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'Outdoor Movies Indoors' Begins this Sunday at The Woodland in Maplewood

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the SOMA Film Festival will show the movie “Moonrise Kingdom” at 7 p.m. at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood.

This event, which is a part of Maplewood’s “Outdoor Movies Indoors," is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, their own refreshments, and to spread out to enjoy the film in the comfort of The Woodland’s Great Hall, stated the press release from Maplewood’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

“It was of great interest for us to partner with the Township to bring movies to the Woodland,” said Matt Smollon, director of the SOMA Film Festival. “We are happy to show our support and maintain a presence in the community year round.”

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“Moonrise Kingdom," which was released in 2012, is a PG-13, comedy film featuring SOMA resident, Jared Gilman, as the lead actor when he was 15 years old. The film also stars Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Bruce Willis. Gilman will introduce the film and be available for a Q & A immediately following the screening.

"Moonrise Kingdom" is described as an "ideal comedy for teenagers and adults," according to the press release from the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs.

As a part of the alliance between the Office of Cultural Affairs and the SOMA Film Festival, the film will be shown using a new, state of the art hi-definition digital projector, stated the press release from the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Andrew Fishman, who manages the Office of Cultural Affairs for Maplewood, stated that “the ability to consistently screen films has been our goal since the facility reopened as the Woodland in 2014.”

“We are committed to expanding cultural opportunities for the community,” said Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca in the release, “and this joint effort makes it easy to show movies on a regular basis and at very little cost.”

The Office of Cultural Affairs and SOMA Film Festival will announce additional screenings in the coming weeks.

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