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.
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.
6 who’s your favorite band/singer?
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?
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.