New Jersey Stories


Six features films with New Jersey connections: Shored Up (World Premiere) looks at the devastation of Hurricane Sandy; Best Kept Secret (New Jersey premiere, pictured) profiles Montclair resident Janet Mino who teaches autistic teenagers in Newark; Gideon’s Army (New Jersey premiere), by Montclair-based director Dawn Porter, follows public defense lawyers in the south, and won the Sundance editing prize and the Miami International Film Festival’s jury and audience prizes. Brothers Hypnotic (New Jersey premiere), by Montclair-raised director Reuben Atlas, profiles the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran). All the directors will be in person for their screenings. Additionally, Fall to Grace focuses on New Jersey’s ex-Governor Jim McGreevey as he attempts to become an Episcopal minister. That screening will be followed by an extended conversation with McGreevey and director Alexandra Pelosi interviewed by New York Times reporter Kate Zernike.

We also encourage you to check out the NJ Shorts section which includes over 25 short films that will screen in six thematic programs.