Thursday, October 8, 2015

“A Rising Tide” Opens Festival With Tale of Redemption in A.C.

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy plays a key role in the opening night film for the 8th annual Atlantic City Cinefest, Oct. 16 to 18. An inspirational story of redemption, "A Rising Tide" tells the tale of a young chef, Sam Rama (Hunter Parrish). Following the destruction of his family's well-established Atlantic City restaurant during Sandy, Rama grows up quickly, taking the biggest risks of his life, both in business and love. When he comes to the aid of a wealthy patron (Tim Daly) and then falls for the newly separated Sarah Bell (Ashley Hinshaw), a chain of unexpected events unfolds for all of them, as they discover the only way to achieve their dreams may be to acknowledge what they owe to others, and realize that the greatest investments take more than cash.
            "We're excited to bring the movie to Atlantic City and the surrounding communities where we shot this film, and in a festival setting that celebrates the passion driven art of indie filmmaking," said director Ben Hickernell, who also directed the well-received, "Lebanon, Pa.," which won the Jury Award at the Philadelphia Film Festival in 2010. "We set out to tell a universal story about fighting for what you love and who you love in the face of challenges and adversity that would resonate across the country.     “But we hope there will be a special resonance in these communities that lived through Sandy, that know these places, and that love this kind of food. I love this area and tried to put that love into the film. We have always been humbled by the support we received here when shooting, and how the involvement of people here took this fictional story and elevated it immediately. We hope people respond to the film, and really, honestly, just can't wait to share it with all of you."
            Parrish played Silas Botwin in the series, "Weeds," for more than seven years. He also had roles in "The Good Wife," "The Following" and "Hand of God." On the big screen, Parrish appeared in "Still Alice,"  "It's Complicated" and "17 Again."
            Daly played Joe Montgomery Hackett in "Wings," appeared in "Hot in Cleveland," "Madame Secretary," "Private Practice" and other series. He also co-starred in the film, "Diner."
            “A Rising Tide” will open the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Hickernell and producer Daryl Freimark expect to attend the screening. Tickets are $8 for the screening and are available at the box office or by visiting
            The festival will serve up a mix of comedy, drama, horror and science fiction, narrative and documentary. New Jersey-based author, Irv Slifkin, writer of Filmadelphia, hosts a guided video tour of film history in the Philadelphia and New Jersey regions Saturday, Oct. 17.
            The New Jersey premiere of “Hitchcock/Truffaut” plays Saturday afternoon, Oct. 17. Based on Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book “Cinema According to Hitchcock,” a battery of directors talks about the influences of the two filmmakers.
            In the short film, “After Tragedy,” director Mark VanZevenBergen revisits the horrific case of Leslie Nelson, who killed two police officers in Haddon Heights 20 years ago, screening Sunday, Oct. 18.
            North Jersey filmmakers Keith Collins and Joseph Pepitone bring the world premiere of “Clean Cut.” After witnessing a murder at a young age, Bill Horton stalks the streets for evildoers under the murderous guise of The Evangelist.  New Jersey-shot drama, “Before the Snow,” focuses on a man who struggles to come to grips with his tattered past after being diagnosed with a terminal disease.
            A pre-festival screening of the documentary “Farewell to Factory Towns?” on Thursday, Oct. 15 talks about a New England mill town that pinned its hopes for a turnaround on a museum of modern art developed in a former factory. The turnaround didn’t last. A panel discussion follows comparing this scenario with the recent fate of Atlantic City.
            For more details, visit Tickets are $40 for a Weekend Pass; $25 for a day pass and $8 for a single block of films. Purchase them at the door or visit:

The 8th annual Atlantic City Cinefest, presented by Downbeach Film Festival, will show movies at venues such as Dante Hall Theater and the Noyes Arts Garage, both managed by Stockton University. The festival celebrates the art form of independent moviemaking. The festival has hosted Kevin Smith, Terry Winter, Robert Downey, Sr., Scott Rosenfelt, William Forsythe, Dominique Swain and more during the first seven years. 

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