Melanie receiving her ‘Best of the Fest’ Prize from James Gandolfini’s sister Johanna Antonacci on Saturday.
Melanie’s film “100 Likes” showing at Festival in Fort Lee.
2014 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Winner: Melanie Juliano of Cliffside Park High School for her film “100 Likes”
On November 8th 2014, the Fort Lee Film Commission sponsored our 10th annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival in the auditorium of Fort Lee High School. This festival is open to all high school students who reside in Bergen County. This year the festival finalists screening & awards ceremony moved back to Fort Lee from Media Mix Studio in Allendale in preparation for the future home of this annual festival at the soon to be built Barrymore Film Center cinema and museum on Main Street in Fort Lee, NJ, the first American film town and birthplace of the American film industry.
This year we had over 120 submissions from around Bergen County and there were 10 finalists. The judges this year include Michael Gandolfini, son of the late great acclaimed New Jersey native and actor James Gandolfini. Our sponsors include Downtown Community Television Center and Sirk Productions, both of Manhattan. We also thank James Gandolfini’s great friend Tom Richardson for his support as well as Mr. Gandolfini’s sisters Johanna Antonacci and Leta Gandolfini. Johanna presented our top prize, the James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award to our 2014 winner Melanie Juliano.
The James Gandolfini Best of the Fest winner receives $500 and an internship with Downtown Community Television Center. James Gandolfini had a working relationship with DCTV and they make this internship available to us in his memory. Also the winner receives 72 hours of post production tom at Sirk Productions Digital Studio on West 31st Street in New York City. Fort Lee Film Commission member Marc Pérez is one of the co-founders of Sirk. Continue Reading »
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by Sam Juliano
MELANIE JULIANO’S FILM WINS FIRST PLACE AT FESTIVAL!!!!!!!
“James Gandolfini Prize” awarded to Melanie by the late actor’s sister!!
Melanie Juliano’s short film “100 Likes” was awarded FIRST PLACE on Saturday afternoon by the ‘Jersey Film Makers of Tomorrow Bergen County Film Festival” run with the support of the Fort Lee Film Commission and film maker Tom Meyers and executive director Nelson Page. James Gandolfini’s sister awarded Melanie with the festival’s top prize (there were originally well over 120 films in the running, but that number was reduced to ten (10) finalists. These were shown on the big screen of the Fort Lee High School Auditorium, and all the directors -including Melanie- were asked to speak to the audience about their films. The competition was fierce with several films displaying full scripts and casts, and stirring themes. After that the third place prize was given out, and then the second place, which went to a young film maker who had placed two films in the final bracket. Then, Melanie’s name was announced as the Grand Prize winner, and all of us went crazy!!! Melanie won two internships, a $500 check and the beautiful plaque. This was one of the happiest days of our lives. Gandolfini’s sister told Melanie he expected to see her in Hollywood. 1) Melanie’s first-place plaque 2) Melanie posing with second and third place finishers 3) Melanie with mom Lucille
Melanie’s win was a big honor for Cliffside Park High School, as all the other finalists were from a number of other Bergen County High Schools.
For the second year in a row we took a trip up to Salem, MA, leaving early and coming home late on Thursday, 11/6. Admittedly, quite grueling to drive a total of ten hours (to and from) on the same day with rain dampening the festivities no less, but we did make the best of it making plenty of stops around this historic and scenically beautiful town.
We saw four films in theaters this week, although the final one, BIG HERO 6 will be seen late tonight after this MMD goes out. I will revise accordingly.
Interstellar ***** (Friday night) Ridgefield Park Starplex
The Theory of Everything *** (Sat. night) Regal Cinemas-Manhattan
Nightcrawler **** 1/2 (Sunday morning) Secaucus multiplex
Big Hero 6 **** (Sunday evening) Starplex
Eddie Redmayne is very good in emulating Daniel-Day Lewis’ turn in ‘My Left Foot’ in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING and this often moving look at the love life of Stephen Hawking is dramatically effective, but in the end rather convential and nothing special.
NIGHTCRAWLER is brutal and engrossing, and with some noirish textures and a terrific lead performance by Jake Gyllenthal. Will try and elaborate more on the thread soon enough. Definitely a rather unique idea.
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“As for the Republicans — how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.”
― H.P. Lovecraft
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by Sam Juliano
The Allan Fish Bonanza Encore Series has reached the end of its first phase, but the series will be continued well into the future with two reviews a weekend until May of 2015. I would like to extend my thanks to those who read and/or re-read the reviews and to those who placed comments. Appreciation is also extended to those who made recommendations on the project announcement thread. Allan is back home in Kendal, and continues to recuperate from his operation.
The second annual Caldecott Medal Contender series will be launching mid-week. It is anticipated there will be at least twenty (20) books considered over the coming weeks up until the winner announcement sometime around the second week in January. I am very excited to again tackle the cream of the crop in picture books released in 2014, and am hoping the response will be as great as it was last year in every sense.
This past week was one of the real rarities: Lucille and I did not see a single film in the theaters. It was simply a case of too much going on – Sammy’s marching band competition in Weehawken on Sunday afternoon; a wedding and rock band show on Saturday; a local and spirited political brunch on Sunday morning for local and county Democratic candidates held at a Fairview restaurant and Halloween festivities on Thursday night and on Friday, when we were besieged by a record number of trick or treaters – estimated at around 140 kids. Just an amazingly hectic week, but this coming week will be different. Still Election Day looms tomorrow, and we’re taking a little trip on Thursday, a day we are off for teacher’s convention. Continue Reading »
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