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Kidz Filmz Brings A Family Film Festival To The Jersey Shore This January

January 6, 2012

Garden State Film Festival and Algonquin Arts Theatre Present A Unique Three-Day Event in Manasquan from January 27-29

Kidz Filmz

Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29
Visit for screening times.

Algonquin Arts Theatre
173 Main Street, Manasquan, N.J.

All-Access Pass: $20
Single Screening Tickets: $7 (Adults), $5 (Children)
Workshop Tickets: $5
Purchase by phone: 732-528-9211, online at, at the Box Office.

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MANASQUAN, NJ � Films for children and by children from both local and international filmmakers have been selected to be screened at Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, N.J., from Jan. 27-29 in a new film festival, Kidz Filmz.

A joint venture between Algonquin Arts Theatre and the Garden State Film Festival, Kidz Filmz was created with the mission to provide educational enhancement as well as an outlet for creativity and enrichment through the presentation of films that are the very finest in entertainment for the young and young at heart.

"We are so fortunate to have an excellent selection of films from all around the world to bring to the community," said Garden State Film Festival founder Diane Raver of Sea Girt. "Independent Film is a great medium in which to help children and adults broaden their horizons by putting a spotlight on creativity, introducing other cultures and enhancing their educational experience while enjoying a fun family event at the theatre at an affordable price."

Both short and feature-length films will be presented at Algonquin Arts Theatre in a festival format with screenings beginning on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. The next day, Saturday, Jan. 28, will include screenings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with a feature film presented at 7 p.m. The Sunday, Jan. 29, screenings will include a feature-length documentary at 1 p.m. and a final screening at 3:30 p.m. Awards for the best of the films in multiple categories will be presented after the final screening on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Screening blocks contain films in all categories average 90 minutes in length. Tickets to each screening cost $7 for adults and $5 for children under 18. An All-Access pass valid at all screenings is available for $20. Visit for a full schedule and synopsis of the films. Tickets and All-Access passes can be purchased in advance online or by calling 732-528-9211.

Films from as close as Wall Township, N.J., and as far away as Vietnam have been selected for screening. A total of 10 of the films entered were either produced in Monmouth and Ocean Counties or produced by a resident of those counties. Filmmakers in attendance will participate in a Q & A after each session.

On Saturday night, Jan. 28, the feature film "The Flyboys" will be shown out of competition. Featuring Stephen Baldwin and Tom Sizemore, the film follows two boys from a small town that have their courage tested when they accidentally stow away aboard an airplane owned by the mob. A high-adventure family film, "The Flyboys" has won dozens of prizes as best feature film as voted by audiences and jury panels around the country.

Sunday's first session features the film that won Best Family Documentary at the Garden State Film Festival in 2010, "5,6,7,8." The 1 hour, 35 minute documentary follows Nova Jazz, an elite girls' dance company based in Bedford Hills, N.Y., through the year-long experiences of five key performers and their choreographer.

A one-hour workshop "A Lesson in Green Screen" will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. The film created during the workshop will be included as part of the next block of films at 1 p.m. The workshop costs $5 and is recommended for ages 8-14.

The festival will also include a school screening on Friday morning that will be attended by local students and include a sampling of the weekend's films. School groups interested in attending can contact the theatre for group ticket information.

Algonquin Arts Theatre was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit organization that uses the arts to provide cultural enrichment and educational enhancement of the highest quality for Central New Jersey residents.