Welcome to the 8th Annual Jersey Shore Film Festival
Each summer the Jersey Shore Film Festival offers a captive audience of year round, as well as summer residents, seasonal visitors, and beach goers from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, cutting edge entertainment. With films from new as well as established filmmakers, the film festival focuses on screening thought provoking and entertaining films which will challenge you to discover, contemplate and react, in order to open your mind up to what the rest of the world is experiencing.
2016 Jersey Shore Film Festival
☆ - Featured Film
☆ Bradley Beach Memories
This wildly entertaining documentary by filmmaker Stevie Doueck, takes us for a ride down memory lane with a group of summer vacationers along the Jersey Shore in the quaint town of Bradley Beach New Jersey during the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s & 70's.
Having settled during the summer months from the thirties through the seventies (with a tiny remnant of devotees still residing) this group managed to stay life-long friends for over a fifty-year period. Their friendship has stood the test of time, as they share in this documentary all those happy-go-lucky moments together, triggered by the simple acts they shared as a group. The ultimate question asked is: could those wonderful fun years be re-captured, and could their children, and grandchildren continue the tradition they experienced?
The Last Laugh
Genre: Silent / Drama
Runtime: 90 minutes
Director: F. W. Murnau
The Last Laugh, filmed in 1924 is a silent film directed by F. W. Murnau from a screenplay written by Carl Mayer. One of the crowning achievements of the German expressionist movement, The Last Laugh stars Emil Jannings as an aging door-man whose happiness crumbles when he is relieved of the duties which had been the foundation of his happiness and pride. After being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel he is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbors and society. Meticulously restored, this is the definitive version of a silent masterwork with a new orchestral recording of the original score.
"This is an amazing film!"
"Truly a classic!"
"You will walk out swearing you heard the actors speaking."
"A tremendous influence on Hitchcock, Murnau paved the way for many great filmmakers including Hitchcock, Renoir and Anderson"
The Tenth Man
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Runtime: 80 minutes
Director: Daniel Burman
Language: Spanish & Hebrew w/ English subtitles
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Burman, The Tenth Man, a well-observed comedy, wrestles with notions of identity, home and the intricacies of the father son relationship. After years away, Ariel (Alan Sabbagh) returns to Buenos Aires seeking to reconnect with his father Usher, who has founded a charity foundation in Once, the city's bustling Jewish district where Ariel spent his youth. In the process of trying to meet his father and getting entangled in his charitable commitments, Ariel also reconnects with his own Jewish roots. He meets Eva who volunteers for Usher’s charity and he is inspired to come to grips with the traditions that once divided him and his father and rethink his own identity. Tenderly, and with a lightness of touch, Usher has Ariel let go of his old expectations and allow himself to be drawn into the center of a vibrant and fascinating community. This film was awarded the Best Actor Award (Alan Sabbagh) at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Where Do We Go Now?
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Runtime: 110 minutes
Director: Nadine Labaki
Language: Arabic w/ English subtitles
Set in a war-torn remote Middle Eastern village, where the church and the mosque stand side by side, Where Do We Go Now? follows the antics of the town’s Christian and Muslim women joining forces to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian belly dancers. Director Nadine Labaki co-wrote and also plays the lead role of Amale, a widow who organizes the women in her village to take action. This film was awarded the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The First Grader
Genre: Biography / Drama / Romance
Runtime: 100 minutes
Director: Justin Chadwick
This is the story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. After the Kenyan government promised free education for children in 2003, Maruge, knocked on the door of a primary school on a remote mountain in the Kenyan bush. He asked to be seated along with the other students, first graders about 6 years old. Maruge was initially denied a seat, but the head teacher fought to get him admitted.
Full of vitality and humor, this film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with the head teacher and his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country.
The filming process itself was quite extraordinary, as the children in the film – who are in many ways the stars – had never even seen a film or television set before let alone been involved in the filming process. Their involvement in the shoot was a totally novel experience for them and their enthusiasm and energy is captured beautifully on screen.
Runtime: 98 minutes
Director: Christian Vincent
Language: French w/ English subtitles
When a feared judge of the French court, Xavier Racine (Fabrice Luchini), encounters a French-Danish juror, Ditte Lorensen-Coteret (Sidse Babett Knudsen), at a murder trial, their shared past is slowly uncovered. Understated and engaging, director Christian Vincent (Four Stars, Haute Cuisine) lets two narratives unfold, playing with notions of how we present ourselves and how we wish to be perceived.
The film casts an interesting light on class and behavior and how we’re judged on both- the appearance and mannerisms of a young couple on trial are dissected by the jurors, in stark contrast to unquestioned reverence embodied by Racine. Vincent's film earned the Best Screenplay Award for his finely crafted script and Luchini’s appealing performance the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival, as well as three nominations at France’s Cesar Awards.
Founded in Israel in 1989, Ma’aleh is an institution of higher education which trains filmmakers to produce work inspired by their Jewish heritage, fostering a unique connection between the world of media and Jewish culture. The school aims to build bridges between Jewish tradition and social experience, as well as between the religious and secular worlds.
*All shorts will be screened prior to feature films and are included in the ticket price of the feature.