6th ANNUAL INDIE STREET FILM FESTIVAL ADDS DOCUMENTARY WITH SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES, EVENTS
INDIE STREET FILM FESTIVAL
WHEN: Wednesday, September 8, at 7pm–September 11, 8:15PM; virtually offering films September 13-19, 2021
WHERE: Drive-in at Fort Monmouth (Expo Theater, Avenue of Memories, Eatontown) and Basie Center Cinemas, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank
TICKETS: All Access Passes for $99 and Online Only Pass for $39
All access passes are available now and include admission to all in-person films, drive-in movies, panel discussions, and filmmaker networking events with select open bar specials. All-Access Pass Holders will also be given access to the virtual film festival the week after ISFF. Online only passes are available and give you access to all the amazing films participating in the virtual festival between the dates of September 13-19th. (60+ films). Passes can be purchased through https://indiestreet2021.eventive.org/passes/buy
The Indie Street Film Festival (ISFF) will add feature documentary WorkHorse Queen to its line-up. The film’s star, drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis, will introduce the film with a brief performance. Directed by Angela Washko, Workhorse Queen tells the story of telemarketing manager by day and drag queen by night, Ed Popil, who finds his life changed forever after being cast on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The festival will open in-person with ALIEN ON STAGE, directed by UK-based filmmakers Danielle Kummer and Lucy Harvey, to be screened at the festival’s Drive-In at Fort Monmouth (Expo Theater, Avenue of Memories, Eatontown).
On Friday, September 10, at 7pm, at the Fort Monmouth Drive-In, ISFF will screen 2 documentaries about fierce female-only teams in unique arenas. QUEENS OF PAIN, directed by Cassie Hay and Amy Winston, about an all-female roller derby league in New York, will be preceded by short documentary film THE MISSFITS by Ellie Wen, about an all-female robot building team. The Queens of Pain filmmakers will be in attendance to provide a live intro.
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES AND EVENTS WILL INCLUDE:
- September 11, 8:15PM: WORKHORSE QUEEN, an additional feature film added to the lineup will include an appearance by Mrs. Kasha Davis.
- September 9, 5:30PM: VINYL NATION Documentary reception at Jack's Music Shoppe with live music and beverages for passholders. Film to follow at 6:45 PM
- September 10, 8:00PM: QUEENS OF PAIN Directors will be in attendance to introduce the drive-in screening.
- September 11th, 5:15PM: Amir Arison (The Blacklist) and Stephanie Angel will present Angel Light Films’ short film TATI’S FASHION SHOW (as a part of Jersey Shorts block) written by 8-year-old Tatiana, a brain cancer survivor.
- September 10th/12th: DETOUR ART GALLERY will feature artwork from Veterans from the film, THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY, that will play on Sunday, September 12th, at Basie Center Cinemas.
The Indie Street Film Festival has made it a point to bring the best international and American made short films to the big screens of Red Bank. This year attendees will have access to films from 22 different countries to show a wide array of personal perspectives and filmmaking techniques. DAVID, a short film directed by Zach Woods, starring Will Ferrell, will be presented as a part of the narrative short film program Family Bonds screening in-person in Red Bank, and has already been widely acclaimed on the festival circuit this year, including being on the Oscar shortlist.
Writer/Director: Chris White
It's the summer of 1986. Erik (Andrew Eakle) is the shy, quiet type—but far more passionate than most teenagers when it comes to God and rock-n-roll. His dream comes true when he is asked to run sound for his favorite band, 316—a Christian hair metal band made up of older kids from his church.
Writer: Johan Fasting
Director: Yngvild Sve Flikke
When Rakel finds out, way too late, that she’s six months pregnant after a not-so-romantic one-night stand, her world changes.
Director: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
Writers: Rob Benvie & Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
A satirical feature comedy that follows six disparate characters with nothing to lose as they face off in a bizarre competition for a slightly used habanero-orange compact sport utility vehicle.
THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY
Writer/Director: Talia Lugacy
THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY tracks a ragtag group of combat veterans in New York whose anti-war art, poetry and papermaking keep them together, despite the specter of their friend’s suicide and the ever-crystalizing fact that healing from war is sometimes an impossible mission.
ZOLA (Special Screening)
Director/Writer: Janicza Bravo
Zola (newcomer Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough), who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida.
ALIEN ON STAGE
Directors: Danielle Kummer, Lucy Harvey
When a British bus driver’s amateur stage adaptation of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN somehow makes it to a famous London theatre, will the homemade homage win over the crowd?
QUEENS OF PAIN
Directors: Cassie Hay, Amy Winston
One of the most successful teams in New York sports history, Gotham Girls Roller Derby is a feminist powerhouse of elite athletes, misfits, and renegades. QUEENS OF PAIN follows three skaters — Suzy Hotrod, Evilicious, and Captain Smack Sparrow — as they battle the constraints of being a woman in America while fighting for the coveted Golden Skate.
AT THE READY
Director: Maisie Crow
A group of high school seniors train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents at El Paso’s Horizon High School, near the U.S./Mexico Border.
Directors: Kevin Smokler, Christopher Boone
A deep dig into the crates of the vinyl record resurgence to discover what an old technology says about our relationship to music and each other in a divided time in America.
Director/Writer: Angela Washko
Workhorse Queen is a documentary film exploring the complexities of mainstream television’s impact on queer performance culture.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM
NARRATIVE SHORTS PROGRAM: BECAUSE I CARE
Characters showing the lengths they’ll go for others—and to save themselves.
- COME ON, SHAKE YOUR BODY BABY, DO THE CONGA! | Writer/Director: Tom Hipp
- I LOVE YOUR GUTS | Writer/Director: David Janove
- SLOAN HEARTS NECKFACE | Writer: Ian Grody | Director: Justin Fair
- STUFFED | Writer/Director: Theo Rhys
- YOUR MONSTER | Writer/Director: Caroline Lindy
- YORUGA | Writer/Director: Federico Torrado Tobón
NARRATIVE SHORTS PROGRAM: RISKING IT ALL
An exploration of what it means to put it all on the line.
- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS | Writer/Director: Arvid Eriksson
- CUCKOO! | Writers: Jörgen Scholtens & Pepijn Van Weeren | Director: Jörgen Scholtens
- DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FINE | Writers: Joan Iyiola & Chibundu Onuzo | Director: Ethosheia Hylton
- LOST KINGS | Writer/Director: Brian Lawes
- MURIKA | Writer: Fedna Jacquet | Directors: Marchánt Davis & Fedna Jacquet
- PLAY IT SAFE | Writer/Director: Mitch Kalisa
- ROUGH | Writers/Directors: Declan Lawn & Adam Patterson
NARRATIVE SHORTS PROGRAM: FAMILY BONDS
Blood is thicker than water. (Sometimes.)
- BRUISER | Writer/Director: Miles Warren
- DAVID | Writers: Brandon Gardner & Zach Woods | Director: Zach Woods
- IN FRANCE MICHELLE IS A MAN'S NAME | Writer/Director: Em Weinstein
- LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW | Writer/Director: Annie St-Pierre
- STRONG SON | Writer/Director: Ian Bawa
- US MX | Writer/Director: Joseph O Hooten
NEW JERSEY SHORTS PROGRAM
Featuring NJ-based filmmakers, cast, and stories.
- HOW LONG UNTIL | Writer: Matthew Stephens | Director: Jon Rehr
- LAST SUMMER WITH UNCLE IRA | Writer: Gary Jaffe | Directors: Katie Ennis & Gary Jaffe
- THE LOVE SPELL | Writer: Jane Stiles | Directors: Jane Stiles & Meryl Jones Williams
- MEMORY TRADE | Writer/Director: Jon Riddleberger
- MY FATHER | Writer/Director: Daniele Sestito
- SNOWY | Directors: Kaitlyn Schwalje & Alexander Lewis
- SURRENDER ME | Writer/Director: Chris Del Sordo
- TATI'S FASHION SHOW | Writers: Stephanie Angel, Amir Arison, Tatianna Bernard | Director: Amir Arison
- YOUNG FOREVER | Writers: Stevie Szerlip, Young Lee | Director: Stevie Szerlip
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM
True life stories from across the globe.
- AIN'T NO TIME FOR WOMEN | Director: Sarra El Abed
- CLOWN | Director: Shane O'Neill
- THE CURVE OF THE EARTH | Director: Lorenzo Benitez
- THE FIELD TRIP | Directors: Meghan O'Hara, Mike Attie, & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
- MISS CURVY | Director: Ghada Eldemellawy
- THE MISSFITS | Director: Ellie Wen
- TEN LEAVES DILATED | Director: Kate Hinshaw
ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM
An array of techniques and storytelling for both adults and families.
- AWKWARD | Writer/Director: Nata Metlukh
- BENCH | Writer/Director: Rich Webber
- THE GREAT MALAISE | Writer/Director: Catherine Lepage
- IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES | Writer/Director: Anne Koizumi
- LOVE IS JUST A DEATH AWAY | Writer/Director: Bára Anna Stejskalová
- MATILDA AND THE SPARE HEAD | Writer/Director: Ignas Meilūnas
- NUEVO RICO | Writer/Director: Kristian Mercado
- O BLACK HOLE! | Writers: Renee Zhan & Vanessa Rose | Director: Renee Zhan
- OPEN MIC | Writer/Director: Jonathan Rosen
For a complete schedule of programming, including short film selections, and to purchase festival passes, please visit www.indiestreetfilmfestival.org.
ABOUT INDIE STREET INSTITUTE:
INDIE STREET INSTITUTE is a non-profit organization formed to create interactive art & film experiences that challenge people to connect with and be inspired by new ways of thinking. The organization’s flagship event, THE INDIE STREET FILM FESTIVAL, brings the most talented storytellers from across the globe to the screens of Red Bank, NJ. Born from a cooperative of filmmakers, Indie Street Film Festival combines top-notch independent cinema with industry discussions, live art and music experiences, and social gatherings that look to spark important conversations within our diverse communities. For more details on festival events: indiestreetfilmfestival.org
ABOUT TWO RIVER THEATER:
Two River Theater produces a theatrical season that includes American and world classics, new plays and musicals, programs for young people, and festivals of new work. Each year, we also offer 40+ events that reflect our diverse community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River produces work on two stages—the 350-seat Rechnitz Theater, and the flexible 110-seat Marion Huber Theater. The theater’s recently opened Center for New Work, Education and Design is a three-story facility that includes two rehearsal studios, artist labs, classrooms, expanded shops and centrally located offices. Two River Theater has commissioned and premiered original projects including Be More Chill by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the theater’s first Broadway production) and Hurricane Diane by Playwright-in-Residence Madeleine George (which won an Obie Award for its Off-Broadway run). In June 2019, Two River was nationally recognized by USA TODAY as one of “10 great places to see a play” across the U.S. Two River serves thousands of students and community members through arts and humanities programs at the theater, in schools and throughout its region. Two River Theater is led by Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst.
ABOUT BASIE CENTER CINEMAS
Basie Center Cinemas continues the Count Basie Center for the Arts’ rich tradition of preserving and promoting the arts in our community. Independent and major studio films, workshops, classes and film festivals are all part of the Basie Center Cinemas experience. For information, advance tickets, showtimes, theater rentals and more, visit www.basiecentercinemas.org