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Boardwalk Film Festival - Asbuy Park



CONTACT: Kevin McLaughlin
Boardwalk Film Festival
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Asbury Park, New Jersey, August 23, 2016 - The Boardwalk Film Festival has announced the lineup for its first annual event. The festival will present 58 films in a variety of genres during the two-day fest, screening films at the Jersey Shore Arts Center and legendary rock club The Saint. Tickets and a full schedule can be found at

Founder and director of the non-profit festival is veteran filmmaker Kevin McLaughlin. “We’re very excited about this collection of films,” McLaughlin said. “After combing through 1100 entries from more than 70 countries, I can confidently say that we have a roster that really exemplifies the best that the indie film world has to offer.” The festival will be showing a healthy number of films from the local area, mixed in with films from around the country and the rest of the world. Several submissions from Iran and Spain will be included, along with films from the Netherlands, France, and the UK. Every screening is expected to have at least one filmmaker in attendance for an audience Q&A after the film. Many of the films will be having their World Premieres, and most of them will be having their first New Jersey screening. All of the films selected for the festival meet two standards required by the festival rules: they display extraordinary story-telling, and they do so without relying on excessive violence for their dramatic energy.

Headlining the festival will be a quartet of feature-length films. In the fiction films category, audiences will be treated to the Garden State premiere of both Last Pickup, from Director Maggie Surovell, and Shari Berman’s Sugar! Last Pickup is a dark comedy that follows a team of low-level mobsters through a wild night of mishaps and mayhem. Sugar! includes a mix of humor and pathos as it follows its heroine, Leslie, through a mid-life crisis that finds her keeping a big secret from her conservative husband, until the internet spills the beans. Sugar! stars Tony-winner Alice Ripley, and Robert Clohessy, whom viewers will recognize from dozens of television shows like Boardwalk Empire and Blue Bloods.

Feature-length documentaries on the bill include the World Premiere of Quiet Please..., by Long Branch filmmaker Jeffrey Scott Gould. This powerful film introduces audiences to the strange and difficult world of misophonia, (hatred of sound) where sufferers are tortured by ordinary everyday sounds. Reaching out to a community that has long suffered in anonymity, Gould brings empathy and humanity with touching stories of the struggles that misophonia victims endure on a daily basis.

Also screening in the festival is Daddy Don’t Go, from Executive Producers Omar Epps and Malik Yoba, director Emily Abt, and producer Keryn Thompson, an Asbury Park native. This doc has been a hit at over two dozen festivals. It features four young urban fathers as they struggle over a two-year period to break the stereotype and do right by their children.

In addition to the usual categories of features, documentaries, short films and student films, the BFF will be one of very few mainstream film festivals to include an LGBT category. Eight films that address issues related to the LGBT community will screen in a special session at The Saint at 2 PM on Sunday, September 18th.

Boardwalk will also program a block of twelve family-friendly short films at The Saint on Sunday at noon. With a 12-dollar admission fee online, that's just one dollar per film.

“Future Features” is a new genre created by the Boardwalk Film Festival. This section will feature works that represent a larger vision by their filmmakers. In some cases, that means short films that hope to one day become feature films. In other instances, the entry is a TV pilot intended to show programmers an idea for a series. Highlights of this section include Knights of New Jersey a comedic take-down of the Renaissance Fair community, by Montclair filmmaker Michael Hadley, and The Holdouts, a hilarious look at priced-out denizens of Manhattan, featuring Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, The Mentalist.) Viewers will also get a look at Little West 12th Street, a TV pilot featuring Lou Martini Jr. (The Sopranos) and Kevin Brown (30 Rock’s Dot-com.)

Festival attendees will also be enjoying two parties while visiting Asbury Park. Saturday’s bash takes place at 10PM at The Beach Bar on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, while Sunday’s Closing Night Party will follow the festival’s Awards Ceremony at 8PM at The Saint. Both events will feature live entertainment.

Sponsors of the festival include local businesses Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits, McLoone’s Restaurants, and Red Bank Sleep Shoppe. Other businesses interested in participating, or anyone interested in volunteering at the festival, can contact festival organizers through the festival website,