Posted by: Drew | March 2, 2009

NEWS! – Seventh Annual Garden State Film Festival rolls out the red carpet & lights up the sky in Asbury Park, NJ April 2 – 5

img-poster-2009app2009 Annual Event Will Honor Cultural Impressario Sid Bernstein, With The Beacon Award In Recognition Of His Contributions To Music As It Relates To The Cinematic Arts & Joey Travolta With The Broader Vision Award For Film Making Dedicated To The Greater Good.

Special east coast premiere of the new Ed Harris film, “touching home,” based on a true story, that already has a book attached to it is written by twin brothers, Logan and Noah Miller,. The twins desperately wanted to be baseball players. But circumstances in the family prevented them from that dream, so they decided to write about it. Without knowing anything about the movie industry, or without knowing anyone in the business, they needed to write a story about their father…and they knew their father could only be portrayed by Ed Harris “what the miller boys have accomplished is nothing short of miraculous.” Ed Harris… ….. A must see!

Special Guests For The Garden State Film Festival This Year Will Include Pheobe Snow, Vincent Pastore, Ed Harris , Joaquin Pheonix, Chazz & Giannia Palminteri Among Others


(Asbury Park, NJ) According to Diane Raver, Co- Founder and Executive Director of the Garden State Film Festival, this is an extraordinary year, and reports the festival has never garnered such an array of films. ” We had 575 entries this year, and from those we have chosen 138 of the most compelling and Academy Award nominated films from all over the world, Bobby Pastorelli,( the other co founder) would have been so proud,” Ms. Mary Weir and Mr. Barry Henry of Pacific Encore Performances ( will act as this years honorary chair people. All regular screening event tickets are $10 online or at the door.

CHRISTOPHER DEBLASIO is the winner of the 2009 Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award. Wowed by an MTV casting director, and now bitten by a passion for film making, he is an outstanding choice for the award.
Special Screening “Yonkers Joe “with Cast and Crew with special guest, JOEY TRAVOLTA…Thursday April 2nd — 7:30pm

The night will open with a short film about the important work Joey Travolta is doing with his film camp “Inclusion” to help autistic children. It will be followed by a special screening of the heart warming film about a gambler with a down syndrome child.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Benefit FilmLab & Joey Travolta’s Short Film Camp in Monmouth County as well as GSFF’s Asbury Park High School Filmmaking Program


A gala reception will be held on Friday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Arcade, followed by a screening of the 2008 Academy Award nominated short film “New Boy” as well as THE WILD OCEAN. Both films will be shown at the PARAMOUNT THEATER. Wild Ocean is the winner of the 2009, EARTHWATCH award, nothing could be more important to our environment, and here on the JERSEY shore is no exception. WILD OCEAN is an action packed giant screen adventure exploring the interplay between man and our endangered ocean eco system. The film highlights one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles, plunging viewers into an underwater feeding frenzy , it is an epic struggle for survival. Tickets for the party and film are $20, films only $10.


As in previous years, the 2009 festival will include an open talent call on Saturday, April 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon where Pam’s People will meet with aspiring actors and models of all ages. Participants should bring two photographs.

On Sunday April 5th from 10:30 -1:00pm, Renate English of Friendly Faces Management will also hold an open call. Participants should bring two photographs.

Admission to the open talent call is free, but a donation of purchasing a film screening ticket is requested.


10am to noon.: The Paramount Theater:

Celebrate NJ! will hold an awards event for the 4th Grade School Program honoring Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex County students whose work has been selected as part of the statewide “Best of the Best” list at the Garden State Film Festival.

12:30 to 2 p.m.: The Paramount Theater

The Magistical: A CGI animated masterpiece about a time when a guardian was chosen to watch over all living things. She was called the Magistical. Hoping to preserve all precious life, the Magistical created a spell. This spell granted the last of every type of creature, immortality. However, to one very evil Draken, the spell would carry a very different meaning than intended. By killing all other Drakens, she would become the last. Without fear of death, such a beast could rule the world. Now only one baby cub stands between her and her evil ambitions. And between them stands a small, but determined, obstacle, named Foible. Great for the whole family.

April 4th 2:45-5:00pm.: The Paramount Theater:

Sid Bernstein Present-Rough Cut Sid one of the great cultural impresarios’ who not only had the vision to bring the British mop top band, THE BEATLES to America and Shea stadium , but who well earned the nickname, GODFATHER of the BRITISH INVASION. , and brought them all, will receive the BEACON AWARD in recognition of his contribution to music as it relates to cinematic arts, . Where would we be without HARD DAY’s NIGHT or YELLOW SUBMARINE.. THANK SID for having the vision to bring the BEATLES out!

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.: The Paramount Theater

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison-It was January 1968, a year that would be saturated in violence and historical change. Tucked away in a gray prison cafeteria in Northern California, isolated from the tumult outside, hard men doing hard time witnessed the making of a legendary album that would catapult a country singer to international stardom. Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison remains one of the greatest live albums ever made, and the man himself one of America’s greatest troubadours and advocates for prison reform. Forty years later, the album still resonates today with a rawness and authenticity that few recordings have ever achieved. This film will
expose a lesser known “Man in Black” through an exciting, visually compelling examination of this historic concert.

GSFF welcomes Johnny Cash back to Asbury Park the city he loved and where, he wrote his autobiography at the Berkeley Hotel. It will be followed by Max’s CASH BASH in the Berkeley Hotel Lounge as a benefit to GSFF and sponsored by Max’s Wine, Beer and Liquor. Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire Band will be the entertainment.

8:30 to 10:30 p.m.: The Paramount Theater

Touching Home: Staring Ed Harris, the true story of relentlessly determined twin film makers, as they tell their story about losing their father to addiction.. this is an homage to the forgotten working class, starring ED HARRIS at the height of his powers. ED, Jersey raised and born is currently working in HUNGARY , but there is a LOOKOUT for him if he can get off his shoot, as he feels this is one of the MOST IMPORTANT movies he has made.


An unimaginable story, playing “football” ( soccer) under the TALIBAN.. when they threatened that if you were seen, your mother would be beheaded . It left young women , already in poverty, in great pain and with no self esteem ….When we lifted the ban from the regime, it allowed a young film maker to go behind the scenes and film what became of two soccer playing icons, Roya Norri and Shamila Kohenstani, who both won the ARTHUR ASHE COURAGE AWARD.. We have their film…. Afghan Girls Can Kick.. it will kick you out of your seat.

1:15 to 3:15 p.m.: Berkeley Hotel-Continental Room Saturday April 4th

Afghan Girls Can Kick is an intimate fly on the wall documentary portrait of teenage girls breaking stereotypes set for them by an intensely conservative Afghan society , Escaping poverty but loving soccer ( football) playing first under the Taliban regime and then in partial freedom after the ban was lifted these girls have found self esteem through football

.1:00-3:00 Sunday April the -Back to Back “Sopranos”

The Bronx Balletomane a short film Executive Produced by Hazlet NJ’s own Gianna Palminteri and starring Federico Castelluccio (Furio Giunta in The Sopranos) is the story of Joey who appears to be just a regular guy from his Bronx Italian neighborhood. He’s tough, works two jobs, and hangs with the fellahs’. But a lifelong secret has always separated Joey from the rest – his passion for Ballet. screened with Feature film-Split Ends staring Vincent Pastore ( Big Pussy of the Sopranos) and Corinna May as the feisty Scottish born hairdresser who faces off with an unscrupulous developer – and faces up to the uncertainties of her own life in a small, New Jersey town. Shot in entirely Maplewood and other North Jersey locations.

Sunday April 5nth -2:30-4:30 Berkeley Hotel –Kingsley Room

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh-Feature Length Documentary Hannah Senesh parachutes into Nazi-occupied Europe to help save Hungary’s Jews, only to be imprisoned alongside the person she most wants to save — her mother Catherine. A harrowing account of the only military rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust, BLESSED IS THE MATCH is also a moving mother-daughter tale. Narrated by three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen.

*And There Is More*

An array of family friendly films will play all weekend at The Youth Temple in Ocean Grove

GSFF 2009 Panel Discussions

Third Avenue Pavilion

Third & Ocean Aves.

Asbury Park, NJ

Entrance on Ocean Ave.

Sunday April the 2:00-3:fpm

“Filming for a Cause” – what’s your cinematic mission? Kids, teens and adults can all be filmmakers for a cause! Many people are already making a difference in their communities by making meaningful films of their own, like Hollywood Director, Joey Revolt who makes filmmaking, a real-life possibility for kids with autism at his summer film camps. Joey will show you how 50 kids ages 10-17 yrs. old created a message about Autism Awareness that’s now on TV in their hometown! Camp producer and panel moderator, Karen Saddler of FILMLAB, says “the films we make with the kids at Joey’s camps help others, especially other kids, to learn more about children with autism, while becoming filmmakers themselves, now that’s a fun way to learn!”

Whether it’s a public service announcement for your school, your neighborhood recycling efforts or a documentary about saving local wildlife–find out how you can take your “cause” to the big screen and make a “big” difference. Join Revolt, Saddler, Emmy-nominated teen filmmakers, and other industry professionals as they open the doors of inspiration with this very special vocation.

Sunday April 5nth THE 2009 GSFF FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS DINNER The English Manor Ocean NJ 6pm

Professional juries will select winning films in a variety of categories and present the awards as well as pay tribute to this years honorees at the closing GSFF Awards Dinner on Sunday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. at The English Manor in Ocean Township. Tickets to this black tie affair are $120 and must be purchased in advance.

A list of the films being shown with a short synopsis of each, as well as a posting of panel discussions and workshops, is available in printed form and on the film festival web site at



  1. How do I get tickets to the Saturday, 4/4/09, “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” and possibly “Touching Home” ?

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