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“In America” Launches New Two River Fest

"In America" Launches New Two River Fest

“In America” Launches New Two River Fest

by Brian Brooks

Jamie Sieves in Lone Scherfig’s “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself,” which was a special screening at the 2003 Berlinale. The film will screen at the inaugural Two Rivers Film Festival.

Monmouth and West Long Branch, N.J. is the site of the inaugural Two River Film Festival which will launch October 10th. The festival, which is partnered with Monmouth University, will open its three day event with Jim Sheridan’s semi-autobiographical pic “In America,” about a family of Irish immigrants who move to New York.

Also slated to screen is Campbell Scott’s “Off the Map,” starring Joan Allen and Sam Elliott as well as Christine Jeffs’ “Sylvia” starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Sundance 2003 feature “Girls Will Be Girls” by Richard Day, and Berlin film market film “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself” is also on the fest’s roster.

Two River will also serve as a charity raising mechanism according to the event’s CEO and founder Rosellen Otrakji. Proceeds raised from the festival will benefit Monmouth County charities that target children. “The Two River Film Festival is not just a great film festival, but a charity for children arts and education,” commented Otrakji in an event release. “Through film and symposia, we have an opportunity to examine topics in a unique and cretive way as well as develop a template for giving.” Closing the fest is Peter Hedges’ Sundance winner, “Pieces of April,” starring Patricia Clarkson. The festival will run through October 12th.

The festival will take place at Clearview Cinema’s Red Bank Theatre (courtesy of Craig Zeltner and Mort Gotterup, according to organizers), the Atlantic Cinema 5 in Atlantic Highlands, and the Jules L. Plangere, Jr Center for Communication and Instructional Technology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

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