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Photos from 3rd Annual SOMA Film Festival Opening Night Party

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L to R: Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca; Matt Smollon, Founder/Director of the SOMA Film Festival; and Maplewood Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee.
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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Third Annual SOMA Film Festival began three days packed with short and feature films, as well as multiple other programs, with an opening party at The Woodland on Friday night, March 16.

Friday night's party was set back in time with a drive-in movie theme, which was followed by the NJ premiere of the documentary "At the Drive In," and a Q & A with the filmmaker and cast.

Matt Smollon, Founder and Director of the SOMA Film Festival, introduced the festival staff and the festival's title sponsor, RWJBarnabas Health. Louis LaSalle, Senior Vice President at RWJBarnabas Health, shared that they love to sponsor this film festival not only because their President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky lives in South Orange, but more importantly, because RWJBarnabas Health believes that the arts are necessary for good health.

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"We are thrilled to have the SOMA Film Festival here in The Woodland," shared Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca in remarks to the audience.

"When I pushed the other members of the Township Committee to purchase this building from the Women's Club, it was events like this that I had in mind as the reason for the purchase," added DeLuca.

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