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4th Annual SOMA Film Festival VIP Pass / Full Program Schedule

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The Woodland

60 Woodland Road

Maplewood, NJ 07040

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Now in our 4th season we have expanded the festivities to 5 days and nights from March 20-24 that will include independent films from near and far, filmmaker Q and A's, an opening night party, a short script(s) reading, and a free screening at Seton Hall University on the evening of March 19th.

We will offer 17 programs in total that will include our shorts/feature programs that will highlight amazing indie film, our Kids, Local Teen, Seton Hall and Locals feature and short programs and a few more surprises along the way.

Besides the Evening with Frank Oz on 3/21 and the Welcome Party on 3/22, we will not include alcohol with the cost of your VIP Pass, it will be sold seperately at a modest cost on Saturday and Sunday at the 6:00 PM program.

Free popcorn and water will be served, and treats will be available to all attendees of the Kids Program(s) courtesy of The Able Baker.

All programs will screen at The Woodland in downtown Maplewood, NJ other than the Seton Hall program.

Here is the (very) full lineup -

Tuesday, March 19th - Special Event

Seton Hall University Program

The Classical Concert Series, within the College of Communication and the Arts’ Arts Council, will present two silent films with scores performed live as part of the 2019 SOMA Film Festival on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Jubilee Hall Auditorium on the Seton Hall campus.

Experience the excitement and joy of silent film with performances by 20 Digitus, named a Top 50 Favorite Artist by Artslandia, and The Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble that writes and performs soundtracks to classic silent films.

The evening will feature the following films:

Ghosts Before Breakfast, a 1928 animated short film directed by Hans Richter. With the use of stop motion and live action, the short film tells the story of everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine.

Speedy, a 1928 comedy directed by Ted Wilde. Follow Harold “Speedy” Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, as he saves the city’s last horse-drawn trolley from extinction.

Following the screenings, a discussion will be facilitated by Ghost Before Breakfast’s soundtrack composer and Assistant Professor of Sound Production and Engineering Dag Gabrielsen, Ph.D., along with Associate Professor and Musicologist, Paul Christiansen, Ph.D.

Admission is free and tickets are HERE!

MAIN FESTIVAL

Wednesday, March 20th

5:00 PM

LOCALS ONLY! PROGRAM 1

Kesha: Rainbow - The Film (33:00) directed by Lagan Sebert (Maplewood)

The film mixes never-before-seen documentary footage with psychedelic vignettes to tell the story of Kesha's emotional comeback story from the brink of failure to her triumphant return at the 2018 Grammys.


Fingernail Moon (20:00) directed by Kieren van den Blink (Hightstown, NJ)

She's seventeen, her mom is dying, and one summer night will change her life forever. Shot in one consecutive take.

In Stitches (55:00) directed by Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins (Maplewood)

This film follows three trailblazing South African comedians who are bringing their mother tongues to the stage, using laughter to heal the wounds of apartheid.


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7:00

AN EYE ON AMERICA PROGRAM

The Providers (1:25:00) directed Anna Moot-Levin (Brooklyn, NY) and Laura Green
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, this documentary film follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. If you're a fan of PBS programming, this one is for you.

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9:00

LOCALS ONLY! PROGRAM 2

Altered Minds directed by Michael Wechsler (South Orange), starring Judd Hirsch
A family reunion goes awry when the oldest son makes the accusation that his dying father, a famed psychiatrist who also did work for the CIA, adopted his children for the purposes of psychological experimentation.

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Thursday, March 21st

LOCALS ONLY! PROGRAM 3

6:00 PM

In Plain Sight (13:13) directed by Carli Platt (Millburn)
Not every holocaust victim was sent to a concentration camp. Some didn't lose their lives, but instead lost everything that was important to them: their family, their religious identity, their childhood, and their way of life.

Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be (56:00) directed by Rachel Fisher (Maplewood)
A German Rabbi becomes an outspoken leader as the Nazis gain power, then is expelled and emigrates to America, where he witnesses segregation and Jim Crow and becomes involved in the civil rights movement.

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8:00 PM

AN EVENING WITH FRANK OZ

The Traffic Separating Device (15:00) directed Johan Palmgren (Sweden)
A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm, tragic and funny situations occur and we follow the whole mess of human failures.

Muppet Guys Talking with Frank Oz (1:10:00) directed by Frank Oz (New York, NY)
For the first time ever, five of the original Muppet performers come together to discuss the creation of their iconic characters under the visionary leadership of Jim Henson. With unexpected stories, rare behind-the-scenes footage, and important insights into how Jim led his team, this documentary gives a private glimpse into the true spirit of The Muppets.

Mr. Oz and the film’s producer Victoria Labalme will be in attendance for an entertaining and informative Q & A following the film.

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Friday, March 22nd

7:00

WELCOME PARTY

Welcome one and all to the party that starts it all. Filmmakers and fans will mingle as we serve delicious finger foods, drinks (adult included) and sit and enjoy a program of amazing films for desert.

8:00ish

The Passage (25:00) directed by Nate Dappen
A story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.

Brave Girls (1:10:00) directed by Ellie Walton and Yashaswi Desai
In one of the oldest towns in India three young women seek to change their futures. Immediately, they are forced to choose between their evolving dreams and their obligations to their community. At once frustrating and inspiring, this film reveals the complexity that emerges on the path to self-determination.

Executive Producer Deborah Wallace and Producer Tanisha Christie will be on hand for Q & A following program.

Get your tickets HERE.

Saturday, March 23rd

10:00 am

KIDS PROGRAM

I Really Like Slop
Filmmaker: Mo Willems
Watch Mo Willems skillfully cook a pot of slop for kids.

Undiscovered
Filmmaker: Sara Litzenberger
There are no photos of Sasquatch, but for reasons that may surprise you.

Kid Snippets - Fast Food
Filmmaker: Bored Shorts TV
Just an ordinary stop at the drive-thru window.

Power
Filmmaker: Dana Sink
An animated film intersecting machinery, life, and media. Power.

Don't Walk
Filmmaker: Dan Angelucci
A man is kept from doing the only thing he loves doing.

La Boite
Filmmaker: Aloïs Mathé, Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Juliette Perrey, Joran Rivet
An elderly man gets an unexpected visitor.

Strawberries Will Save The World
Filmmaker: Yoko Okumura
Yuko's love for strawberries knows no bounds and she believes they will save the world.

Game Over
Filmmaker: PES
Yard sale items bring us back to our arcade game days.

Island
Filmmaker: Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel
On a small island a bunch of exotic creatures run across each other.

Kid Snippets - Viral Sports Clips 2
Filmmaker: Bored Shorts TV
The Sports Report from your favourite anchor.

Lambs
Filmmaker: Gottfried Mentor
A lamb's parents are shocked, because their little lamb doesn't sound like the other sheep.

One Small Step - Oscar Nominee

Filmmaker: Bobby Pontillas, Andrew Chesworth

TAIKO Studios presents the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

I've Loved You SInce Forever
Filmmaker: Robin Sindler

A celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child.

Get your tickets HERE.

Noon

FESTIVAL FAVORITES PROGRAM

Deep Dish Apocalypse (8:40) directed by Ron Morehouse (Los Angeles, CA)
Even as the world comes to an end a man tries to sabotage a womans relationship.

Nora Ephron Goes to Prison (8:09) directed by Hannah Elless (New York, NY)
Two women from very different worlds meet in unexpected circumstances. Through their common love of Nora Ephron an unlikely friendship forms. Watch what happens when Mary meets Ally.

Pet Names (1:15:00) directed by Carol Brandt (Milwaukee, WI)
When her ailing mother urges her to take a vacation from playing nurse, grad school dropout Leigh invites her old high school boyfriend along on the trip. The two soon find that confronting old wounds during a weekend in the woods is anything but restful.

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2:00 PM

WOMEN IN THE WORLD PROGRAM

Change (5:17) directed by Joe Jennings Jr. (Atlanta, GA)
A late-night at the laundromat turns serious for a mother and her daughter.

Happy Birthday Mr. Brown (18:55) directed by Eliran Peled (Israel)
A young waitress at a closed event receives a one-time opportunity to take revenge on a person who hurt her. But now she must understand whether she is going to do it or whether she chooses to forgive.

Me 3.769 (9:00) directed by Elaine DelValle (Miami, FL)
A Pubescent Latina looks forward to her maturing body, but must soon cope with the sexual misconduct of someone she trusts.

Fort Maria (1:24:00) - 2:00 PM directed by S. Cagney Gentry & Thomas Southerland (Winston-Salem, NC)
As Maria copes with the issues that have led her - a world traveler - into her self-inflicted prison, her daughter Meredith discovers her own identity through a search for her biological family.

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5:00 PM

THE WORLD AROUND US PROGRAM

Over the Wall (12:22) directed by Roy Zafrani (Israel)
A coincidental meeting between an Israeli boy and a Palestinian boy leads them to discover that reality is different than what they have been told.

T(HE)Y (11:04) directed by Caroline Callender and Silver Liftin (New York, NY)
Dakota and Indiana explore their experiences growing up as transgender high school students in New York City.

Sea Change (1:16:00) directed by Dana Schwartz (New York, NY)
In a historic self-shot adventure, eight GoPro cameras capture the harrowing 6,689 mile journey of a couple as they attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to New York in a rowboat.

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DINNER BREAK

US PREMIER PROGRAM

8:00 PM

Sara Jahan Se Accha (5:51) directed by Gurprasad Singh (India)
The story of little girl who has a little secret stored inside her little heart, a secret that breaks her heart into a million pieces when she thinks about it.

Lunch Time (16:00) directed Alireza Ghasemi (Iran)
A 16-year-old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother.

IRA (1:25:00) directed by Mauro Russo Rouge (Italy)
A humble man meets and falls in love with an abused prostitute which ultimately leads them to do something desperate for their survival.

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Sunday March 24th

9:30 am

KIDS PROGRAM - ENCORE PRESENTATION

I Really Like Slop
Filmmaker: Mo Willems
Watch Mo Willems skillfully cook a pot of slop for kids.

Undiscovered
Filmmaker: Sara Litzenberger
There are no photos of Sasquatch, but for reasons that may surprise you.

Kid Snippets - Fast Food
Filmmaker: Bored Shorts TV
Just an ordinary stop at the drive-thru window.

Power
Filmmaker: Dana Sink
An animated film intersecting machinery, life, and media. Power.

Don't Walk
Filmmaker: Dan Angelucci
A man is kept from doing the only thing he loves doing.

La Boite
Filmmaker: Aloïs Mathé, Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Juliette Perrey, Joran Rivet
An elderly man gets an unexpected visitor.

Strawberries Will Save The World
Filmmaker: Yoko Okumura
Yuko's love for strawberries knows no bounds and she believes they will save the world.

Game Over
Filmmaker: PES
Yard sale items bring us back to our arcade game days.

Island
Filmmaker: Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel
On a small island a bunch of exotic creatures run across each other.

Kid Snippets - Viral Sports Clips 2
Filmmaker: Bored Shorts TV
The Sports Report from your favourite anchor.

Lambs
Filmmaker: Gottfried Mentor
A lamb's parents are shocked, because their little lamb doesn't sound like the other sheep.

One Small Step - Oscar Nominee

Filmmaker: Bobby Pontillas, Andrew Chesworth

TAIKO Studios presents the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

I've Loved You Since Forever
Filmmaker: Robin Sindler

A celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child.

Get your tickets HERE.

11:30 am

CINEMA ED YOUTH PROGRAM

Schedule to be announced, stay tuned!

3:00 PM

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY STUDENT FILM PROGRAM

Schedule to be announced, stay tuned!

6:00 pm

LOCALS ONLY! SHORTS PROGRAM

The Guy (20:00) directed by E.J. McLeavy-Fisher (Maplewood)
A journey through the checkered career of veteran stunt actor Brian Donahue.

The Lost Basket (4:00) directed by Kevin Anton (South Orange)
The Lost Basket is the story of two men who set out on an adventure to discover a seemingly hidden treasure somewhere in North America.

Toil (4:12) directed Steve Harris (Maplewood)
You work your whole life: what does it mean?

Shell Jeff (5:00) directed by Mikey Kampmann (Blairstown)

All day Jeff sees people getting gas to go places, while he is stuck at the place where people go to go places. Going nowhere.

Remnants (12:18) directed by Dana Woods (Jersey City)
Alone in an unending forest, a girl must decide whether or not to help an injured stranger.

Dependence (14:00) directed by Cris Thorne (South Orange)
Despite peer pressure, Zeke has managed to live drug free, but he now finds himself immersed in his girlfriend's family that favors “self-medication” over therapy.

The Night Watchman (4:00) by Chris Messineo (New Providence)
A security guard just wants to listen to the ballgame on the radio, but he may not be alone in the warehouse.

Nepal One Year Later (5:00) by Scott Sinkler (South Orange)
One in a three-part mini docu-series about Nepal one year after the earthquake of 2015.

Vicious Cycles (7:45) directed by Anthony Echo (South Orange)

Tension mounts between two rival "biker" gangs when they butt helmets at a local watering hole.

Drag Mother (14:00) by Brett Boone (Butler)
A drag queen grapples with the terminal cancer of his estranged and ignorant mother, debating whether or not to visit her before she dies.

Ode to an Urn (21:00) directed Zak Mir (Maplewood)
When an old man meets a young boy and a girl, both young musicians, he befriends them and invites them to his home, he is left with disappointment only to later realize these children help him let go of something that he had been holding onto for a long time.

The Bump (8:39) directed Michael Izquierdo (New York, NY)
Betsy and Doug are on a perfect first date and seem perfect for one another until they hit one little bump. PARTIALLY SHOT IN MAPLEWOOD.

Big Things Happening in Maplewood (2:30) directed by Robin Sindler (South Orange)
Change is afoot in Maplewood.

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