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Two feature films recently made in New Jersey will premiere at the upcoming Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park.

“Favorite Son,” starring Pablo Schreiber (“The Wire,” “Vicky Christina Barcelona”) and Connor Paolo (“Gangs Of New York,” “Mystic River”), concerns an emotionally distraught baseball player who returns to his hometown and becomes obsessed with his childhood friend and her troubled teenage son. It was filmed in Madison and Bridgewater by award-winning writer/director Howard Libov, using a crew of seasoned professionals that also included many of his film students at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Achchamundu! Achchamundu!” (“I’m Scared, I’m Scared”), from writer/director Arun Vaidyanathan, fuses an Eastern style of storytelling with Western production polish. John Shea (“Lois & Clark,” “Missing”), Prasanna (“Sadhu Miranda”) and Sneha (“Pirivom Santhipom”) head the cast of this thriller about a family that seems to be living the American dream, until a stranger enters their lives. Locations in Edison, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, Hamilton Twp., Washington Twp., West Milford and Hackettstown were utilized.

Both features will be screened back-to-back in the Continental Room of Asbury Park’s Berkeley Hotel, on Sunday, April 5. “Favorite Son” will be shown at 12:30 pm, and “Achchamundu! Achchamundu!” will be shown at 3:00 pm. Tickets are available on line at:

“We are delighted that two excellent motion pictures, made right here in New Jersey, will premiere at one of the state’s foremost film festivals” said Steven Gorelick, Executive Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. “Filmmaking, as both an art form and an industry, continues to thrive in New Jersey, and this is proof positive.”

The Garden State Film Festival, run by Executive Director Diane Raver, is now in its seventh year. It is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre, and creates a forum for independent filmmakers to exhibit their work, and audiences to enjoy and appreciate it. Honorees at this year’s event include famed music agent Sid Bernstein, filmmaker Joey Travolta and actor Christopher DeBlasio. The Festival runs April 2-5, 2009.