UNION, NJ – Tyler Kubicz, a 23-year old film producer from Union, will see his film Reberth showcased at the upcoming 17th Annual Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park.
“We were absolutely thrilled to be accepted into the Garden State Film Festival,” said Kubicz. “Nothing could possibly be better than to have this film showcased with so many other talented people all throughout this great state.”
Reberth is a documentary about plans to build a cruise berthing facility in the Cayman Islands and attempts to protect the environment.
Kubicz, a 2014 Union High School graduate, graduated from Rowan University in May 2018 with a degree in Radio/Television/Film. He is currently working as an office production assistant for a Showtime show in Brooklyn.
“I got into this industry by just simply working nonstop throughout college,” said Kubicz. “Weekends were booked with some sort of film shoot whether it be for a class, a club, or my own personal projects. I just kept myself busy and somewhere along the line, I was given a shot as an Operations Coordinator at NBC.” Kubicz then began his office production assistant job, working on feature films and narrative TV. “I'm still trying to keep the creative juices flowing by shooting music videos for local artists on the weekends with hopes of one day pursuing that full time,” he said.
Kubicz said the idea for Reberth was sparked by his good friend Peter Chamalian, the film’s director/cinematographer. Kubicz said Chamalian lived in the Cayman Islands for about a year during high school and heard of plans to build a cruise berthing facility in downtown Georgetown. “After he left and went to college, it wouldn’t be until our senior year when we could actually do something about it,” said Kubicz.
Both Kubicz and Chamalian took a documentary production course, and “that’s where we got together our extraordinary crew”. Montana Marose became a co-producer, Kevin Adams was the camera operator, and David Gutentag editor. “We were all set for pre-production and began a search to find notable individuals in the Cayman Islands to interview and work with to tell this story. Our main hurdle was trying to fit all of the shooting into 10 days, our spring break.”
Reberth is a documentary following Caymanians of all walks of life in their attempt to protect the environment. According to Kubicz, a massive government project in downtown Georgetown has great economic prospects for Grand Cayman, but stands in the way of the protection of the island's endangered marine life and the fight for a sustainable future.
“We chose to make this film because we felt this story needed to be told more than ever,” said Kubicz. “We do not have much time left to effect positive change in our environment and if we can do it while simultaneously working in a field that we're passionate about, we're all in for that.”
“New Jersey is next up when it comes to being a production mecca,” said Kubicz, “and after seeing many of the trailers for some of the other films at the GSFF, I can assure you that my prediction is correct.”
Reberth is in the Student Documentary Production category and will be screening at 2:00 p.m. at the Asbury Park Senior Center on March 30.
“This is not my first film, however, it’s definitely the one I am the proudest of,” said Kubicz. He said he and the Reberth team talk about making another film together, “but that might be down the line a bit more. For now, we're finishing out the rest of the festival circuit in stride to see where we can put Reberth next.”
Tickets to the Garden State Film Festival are $15. Reberth will be shown with four other short films, for a two-hour block. Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE.