Upcoming Event – Asbury Park – 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival – March 22-25 2012

by Donald Hanson • March 17, 2012 • Entertainment, Events, MonmouthComments (0)1456

The Garden State Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year.

 The Garden State Film Festival is a celebration of the independent film genre. It is a showcase and forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. It was also created to pay tribute to New Jersey’s legacy as the birthplace of the American filmmaking industry in Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratories where he invented the first film cameras and projectors, to Fort Lee, where the original studios were founded.

The Festival provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in careers in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere conducive to learning and mentoring. The Asbury Park location was selected so that the GSFF could serve as an engine for the city’s revitalization through arts, commerce and culture.

The origin and history of the GSFF :

The Garden State Film Festival was born in 2002 after a chance encounter in a Sea Girt, New Jersey grocery store by 25- year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the well known Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli.

Through his deep ties to Hollywood, Mr. Pastorelli and Ms. Raver were able to bring an all encompassing event to the State of New Jersey. It premiered in 2003 and was immediately deemed a huge success.

Since that time, industry notables such as Glenn Close, Frank Vincent, Batman producer Michael Uslan, Austin Pendleton, Kurtwood Smith, James Gandolfini, Budd Schulberg, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, Lainie Kazan and others have lent their support.

GSFF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our event is held on an annual basis in the spring of each year at the Paramount Theater/Convention Hall complex as well as other venues in Asbury Park, New Jersey and surrounding area. In addition, GSFF provides a wide range of outreach and educational programs throughout the entire year.

 To purchase tickets to the Garden state Film Festival and to learn more about it click here


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