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ANNOUNCING THE 2018 WINNING FILMS!

PRESS RELEASE 3/29/18: THE ED FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2018 FILM FEST WINNERS

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The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills is putting students in the spotlight again this year and will be showcasing 9 winning films at the 7th Annual Millburn Film Fest.  The Red Carpet Premiere will be on Friday, April 20th, 7:00 p.m. at Millburn High School and is made possible thanks to Academy Award Sponsors The Shannon Aronson Group and New York Film Academy, and Studio Sponsors Jodi Rubenstein & Joanna Parker-Lentz Realty Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, PNC Wealth Management, and Producer Sponsor The Gonnella Team. The community is invited to view short family friendly films Millburn Middle & High school students have created, walk the red carpet, take home a complementary photo, and exit the event to a fanfare.  Tickets are available online at www.millburnfilmfest.com

You will be inspired and amazed by the student films wide range of subject matter from an original music video, a documentary about the Holocaust, the turmoil of getting into college, and an animation showing the strength of women standing together. The superb selection of films chosen this year is thanks to the 2018 judging panel: Michael Klein, David Koh, Laraine Brennan-Barach, Cathy Scorsese, Victoria Plummer, Andrew Permision, Amy McGovern, Judith Kramer, Kathi Hecht, Donna Davis, Orna Greenberg. On the big screen this year will be “Coffee,” “In Plain Sight: A Hidden Child of the Holocaust,” “Parallel Lines,” “Procrastination,” “School Girls,” “Swindler,” “The Decision,” “Unburned,” and “Unexpected Gap Year.” The top filmmaker will receive a scholarship to New York Film Academy one-week summer film camp.

In “Coffee” filmmaker Kyle Farscht (junior at Millburn High School) explores relationships and an unexpected twist of fate. Actors Matthew Green (MHS junior) and Tori Sonza (MHS senior) performances enhance this emotional film. Kyle wrote, directed, filmed, color corrected, and edited this intense drama.

The youngest filmmaker this year, Carli Platt (Millburn Middle School 7th grader) takes on the complicated topic of the Holocaust in her film “In Plain Sight: A Hidden Child of the Holocaust.” The documentary chronicles the life of Wilhelmina De Kadt, now Willie Juhlin, a victim of the Holocaust. Though she wasn’t placed in a concentration camp, her life was taken in a different way; her parents, her childhood, even her religious identity were taken from her, as a Hidden Child of the Holocaust. Carli wrote, directed, edited & narrated this film and had her brother, Tyler Platt (MHS senior), film the interview for the documentary.

Cynthia Cheng (MHS senior) shows us a misunderstood relationship between an academically strong girl and a boy who needs a tutor for his test. The film “Parallel Lines” shows subtle emotions among teenagers and a reflection of misread intentions. This collaborative mass media project was created by seniors Cynthia Cheng (co-directed & filmed), Jasmine Guan (co-directed, wrote, & lead female actor) Spencer Estes (lead male actor), Lana Ning (co-editor), Nicole Villalba (co-editor), Megan Chien (actor), Vanessa Jiang (actor), Aidan Chalnick (actor), and Terrence Shi (actor).

You don’t want to hesitate to head to the film fest this year or you may miss “Procrastination” a comedy by Daniel Lee (MMS 8th grader). The film starts off with a boy who realizes he hasn’t finished his essay due the next day. We are then sent through his wacky adventure of trying to write an essay. Daniel directed, filmed, edited, acted, wrote & submitted this entertaining satire.

In the documentary “School Girls,” we get a glimpse of the lives of three teens, Monica Taladtad and Jeanelyn & Georgelyn Batoy, who work as household help for a family so they can attend school in Makato, Philippines. Eliza Tagle made the journey to the Philippines where she filmed and interviewed the girls.   A sophomore at MHS, Eliza directed, wrote, filmed and edited this documentary.

“Swindler” is an original song written and sung by Sofia Baran (sophomore at MHS) that showcases the importance of close friendships, and how much light is brought into one’s life through the support of others. Through this candid, intimate insight into a close friendship, discover how pure and healing friendship can be. Sema Madahar (MHS sophomore) directed, filmed, wrote & submitted this heartwarming music video. Sema had singer Sofia Baran as well as classmates Aoife Weiss, (MHS sophomore) Drew Demeterio (MHS sophomore) to act in the film

The college admissions process is stressful for everyone at Millburn High School. “The Decision” tells the story of two students that apply to their dream school and shows how their friendship is tested when their worst nightmare of differing decisions is realized. How much does admission mean, and how far will a student go to get in? Maddy Freeman and fellow seniors created this drama as a mass media project for Ms. Krueger’s class. This all star senior cast includes Maddy Freeman (producer, director, co-writer, co-cinematographer, editor, actor and submitter), Brad Klein (producer, co-writer, co-cinematographer, and actor), Sophie Richman (producer, co-writer, and actor), Jason Wei (producer, co-cinematographer, and actor), Ben Pearl (producer and actor), Ariel Neyman (producer and actor). Millburn High School’s Ms. Krueger and Dr. Keenan are supporting actors in the film.

Throughout history, strong and talented women have been attacked as witches. “Unburned” is the story of a young woman whose ability provokes fear and violence in her community. In her moment of need, she discovers that the support of other women is the only thing that can save her. Sophomore, Alex DeRosa, created this beautiful animated film “Unburned” with her digital artistry. Alex (sophomore MHS) directed, animated, edited, wrote & submitted this film.

“Unexpected Gap Year” is a coming of age film about a high school senior applying to colleges. The film follows Miriam who is trying to find her own path that may not be conventional, compared to her friends, and expectations of her family.  Ariel Riseman (MHS senior) directed, edited, co-wrote, and submitted this film. The star of the film, Miriam Harrow (MHS senior) also co-wrote “Unexpected Gap Year” and shared the screen with actors Emily Fried, Rachel Broder, Vivian Harrow, Alex Harrow, Max Harrow, Sophia Hoodis, Amanda Model, Maanya Tandon, Holly Graziano.

If you can’t make it to the Red Carpet Premiere join us at the daytime encore performance on Thursday, April 26th at 11 a.m. at the Millburn Bow-Tie Cinema.   In addition to the 9 winning films we will be screening two ENCORE EXTRAS – “Wasted Generation” by Kate Parker-Lentz and “Entrée” by Kyle Farscht. See you at the movies!

2018 Trailer – https://youtu.be/LrwVZlmN8Vc

 

MEET THE 2018 FILM FEST JUDGES

Each year a panel of industry professional judges review and score all of the entries. The Ed Foundation and Millburn Film Fest are pleased to announce the judging panel for it’s 7th year! Judges for 2018 are Michael Klein, David Koh, Cathy Scorsese, Laraine Brennan Barach, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Orna Greenberg, Andrew Permison, Donna Davis, Kathi Hecht, and Judith Kramer. This year Millburn Film Fest is pleased to honor judge Laraine Brennan-Barach with the Krueger-Rhodes Award honoring her for her dedication to art education in the community.

MEET THE JUDGES:

Michael Klein is a documentary, narrative, and commercial producer.  After graduating from Millburn High School in 2005 he went on to receive a BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California.  In 2016, Michael founded the production company Circadian Pictures and has produced and directed commercials for clients such as AT&T, American Express, Viacom, Puma, Google, Apple, Target, Coors, and Beats by Dre.  Michael produced the award-winning documentary “Romeo is Bleeding”, directed by Jason Zeldes, the short film “The Deal” written and directed by Danny Kaminsky and executive produced by Joss Whedon, and the short film “Dog Food” which premiered at the 2014 SXSW film festival, directed by Brian Crano, starring Amanda Seyfried, Cory Michael Smith, and David Craig.  He also executive produced Crano’s most recent feature film “Permission” starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens that premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and will be in theaters in early 2018.

David Koh graduated from Millburn High School in 2009. In his teenage years, he began learning filmmaking and photography as well as studied art in the Millburn High School AP Art program for 3 years. From 2011 to 2015, David attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and went on to receive a B.F.A. in Film and TV Production. Some of his notable projects include: “Molly and the Moon” (2014), “Lady in Lavender” (2016) which went on to screen with the Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival, “Been Waiting” (2017) – a music video for the electro-pop artist Computer Magic, and “Bare” (2015) – a short that went on to win awards at the 72 Hour Film Shootout and screened at New Filmmakers NY and the Asian American International Film Festival. For photography, David has been accepted in The Print Swap Project by Feature Shoot as well as having his work recognized by the International Photo Awards. After college, David joined Through the Lens Entertainment Inc. (TTL) – an upstart production and IP development company working in the film and entertainment industry. Influenced by the rise of new technology and its potential for art and storytelling, David’s creative output takes the shape of multi-media art pieces. Working under the pseudonym CELLESTIAL and Cellestial Studios (@cellestialstudios), he explores the intersection of art, technology, and narrative. He is most interested in themes relating to cultural identity, urban isolation, and the effects of digital culture. David is based in Brooklyn and in his spare time enjoys hip-hop dancing, writing, and trying new cuisines.

Catherine Scorsese, alum of Millburn High School, is currently an advisor for the Millburn Arts Advisory Committee.  She attended NYU film school and upon graduation, Catherine worked as an assistant to an executive producer at Children’s Television Workshop, creators of Sesame Street and other memorable children’s programming.  After that, Catherine began her journey in the art department for feature films, working as prop person and set decorator on “CASINO”, “THE SOPOANOS”, “THE AVIATOR”, “THE DEPARTED”, “MUSIC AND LYRICS”, “SHUTTER ISLAND” and “BOARDWALK EMPIRE”, among dozens of others.   She was the executive producer of the animated Christmas special “THE ELF ON A SHELF, AN ELF’S STORY,” already becoming a Christmas classic.

The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee’s 20 year mission has been to enhance and advance the arts in Millburn Township. The committee is comprised of recognized Leaders in the Art Community, professional Artists, Sculptors, Television and Film producers, Art directors, Set Decorators, and Gallery owners.  Cathy Scorsese, Laraine Brennan Barach, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Donna Davis, Orna Greenberg, Andrew Permison and Kathi Hecht will be representing the Art Advisory committee this year as judges for the film fest. For 10 years under the guidance of Laraine Brennan Barach, Art Advisory has sponsored the highly acclaimed Millburn/Short Hills Art Advisory Scholarship for Millburn High School Students. Laraine is the recipient of this years Krueger-Rhodes award which is given to individuals who enhance education in the arts and film at Millburn.

Andrew Permison, Laraine Brennan-Barach, Donna Davis, Kathi Hecht, & Victoria Plummer

THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT OF THE KRUEGER-RHODES AWARD: Millburn Arts Advisory Chairwoman, Laraine Brennan Barach has lived with her family and volunteered in Millburn Short Hills for over 40 years.  After careers in film and television production in New York, Ms. Barach relocated to Millburn and became active in many New Jersey based volunteer positions in Millburn PTO’s, Maplewood Board of Education; Seton Hall University Theater in the Round.  Laraine established the Millburn Short Hills AP art scholarship with AAC Member support 12 years ago. 
She is a past member of SAG, AFTRA & Actors Equity. 
 She has worked with Martin Scorsese, Cathy Scorsese on industry projects, and the New York Art Students League & Morris Museum.

Township resident, Amy McGovern is currently the Arts Advisory Vice Chair.  While working as a public defender, Amy has worked as a mosaic artist, and has studied photography. She is currently studying multiple media under the professional artist Anne Kullaf. She has been a member of the art committee since 2007 and a township resident for over 20 years.

Orna Greenberg, AAC member/Curator, award-winning artist and graphic designer. Orna has a BFA in Graphic Design from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. A member of The Art Students League of New York City and NJ Plein Air Painters. She has studied and participated in workshops in the US, Canada and Europe.  Orna paints in oil and watercolor as well as working in ceramics. She has worked as a substitute Art Teacher in North Plainfield and Millburn since 2006. Orna has been a resident of Millburn since 2000, when she moved here from Toronto and a member of the AAC since 2006.

Andrew is MHS graduate and longtime resident of Short Hills.  He is an art dealer, painter, and a founding member of the Millburn Art Advisory Committee.  He is an avid collector of fine art and mentor of young artists and works on the Millburn Art Committee school programs.

Victoria Plummer has an MFA in Film and the Media Arts from Temple University and previously worked as an editor for television and in the editing department of feature films. She also has a great love of festivals , helping to start the UFVA International Film Festival (now called NextFrame) while in graduate school and more recently bringing the Six Week Film Festival to the Millburn Library. Victoria is a member of Millburn Arts Advisory Committee since 2010 and serves as the Publicity Chair, Webmaster, and Children’s Film Festival Curator.

Donna Davis is resident of Millburn Township for the past 37 years.  She has taken both active and leadership roles in the past South Mountain School PTO/PTA and local Civic Association.  Donna’s personal interest in art, greater free time, and awareness of the Millburn Arts Advisory’s many activities focused on expanding the arts in Millburn, have fostered her move to offer service to this Committee.  She has participated in the Appraisal Events in 2008-2010 and continues to support our young artists through the Committee’s AP Art Scholarship program event

Kathi Hecht is resident resident of Short Hills for 28 years. She has a BS in Art Education and has taught art at many levels in the Millburn school system and South Orange/Maplewood school system. Additionally, she worked in Special Education.  Art has always been a part of her life whether creating glass fused fish, paper mache masks, puppets, marquetry scenes, stained glass lamps or jewelry designs using her glass beads (lampwork).  Kathi has been teaching for 15 years Mask Making and Puppet Making at the South Orange/Maplewood Adult School Program.

Judith Kramer Esq. is an attorney in Millburn and a town resident. She is former president of the Rotary International Millburn/Chatham chapter and was chosen to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award. Judith was formerly on the board of the Millburn Red Cross and a big sister in the Morris County Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. Currently she has been elected to the board of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, Art Advisory Committee and Senior Citizens Committee. She enjoys film, oil painting and yoga. Most of all, she likes to attend charity functions for the Colon Cancer Association and help others in need.

 

 

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE FILM

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What was your favorite film this year? Winners will be announced at the Encore Screning of the Millburn Film Fest on Wednesday, April 26th 11:00 AM @ Millburn Bow-Tie Cinema.
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6th ANNUAL MILLBURN FILM FEST WINNING FILMS

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The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills is putting students in the spotlight again this year and will be showcasing 9 winning films at the 6th Annual Millburn Film Fest.  The Red Carpet Premiere will be on Friday, April 21th, 7:00 p.m. at Millburn High School and is made possible thanks to our Academy Award Sponsors The Stephanie Mallios Team and New York Film Academy, and Executive Sponsors The Gonnella Team and Investors Bank. The community is invited to view short family friendly films Millburn Middle & High school students have created, walk the red carpet, take home a complementary photo, and exit the event to a fanfare.  Tickets are available online at www.millburnfilmfest.com

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On the big screen this year will be “Eclipse,” “Flash,” “Heba’s Story,” “Lyric,” “Poppy,” “Sincerely, A Feminist,” “Soulfege-The A Capella Experience,” “The Fountain Case,” and “Walk- The story of the Iron Grannies.”  The top two filmmakers will each receive a scholarship to New York Film Academy one-week summer film camp.

Catch A sneak peak right here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsDQnnfn9yc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsDQnnfn9ycCreative Millburn High School juniors David Chun & Jonny Berkowitz showcase their filmmaking talents in the experimental piece “Eclipse.” Joe Petrilli, also a junior, portraits a man that comes to terms with his loneliness and discovers a new meaning to life when he meets an unlikely friend. They go on a short, but enlightening journey, where the man realizes that there is much to appreciate in life.

In the film “Flash” filmmaker Kyle Farscht, a sophomore, explores the concept of “Do we really just exist in front of the camera these days…?” He enlists the help of sophomores Jess Yeager & Matt Gutkin as actors for this twist of fate film.

Ariel Riseman’s timely documentary, “Heba’s Story,” is a wonderful look into the life of a Syrian refugee living in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Ariel, a junior, just won the SOMA young filmmakers award for best documentary for this film.

“Lyric” is a hand-drawn animated film about a girl’s struggle with depression. The film taps into her mind to show her battle with the monster that torments her. At first it seems as if there is no escape, but she soon finds the strength she needs to face her inner demon through music. Freshman, Alex DeRosa, created this beautiful film “Lyric” with her digital artistry.

Senior, Aaron Surloff, touches your heart with his documentary “Poppy.” This is a short documentary about Max Marell and his experience with the Lung Cancer Association. The documentary highlights his connection to lung cancer, his grandfather’s (Poppy) treatment of lung cancer, and then Max’s work in creating a Millburn branch of the Lung Cancer Association.

Julia Newman documents her experience as a Generation Z teenager. Newman, a senior at MHS, says, “This past election was my first to follow closely and to vote in. In an open letter from young unsettled feminists like myself, this journalistic documentary explores what will come next following the recent Women’s March on Washington and the Presidential Election.”

In the documentary “Soulfege – The A Cappella Experience,” sophomore Kyle Farscht follows the Millburn High School award winning group’s journey on the way to the ICHSA competition (International Championship of High School A Capella). Luke Wroblewski , Music Director & MHS Senior, Jessica Stier, President & MHS Senior, Emma Hetherington, Treasurer & MHS sophomore, Matthew Green, Secretary & MHS sophomore, take us along their Soulfege journey.

Seniors, Brendan Weissman and Ben Goodman have us on the edge of our seats as the mystery unfolds in the film “The Fountain Case.” Weissman sets the stage of the film by saying, “It’s been a year since the burning of the beloved Magic Fountain and Nick Ryan can’t resist the curiosity that had piqued his interest. What ensues is a mystery that sends him down an ice cream rabbit hole of conspiracies and lies.” The actors Nick Ryan, Luke Wroblewski, Drew Pickard, Matt Sullivan, Danny Hayes, seniors at MHS, and Emily Bright, Junior at MHS, add so much depth to this film.

Middle School 8th grader, Rachel Solomon documents the inspirational journey of her grandmother Maxine Solomon in her film “Walk – The Story of the Iron Grannies. The film shows the sheer stamina and determination of the Iron Grannies’ as they walk across the USA coast to coast.

 

The superb selection of films chosen this year is thanks to the judging panel: Stuart Sender, Kay O’Connell and members of the Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee: Cathy Scorsese, Laraine Brennan-Barach, Andrew Permison, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Donna Davis, Judith Kramer, Orna Greenberg, and Kathi Hecht.

If you can’t make it to the Red Carpet Premiere join us at the daytime encore performance on Wednesday, April 26th at 11 a.m. at the Millburn Bow-Tie Cinema.  

 

See you at the movies!

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ED FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES JUDGES FOR THE 6th ANNUAL MILLBURN FILM FEST

Millburn middle and high school students have until Monday, February 27th to submit their films at millburnfilmfest.com. You won’t want to miss the Red Carpet Premiere on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Millburn High School! The films will be shown again at an Encore Performance at Millburn Bow-Tie Cinema, Wednesday April 26th at 11 a.m. Tickets and sponsorships are available now at www.millburnfilmfest.com. Film Fest is grateful to our sponsor of 5 years – The Gonnella Team  and sponsor of 6 years- Investors Bank. The funds raised this year at film fest will go towards enhancing the Millburn High School auditorium.

FILM FEST TICKETS

Each year a panel of industry professional judges review and score all of the entries. The Ed Foundation and Millburn Film Fest are pleased to announce the judging panel for it’s 6th year! Judges for 2017 are Stuart Sender, Kay O’Connel, Cathy Scorsese, Laraine Brennan Barach, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Orna Greenberg, Andrew Permison, Donna Davis, Judith Kramer and Kathi Hecht.

Millburn alum, Stuart Sender has an eclectic background as an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, broadcast journalist and screenwriter. His current work includes writing the story for THE VOW starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum; and the screenplay adaptation of the acclaimed eco-thriller The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant. In addition to graduating from Millburn High School, Stuart has a bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz; and a Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His credits include producing and directing the Academy-Award® nominated documentary Prisoner of Paradise which also received a Directors Guild nomination and won the prestigious Grierson Award for best documentary on film. Stuart also executive produced The Garden which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Stuart began his career at CBS news, then worked as Senior Producer of the weekly PBS series South Africa Now, which won a Polk Award for excellence in journalism and a New York Emmy for best newsmagazine. He produced the first exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela following President Mandela’s release from prison; and was Senior Producer of the documentary Mandela: Free At Last. Stuart is a partner in Balcony Films, a Los Angeles based media production and consulting firm. Stuart produces and directs much of Balcony Films award-winning content which has featured some of our best-known public figures and personalities, including: His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Shamir, KKK Grand Dragon David Duke and performers such as Will Ferrell, Jason Alexander, Felicity Huffman, Rosario Dawson and Stevie Wonder. http://www.balconyfilms.com

Kay O’Connell graduated from Millburn High School and studied English and Film at Denison University. Her first job out of college remains one of her favorites, working as an NBC Page in NYC at 30 Rock. It was always her dream to be an actress and after three years at NBC – as a Page and working in the news division – she auditioned for the Lee Strasberg institute and studied there for two years. After waitressing, working as a coat-check, appearing in a few movies, soap operas and off-off-off-off Broadway plays, Kay found her comfort behind the scenes as a successful producer. She began her career in TV as an Associate Producer on The RuPaul Show on VH1. She has gone on to produce shows for everyone from Zach Galifianakis to Ryan Seacrest and was part of the team that launched, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC. Kay Executive Produced Kathy with Kathy Griffin on Bravo and Stroumboulopoulos with George Stroumboulopoulos on CNN. She recently sold a documentary to Netflix about the life of writer Kitty Kelly. She has Executive Produced numerous pop culture shows including The Approval Matrix (from New York Magazine) which aired on Bravo, Out of Character with Krista Smith (Vanity Fair) on USA and The Doc Club with Rosie O’Donnell on OWN. Recently she produced Fashionable Late with Rachel Zoe for Lifetime and loved working with Rachel who is enormously talented and also a graduate of MHS. Her latest project is “Page Six TV” (from The eponymous column The New York Post) which aired on FOX in the summer of 2016 and is poised to launch in syndication Fall 2017. Kay lives in LA and NYC but remains at heart – a Jersey girl.

The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee’s 18 year mission has been to enhance and advance the arts in Millburn Township. The Committee curate
s and conserves this community’s significant 350 piece Art collection. They curate Art shows, and events (Appraisal Days) and Sculpture projects. For 9 years under the guidance of Laraine Brennan Barach, Art Advisory has sponsored the highly acclaimed Millburn/Short Hills Art Advisory Scholarship. The committee is comprised of recognized Leaders in the Art Community, professional Artists, Sculptors, Television and Film producers, Art directors, Set Decorators, and Gallery owners. Cathy Scorsese, Laraine Brennan Barach, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Donna Davis, Orna Greenberg, Andrew Permison and Kathi Hecht will be representing the Art Advisory committee this year as judges for the film fest. https://mshartsadvisorycommittee.wordpress.com/about/

Catherine Scorsese, alum of Millburn High School, is currently an advisor for the Millburn Arts Advisory Committee. She attended NYU film school and upon graduation, Catherine worked as an assistant to an executive producer at Children’s Television Workshop, creators of Sesame Street and other memorable children’s programming. After that, Catherine began a 20 year journey in the art department for feature films, working as prop person and set decorator on “CASINO”, “THE SOPOANOS”, “THE AVIATOR”, “THE DEPARTED”, “MUSIC AND LYRICS”, “SHUTTER ISLAND” and “BOARDWALK EMPIRE”, among dozens of others. Recently she was the executive producer of the animated Christmas special “THE ELF ON A SHELF, AN ELF’S STORY,” already on it’s way to becoming a Christmas classic.

Millburn Arts Advisory Chairwoman, Laraine Brennan Barach has lived with her family and volunteered in Millburn Short Hills for 40 years. After careers in film and television production in New York, Ms. Barach relocated to Millburn and became active in many New Jersey based volunteer positions in Millburn PTO’s, Maplewood Board of Education; Seton Hall University Theater in the Round. Laraine established the Millburn Short Hills AP art scholarship with AAC Member support 11 years ago. 
She is a past member of SAG, AFTRA & Actors Equity. 
 She has worked with Martin Scorsese, Cathy Scorsese on industry projects, and the New York Art Students League & Morris Museum.

Township resident, Amy McGovern is currently the Arts Advisory Vice Chair. While working as a public defender, Amy has worked as a mosaic artist, and has studied photography in Costa Rica (School of the World) and at NJ Center for Visual Arts. She is currently studying multiple media under the professional artist Anne Kullaf.

Orna Greenberg, AAC member/Curator, award-winning artist and graphic designer. Orna has a BFA in Graphic Design from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. A member of The Art Students League of New York City and NJ Plein Air Painters. She has studied and participated in workshops in the US, Canada and Europe. Orna paints in oil and watercolor as well as working in ceramics. She has worked as a substitute Art Teacher in North Plainfield and Millburn since 2006. Orna has been a resident of Millburn since 2000, when she moved here from Toronto and a member of the AAC since 2006.

Andrew is MHS graduate and longtime resident of Short Hills. He is an art dealer, painter, and a founding member of the Millburn Art Advisory Committee. He is an avid collector of fine art and mentor of young artists and works on the Millburn Art Committee school programs.

Victoria Plummer has a passion for sharing the world of art with the public, through education and public programs. This started in film school, when she was one of the founding members of NextFrame international film festival and continues on today with her creation of the Six Week Film Festival at Millburn Library. She also enjoys volunteer work promoting the arts in South Mountain Elementary School, working as Marketing Director for Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, and teaching art classes at The Messy Artist. Victoria is the Millburn Arts Advisory Committee Publicity Chair, Webmaster, and Children’s Film Festival Curator. With a background in film, video and printmaking, Victoria enjoys creating art in her spare time and spending time with her family here in Millburn.

Donna Davis is resident of Millburn Township for the past 37 years. She has taken both active and leadership roles in the past South Mountain School PTO/PTA and local Civic Association. Donna’s personal interest in art, greater free time, and awareness of the Millburn Arts Advisory’s many activities focused on expanding the arts in Millburn, have fostered her move to offer service to this Committee. She has participated in the Appraisal Events in 2008-2010 and continues to support our young artists through the Committee’s AP Art Scholarship program event.

Judith Kramer Esq. is an attorney in Millburn and a town resident. She is former president of the Rotary International Millburn/Chatham chapter and was chosen to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award. Judith was formerly on the board of the Millburn Red Cross and a big sister in the Morris County Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. Currently she has been elected to the board of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, Art Advisory Committee and Senior Citizens Committee. She enjoys film, oil painting and yoga. Most of all, she likes to attend charity functions for the Colon Cancer Association and help others in need.

Kathi Hecht is resident of Millburn for 25 years. She has a B.S. in Art Education and has taught art at many levels in after school programs in town and neighboring school districts. Art has always been a part of her life whether creating stained glass designs, masks, puppets, weaving, marquetry, or jewelry design. Her desire to see art as a more integral part of a student’s life has led her to work with the Millburn Arts Advisory Committee.

“We are so lucky to have so much talent right here in Millburn and I’m so happy we can help the high school auditorium get much needed equipment with the funds raised at this event!” said Lynn Farscht, Film Fest Co-Chair. Contact Millburn Film Fest event chairs Lynn Farscht & Alyssa Russo at millburnfimfest@gmail.com

 

2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ALL FUNDS RAISED AT THIS EVENT WILL GO TOWARD THE MILLBURN PUBLIC SCHOOLS THROUGH THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS

CONTACT US AT MILLBURNFILMFEST@GMAIL.COM FOR SPONSORSHIPS & ADVERTISING AVAILABILITY

Academy Award Winner Level $4,000 and up

  • Logo on Step & Repeat (All photos the night of the premier will be taken in front of this custom Step & Repeat featuring your company logo)
  • Company Name and/or Logo on tickets and swag when applicable (Swag item will be given to every attendee)
  • Half Page Color Ad on Back of Playbill/Full Page Ad in the Playbill
  • 20 tickets to Premiere with reserved seating
  • Name Inclusion in all publicity as a major sponsor of the film fest as well as inclusion in all email blasts involving the Film Fest & School Newsletters
  • 10 Millburn Film Fest Tote Bags Filled With Swag

Studio Level $3,000 – $3,999 

  • Signage at Water Bottle Table with Your Company Name as Sponsor
  • Company Name/Logo on every water bottle that will be given out compliments of your company
  • Full Page Ad in the Film Fest Playbill
  • 20 tickets to Premiere with reserved seating
  • Name Inclusion in all publicity as a major sponsor of the film fest as well as inclusion in all email blasts involving the Film Fest & School Newsletters
  • 10 Millburn Film Fest Tote Bags Filled With Swag

 Executive Producer Level $2,000 – $2,999

  • Full Page Ad in the Film Fest Playbill
  • 16 tickets to Premiere with reserved seating
  • Inclusion in all email publicity & email blast announcing your sponsorship
  • 8 Millburn Film Fest Tote Bags Filled With Swag

Producer Level $1,000 – $1,999

  • Half Page Ad in the Film Fest Playbill
  • Inclusion in publicity when multiple levels are featured
  • 12 tickets to Premiere/6 Millburn Film Fest Tote Bags Filled With Swag

Director Level $500 – $999

  • Quarter Page Ad in the Film Fest Playbill
  • Inclusion in publicity when multiple levels are featured
  • 8 tickets to Premiere/4 Millburn Film Fest Tote Bags Filled With Swag

Talent Level $150 – $499

  • Recognition of Family or Business Name in Film Fest Playbill
  • 4 tickets to Premiere/1 Film Fest Tote Bag

*All levels of sponsorship will be acknowledged in the Playbill*

The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills was established in 1993 as a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the Millburn public school curriculum by providing equipment and technology that cannot be funded within budget caps.

 

The Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Your gift is tax deductible. www.edfoundationmillburnshorthills.org

THE WINNING FILMS OF 2016 presented by The EDUCATION FOUNDATION, TOWNE REALTY GROUP & NYFA – Special Honorees are Ms. Ellen Krueger & Mr. Gabe Rhodes

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Trailer of the 5th Annual Millburn Film Fest

The Ed Foundation and sponsors TOWNE REALTY GROUP & NYFA ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNING FILMS OF 2016
COME SEE THE TALENT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD ON FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST 7:30 PM @ Millburn High School
We are honoring two wonderful film teachers at the high school for their contributions as leaders and educators.
Thank you Ms. Ellen Krueger & Mr. Gabe Rhodes!(see below for more info)

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNING FILMMAKERS!
“2:32” – submitted by Brendan Weissman (11th grade)
“Date Night” – submitted by Aaron Surloff (11th grade)
“Door After Door” – submitted by Jasen Aziz (12th grade)
“Let’s Disappear” – submitted by Kate Parker-Lentz (10th grade)
“Long Story Short – I Babysat” – submitted by Ethan Podell (12th Grade)
“Midnight Euphoria” – submitted by Chloe Xiang (9th grade)
“The Millennial” – submitted by Swathi Nachiappan (12th grade)
“New York City” – submitted by Julia Newman (11th grade)
“Paranoid” – submitted by Kyle Farscht (9th grade)
“Skyliners” – submitted by Julia Damesek (12th grade)
“Still in Motion” – submitted by Julia Newman (11th grade)
“Whistle” – submitted by Kevin Wang (8th grade)

COME SEE THE ENCORE EXTRAS along with the winning films ON APRIL 6TH 11 AM @ Millburn Bow-Tie Cinema
Stuck in a Coma – submitted by Ariel Riseman (10th grade)
Chives – submitted by Julia Kirkland (11th grade)
Hear Me Out – submitted by Kelly Faenza and Brielle Shapiro (12th graders)
Warbird – submitted by Anne Kramer (12th grade)
Venganza – submitted by Brian Lannino (12th grade)
Fall – submitted by Judy Yueng (9th grade)

THE KRUEGER-RHODES AWARDS
TAKE: ONE
We are honoring two wonderful film teachers at the high school. Ms. Krueger teaches film studies and Mr. Rhodes teaches the technical side of filmmaking. Six years ago, Ms. Ellen Krueger and her colleague, Mr. Gabe Rhodes, came up with the idea to hold the Krueger-Rhodes Awards, a ceremony designed to recognize and honor their aspiring filmmaking students. They wanted their students to have an opportunity to be acknowledged the way Millburn High School acknowledges students for their academic and athletic achievements. We are honored to present Ellen and Gabe with an award for their contributions as leaders and educators. They are a true testament to how teachers inspire students. It’s because of their commitment to enhancing the education of their students that we proudly present them with Millburn Film Fest’s first Krueger-Rhodes Award.
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ELLEN KRUEGER
Ms. Krueger began her teaching in Millburn in September of 1982 as a teacher of English. She has taught a variety of courses including Modern American Writers, Short Fiction and Poetry, Advanced Expository Writing, Communications and Mass Media. In 1999, she was approached by guidance and asked to create a course that would bring media alive for accelerated students. Hence, Mass Media was born.
In the 17 years of teaching that course, Ms. Krueger has written not only the curriculum, but also a book on the subject of Media Literacy in the classroom titled Seeing and Believing, and moreover she has helped to write the future of hundreds of students. She loves teaching film because it reflects a very personal passion of hers. Simply take a look around her classroom and you will see how she brings the outside world inside.
Ms. Krueger is greatly impressed by the fearlessness of her pupils, what quick learners they are, how they embrace challenges, and how they work collaboratively.
After 33 years, she is proud of her career at Millburn High School. She says, “I have been respected, trusted, and appreciated.”
Our community is thrilled to have her and sincerely values all she has given in her knowledge, dedication, and creativity. She is a champion of students’ creativity and her enthusiasm to encourage students to submit their masterpieces is inspiring. We are so grateful for her help and guidance and appreciate her input in making the Film Fest a success.
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GABE RHODES
Millburn High School Alum, Gabe Rhodes, returned to teach at Millburn in 2003. Mr. Rhodes began as a Math teacher and was eventually able to incorporate another passion into his teaching when his first Digital Video Production class was added to the schools curriculum several years later. He now teaches Math, Commercial Photography, and Audio/Visual Broadcast production. In addition, he spearheaded the creation of Studio 462, Millburn High School’s Internet TV station in 2014.
Although he began his career on Wall Street as an Arbitrage trader, he didn’t stray too far from his roots in photography. Much of his childhood was spent helping his father with the family photography business. In addition to teaching students the art of video production, he manages his own production company, GR Productions, a commercial photography and videography company specializing in portraits, events and weddings. He is also the sports photographer at Seton Hall where he received a Masters Degree in Professional Development (2005) and a Masters in Educational Leadership, Management, & Policy (2008).
He continually inspires his students and is always available to assist with new projects, despite his busy schedule at work and at home. His wife, Dionne, and three young children Adrianna, Anthony, and Dante are among his biggest fans. Obviously the students at Millburn are so lucky to have him as part of the teaching staff. Gabe’s unconditional willingness to help with the Film Fest since its inception has definitely contributed to the successful first 5 years.

Millburn Film Festival Announces Judges for Its Fifth Anniversary

By Joyce Kaffel
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“Build it, and they will come” might have been the thought lurking in the minds of township residents Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo when six years ago, they had the idea to start a Millburn Film Festival. The two women were enjoying themselves at “Millburn Schools Rock,” a fundraising event for the Millburn/Short Hills Education Foundation. “We should start a film festival for the kids,” Lynn said to Alyssa, after both were spellbound by a terrific student-made rap video shown at the event.
Now, celebrating its fifth year as a result of the dedication of Film Fest Co-Chairs Farscht and Russo, the Millburn Film Festival is getting ready to roll once more, paving the way to the festival’s Red Carpet Premiere where the judges’ picks will be shown on April 1st at 7 p.m. at Millburn High School. An encore presentation will be held on April 6th at the Clearview Millburn Cinema at 11 a.m.
The Film Fest, also a fundraiser for the Education Foundation, is being sponsored on the Academy Award level by Karen Bigos and Daniel Cannizzo of Towne Realty Group and by the Gonnella Team on the Studio level.
All student film submissions are due by February 22nd. Students ranging from sixth to twelfth grade are welcome to submit their work with a limit of two submissions per student. The length of the film submissions ranges from three to fifteen minutes.
This year’s slate of jurors represents individuals from various professional backgrounds including those with high profile media experience. In order to serve as a festival judge, each juror must be either an alumnus of the Millburn school system or currently live in town. Many of them serve on the Millburn Advisory Arts Committee.

There are nine people on the judge’s bench this time around:

Actor John C. McGinley was raised in Millburn. Currently, he lives in L.A. with his family. He has most recently landed a role opposite Danny Glover in the romantic comedy, The Good Catholic. In addition, McGinley has completed production on the upcoming feature films, The Belko Experiment and Rounding Thir He’s played characters in over sixty films, such as Platoon, Wall Street, Nixon, and Highlander II. He executive produced and starred opposite John Cusack in HBO’s Western classic, The Jack Bull. McGinley is well known for his role as Dr. Perry Cox in the Emmy nominated comedy series, Scrubs. In theater, he was featured in Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Ballad of Soapy Smith, and Talk Radio. McGinley starred in Glengarry Glen Ross appearing with Al Pacino and Bobby Cannivale. JCM headshot.jpg-2-2

Chip Todd has lived in Millburn for the past 26 years. He’s a Broadcast Television Executive with NBC Universal in New York City. At this time, he is Vice-President in the Broadcast Network Operations department. His work involves coordination with the Broadcast Operations hub at NBC and actively communicating on-air plans as they unfold live with all 235 NBC stations across the country. As a Millburn resident, he has coached Millburn Little League and has served on the Millburn High School Basketball Booster Club.FullSizeRender-3-3

All the following jurors serve on the Millburn Advisory Arts Committee:

Catherine Scorcese is a Millburn High School graduate. She attended NYU film school. Her background includes experience in children’s programming at the Children’s Television Workshop. Her love of children’s literature led her to executive produce The Elf on the Shelf, an Elf’s Story, an animated film that is becoming a Christmas movie tradition for the young at heart. She’s worked as a prop person and set decorator on Casino, The Sopranos, The Aviator, The Departed, Music and Lyrics, Shutter Island, Boardwalk Empire and many other productions. Now she’s working on Vinyl, a new HBO series to premiere on February 14th.image
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Laraine Brennan Barach is AAC Chairwoman. She has lived in the township and volunteered for many organization in the area for the past 41 years. Before she lived here, her career was in film and television production in New York. Eight years ago, she established the AP art scholarship with AAC member support. Laraine has collaborated with Martin Scorcese and Cathy Scorcese on industry projects and has worked at the New York Art Students League and Morris Museum. She is a former member of SAG, Aftra and Actors Equity.

Amy McGovern, AAC Vice- Chair is a public defender. She is currently studying multiple media under professional artist Anne Kullaf.

Donna Davis, AAC member, has lived in Millburn for the past 37 years. She has taken leadership roles in South Mountain School PTO/PTA and local Civic Association. Her interest in art has motivated her to serve on the committee.

Andrew Permison is a founding member of the AAC. He graduated from MHS and resides In Short Hills. Andrew is an art dealer and painter, and an avid art collector. He mentors young artists through his work on the Millburn Art Committee school programs.

Kathi Hecht has lived in Millburn for 25 years. She has a B.S. in Art Education. Kathi has taught many levels of art in after school programs locally. She was inspired to join the committee to promote art as an important part of students’ lives.

Victoria Plummer, AAC Publicity Chair, received an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She’s worked as an editor for television and in the editing department for feature films. Victoria has recently been involved in bringing the Six Week Film Festival to the Millburn Library. She helped start the UFVA International Student Film Festival, now called NextFrame.

Judith Kramer is an attorney in Millburn and a town resident. She has currently been elected to the board of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, Art Advisory Committee and Senior Citizens Committee.

The judges are looking forward to viewing the creative works of Millburn students on the festival’s milestone fifth year.

STUDENTS SUBMIT YOUR FILMS

SUBMISSION FORMS
FILMS DUE FEBRUARY 22, 2015
Click on the box above to submit your forms and see where
to drop off your film. IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE ACCESSING THE FORMS SEE BELOW FOR TO DIRECTLY ACCESS FORMS.

Need inspiration… check out this video which has
clips of every winning film from 2012-2015.

DIRECT LINKS
ONLINE SUBMISSION (may require sign in to your google account)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gTo8sVKcLFG9tMHBiwIO6Nrj5tiLaiVJ5NQcVqUCFII/edit

FILMMAKER RELEASE FORM (fill out and submit with flash drive)
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6ZAOC6Cun0VV1JYSXBUaGx1OGM

ACTOR/LOCATION RELEASE FORM (Make copies & have your actors sign these)
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6ZAOC6Cun0VV1JYSXBUaGx1OGM

2016 MFF RULES
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6ZAOC6Cun0VV1JYSXBUaGx1OGM

Checklist
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6ZAOC6Cun0VV1JYSXBUaGx1OGM

APRIL 1, 2016 – The 5th Annual Millburn Film Fest Red Carpet Premiere

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April 1, 2016 Film Fest Tickets

The date is set for the 2016 Millburn Film Fest. Call for entries has begun and the deadline for submissions is February 22, 2016. Questions contact millburnfilmfest@gmail.com