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Screening of Metuchen filmaker’s “Blame” June 23

A “meet the filmmakers” reception and red-carpet screening of “Blame,” a film shot in Metuchen by Quinn Shephard, a 22-year-old Metuchen resident, will be held in coordination with Metuchen Downtown Alliance, Metuchen Chamber of Commerce, Metuchen Arts Council, the Borough Improvement League, Metuchen High School and the Junebug ArtFest.

On June 17, from 5-6 p.m., a meet and greet reception with Shephard and her mother, Laurie, will be held at Cai’s Café, 420 Main Street, Metuchen. On June 23, 7 p.m., a screening of the film will be held at Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Ave.

The director and cast will be on hand for a question and answer session following the screening. A special after party is planned at 9:30 p.m. at Cai’s Café that same evening with actors and crew with the purchase of a VIP ticket.

The film is a tale of drama within the drama club of a New Jersey high school. Shephard both directed and stars in the film, and early drafts of the screenplay were started at Metuchen High School. Her mother worked as the casting director and producer.

Shephard was the youngest female filmmaker to show her work at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie’s lead actress Nadia Alexander took home the “Best Actress” award from Tribeca.

“It’s so exciting to be able to share this film and the years of work we have put into it with the community,” commented Quinn Shepherd. “This movie was born, bred, and filmed in Metuchen – and it’s been wonderful to have the support of civic groups and businesses to help celebrate Metuchen and independent film makers.”

For more information visit www.filmmetuchen.org.

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