Sunday, October 11, 2015

“Filmadelphia Author Brings Cinematic Tour of Phila. and S.J. to A.C.”

For the first time, Irv Slifkin will bring his acclaimed program honoring films made in Philadelphia and South Jersey to the Jersey Shore.  Author of the best-selling book "Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City's Movies," Delran, N.J. resident Slifkin will host a guided video tour of film history in the Philadelphia region as part of the 8th annual Atlantic City Cinefest.
            Slifkin will screen clips and elaborate upon locally shot movies, offering an exhilarating presentation that delves into the area’s film heritage from the silent days till the recent past. His cinematic treasure chest serves treats from the famous to the obscure, and allows audiences to appreciate scenes from the movies as they take in the local scenery. It’s fun, informative.
            “I am looking forward to bringing my “Filmadelphia” presentation to the Shore for the very first time,” said Slifkin, who also wrote "Groovy Movies: Far-Out Films of the Psychedelic Era." “I think audiences get a kick out of the great film clips that allow them to revisit movies and familiar places from the past as well as acquaint themselves with movies they never knew existed or had forgotten."
            The long overdue Shore premiere of “Filmadelphia” kicks off at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Dante Hall. Tickets for this and all events are $8 a block, $25 for a day pass and $40 for an all festival pass. For details and tickets, visit
            The festival will serve up a mix of comedy, drama, horror and science fiction, narrative and documentary. The Superstorm Sandy narrative, “A Rising Tide,” will open the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 with director Ben Hickernell and producer Daryl Freimark expected to attend the screening.
            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 at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Arts Garage.
            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.
            The Cinefest will honor Brian O’Halloran with a Creative Achievement Award. The actor has been Kevin Smith's go to guy since “Clerks” in the early 1990s. O'Halloran co-starred in “Clerks II” and will be in “Clerks III.” He also appeared in Smith’s “Mallrats,” and is scheduled for the sequel, “Mallbrats.” The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18 in Dante Hall.
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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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