Arts & Entertainment

Millburn Rolls Out The Red Carpet at Film Fest 2017

Millburn Film Fest Honorees Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Millburn Film Fest hosts and co-chairs Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo Credits: Jonathan Sym
Joe Petrilli, David Chun, Jonny Berkowitz Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Kyle Farscht Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Julia Newman Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Ariel Riseman Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Alex DeRosa & her younger sister Jamie Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Rachel & Maxine Solomon Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Danny Hayes, Luke Wroblewski, Brendan Weissman, Matt Sullivan, Nick Ryan, Emily Bright Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Spencer Marell, Barry Marell, Evan Bitan Credits: Millburn Short Hills Ed Foundation
Short Hills resident Melanie Rosenbaum and family Credits: Jonathan Sym
Short Hills resident Melanie Rosenbaum and family. Credits: Jonathan Sym

MILLBURN, NJ – Winners of the 2017 Millburn Film Fest debuted their short films Friday night and received recognition for their exceptional contributions. Judges picked the best entries from student directors from Millburn High School and Millburn Middle School. The inspired films ranged from documentaries about a group of grannies walking across America to the story of a young Syrian refugee living in New Jersey.

The evening's hosts, Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo, are part of the Education Foundation of Millburn and Short Hills, a community-based nonprofit established in 1993. The Ed Foundation aims to provide financial support for innovation and progressive improvements to enrich the academic experiences of all Millburn Township students. Thanks to the backing of the Millburn/Short Hills community, the Ed Foundation has donated more than $3,000,000 to the Township schools.

Middle school student Rachel Solomon submitted her first-ever entry to Film Fest, WALK- THE STORY OF THE IRON GRANNIES. The inspiring documentary follows the journey of four determined grandmothers as they walk over 2,300 miles from Florida to California.

Sign Up for E-News

High school junior Ariel Riseman depicted the life of a family settling in Elizabeth, NJ after fleeing Syria. The refugee documentary, HEBA’s STORY, also won best documentary at the 2017 SOMA CinemaED Young Filmmakers Film Festival.

LYRIC, directed by Alex DeRosa, is an animated film about a girl’s struggle with depression and finding the strength to face her inner demon through music. DeRosa, a freshman at MHS, is a three-time Film Fest winner.  In 2014, her film DREAM garnered attention in the Black Maria Young Filmmakers Competition. Her film PAPER won the individual grand prize at the Montclair Film Festival Kidz Shortz in 2015.

Aaron Surloff, co-president of Studio 462, directed POPPY, a documentary highlighting a man’s connection to lung cancer through a family member’s diagnosis.

SINCERELY, A FEMINIST, directed by veteran filmmaker and MHS senior Julia Newman documents her trip to the Woman’s March in Washington, D.C.  Newman has won several awards in prior Film Fest’s. Her latest project that she co-produced, LOVE, EQUALITY AND PROTEST, was recently accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival.

MHS juniors David Chun and Jonny Berkowitz presented ECLIPSE, an experimental film about a lonely man who discovers new meaning in his life through an unlikely friend.

Many township residents have seen Soulfege, the MHS A capella group, perform. Kyle Farscht followed the award-winning group on their journey to the International Championship of High School A Capella in his film SOULFEGE: THE A CAPELLA EXPERIENCE. The film takes the audience behind the scenes as the group takes center stage and prepares for competition.

THE FOUNTAIN CASE, submitted by director Brendan Weissman and co-written by Ben Goodman, comes up with a conspiracy theory film based on the fire at the Magic Fountain in Summit. The film won an honorable mention at the 2017 SOMA Young Filmmakers CinemaEd Film Festival.

FLASH, another film by submitted by director and MHS sophomore Kyle Farscht. The film asks the question, “Do we really just exist in front of the camera these days…?”  Farscht, a veteran filmmaker and past Film Fest awardee, was a selectee for the 2016 All-American High School Film Festival for his music video WATERCOLORS.

The Krueger-Rhodes honoree for 2017 is Dr. William Miron, principal of Millburn High School, for his continual encouragement of the arts and his students. In its second year, the Krueger-Rhodes award recognizes and honors those who show a commitment to enhance the education of students through art and film.

An encore performance of all the award-winning films will be held at the Bow Tie Cinema in Millburn on April 26, 2017.  For ticket information, please visit

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Video: Scoutmaster Ken Fineran Street Dedication Ceremony

May 21, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn Township and Boy Scout Troop 17 of St. Rose of Lima honored the life and accomplishments of late Scoutmaster Kenneth W. Fineran on Sunday, May 20. Troop 17 Scouts, in conjunction with Millburn Township and St. Rose of Lima Church.

Millburn Student's Bike Stolen, Millburn Police Investigating

June 12, 2018

On June 5, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Tavares responded to the Louis Vuitton store at The Mall at Short Hills on a theft report. Louis Vuitton personnel report a black male with dread locks wearing a black t-shirt, red shorts, black leggings, and white/red sneakers took two pairs of sunglasses valued at $870.00 and left the store without making payment. The incident is under investigation by ...


AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 12, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018

Wed, June 27, 6:00 PM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit


Arts & Entertainment Home & Garden


Thu, June 28, 6:30 PM

The Book House, Millburn

Book to Plate

Food & Drink

Meet Your Local Prosthodontist

June 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Efterpi (Effie) Zantopoulos Deegan of Deegan Dental received her Certificate of Prosthodontics from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), after attending dental school there as well.  She is an alumnus of Rutgers- Newark College of Arts and Sciences and West Orange High School. Dr. Deegan is half-time faculty at Rutgers School ...

NCJW/Essex Hosts The Five Stages of Career Transition with Motivational Speaker Frederica Peterson

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Frederica Peterson, Motivational Speaker and Career Coach, MA, CPC, ELI-MP, engaged nearly 50 women at the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women about moving forward in one’s career and in life. Peterson examined how many women feel stuck and trapped in negative thoughts, but how with the right mindset it’s possible to ...

Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee Looking to Fill District Leader Spots

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee is stronger than ever and proudly represents itself along with Essex County Executive Joseph Di Vincenzo and newly re-elected Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones at the Essex County Democratic Reorganization meeting.

The local committee currently has a record 29 of 32 District Leader spots filled. We have a female ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...