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RED BANK: INDIES INVADE THIS WEEK

rb indie film mural 070416A mural on Monmouth Street near Maple Avenue touts the five-day Indie Street Film Festival, which flickers to life Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

indie street logo 2For the first time since 2007, Red Bank will swarm with screening maniacs this week as independent films, filmmakers and cinephiles invade the downtown — and one or two nearby outposts.

Encompassing nearly 100 feature-length and short films, four screening venues and a handful of bars and restaurants, the five-day Indie Street Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, promising to liven up a post-Independence Day interval when the borough traditionally slips into an early doldrums.

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RED BANK: DOWNTOWN GETS INSTANT MURAL

rb mural 060416 4A team of painters, including 13 students from the visual arts program at Red Bank Regional, worked on the mural throughout the day Saturday and into early Sunday. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb mural 060416 3Racing to finish before an expected rain, a team of artists and volunteers painted a two-story mural in downtown Red Bank over the weekend.

Overlooking the parking lot for Buona Sera restaurant at Monmouth Street and Maple Avenue, the mural promotes a film festival scheduled to light up movie screens in town next month.

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RED BANK: FILM FEST MURAL GREENLIGHTED

rb IFF Mural 051116A scan from a flyer given out at Wednesday’s council meeting shows a rendering of the proposed mural, at left, and the building it would go on. At bottom right is a 150-foot-tall mural the artist, Misha Tyutyunik, helped create in SoHo. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A prominent black wall in downtown Red Bank may soon be covered with a two-story-high, somewhat psychedelic mural.

The borough council greenlighted the makeover Wednesday night after an organizer of a film festival scheduled to hit town this summer offered it as what he called a “gift” to the town.

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RED BANK: INDIE FILM FEST SET FOR SUMMER

basie screen 070114The big screen at the Count Basie Theatre, seen here during a live broadcast of the 2014 World Cup, will serve as the home screen for a film festival scheduled to run in July. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ClapboardKept on a restricted diet for the past eight years, Red Bank-area fans of independent movies will finally get to binge again this summer.

An outfit called Indie Street — in conjunction with Red Bank RiverCenter, three major entertainment venues and even the borough middle school — is planning screenings of as many as 30 films over five days in July.

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RED BANK ARTS ON TAP FOR STATE AWARDS

two-river-theater-extAmong the candidates for ‘best professional theater’ is the Two River Theater.

Several mainstays of Red Bank’s celebrated arts venues and entertainment scene, including two whose future ties to town are uncertain, are up for the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards for 2009.

The Two River Theater CompanyCount Basie Theater and the Borough of Red Bank are all nominated. So is the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, which may not happen at its usual spot in Marine Park this June due to major construction there.

Also on the ballot is the capricious Red Bank International Film Festival, which went on hiatus for 2008 and popped up again last May, shrunken and no longer actually in Red Bank.

But those whose box offices still buzz within the borough borders are imploring anyone with a mouse and internet connection to support their local arts scene as it competes against the state’s other nominees.

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IN oRBit: RAW AND JUICY

Noworbiting_iconHaving already whetted your appetite with features this week on Martin Short, Roger McGuinn, Paint the Town Pink, M Shanghai String Band and the
return of the Red Bank International Film Festival, today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit fires up
the grill for some more smokin’ stuff going on right in our own back yard.

DavidJoThere’s Friday’s presentation of Writers in the Raw at the Count Basie Theatre,
where a motley group of musical talents (including the redoubtable David
Johansen
, pictured) assemble for a once-in-a-lifetime set of songs and
stories. We got the story, too, straight from producer Gordon Brown.

On Saturday, we alert you to the latest in what may well be a bloody
successful series of Asbury Park Zombie Walk — but are we the only ones who
noticed the awkward pairing of this so-called “viral outbreak” with the
South-of-the-Border theme for the city’s concurrent First Saturday event?

Finally, on Sunday, it’s time to take the sea air with the dedicated runners of the
New Jersey Marathon in Long Branch — where frequent oRBiter (and Jersey
Shore Running Club officer) Laura Schneider stands prepared to pass out
orange slices to grateful marathoners.

We’ve got you covered, day and night,
indoors and out — all this weekend in Red Bank oRBit.

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IN oRBit: PINK IS IN, AND ‘BIFF IS BACK

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Pretty in pinkTwo days ago on redbankgreen, we gave you a “you Are there” early morning perspective on
the painting of a pink line down the middle of Broad Street.

The
occasion, of course, was the anticipated start of the third annual Paint the Town Pink promotion. Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has the rundown on all of the “Pink
Bank” activities in store over the next week, all of them here in town and
all dedicated to early detection and awareness of breast cancer.

With a big
benefit concert, merchant tie-ins, cocktail parties and even a free
screening of Pretty in Pink, there’s enough going on to strike you
positively fuschia.

Also today, another reminder — we simply can’t deal out enough of them —
about the Red Bank International Film Festival program, going on Sunday at
Monmouth University.

Our coverage of the ‘BIFF continues with a look at Red
Bank filmmaker Steve Rogers, and the first in this “driven” director’s
ambitious series of portraits of favorite Jersey towns.

Just follow the line, from here into oRBit.

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IN oRBit: MARTIN SHORT & RETURN OF RBIFF

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MartinShortToday’s edition of Red Bank oRBit gets a running start on the coming weekend with a focus on two major events.

One is the Count Basie Theatre‘s annual Benefit Concert and Gala —
a swell, street-closing affair for which the board of directors have secured the services not
only of showbiz shaman  Martin Short but his whole gallery of crazies, from
Jackie Rogers Jr. to Ed Grimley.

And so with Jiminy Glick as our
inspiration, oRBit serves up a long version of a Short interview
before anyone else. What, you didn’t think we would?

The other event is the highly anticipated return of the Red Bank International Film Festival — the 2008 edition.

You read that correctly. Seven months late and at least temporarily not in Red Bank, the filmfest has been cut down to a tightly packed 12-hour day of screenings from the customary three. But the cinema showcase lives on, with a new crew, a new website and plans to get back onto the Gregorian calendar. 

Check out these stories and more at culture center, aka Red Bank oRBit, folks.

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IN oRBit: RED BANK READY FOR ITS CLOSEUP

Noworbiting_iconBudDornToday’s Red Bank oRBit offers up a double feature that spotlights
the return of a local classic and a coming-attractions trailer for one of
the most highly anticipated sequels in cinema-buff circles.

First, we finally get around to answering the question, ‘Whatever Happened
to the Red Bank International Film Festival?’ Seems that the RBIFF for 2008
is a GO, even though it’s no longer 2008 (and it’s not going to be presented
in Red Bank). In any event, we’ve got the details on the long-awaited return
of the Freedom Film Society folks, who are planning a whole slate of
blockbuster activities that you’ll read about first right here.

After that, it’s a trek down Memory Lane, as we take a closer look at the
1930s celluloid curiosity ROMANCE AND RED BANK, the hyper-local production
created by Red Bank’s own Bud Dorn (at right) and his dad.

Unlike most other
media types, we’ve actually sat through the thing, and we’ll tell you
everything you needed to know — without the need for any spoiler alerts, of course.

The balcony is open, philm phreaks, ONLY in Red Bank oRBit.

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IN oRBit: THE NO-NOT-THAT-ONE FILMFEST

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This weekend brings the annual Garden State Film Festival to various points around Asbury Park, and today's oRBit
has the rundown on the movies, the brand-new venues, first-look features and
the special events, including a tribute to occasional Shore resident Johnny Cash
that we'll be examining in detail later this week.

For those of you trying to keep score, no, this isn't the return of either the Red Bank International Film Festival nor the Two River Film Festival, both of which have remained dark-screened in recent months (though we're expecting news on one or both this week).

No, this is the seventh edition of a burgeoning event that this year has a promised appearance by Travolta. Um, again, no, not that one. Joey Travolta, that is,
pictured here.

Anyway, it's all there for you in Red Bank oRBit, with all the bonus features and nonstop commentary you've come to expect.

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IN oRBit: FILM FESTIVAL LOST IN SPACE?

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Where in the world is the Red Bank International Film Festival?

After a three-month postponement from its usual October slot on the calendar, the festival's website still reports that "the invasion has been rescheduled" to this coming weekend.

But no events are scheduled, leaving hordes of
desktop DeMilles, coffee-house Coppolas and still-clerkin’ Smiths with no place to screen their films.

Today's edition of the Red Bank oRBit cracks open the projection room door in search of answers.

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RED BANK FILM FESTIVAL POSTPONED

ClearviewboxEmpty box: there will be no 2008 edition of the festival — not in 2008, at least. The Freedom Film Society (its logo is below) says the RBIFF will return to Red Bank’s Clearview Cinemas in January.

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Usually at this time of year, the buzz is getting louder about the Red Bank International Film Festival, one of the strongest cultural magnets in a town loaded with them.

So far this year, though, there’s been an odd and somewhat disconcerting silence about the festival. Earlier this week, redbankgreen found out why: it’s been postponed from its normal October run until January.

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IN TOWN | IN OCTOBER: WEEK ONE

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For lovers of offbeat films, it’s one of the best things about living in or near Red Bank.

For student filmmakers, it’s a rare opportunity to get their work up on the big screen in front of an audience of more than just classmates and family members. Ditto, frankly, for many of their older counterparts.

And for folks simply looking for intelligent cinema that’s out of the ordinary, the selection could hardly be better.

We’re talking, of course, about the annual Red Bank International Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow night and runs through Sunday at the Clearview Cinemas on White Street.

This year’s slate of more than 50 films, long and short, offers a range from amusing to heavy, with emphasis on chuckles and some tongue-in-cheek-macabre thrown in for bonus yuks.

“All in all, I think it’s a very tight film festival,” says Marc Leckstein, president of the Freedom Film Society, which puts on the festival, now in its seventh edition. “It’s got basically anything anyone would want.”

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REEL CHANGE: ALTER OUT AS FESTIVAL HEAD

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By LINDA G. RASTELLI

Disagreements over a monthly film series have led to the resignation of Richard Alter as chairman of the Freedom Film Society, the nonprofit group that puts on the widely acclaimed Red Bank International Film Festival each year.

Alter and his wife, Amy, quit the society’s board of trustees last month after what Alter calls “philosophical differences” with president Marc Leckstein over the role of the monthly series in the society’s offerings.

Leckstein, a Little Silver attorney, says the departures won’t have any impact on plans for this year’s festival, scheduled for Oct. 5-7.

Alter, pharmacy manager for Meridian Health, has been replaced as chairman by Rumson resident Andrew Malecki, an aspiring filmmaker and assistant manager at Clearview Cinemas on White Street, one of three venues used by the festival.

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ROUGHING IT AT DANNY SANCHEZ

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.

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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.”

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CUE THE NEXT REEL

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Final figures aren’t yet in, but the sixth annual Red Bank International Film Festival, held last weekend, attracted a record number of moviegoers from all over the tri-state region, says Marc Leckstein, president of the Freedom Film Society, the festival sponsor.

“This was probaly the most sucessful festival we’ve had, not just in terms of attendance, but in terms of the quality of the films and audience response,” says Leckstein.

Soon, after a brief return to lives put on hold for the festival, the all-volunteer film society returns to the challenge of building the lineup for the seventh edition.

“What we try to do is to show people product that they’re not normally going to be able to see,” says Leckstein. “That’s what our audience has become conditioned to expecting—something new and different.”

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COMING TO THREE SCREENS NEAR YOU

It is, quite simply, a movie lover’s dream: hour after hour of new indie films offered up on three screens in a thriving cultural hub.

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And it unspools this weekend, the cornucopia of cinematic riches known as the Red Bank International Film Festival, sponsored by the Freedom Film Society.

Taking over a trio of top-notch venues—Clearview Cinemas, Count Basie Theatre and the Two River Theater—is a wide-ranging program that inludes 50 features, documentaries, animated shorts, live-action shorts, foreign films, classics and experimental films.

Knowing which to pass up may be the hardest part for attendees.

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A PRIMA FACIE CASE OF HAVING A BLAST

We stumbled upon a terrific event Wednesday at The Woman’s Club of Red Bank. It was the kind of gathering that sharply underscores the borough’s appeal as a cultural hub, one that can compete with the best of them.

Reed Smith, a law firm in Princeton, put together a networking day for its female attorneys and the women at their corporate clients. Fifty women participated. The idea was to give them a chance to get out of their routines, relax and connect on a personal level, says Judy Cristella, an office administrator for the firm.

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Now of course, this big-bucks, high-powered crowd could have headed off to Philly, New York or a hundred other places, but “We decided to do a mini-retreat here in Red Bank,” says Cristella.

Why? Well, just look at Exhibit A—their itinerary.

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MAKING MOVIES ON PAPER FIRST

It’s about to start raining celluloid hereabouts, metaphorically speaking, with the return of the Red Bank International Film Festival next month. And for any movie fan with an itch to write, this can be a season of exquisite torment.

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Who among movie lovers hasn’t walked out of a theater thinking they could have written something better? Or been so enriched by a great film that they wanted to try to write one herself?

OK, so maybe this isn’t a universal longing. But for those afflicted, here’s a chance to get in touch with your inner Charlie Kaufman or Nicole Holofcener.

As part of its New Professional Series at the Cool School, the Count Basie Theatre is hosting an eight-week workshop for aspiring screenwriters, from teens through adulthood.

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