Last night the Garden State Film Festival officially opened with a benefit night for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, New Jersey and a screening of the Jersey-esque film “Greetings from the Shore” at the Claridge Hotel. The evening started off with NBC news anchor Dara Brown addressing the audience with opening remarks and introducing Robert Taylor, the Director of the Boys & Girls Club.
The Boys & Girls Club helps children in Atlantic City who meet challenges by providing them with support, mentoring them, and giving them a place to go. 35% of all children under 17 in Atlantic City live in poverty, and the organization is their safety net that provides them with friends and a community that nurtures a safe and supportive environment.
“Greetings from the Shore”, starring Paul Sorvino, Kim Shaw, and David Fumero was the feature film shown. If you grew up near or regularly visited the Jersey shore, there are so many familiar scenes in the movie serving as a backdrop for a very relatable storyline circling around a summer romance and gives you a peek inside a summer at the beach.
Barnacle Bill’s mini golf, gazebos, Route 35, and of course the boardwalk all lend nostalgia to the coastal area (especially for me since I grew up across the bridge in Toms River, which is very close to Lavallette).
“We shot before Hurricane Sandy. 90% of the locations are gone now after the hurricane. So many people watched the movie after Sandy and said ‘Thank you for making this film,” said writer Gabrielle Berberich at the Q&A session.
Many locals volunteered to be extras in the half-a-million dollar budgeted movie.
One of the challenging aspects of filming a seasonal movie like this one is to not be affected by the influx of thousands in the height of the summer since the Jersey shore is such a hotspot. Any native notices right away that beaches and surrounding areas in the scenes aren’t quite as crowded as it would be in prime time summer.
Director/Writer Greg Chwerechek shared “We started filming at Labor Day and filmed in September right through October. We had to get special permission and wait until the season was over.” So although it looks like summer on screen, the actors were taking plunges into 45 degree water and freezing in bikinis on the beach!
“Greetings from the Shore” won the Best of Shore Encore Award, presented by Garden State Film Festival Board Member Margeret Fontana.
At almost every corner turned, you can encounter cast and crew from the multitudes of movies being screened over four days. Filmmakers from Los Angeles to England and around the world are gathering for a “Great Gatsby” of parties, dinners, readings, screenings and more, all converging with the Atlantic City Beer Fest at the same time! What a weekend! Stay tuned for more star-studded moments right here!
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