isff 070616 1Sand artist Joe Mangrum creating a temporary painting at the festival opening-night cocktail party on the Count Basie patio Wednesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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Screenings at four Red Bank venues fill Friday’s schedule of the Indie Street Film Festival, which got underway Wednesday night and continues through Sunday afternoon.

Click the “read more” for the full schedule and a sampling of delightful and outrageous movie trailers.

The trailer for “After Sandy,” a documentary screening Friday night at the Two River Theater.


10 a.m. Two River Theater Street Talks w/ Seed & Spark

Seed & Spark presents “Crowdfunding to Build Independence Workshop.” If you have ever thought of crowdfunding a project, don’t miss this thoughtful workshop experience.

The trailer for “The Town That Disappeared Overnight.”

The trailer for “Love Wins.”

12 p.m. Red Bank Middle School The Jersey Shorts

A collection of narrative and documentary shorts by New Jersey filmmakers, including:

Bad News Gabe, directed by Jeanpaul Isaacs
Space Cadet, directed by Brendan Walsh
Basbousa, directed by Taleen Babayan
Must Hurry!, directed by Cj Cullen
The Town That Disappeared Overnight, directed by David Kuznicki
Fortress, directed by Amir Arison
Love Wins, directed by Robin Kampf

The trailer for “Sankofa.”

12:30 p.m. Bow Tie Cinemas Sankofa

A testament to independent filmmaking, “Sankofa” transports us to a future space mission, one that may not be too distant when it comes to the need for human connection. Indie Street cooperatives’ newest member, Kaleb Wentzel Fisher, has taken ‘story over budget’ to a whole new level with “Sankofa.”

The trailer for “Women Who Kill.”

1 p.m. Two River Theater Women Who Kill

Commitment-phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan’s new love interest is a murderer.

The trailer for “Speechless in Japan.”

3 p.m. Red Bank Middle School Doc Shorts Program B

Our competition short documentaries reveal that sometimes the most impactful human stories are right in front of our eyes. Program B includes:

How They Dance 2
Sandtown Project
Speechless in Japan
A Passion of Gold and Fire
Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings
The House is Innocent

3:30 p.m. Bow Tie Cinemas Diverge

In the aftermath of a global pandemic, one survivor is given the chance to travel across time to stop the cataclysmic event and regain everything he has lost. To do that he must kill the man responsible for sowing the seeds of mankind’s destruction: his past self.

4 p.m. Jamian’s Food and Drink Flying Fish Happy Hour

Cool off with a cold beer compliments of Flying Fish Brewery and Jamian’s, with local live music on the back patio daily.

4 p.m. Two River Theater After Sandy

Filmmaker Joe Minnella spent two years documenting the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in and around the New Jersey Shore area. “After Sandy” is the story of the towns he visited, the residents he met, and the everyday struggle to rebuild after a natural disaster.

Artist Rob Prior brings his ambidextrous painting technique to an event at which Ming Chen, below, is to co-host. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ming chen 3 0209125 p.m. Count Basie Theatre patio Live Art Show by Rob Prior, hosted by Ming & Mike

Famous two-handed painter/performer Rob Prior takes the Count Basie Patio by storm. He’s announced that his surprise painting will be the hardest stage painting he’s ever done. With Q&A hosted by Ming & Mike from AMC’s “Comic Book Men.”

6 p.m. Red Bank Middle School ISFF Narrative Shorts: “Mean Streets”

A selection of in-competition short narrative films that explore the pains and complexities of human survival in an ever changing world. “Mean Streets” will include the following films:

One Shot
The Call
The Procedure
You Can Go
Thunder Road
Don’t Hang Up the Fucking Phone Curtis

The trailer for “Hotel Dallas.”

7 p.m. Two River Theater Hotel Dallas

“This arty documentary revisits the strange love affair between Communist Romania and the long-running TV soap ‘Dallas,’ with help from Bobby Ewing himself… rather lovely in its loopy rhythms and luscious visuals, a charmingly personal take on shared cultural memories.” — Hollywood Reporter

The trailer for the documentary, “Can We Take a Joke?” Below, Queen of Mean comic Lisa Lampanelli, who appears in the film, makes a live appearance on the Basie stage as part of the festivities.

lisa-lampanelli-20167 p.m. Count Basie Theatre Lisa Lampanelli Documentary + Comedy Show

Today, we’re all one clumsy joke away from public ruin. “Can We Take A Joke?” offers a thought-provoking and wry exploration of outrage culture through the lens of stand-up comedy, with notables like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla detailing its stifling impact on comedy and the exchange of ideas. What will future will be like if we can’t learn how to take a joke?

And immediately following the screening: Considerably leaner (though no less meaner) than when she was giving as good as she took on those Comedy Central roasts, Lampanelli takes the Basie stage  following the screening, in which she appears. One ticket gets you both shows.

The trailer for “Chosen,” a World War II film starring Harvey Keitel.

8 p.m. Bow Tie Cinemas The world premiere of Chosen

Making its world premiere nearly a month prior to its August 2 release by Lions Gate Pictures, director Jasmin Dizdar’s epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation stars Luke Mably, Ana Ularu and Harvey Keitel. The film tells “the story of a Hungarian citizen whose courage alters the course of World War II as he unwittingly becomes a leader of the opposition and discovers the hero deep within himself.”

A late addition to the festival schedule, the drama replaces the originally announced screening of the new Kevin Smith feature “Yoga Hosers,” which was withdrawn “due to a scheduling conflict.”

Limited single tickets will be made available to ISFF passholders and special invitees.
Congo Sanchez lays down the grooves at the Friday night after party at 10th Av. Burrito.

10 p.m. 10th Ave. Burrito Friday Night After Party featuring Congo Sanchez (passholders only)

Congo Sanchez puts on a live show that you may be talking about for years, and 10th Ave Burrito provides passholders with complementary chips/quesadillas with cervezas, vino, and margheritas.

Check in with redbankgreen daily for festival coverage and next-day schedules with tons of trailers to help you decide which darkened room to bring your popcorn to.

The festival runs through Sunday; take it here for a detailed schedule of events with showtimes, locations and links to festival pass admissions or individual event tickets.