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Red Bank film festival to showcase emerging indie filmmakers

Red Bank, a trendy and upscale hotspot on the Navesink River in Monmouth County, has always been known for its entertainment value. As the home of the Count Basie Theatre and Two River Theater, the borough breathes the arts.

This is also why it has attracted the Indie Street Film Festival, which seeks to discover films and filmmakers who prove story is independent of budget, for the second year in the July 26 to 30 festival.

“There’s a really creative vibe in the town that has been growing,” said Jay Webb, co-founder of Indie Street and festival artistic director. “We try to take the vibe that’s already here and bring it to the forefront of the community to allow people to discuss films and the arts.”

The festival, which will feature more than 60 independently produced narrative, documentary and animated films, will also host panel discussions, Q&A’s with filmmakers and special events — with a true-to-Jersey twist.

The Indie Street Film Festival will be held July 26 to 30 in Red Bank. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Indie Street)

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Retro arcade adds new tourism element to Metuchen

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 10/11/16

Most bustling downtowns have an abundance of popular restaurants and colorful retail shops. But in the age of the internet, there’s one component that can sometimes be left out — or more fittingly, at home — a business that can offer an experience or an activity.

Eric Berger, Metuchen Downtown Alliance chairman and property owner of Hailey’s Harp, Pub and Harp-Cade as well as several other properties throughout Central Jersey, thought that downtown Metuchen could use some more activities for locals. He also saw the success that Yestercades, a classic video game arcade, has enjoyed in Somerville at 29 Division St. since its May 2014 opening.

So Berger, who is also the property owner of Yestercades Somerville, brought up the idea of a classic video game arcade to Chris Flynn, owner of Hailey’s Harp and Pub at 400 Main St., about six months ago.

“I thought it was something the Metuchen downtown could really use because this kind of concept really draws people in,” he said. “It’s really important for a town to have experiences as well as shops. That does exist in Metuchen in terms of businesses such as our yoga studio or karate school, but this adds another piece to the mix — something that you can’t do online.”

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