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Take some time to get lost in a story. Gather together to make positive change. Indie Street is honored to present films from some courageously Independent human storytellers.
A Year with Betty Gold
Directed by J. McMerty (Born in Red Bank)
Edited By Katrina Taylor, Laith Majali
Betty Gold is about to turn 80 with no plans on retiring. From her early days as Miss. Texas to installing large scale sculptures around the world, some things have not changed; her tenacity, humor and philosophy of yes. A Year with Betty Gold follows this abstract California artist as she shares her insights on love and life while pulling back the curtain on the struggles of a contemporary artist.
When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang meets a young American drifter who lives on the streets, she decides to adopt his lifestyle and document it in a journey that explores the meaning of personal freedom - and its limits.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor: Nanfu Wang
Producer: Lorie Cheatle
Featuring Dylan Olsen
Written and Directed by JOSEPHINE DECKER
Produced by KRISTA PARRIS and ELIZABETH RAO
Starring HELENA HOWARD, MOLLY PARKER, and MIRANDA JULY
World Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival
Run Time: 94 minutes
Madeline got the part! She’s going to play the lead in a theater piece! Except the lead wears sweatpants like Madeline’s. And has a cat like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face – like Madeline is. Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives.
PIZZA SHOP introduces us to Charlie and Fred Osso, brothers from Italy, who have run a successful pizzeria for over 40 years. Now in their seventies, they’re facing construction of a new restaurant and encroaching old age. But retirement is a dirty word to these workhorses: Charlie is serious and detail-oriented, with a soft center, while Fred is a lighthearted and easygoing passionate chef.
PIZZA SHOP explores how a Mom-and-Pop shop can be a hub for a community, the sacrifices parents make for their children, and what it means for immigrants to live out the American dream.
Directed by Antony Osso
Executive Producers: Carmine Osso, Fiore Osso, & Rick Osso
Producers: Laura Nespola & Antony Osso
Cast: Carmine “Charlie” Osso, Fiore “Fred” Osso
*RED BANK PREMIERE*https://www.pizzashopmovie.com/
In the first narrative feature from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, has a falling-out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skateboarder guy (Jaden Smith), but a relationship with him proves to be trickier to navigate than a kickflip. Writer/director Crystal Moselle immersed herself in the lives of the skater girls and worked closely with them, resulting in the film's authenticity, which combines poetic, atmospheric filmmaking and hypnotic skating sequences. SKATE KITCHEN precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells a story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery.
In 1945, DuPont introduced Teflon to the marketplace and changed millions of American households. Today, a biopersistent chemical used in the creation of those products is in the bloodstream of 99 percent of all Americans. A compelling and ultimately terrifying watch that will make you question everything in your kitchen.
DIRECTOR STEPHANIE SOECHTIG
CO-DIRECTOR JEREMY SEIFERT
WRITERS MARK MONROE, STEPHANIE SOECHTIG
PRODUCERS JOSHUA KUNAU, KRISTIN LAZURE, CARLY PALMOUR, STEPHANIE SOECHTIG
NJ Spotlight Special Screening
Directed and produced by Rob Margolies
Starring: Zachery Byrd, Jason Mewes, Randy Quaid, Jessie Carter, Ashley Johnson, & Will Rogers
Featuring Red Bank native Jason Mewes in a hilarious supporting role and featuring the first performance by Randy Quaid in 9 years, “Weight” is an inspirational film that uses comedy to relay its message to the audience. It’s described as a modern day John Candy movie, if he decided to lose weight and get healthy. With a similar tone to Judd Apatow films such as “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin” or “Knocked Up,” our story follows a 300 pound, 27-year-old named Ben, who can’t seem to take his health seriously until a series of events gets him motivated.http://weightthemovie.com/