Tag Archives: film

garden state film festival

#HipNJ Visits the Garden State Film Festival

By: Jessica Schirripa

This weekend was way more than just ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ It was the 17th annual Garden State Film Festival, which is a movie buff’s ticket to an inside look of the magic of cinema, all while paying tribute to New Jersey’s legacy as the birthplace of American film-making.

Held at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, the GSFF is one of the largest celebrations of the arts throughout the state of New Jersey. To be a part of this premier statewide initiative is to be a part of one of the most respected independent film festivals along the East Coast.

The vision of this film festival has blossomed into a renowned event that serves as a platform for both the filmmakers and the enthusiasts. It breeds creativity and passion, and even generates huge revenue for New Jersey’s very own city of the arts, Asbury Park, through storefront merchants and other associations at large!

Filled with ‘Best of Fests’, award ceremonies, celebrity guest appearances and overwhelming community support, this edition of the film festival proved to be one of the busiest and most impressive productions to date. Throughout the five day, ten venue commemoration, there were over 240 international films showcased. It also provided hands-on creative workshops open to the public, casting calls, back to back Q & A panels with the actors and filmmakers, non-stop after-parties, and more!

While attending Friday evening’s kick-off gala, the energy pulsated throughout the convention center. I was greeted with flashing lights, red carpets, and wall- to-wall local sponsors highlighting their own crafted foods, sweet treats and specialty services. It was neat to see the casts and crews of the movies, media and committee mixing and mingling the night away. It was the perfect way to experience Hollywood’s glitz & glam right off the boardwalk, especially since Asbury Park has been profoundly impacted by the Garden State Film Festival. In fact, the GSFF has played a leading role in the transformation from a city in urban decay into what is now referred to as “one of the coolest towns in America”. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who was one of the many A-List attendees, was beaming with Garden State pride as he watched all who have been captivated by cinematic adventure. 

Aside from the dedicated board of directors, an army of volunteers, and everyone involved in the creation of these films, there was a legion of intense super-fans who were treated to complimentary trolley rides and parking. This was a nice touch to help treat those who attended the festival from beyond the Jersey Shore

The best part about the success of this weekend’s Garden State Film Festival was that it was an opportunity to be inspired and inspire others. A festival like this provides eager filmmakers an avenue to reach new audiences and be recognized for their skills and hard work. Even though there is the element of competition throughout the showcase, everyone is there to encourage each other and motivate other budding talent to go for their dreams!

For more information, visit GSFF.org.

For The Hayters

 

#HipNJ interviews the creators of For The Hayters to learn more about the message they are sending out to the world. 

“Though Becky, Laura, and Devin once walked down three separate and distinct paths, theirs crossed upon realizing they all shared a passion for one simple but unifying thing: telling a story.”

Becky Hayter, Laura Carrione and Devin Lyons combined there individual passions of graphic design, writing, photography and film to shed light on the hidden struggles everyone deals with. For The Hayters is a platform and community for people from all walks of life to bond over life’s shortcomings. 

This #SocialSaturday, we are sharing the For The Haters message and thanking them for spreading love to those who need it the most. To learn more about For The Haters, you can find them on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter

 

Girl Scouts Show Documentary Honoring Hoboken Veterans

Junior Girl Scout Troop 12022 of Hoboken unveiled a documentary celebrating Hoboken Heroes, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

The Hoboken Historical Museum showed the film with admission being a donation to the American Legion Post 107. Their goal is to raise funds to build a new home for the post with six apartments for homeless veterans.

The film is a Bronze Award project the Junior Girl Scouts took on as a way to celebrate local veterans and also share their stories with the wider community.

Furthermore, the 20-minute video took six months to create in total. This was due to the work the girl scouts had to put into it. They reached out to the American Legion Post to identify veterans who wanted to share their stories of service from World War II to today.

Their stories include:

  • Brief respites during long stints in the field
  • Living communistically, by sharing food, during a war against communism
  • Dodging bullets during the Tet Offensive and learning to do things the Vietnamese way
  • Traveling on a troop transport ship across the Atlantic through storms and torpedoes – and how Frank Sinatra was booed by soldiers for cutting ahead of a line of draftees for the Korean War

To learn more about Hoboken Junior Girl Scout Troop 12022, click here!