Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Atlantic City Cinefest to Showcase Dozens of Films


            The 10th annual Atlantic City Cinefest will present more than 75 feature, short and documentary films, Oct. 13 to 15 2017. The film festival will serve up a mix of comedy, drama, horror and more, many from New Jersey filmmakers.
            To celebrate this milestone, we will bring back some of the honorees of the past. Scott Rosenfelt, producer of classics like “Home Alone,” “Mystic Pizza” and “Teen Wolf,” returns. “I’m very, very excited to come back this year and I look forward to seeing everybody at the festival,” he says.
Last year’s honoree, award-winning Blanche Baker, will be back with a film she wrote and directed, a short called “Streetwrite,” about the art of political graffiti.Cinefest is one of my favorite film festivals,” she says. “It has a great vibe, engaging panel discussions and world class films! A wonderful experience.”
Another honoree from last year, Philadelphia native, Scott L. Schwartz adds “This festival is a great platform for filmmakers who want to be seen.”
And Peter Dobson returns yet again with another film, “Dirty Dead Con Men,” a testament to his belief in the festival. “Without question, the AC Cinefest is one the most important and well run festivals in the country.”
            As with last year, films will be screened in the resort's Arts District at Dante Hall Theater and the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, both on Mississippi Avenue.
            The festival will feature perennial festival filmmakers, many regional: Keith Vaile, Pat Kazanjian, Keith Collins, Sebastian Foxworth, Jack Skyyler, C.J. Cullen, Antoine Allen, Mark Clauberg, Maurice Paramore, Larry Rosen and others. Look for a selection of local films from students of the famed Weist-Barron-Ryan casting agency and acting school. We will also screen a block of films dealing with mental health issues.
            The schedule should be available later in September.  Tickets are $40 for a Weekend Pass; $25 for a day pass and $5 for a single block of films. Tickets are available through Stockton University at and at the door. For more information on the festival, visit

The Atlantic City Cinefest celebrates the art form of independent moviemaking. The festival has hosted Kevin Smith, Terry Winter, Robert Downey, Sr., Blanche Baker, Scott Rosenfelt, William Forsythe, Dominique Swain and Brian O'Halloran during the first eight years. Presented by Downbeach Film Festival, the Cinefest shows movies at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Avenue and the Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Avenue. Both venues are managed by Stockton University.

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