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Indie film festival returns to Red Bank

An independent film festival will return to Red Bank for a second year.

From July 26-30, the second Indie Street Film Festival will bring independent films, panel discussions, live art, cookouts, musical performances, and a mural project to various locations in the borough.

Films will be shown at Bow Tie Cinemas, 36 White St.; Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave.; and the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road. The venues will be the host to additional events at the festival, including the Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth St.; Jamian’s Food and Drink, 79 Monmouth St.; Buona Sera, 50 Maple Ave.; and the Molly Pitcher Inn, 88 Riverside Ave.

The event will run from 5 p.m.-11:59 on July 26, 10 a.m.-midnight on July 27, 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. on July 28, 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. on July 29 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on July 30.

Guests can attend all events at the festival by purchasing an all-access pass at $169. A film buff pass can be purchased at $89, which will allow guests to view eight film screenings of their choice.

Tickets for each individual film event, with the exception of the documentary “Barbecue,” are $15. Tickets for “Barbecue”, which is followed by a cookout, are $20.

In addition to “Barbecue” (July 27), feature length documentaries to be shown at the festival include “Hotel Coolgardie” (July 27), “Olancho” (July 29) and “Unrest” (July 29). The festival will also host the premiere of “Brothers” on July 30, a documentary by New Jersey filmmaker Jack Ballo, who directed “Destiny’s Bridge” about a homeless community in Lakewood.

Feature length narrative films to be shown at the festival include “The Ring Thing” (July 28), “Like Me” (July 28), “Beat Beat Heart” (July 28) and “Life Hack” (July 29).

Short films from New Jersey filmmakers will be shown on July 29 and July 30 and other short film collections will appear at the festival. July 27 will have short films set in the country, July 28 will have short films set in the city, July 29 will have documentary short films and July 30 will have animated short films.

A film will open the festival on July 26, which has not yet been announced by event representatives.

Winning films, selected by a jury and the audience, will be announced on July 30. According to a press release from Indie Street Media, the winning films will have a one week screening in New York City and optional online distribution through Indie Street.

For Jay Webb, the event’s artistic director, the festival is a way to unite artists, and by extension, a community.

Webb said he co-founded Indie Street in 2015 with the intent of creating a cooperative of self-distributing filmmakers. Seeking to have the cooperative done on a community scale, he created the film festival with James Scavone, executive director of the Red Bank RiverCenter and the event’s managing director.

“We wanted to promote the idea of cooperation and inspire the community to rally around the arts,” Webb said. “There’s nothing like a live screening. It gathers the community.”

As the festival enters its second year, Webb looks forward to the event and its future.

“We are excited to bring new independent voices to Red Bank and combine them with other live arts,” Webb said. “The arts take people’s differences and celebrates them.”

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