The 9th annual Atlantic City Cinefest will present more than 50 feature, short and documentary films, Oct. 14 to 16. The film festival will serve up a mix of comedy, drama, horror and science fiction, many from New Jersey filmmakers. Check out our SCHEDULE to see when films are playing and order advance TICKETS.
As with last year, films will be screened in the resort’s Arts District at Dante Hall Theater and the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, both on Mississippi Avenue.
Northeast Philadelphia-raised Scott L. Schwartz will be one of the key honorees at the 2016 Atlantic City Cinefest. Schwartz played the recurring role of Bruiser in Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13. He also appeared in Fun with Dick and Jane (with Jim Carrey), Starsky and Hutch, Scorpion King, Spider-Man, Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Fire Down Below and a number of television series.
The festival opens with the East Coast premiere of “Bad Frank,” starring Howell, New Jersey’s Kevin Interdonato, Tom Sizemore and last year’s honoree, Brian O’Halloran, also from New Jersey. First time director, Mendham’s Tony Germinario, wrote the drama, with Red Bank’s Peter Dobson producing. The film, made entirely in New Jersey, centers on Frank Pierce, who leads a seemingly normal life, but when a disturbing past re-emerges and something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens and unearths the urge to be violent once again.
Dobson stars in and produced the short, “The Demo,” which precedes “Bad Frank.”
The festival will screen the powerful documentary, “Changing Hands,” from Philadelphia native, Scott L. Schwartz, who played Bruiser in “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’sTwelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.” Schwartz will also receive a Lifesaver Award. “I’m still just a little ole boy from Philadelphia,” Schwartz says. “It is my pleasure and honor to be recognized by the Atlantic City Cinefest. As a child, my family used to spend summer at the Jersey Shore and now I have a chance to return in a bigger capacity than I ever imagined.”
Another Lifesaver Award honoree this year, Blanche Baker, will host a Saturday night screening of the cult classic, John Hughes’ “Sixteen Candles.” Baker, daughter of Oscar-nominated actress Carroll Baker, plays Ginny, Molly Ringwald’s older sister.
The festival will feature plenty of regional talent. Keith Vaile returns with the feature length, “Kidnapped” and two shorts. Pat Kazanjian also returns with the feature “Odd Crows.” Rachel Albanese presents “Lost and Found.”Among other New Jersey filmmakers: Sebastian Foxworth’s three shorts;C.J. Cullen’s comedy short, “Marathon Mouth,” Mark Clauberg’s “Hotel,” Maurice Paramore’s “The Kill Club,” Stuart Connelly’s “Bloodletting,” Donna Hernandez’ “Crossing Blood Lines” and Larry Rosen’s “Surviving the Outbreak.”
LGBT documentaries include A.J. Mattioli’s “Words,” along with“Cherry’s In Season.” “Larger than Life” and “Hang On Sloopy” are two musical docs.
The well-received film, “Sugar!” screens on Saturday, Oct. 15th at Dante Hall. “The message of believe in one’s self was strong. Following one’s dreams is a theme that never gets old,” reviewer Jennifer E. Smith says.
The film stars Tony-winner, Alice Ripley and SAG Award winner, Robert Clohessy, who won an award from the Cinefest in 2014 and 2015.
Scheduled to appear at the 2016 A.C. Cinefest
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