Arts & Entertainment

Millburn Film Fest: Unexpected Gap Year

67fccfe47030e5a183f7_681ad3709d3c9a23eb99_384608_270591086322465_495252339_n.jpg
67fccfe47030e5a183f7_681ad3709d3c9a23eb99_384608_270591086322465_495252339_n.jpg

MILLBURN, NJ - In the competitive and stressful first semester of Senior year when college applications are sent out and decisions are anticipated, an underlying fear is shared between each applicant: “What if I don’t get into college?”.

Millburn High School Seniors Miriam Harrow and Ariel Riseman assembled to co-create a film commenting on the issue.

“It’s everyone’s worst nightmare” said Riseman, who directed the film. “We wanted to make a movie about what would happen if everything went wrong, and how everyone would react.”

Sign Up for E-News

The film, entitled Unexpected Gap Year, is a coming of age film about a girl (Harrow) and the unanticipated path she takes after being rejected from each of the schools she applied to. Harrow’s character struggles with the fact that she is seemingly the only one who will not be attending college, something that has become a foregone conclusion for nearly every MHS student. However, Riseman believes that not everyone must take the same path of higher education.

“A lot of people have a very specific idea of how the process should be” she said. “First you go to high school. Then college. Not everyone has the opportunity to go to college. So it’s just important to see other things you could do besides going to college if that’s not a possibility. A gap year could be a good thing.”

Though neither Harrow nor Riseman can personally relate to the struggling character, they do understand the agony of uncertainty.

“We actually filmed the first few scenes before I heard back from my early decision school, so I was genuinely very stressed having to play this fictitious part when it was not an unrealistic possibility for my life” Harrow said.

Riseman is not new to the klieg lights or the red carpet. Just last year, she accepted into the South Orange Maplewood Film Fest for her inspirational documentary known as Heba’s Story, which told the story of a Syrian refugee and her family’s frightening escape from the war. However, Riseman ran into some welcomed challenges this time around.

“I had never directed actors before” Riseman said. It was new to start with a script and finish with a full film. But I really enjoyed it.”

This cinematic transition for Riseman was probably made easier by her stars of the screen. Alongside Harrow is fellow Senior and real-life friend Emily Fried, who plays Harrow’s ignorant best friend in the film. Neither of the two are actors by trade.

“I feel like Miriam and Emily had that chemistry. I didn't’t think acting experience was as important because if they had real chemistry it would come off as more realistic.”

 Riseman and Harrow’s work can be viewed at the Millburn Bow Tie Cinema on Thursday, April 26 for the encore presentation.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Vehicle Stolen from Residence; Millburn Police Department Investigating

May 10, 2018

On May 2, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Barbosa responded to Neiman Marcus on a theft report. Neiman Marcus personnel report a black male wearing a black jumpsuit with the word “Kappa” on the front, and a black male wearing a blue shirt with the word “Champion” on the front each took a backpack valued at $1195.00 each and left the store without making payment. The incident ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Upcoming Millburn Township Committee Primary Election

May 12, 2018

Dear Fellow Millburn and Short Hills Residents,

Having given the selection of a candidate for the upcoming Millburn Township Committee primary election some serious thought, I have come to the conclusion that Corey Biller has the credentials to move the Township forward in a positive manner.

I know that Corey will bring a new and positive sensibility to the Committee, one that is ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_c19129d5beaa356fde55_409d9c91c7a0a2c72ef9_image

Sun, May 20, 12:00 PM

YB Fitness, Short Hills

Cycle for Wheels Spin-a-thon for MSHVFAS

Carousel_image_f26368aa9b02b695afce_3fc10d7c6037ec8915fb_0952ca79b18478625c5395f2431688f1

Mon, May 21, 7:45 PM

Education Center, Millburn

Millburn Board of Education Meeting

Carousel_image_27a1c651521c971f9a4d_1cdb218c0a6934197fac_b2a4cff22151f502f44b2552724bef71_xl

Thu, May 24, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Understanding Hearing Loss

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_5e04ad2ab20990a85225_da97f2a9df7ada16e603_best_crop_05ec05a6516f3f538bac_3a7a784dfab2e460085f_img_0033_2x

Wed, May 30, 6:15 PM

Millburn High School (Back grass fields), Millburn

Millburn Color Run

Arts & Entertainment Education Giving Back Other

Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training coming to Millburn Library May 23

May 19, 2018

Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves Northern and Central New Jersey, will host Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training at the Millburn Library on May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost for this training but space is limited so registration is recommended.

 

To register, visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/SuicideAwarenessSpring2018.

 

Caring contact's ...

Uber & Mack-Cali Partnership Expands to Four New Locations in Short Hills

NEW JERSEY - Uber and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI) are announcing the expansion of their relationship to include a commuter ridesharing partnership at four commercial properties in Short Hills, NJ. Similar to a program that was announced in February at Mack-Cali’s properties in Metropark, the partnership caters to the modern office worker’s desire to live a car-free, ...

Street Dedication Ceremony Honoring Scoutmaster Fineran Set for Sunday

Street Dedication Ceremony Honoring Late Scoutmaster Ken Fineran Officially Scheduled
Sunday May 20 at 11:00 am

Millburn Township and Boy Scout Troop 17 of St. Rose of Lima will be honoring the life and accomplishments our beloved Scoutmaster Kenneth W. Fineran on Sunday, May 20th. Troop 17 Scouts, in conjunction with Millburn Township and St. Rose of Lima Church, have scheduled two ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...