New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FilmOneFest 2011 Returns In July

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- Saturday, July 16,  FilmOneFest returns to Atlantic Highlands.  "We're working hard to make FilmOneFest 2011 'leap' with unexpected moments, new experiences, and beautiful filmmaking" says co-Director Robert O'Connor, promising the best one minute film festival yet.

FilmOneFest presents work of local, national, and international filmmakers, films that capture the essence of an artist's vision in just 60 seconds.  And it's not just film - this outdoor festival is a day-long celebration of summer by the shore, a free family event in historic Atlantic Highlands, "the jewel of the Bayshore."   

The festival begins with a free street fair from 2 pm to 6 pm, with activities for the whole family: food, arts and crafts, live music and more.   At 7 pm, award winning songwriter, rocker, and blueswoman Jo Wymer and her band will take the stage at the Atlantic Highlands Marina. As the band plays, the festival continues, with artists, vendors, clowns, stilt-walkers, food and fun until dusk.  Free popcorn will be provided by Whole Foods Market Middletown.  Artwork, food and souvenirs will be available to purchase.

Beginning at 9 p.m, short short films will be shown on a giant inflatable screen. Films have been submitted by filmmakers from Australia to Atlantic Highlands, with the best entries selected and prizes awarded by an expert panel of judges, including television producer Jon Crowley, film critic Joan Ellis, sound editor Gedney Webb, and film commentator Victor Zak.

Free, with plenty of free parking.  Audience members may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Premium seating helps to defray the costs of the festival, and is available to purchase for $10 at the FilmOneFest website (http://www.filmonefest.org), or at the festival.  

FilmOneFest supports the AACC Food Pantry in Atlantic Highlands.   Donations of nonperishable food are collected during FilmOneFest and all related events.

In event of rain or high winds, the festival will be held at the Charles Hesse Parish Hall, 55 South Ave., in Atlantic Highlands. Admission and parking are free. 

This program is sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, 732-856-8383 and is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.  

The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to increase access to the arts and bring contemporary art and music to Atlantic Highlands and the Bayshore region.