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Q&A with Matt Smollon, SOMA film festival mastermind #somafilmfestival #mattsmollonmovies

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From Thursday, March 9 until Sunday, March 12th the SOMA film festival will hold court at SOPAC and the Maplewood Theater.  I’m looking forward to attending the second year’s events which look to build upon last year’s successful maiden voyage. It’s the brainchild of South Orange resident, Matt Smollon.
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Below is some Q&A with Matt and find a link to the full website farther below.
1  what gave you the idea to do the SOMA filmfest?
It started with a conversation with Laura Bessey who used to work at SOPAC – Our daughters are friends. I asked her, “why doesn’t SOMA have a film fest?”  She said put something together and pitch to SOPAC.  I comprised a deck, consulted some friends who worked/ran film festivals, and presented. They gave the go ahead and we were off to the races.
2  were you always a writer and producer?
No. I worked in marketing, advertising, and PR for many years at companies like the NFL and Wiley Publishing.
3  name your three favorite films  
The Godfather 1 and 2, Tender Mercies, and Scarecrow.
4  who’s the biggest actor or director you’ve met and what were they like in person?
Harrison Ford and he was a very down to earth guy.
5 what’s the last film that made you tear up?
‘Fire at Sea,’ a documentary in this years festival.
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6  who’s your favorite band/singer?
The Who
7  if you could have three people at a dinner party who would they be?
My dad, mom, and sister who have all passed.
8  what’s your favorite place in the world?
Maine.
9  whats the biggest challenge building the filmfest?
Managing all the elements, venue, filmmakers, sponsors, and everything in between.
10  who’s your favorite sports team?  and if it isn’t a new york team or a team from the area you grew up in, explain why you are not a carpetbagger 🙂  I was born in Brooklyn, and was RAISED a huge Mets fan.  Been in SO for 10 years, no carpetbagging here.

link to SOMA film festival website

Colorful Maps at Pop Up Shop this Thursday – Sunday, Dec 15-18

Hand Drawn Maps at the Pop N Shop at 55 South Orange Av from Thurs, December 15 – Sun, December 18, from 12-8pm.

Below is a small sampling of what’s available for sale.

link to more details

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South Orange artist, Susan Napack

 

Susan Napack is one of South Orange’s most esteemed and talented artists. Head over to her backyard studio of riches at the annual SOMA Artist Studio Tour on June 5, from 11am to 5pm.  More details are in the two links and please find a fun Q&A below.

  Studiotoursoma link   Susan’s website

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  • Ken: How did you get into art?
  • Susan: I knew by Kindergarten as kids kept saying, “Can you draw one of those for me ?”
  • Ken: Picasso had a ‘Blue period,’ what phase of your career are we in now?
  • Susan: ‘Figurine period’

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  • Ken: Who’s your favorite artist?
  • Susan: William Kentridge
  • Ken: Invite 3 celebrities to your dinner party
  • Susan:  Patti Smith, Michael Stipe (they’d get along great) and John Waters (all around fun guy)
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  • Ken: Where are you originally from?
  • Susan: Westfield, NJ 
  • Ken: Where on earth would you like to go that you haven’t traveled to yet?
  • Susan: Earthworks in Scotland (Celtic Inspired land art – earthworks link )

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  • Ken: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you have become?
  • Susan:  A Chef

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Art Bender! party, marathon, create

bairdThe Baird is pleased to be an ArtBender Creativity Hub!

Enjoy 24 hours of creativity in and around the Oranges

in support of Arts Unbound

Two ArtBender opportunities will be at the Baird on Saturday, May 14 from 12pm to 4pm


1) Come play and paint with Denise Hayden of Funky Fun Art and help her create a fun funky mural that will be displayed at Art in the Park during the South Orange Summer Night series, Wednesday evenings in June and July.

2) Add your career to the Careers of SOMA map that will be created by Ken Krasner and you. Stop by and post your career icon or make your own small one. There will be refreshments! When completed, Ken hopes to have the map displayed at a public spot in town.

These two events will take place in the Baird Craft Room

5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Visit ArtBender to learn more and to see the full map of ArtBender creative hubs

 

 

 

 

Hey South Orange, Maplewood, Orange and anyone else with art to start or finish.

Check out this amazing new art marathon taking place for 24 hours on May 14-15. Below are links to the website and a fun promo.  Get involved!

http://www.artbender.org/

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The Second Annual Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest in South Orange’s Seton Village

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2014 was the maiden voyage for this hugely succesful event in South Orange’s Seton Village area.  The second year event will be on October 2, 2015 from 5-10pm.   This year the slate of choices is expanded.

Head to Irvington Avenue (between Ward Place and Tichenor Avenue) for 15 Food Trucks, 2 Stages, 3 Live Bands, and a local NJ craft beer garden sponsored by the Gaslight Brewery,

Village President Sheena Collum added to the intrigue, by releasing the names of the food trucks one at a time to get anticipation up to a fever pitch.

THE FOOD

The Taco Truck: Mexican Tacos
Farm Truck Philly: Eclectic Mix of Contemporary American Fare (local)
The Cow and the Curd : Battered Fried Cheese Curd
Oink and Moo BBQ: Barbeque
The Thai Elephant – Thai Food
Original Soup Man: Soup and Lobster Rolls
Cheezen: Gourmet Grilled Cheeses
Empanada Guy: Empanadas
Pizza Vita: Brink Oven Pizza
Romano’s Disco Fries: Fires
The Outsliders: Burger Sliders
Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, Asian Fusion Comfort Food
Waffle De Lys: Authentic Belgian Waffle with a French Touch with Toppings
Amanda Bananas: Frozen Banana Soft Serve with a Variety of Toppings
Cupcake Carnivale: Cupcakes

THE BEER

Doc’s Draft Ciders: Pumpkin & Apple Cider
Kane Brewing: Head High & Citra Pale Ale
NJ Beer Co: Dry Hopped Weehawkin Wee Heavy
Cricket Hill: Hopnotic & Belgian Dubbel
Flying Fish: Oktoberfish & Hopfish
Carton Brewing: Boat Beer & Red Rye Returning
Little Dog Brewing: Stout & Pale Ale
Angry Erik Brewing : American Limey & Ravol
Forgotten Boardwalk: Smoked Porter & Funnel Cake
Demented Brewing: C-4 IPA & TBA
Highpoint Brewing: Imperial Pilsner
River Horse Brewing: IPA & Special Ale
Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant: Mosaic ESB, Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest, Kolsch & Pirate Pale Ale

https://www.facebook.com/events/424338434431270/

Newstead 5k race

PrintThe Newstead 5k race is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9am at the South Mountain School Annex, 112 Glenview Ave., South Orange..

For more info:

http://achievefoundation.org/

Maplewoodstock 2015

Saturday and Sunday, July 11th & 12th is Maplewoodstock in Memorial Park.  Great Evening Headliners this year featuring the Wailers, Rusted Root and Alejandro Escovedo.   Catch my friend Robert Mobley’s band, Big Radio on Sunday afternoon.

Of course, lots of great local food, beer garden, artist tables and the kid zone.

the warm up acts (my open houses)

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link for the full maplewoodstock schedule

http://maplewoodstock.com/

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