathan Sym
bc630e94111c3ea7a854_DSC_0121.jpg
Jasen Aziz's films have won in every Millburn Film Fest for the past four years.   Credits: Jonathan Sym
5c275b7b7f1243cb6720_9582844c9e199e0eaeac_DSC_0117__1_.jpg

MILLBURN, NJ – Three-time Millburn Film Fest winner Jasen Aziz took home the top prize this year at the Ed Foundation’s fifth annual Millburn Film Fest. 

The recent honor marks the fourth consecutive year Aziz has won at the Millburn Film Fest since his freshman year at Millburn High School.  His winning film 'Door After Door,' which stars Aziz and his sister Mariam, tells a story of imagination and adventure behind life’s everyday “doors."

Aziz received first-place honors in the 2015 for his film 'Lapse' and were among the winners in 2014 for 'iShrink' and 2013 for 'The Game'.

Sign Up for E-News

The original idea for 'Door After Door' came from Aziz’s mother when the two were collaborating over concepts for the film.  From that point, he imagined the different “worlds” one could experience and then began filming shortly after. 'Door After Door' employs many special effects techniques throughout the film.  So much, it took over four months just to edit the seven minute film.

“I loved watching films as a kid.  And I thought, what if I did that?”  Aziz told TAP recalling the first time he knew he wanted to make films.  He was in 4th grade.
“My family is very supportive of my passion and they are along for the journey.  It really means a lot.”

Aziz plans on attending university after graduation to study filmmaking and hopes to make it a full-time career one day.  Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his favorite filmmaker, J.J. Abrams, we may see this talented filmmaker direct the next Star Wars or Star Trek one day.

The Red Carpet event premiered the 12 winning films.  As the popularity of the film festival increases each year, so did the number of entries.  This year over 40 filmmakers made submissions to the festival, the most ever in the history of the festival.

Millburn High School teachers Ellen Krueger and Gabe Rhodes were honored at the event as the film festival bestowed upon them an inaugural award for excellence in education and leadership.  The award, which is named after Krueger and Rhodes, will recognize and honor Millburn High School student filmmakers each year.

The winning films for 2016 are:

“2:32” – submitted by Brendan Weissman (11th grade)

“Date Night” – submitted by Aaron Surloff (11th grade)

“Door After Door” – submitted by Jasen Aziz (12th grade)

“Let’s Disappear” – submitted by Kate Parker-Lentz (10th grade)

“Long Story Short – I Babysat” – submitted by Ethan Podell (12th Grade)

“Midnight Euphoria” – submitted by Chloe Xiang (9th grade)

“The Millennial” – submitted by Swathi Nachiappan (12th grade)

“New York City” – submitted by Julia Newman (11th grade)

“Paranoid” – submitted by Kyle Farscht (9th grade)

“Skyliners” – submitted by Julia Damesek (12th grade)

“Still in Motion” – submitted by Julia Newman (11th grade)

“Whistle” – submitted by Kevin Wang (8th grade)

Co-Chairs, Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo led this year’s Millburn Film Fest as well as emceeing the Red Carpet event.  They are the principals that organized the festival and worked closely with the committee of dedicated volunteers to produce this year’s event.  Thanks to their efforts, the support of prominent corporate sponsors and the generosity of the community, they made this year’s festival a grand success.  

Proceeds from the film festival go directly to fund Ed Foundation grants, which are awarded each year to support Millburn Township public schools.  Last year, the foundation donated approximately $225,000.

TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills is a media sponsor of the Millburn Film Fest and a grateful supporter of the Ed Foundation.

If you missed the film festival, an encore viewing of all the films is scheduled on April 6, 11 a.m. at the Bow Tie Cinema, located in downtown Millburn.  Tickets may be purchased at Millburn Film Fest Encore.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Merry Christmas from TAPinto Millburn-Short Hills

December 24, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ - The staff at TAPinto Millburn-Short Hills wish all our readers who celebrate a Merry Christmas.  

Macys Hit with Two Attempted Thefts in Two Days

January 2, 2018

On December 26, 2017 Millburn Police Officers Royce and Aliotta responded to the Newark Police Department on a warrant arrest. Rajahn Ferrell, age 22 out of Hillside, was placed under arrest on outstanding criminal warrants and remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

On December 27, 2017 Millburn Police Officer Wichelns responded to Macys on a theft report. Macys personnel report ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 010

On this week’s AtlantiCast, we take you to the groundbreaking for an expansion to Morristown Medical Center, introduce you to the newest babies of 2018 at Atlantic Health System and share some must-see winter weather tips!

 

NJSIAA: Bills Grant Super Powers to 20 Schools; Upcoming Vote Puts Kids at Risk

January 4, 2018

As a 100-year-old, independent, private, and voluntary non-profit association serving the needs of 435 public and non-public high schools and nearly 300,000 student athletes, we have an unwavering commitment to promoting and protecting education-based interscholastic athletics. At our core, we are committed to ensuring a safe and competitive environment, while also enhancing the educational ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_dfb638e16913fed3fcc5_491a244e964b8d24622d_best_crop_25bab252d5431373764a_img_1100_2x

Sun, January 21, 11:00 AM

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Long Valley

Prospective Camp Families are Invited to an Open ...

Giving Back Green Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_f26368aa9b02b695afce_3fc10d7c6037ec8915fb_0952ca79b18478625c5395f2431688f1

Mon, January 22, 7:45 PM

Education Center, Millburn

Millburn Board of Education Meeting

Carousel_image_da450e4c5d27b4778df7_f126914fd8bc492f9896_e529aa_954c95fe9b46431c9b528c7d2c5db041

Wed, January 24, 2:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Beginning Mindfulness Meditation Series at ...

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_cc25161611c1a3b25ad6_72ed3bc1b74bca294cfb_11-10-cruz-article

Sun, January 28, 9:00 AM

Temple B'nai Abraham, Livingston

Victor Cruz, Former New York Giant and Super Bowl ...

Sports

Summer Municipal Pool Positions - Apply now

January 19, 2018

The Millburn Recreation Dept. is currently accepting applications for Lifeguards and the Assistant Manager position at the Township Pool.  Visit our web site at www.twp.millburn.nj.us/recreation to download an application.  Lifeguard pay is $9 to $10.25 per hr.  Email inquires to Recreationdept@millburntwp.org or call (973) 564-7064.

Millburn Fire Department Accepting Car, House Donations for Training

As tax season approaches, the Millburn Fire Department is reminding the community that the Fire Department accepts donations of old cars and is also seeking houses to be used for firefighter training exercises. Car donations are tax-deductible. 

The Fire Department uses old cars to practice vehicle extrication, which is the process of gaining access to a victim who is trapped inside a ...

Red Cross Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Call for Donations

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet ...