From Kevin Smith & Friends comes the First Annual SModcastle Film Festival - a Central Jersey showcase of cinema hosted by the guy who made Clerks once and held at the very theater where clerks auditions once took place, Atlantic Moviehouse aka SMODCASTLE CINEMAS! Welcoming entries from all over the world, the SModcastle Film Festival will be a week-long Fall event filled with features, short films, animation, documentaries & more!
(PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED FROM SMODCASTLE IN LEONARDO, NEW JERSEY TO ATLANTIC MOVIE HOUSE(The new SModCastle Cinemas in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.
NEW FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE!
DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND
SModcastle Film Festival has been moved to a new venue, the atlantic movie housE in atlantic highlands, new jersey from Wednesday November 30th to sunday, december 4th!
OFFICIAL AWARD NOMINATIONS
DEAD ON THE VINE
DREAM OF ME
THE MARSHMALLOW MYSTERY TOUR
BEST ACTOR DRAMA(FEATURE)
TOM SAWYER/DEAD ON THE VINE
ELIZABETH HIRSCH-TAUBER/12 MONTHS
JENNY RAVEN/WOODLAND GREY
SHEREENER BROWNE/DEAD ON THE VINE
BEST ACTOR COMEDY (FEATURE)
RICHARD HOLLMAN/SONGS OF THE SLOTH
REBECCA DEMARCO/MARIJUANA MINUTES
JEREMY RISHE/THE MARSHMALLOW MYSTERY TOUR
DYLAN RILEY SNYDER/CRABS
BEST ACTOR DRAMA(SHORT)
NIK WALKER/DREAM OF ME
DAVID JOHN PHILLIPS/SUGAR
COLIN JAMES O'GORMAN/EUGENE VS. HUMANITY
HEATHER BRITTAIN O'SCANLON/VICTIM #6
SEAN JOSEPH YOUNG/SOMETIME ELSE
BEST ACTOR COMEDY(SHORT)
CHRIS GETHARD/THE F-WORD
CHRISTINE CELOZZI/MY FRIENDS THE PLANTS
JAKE BARCUS/BREW STORY
SASHA PASTERNAK/DREAM OF ME
KEON HEDAYATI/KARMA BUMS
CLINTON CORNWELL/12 MONTHS
LEIO MCGUIGAN/THE INVENTION
SASHA PASTERNAK/DREAM OF ME
PATRICK CLEMENT/MUST LOVE PIE
ARI GRABB/A KING'S BETRAYAL
JAMES CLEAVE/SOMETIME ELSE
DEAD ON THE VINE
MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE
THE FORBIDDEN ZONE
AT THE DRIVE-IN
BOOK OF HARTH
HISTORY OF METAL AND HORROR
JOURNEY TO ROYAL: A WWII RESCUE MISSION
PETER CASE: A MILLION MILES AWAY
EVERYTHING'S FINE: A PANIC ATTACK IN D-MAJOR
FEAR OF THE WOODS
EVERYTHING'S FINE: A PANIC ATTACK IN D MAJOR
CHILDREN OF SIN
SHE. PICKED. ME.
THEY SEE YOU
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
THE HAT MAN
EVERYTHING'S FINE: A PANIC ATTACK IN D-MAJOR
BENDIX: SITE UNSEEN
HOW AMERICA KILLED MY MOTHER
SHELTER IN SOLITUDE
Shelter in Solitude is the story of a death row prisoner with 10 days left to live and his relationship with a wannabe country singer.
When an ambiguously Intentioned masked man kidnaps a drug addicted punk singer, it triggers a police investigation as well as a media circus.
An alcoholic father struggles with the difficulty of loss and the inability to see past his own pain while alienating his only son.
A special presentation by View Askew Generalissimo himself, Kevin Smith!
A hyper-realistic diversion from the usual rom-com, "12 Months" candidly portrays moments that are commonly experienced but rarely shown as it follows the story of Ellie and Clark, a millennial couple, navigating the peaks and valleys of a new relationship.
With a fully improvised script filmed chronologically in real-time monthly vignettes, "12 Months" takes the audience through the first date to the soul-bearing conversations, the hookups, the breakdowns, and the moments in between, however beautiful or painful they may be.
Taking risks to include the portrait of a sometimes-awkward developing sexual relationship and not shying away from topics of sexism, racism, and mental health as they arise, "12 Months" is a love story rooted in the real world, not in a Hollywood fairytale.
A Bitter Murmur
When Samantha's struggle with loneliness and isolation brings the return of a haunting presence from her childhood, she is forced to question what is real and what isn't.
A Cloud So High
While living under the roof of his aging father Gene Sarling (John Savage, The Deer Hunter), mentally unstable 22-year-old war veteran Paul Sarling (Aaron Perilo, HBO’s True Blood) evolves from a ransacker to killer. Gene, a recovering alcoholic (and disgraced ex-cop), is forced to confront the fiercest nemesis of his life: his own son. A Cloud So High also stars Hemky Madera (Spiderman: Homecoming), Jessica Lundy (Single White Female), Darin Heames (TV’s Sons of Anarchy), Denise Dowse (Requiem For a Dream), John Cothran (Boyz N The Hood), and Mark De Carlo (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm).
A Fist Full of Pasta: A Spaghetti Western
This is a real Spaghetti Western about a brave cowboy, Tony Rigatoni, and his quest to avenge his brother Penne. To do so he must have a showdown with the notorious outlaw Angel Hair.
A King's Betrayal
The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata's perspective.
A Mother's Love
A new mother struggles with the overwhelming task of trusting herself in raising her young son. She finds new strength in the connection with her husband and his gifting her with one last letter from the mother she lost at a young age.
Aaron With 2 A's
MEET AARON. HE'S STARTING HIS 2ND CAREER AT AGE 65...AS AN ACTOR. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?... A SHORT COMEDY-DRAMA ABOUT LEARNING TO GET OUT OF YOUR OWN HEAD.
Aaron starts his second career at age 65 as an actor, but when he finally manages to land a major role, he discovers he's his own worst enemy as his inner doubts threaten to derail his lifelong dream and his marriage.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Michael Goldburg and starring Steve Lichtenstein (TV's "Bull"), Pamela Morgan (TV's "Julia" and "City on a Hill"), and Anthony Robert Grasso (featured on TV's "Jessica Jones" and "Gotham") whose work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Across The Aether
An Israeli soldier suffering from a fatal illness begins to hear a voice in his head claiming to be an alien. The voice offers the soldier a deal - he is willing to heal the soldier, but in return wants the soldier's help with his mission in the Israeli army.
Beachfront bicycle rental shop owner, Howie, scrambles to beat out a competing rental shop opening the following day.
All Monsters are British
The film, titled All Monsters Are British, blends colorful comedic dialogue with dark fantasy-inspired visuals. Following the protagonist, Elaina, this narrative short film centers on her suddenly empty life following a breakup. Alone for the first time in her one bedroom apartment, Elaina finds herself being counseled by the monster under her bed. The plot explores the idea that sometimes the most unlikely friendships (a woman and a monster) are better connections than the ostensibly more realistic relationships (a woman and the man she thought she loved) that we cling to despite their toxicity.
A documentary crew films a surprise intervention in Illinois, organized by the alcoholic-in-question’s ex-girlfriend and a mismatched group of old acquaintances.
Alphonso J. Tomaino shares his amazing life story within the walls of Apartment 38.
Angie, a high school senior in a small rural town gets accepted to a big college in NYC. Now, she must decide whether to tell her parents about her desire to study music in a big city far away for fear they won't understand.
At The Drive-in
Unable to purchase a $50,000 digital projector, a group of quirky film fanatics in rural Pennsylvania fight to keep a dying drive-in theater alive by screening only vintage 35mm film prints and working entirely for free.
Gabriela and Neil celebrate their anniversary with a brand new kink: BDSM. What was meant to be a fun and sexy night goes awry when Neil, the sub, is ordered to divulge the greatest secret of all: the password to his phone
Avocado Toast is a story about Adam, a hard-working, plays by the rules, family-man, who risks everything he has by experimenting with "millenialism."
A romantic evening takes an unexpected turn when a terrible secret is revealed.
Behind the Bucket: A Garrison Story
Behind the Bucket is a documentary following members of the 501st Legion--Star Wars Enthusiasts--showing how they are much more than adults playing dress-up. The 501st are compassionate, charitable, and down to earth people doing what's right for those in need. There's a reason why their motto is "Bad Guys Doing Good"
Bendix: Site Unseen
Surrounded by highway traffic sits the unassuming Bendix Diner, owned and operated by John Diakakis. As the blind, single father of three young children who also work at the diner, John attempts to address and overcome his obstacles in order to provide a better life for his family.
Bethany and Beer Santa
A tinder date becomes a guessing game when Bethany decides to meet up with Terrence for the first time. But what she doesn't know might kill her...
A mostly-true story of a man who travels to rural eastern Kentucky to deal with the unexpected death of his estranged father.
When a documentary crew sets out to explore the relationship between artificial intelligence and popular music, their journey takes an unexpected turn when they stumble across a mystery involving the disappearance of the infamous rap duo, The Booty Boys.
John and Steve have few redeemable qualities. They really would rather do as little as possible and live off of someone else's hard work. Only the opposite sex has a chance to make them change, John's high school sweetheart, Nichole, is back in town for one last class at the university. When they run into each other at school, John makes it his mission to get her back. Meanwhile, when Cindy applies for a job at the movie theater, Steve decides she will be his next conquest. But pretty soon the line is blurred between who is conquering whom. Add in an eccentric sociology professor and a mixed bag full of inappropriate situations and you have Bottom Feeders.
We follow WOMAN through the cycles of abuse in her marriage until it finally escalates to violence—at that point, she must make a choice, does she stay and let the cycle continue, or does she leave and risk the unknown.
Brew Crew - Pilot
Angie and her team of misfits at Broken Skis Brewery work to cover their tracks after accidentally killing an intruder.
Desperate to stay awake, one man journeys to great lengths for a cup of coffee.
After countless blind dates that have gone poorly, Bernard swears that his next date will be "the one." But could her flaw be too much for him to overcome? Bristled is a hand drawn comedic short film that deals the way we perceive others as well as ourselves.
Love, guns, and secrets. Desperation at its finest.
When a horde of mutated horseshoe crabs descends on a sleepy costal town on Prom Night, it's up to wheelchair bound Philip McCalister and a rag tag band of locals to save the world!
In the days before smartphones and social media a young woman struggles with her identity, her friendships and her first love. Emma's first night Out with Jill ends up as a struggle as she faces her insecurities and fears of rejection.
Children of Sin
After being sent to a sinister religious retreat by their stepfather, two siblings fight to escape in order to save their mother from harm's way.
Chronicles of Gnarnia: The Rex Chadwick Story
A sports mockumentary about the controversial life of notorious U.S. Ski Team superstar, Rex Chadwick. Through a series of interviews with Rex, family, friends, lovers, and other professional athletes, the story of a sports legend that "could have been" takes shape. From extreme highs, to devastating lows, how can the human spirit rise from the depths of tragedy?
The daily occurrences of 4 dart players, days before a tournament.
Dead on the Vine
Dead on the Vine is a dark comic thriller. Ellis and Drayton have been sent from London on a job, but things go wrong when Drayton has a seizure and the only place to stop is a vineyard owned by Joni and Cora. While Drayton recovers, a panicked Ellis tells a string of lies to explain their situation, but things begin to unravel when others arrive on the scene.
There is something special about the pickles, let's just hope our hero can figure out what that is?
Divorce is a tricky thing! No one knows that better than Reena and Jay who have a prenup that states they have to spend 1 hour in a room together before they can finalize their divorce. Can they survive long enough in a room together to make it happen??
Don't Worry About It
After her father's death, a young woman's obsessive-compulsive disorder spirals out of control. She enters an intensive therapy program, where she must learn to deal with his death and OCD before it takes over her life.
Dream of Me
When Mary Louise Arnold returned home from Vietnam, she thought she’d left the war and all its terrors behind her. But on a windy afternoon in 1976, a man arrives with a letter from a soldier she couldn’t save, forcing her to face the demons of a past she’s fought hard to forget.
Eat the Pasta
A freak accident brings the threat of a murder charge, and the necessity for a creative solution.
Eugene vs Humanity
When a misanthrope finds his ever-growing frustration with society too much to bear, his temper boils over, leading him to commit an act of violence.
A personal, visual essay about gender transition – focusing on the social context and implications and exploring how the world is different living as female compared to being perceived as male.
Everything's Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major
A musical comedy about a woman at the onset of her quarter-life crisis and her existential journey through the various stages of anxiety in song and dance.
FEAR OF THE WOODS
See Hollywood Legend VERNON WELLS (Mad Max, Commando) in a retro popcorn film that mixes Jaws & Stranger Things:
Deep in the snowy hills of Alaska during the early 1990s.
A large number of cattle have mysteriously vanished without trace from near a small ski-resort in one of the valleys.
Not as much as a single drop of blood left in their wake.
The local hunting team lead by DAMIEN'S father is given the task of finding out if a bear lies behind these attacks.
The nerdy boy DAMIEN (19) comes for a long line of proud bear hunters but he and his sister Abigail (Abby) have grown up to become animal rights activists who write for the local school paper.
They are convinced that the local cattle owner is involved in an insurance scam, placing the blame on a bear. They want to expose this in the local press where Bears are usually portrayed as monsters and perhaps get a job at the local paper in the proses.
Damien’s father reluctantly lets his son and his camera join the hunt together with himself and Damiens Uncle.
During the hunt a deep fog creeps in around them and they are forced to turn back.
With visibility close to zero and the snow falling they are attacked.
Vicki idolizes her new girlfriend Samantha, but draws the line when it comes to her time on the porcelain throne. Their small bathroom gets awkward when Samatha challenges Vicki’s definition of intimacy.
FETCH - Stereo Mix [5.1 mix also available]
Fetch is a heart-on-its-sleeve animated dramedy about a dog and his human, working together as the only maintenance crew aboard a colossal space station.
They fill their days cleaning vents, rewiring fuses, and throwing well-worn tennis balls down dimly lit-corridors in games of fetch.
Overwhelmed by the scale of scope of the job, the man slides into depression, causing the station to malfunction catastrophically!
When the human realizes he can’t reach the last escape pod in time, he throws his tennis ball towards it… His dog, following instinct, chases the ball into the pod and is propelled to safety, inadvertently leaving the human behind!
But the dog’s devotion is too much, so he resolved to journey back across the universe to either save his human… or die along aside him.
Hi! I’m Sam Gill, the Writer / Director of Fetch.
Fetch is born from my own experiences with mental health, and is very much an ode to – and love letter to! – faithful hounds everywhere.
In 2014, I had back surgery which left me bed-bound for nearly two years. I was very lucky to have family support, but most critically, I was very lucky to have canine support.
Every morning, my dog George would wake me up with a nuzzle and a lick to the face. He’d drop a tennis ball by me, and we’d play fetch from my bed.
He made sure I started every day with a smile. Without that, I’m not so sure I’d be here to type this to you now.
Frank Parese, a Jersey Shore Veteran Story
Follow Frank, a 94 year old WWII veteran who lives and rides his bike at Jersey Shore.
A trans rocker girl getting by with petty credit card fraud is left to question who she wants to be when her latest target surprises her with an unforeseen proposition.
Rich Gaspari - The 1st ever Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Winner and legendary bodybuilder continues his legacy through his supplement company, "Gaspari Nutrition."
A man abandoned by death's touch involuntarily manages a graveyard of second chances.
In the last weekend of the summer, Teen-Queen Samantha is planning a romantic night for her highschool sweetheart. When an intruder breaks into her home with a dark revelation, her night spirals into revenge-fueled chaos in this coming-of-age thriller.
HONCHOS: Medieval Gambino
Original animated comedy shorts and series.
Set to the backdrop of an archetypal “action movie” (when a hitman seeks revenge on his former boss), we follow two henchmen, who try to avoid their inevitable fate, while waiting for their turn to “protect” their boss from the hitman.
Ada, a young Mexican girl, and her older sister; Lumi, are orphaned after the murder of their Mother. As “the system” transports the sisters to the temporary orphanage home, Ada starts seeing dark and blurry figures around her. They attempt to warn Ada that she, and her sister, may not be as far from the danger as they might think.
When Zoe finds a flirtatious letter in boyfriend Ian’s coat pocket she spirals into a series of therapy-inspired “what if” fantasies that leave her questioning what she really should do next about imperfect Ian.
Hollywood Priest: The Story of Fr. “Bud” Kieser
He started off as a minister.
He ended up as a mogul.
Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare
Tied of playing bit TV roles like 'diabetes patient’ or 'weird friend’, actor / filmmaker Craig Anderson sets out to fulfil his life-long dream of making a low budget horror film: about an aborted foetus that seeks revenge on its family. With his life savings on the line, it's not long before things go wildly off the rails... and his dream turns into a nightmare.
Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare is ultimately funny and heart-felt underdog story about putting everything 'on the line' to follow a dream.
Stan is a shy and hopeless romantic who pines after his best friend Cindy. Too scared to risk sharing his true feelings, he instead imagines a world where his action movie heroics woo her time and again. However, when Cindy is offered a job overseas, Stan must man up and mirror the hero of his film fantasies in order to win her heart. During their last celebratory dinner, his failed romantic gestures ricochet from reality into fantasy and back again, right up to the heart-pounding and heart-warming climax that ticks down to the wire.
How America Killed My Mother
After his mother unexpectedly dies, comedian Ed Larson (Bumping Mics, Comedy Central's Roasts) goes on a journey across America to find out what led to her death. From insurance companies to predatory banks, to casinos and Donald Trump, Ed and his team show why being poor in America should not be a death sentence.
Hunter iS F**ked
This quirky, black comedy short portrays a day in the life of the iconic gonzo journalist - Hunter S Thompson.
His savage humor laced with achingly poignant observations about the human condition make this brilliant writer more relevant than ever... in a world gone awry.
I Can't Cry
Two Idiots do whatever they can to actually cry just for an audition.
Peter helps Rodney catch his cheating girlfriend.
Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission
WWII hero with the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron, Lt. Royal Stratton, leads a deadly mission to save the lives of nine downed airmen adrift in enemy waters of a war-torn South Pacific. Immersive cinematography and gripping action, mixed with firsthand accounts and historical images, showcase the valor of this squadron who faced overwhelming odds to bring their brothers home.
Fed up with modern American living, two vagabonds rob a psychotic drug dealer and hit the road to behold the beauties of the American West, en route to the Canadian wilderness, where they plan to start new lives.
Keep It in the Dark
A teenage girl with a dangerously inquisitive mind, is told of a hometown legend. Her curiosity leads her to the site of the legend; a mysterious shed isolated deep in the woods. A shed that may or may not be the home of the Jersey Devil.
In a cosy corner of a country pub, two old friends wile away the evening trading tall tales. Soon they begin telling the story of Lady Betty, the first and only female executioner in Ireland. As the men talk, we are zipped back to the late 1700s, to a lonely shack on the edge of town where Betty Sugrue – Lady Betty – and her son Padraic eke out a meagre existence. Told through Paddy and Mick’s… distinctive style of storytelling, which mostly involves constantly interrupting each other and arguing, we see and hear about the hard and twisted life of Lady Betty.
When a scientist has his biggest technological breakthrou