At this year's SOMA Film Festival there will be an unprecedented amount of local talent screening their work.
While the world is certainly represented from New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Tokyo and many places in between rest assured there will be plenty of home grown talent to the festival this season.
Starting with Michael Wechsler, a South Orange filmmaker and his startling drama Altered Minds starring legendary actor Judd Hirsch.
The sold out Kids Program has the youngest filmmakers in Maplewood residents Sallie Thurman, Valentina Wolfe, and Willa Simpson and their stop animated short from Clinton Elementary School entitled, Mocha's Price, and Maplewood resident Justin Simonich and his animated short Red and Fiona Plant a Garden.
South Orange resident Leelila Strogovs' wonderful short entitled Someone Good Will Find You that will screen in our Have a Heart Program.
The Youth Filmmaker Program presented by Cinema Ed is chock full of local Columbia High School's filmmakers of tomorrow including, Aidan Romanaux, Sophia Heriveaux, Ben Krueger, Max Goldstein, Ethan Halperin, Andrew Campbell, Christina Wright, and Sophie Goodman.
And expected the Locals Only! Program gives the adults a chance to flex their cinematic muscle. They include Maplewood's own Cris Thorne with Looking Through the Window, Lee Navlen and an episode of his popular hyper local web series Goodstein, Dangerous Intersection by Zak Mir, and The Biggest Wad is Mine by Samantha Gury that pays ode to the (former) gum laden walls of the Maplewood Train Station. South Orange also represents with Into The Silence by Zubayadah Bashir, and Vicki Speegle's In The Night, I Remember You which is narrated by academy award winner Marcia Gay Harden.