Here’s an event we’re really looking forward to, brought to life by the Freedom Film Society, the people behind the annual Red Bank International Film Festival.


On Saturday, Dec. 2, photographer Danny Sanchez will open up his Bridge Avenue studio for a screening of “Old Joy,” a 76-minute film by Kelly Reichardt about two 30-ish guys on a camping trip in the woods of the Cascade Mountains near Portland, Ore.

Starring Will Oldham and Daniel London, the film also features the input of some of our favorite New Jersey-rooted artists. Hoboken rockers Yo La Tengo did the soundtrack, adding to a growing list of YLT film scores that also includes last year’s “Junebug “and this year’s “Shortbus.” And Fair Haven’s Peter Sillen, director of the 2000 doumentary “Benjamin Smoke,” manned the camera for “Old Joy.”

Also on the bill is a short by Red Bank’s own Matthew Montemorano. Titled ‘Hard To Get,’ the film offers a dark glimpse into the reckless behavior of college students and the failure of human connection at a large university.

The film is Montemorano’s thesis project at Penn State. He’ll be present to field questions afterward.

Danny Sanchez Photographer is at 25 Bridge Avenue, upstairs from B&B Saddlery. The screenings begin at 8p. Tickets are $8 at the door; they’re also available online.

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