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Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest Unspools this Weekend

The Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest presents three days of independent film in Atlantic City this weekend. From locally made feature films to cutting edge shorts and documentaries, the festival offers a variety of themes and styles. All screenings will be at the Scrrening Room at Resorts in Atlantic City. Here is the film lineup:

Friday, October 16
OPENING NIGHT, 7:30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m., Screening Room, Resorts

Ice Grill, USA (East Coast Premiere) Filmmakers: Mark Bernardi & Greg Santarsiero (102 minutes)

RECEPTION, 9:30 p.m. to Midnight, Megan’s Good Grub and Pub, Indiana Avenue and Boardwalk

Saturday, October 17
FILM BLOCK 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Screening Room, Resorts

Rowan University Block
Empty Room Filmmaker: Tara Acquesta (30 minutes)

Life Behind Beards Filmmaker: Steve Hanulec (30 minutes)
Sam’s Rain (East Coast Premiere) Filmmaker: John Hays & Hunter LeMoine (95 minutes)

FILM BLOCK 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Screening Room, Resorts

Beautifully Cruel (U.S. Premiere) Filmmaker: Tony Picciotti (91 minutes)

PANEL DISCUSSION, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Director’s Room, Resorts
Independent Filmmaking in the 21st Century
Moderator: Lori Hoffman
Louis Mandylor (In The Eyes of a Killer)
Martin Kove (Bare Knuckles)
Greg Santarsiero (Ice Grill, USA)
Marc Clebanoff (Gerald)
John Sachar (The Killing Fields)
Stephanie Ryan (Ryan Casting)

FILM BLOCK 3, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Screening Room, Resorts

Annabel Lee (New Jersey Premiere) Filmmaker: Vincent DiCostanzo (6 minutes)

Penny (New Jersey Premiere) Filmmaker: Mary Cates (6 minutes)

Band of Pirates (South Jersey Premiere) Filmmakers: Mikaelyn Austion & Gabe
Rhodes (48 minutes)

Bare Knuckles (East Coast Premiere) Filmmaker: Eric Etebari (95 minutes)

Sunday, October 18
FILM BLOCK 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Screening Room, Resorts

A Rose Has Teeth Filmmaker: Kent Green (6 minutes)

Nightmares of Death and Dying Filmmaker: Ernie Rockelman (11 minutes)

Dinner for One (U.S. Premiere) Filmmakers: Cyd Katz & Doug Seidel (15 minutes)

Neighbors Filmmaker (Festival Premiere): Kent Green (8 minutes)

The Cartel Filmmaker: Bob Bowdon (90 minutes)

FILM BLOCK 5, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Screening Room, Resorts

Trap, Neuter, and Release Filmmaker: Steve Holmer (10 minutes)

A School Story Filmmaker: David Simonetti (10 minutes)

Together (South Jersey Premiere) Filmmaker: Joe Rosario (28 minutes)

In The Eyes of a Killer (South Jersey Premiere) Filmmaker: Louis Mandylor (105 minutes)

Gerald (East Coast Premiere) Filmmaker: Marc Clebanoff (90 minutes)

AWARDS, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Screening Room, Resorts

RECEPTION, 7 to 9 p.m., Tiara Ballroom, Trump Taj Mahal


Tickets may be purchased at the door or ordered online at

Friday, October 16
1 Opening Night Film and Reception, 7:30 p.m. : $12 ($10 pre-sale; $8 pre-sale each groups four or more) Location: Film at Resorts Screening Room

Saturday, October 17
All events in Screening Room at Resorts; Panel in Director’s Room at Resorts
2 Film Block 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. : $6 ($4 pre-sale; $3 pre-sale each groups four or more)

3 Film Block 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: $5 ($3 pre-sale; $2 pre-sale each groups four or more)

4 Panel Discussion, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. $10 ($7 pre-sale; $5 pre-sale each groups four or more)

5 Film Block 3, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: $6 ($4 pre-sale; $3 pre-sale each groups four or more)

Sunday, October 18
All events in Screening Room at Resorts Screening Room
1 Film Block 4, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: $6 ($4 pre-sale; $3 pre-sale each groups four or more)

2 Film Block 5 and Awards, 1:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: $10 ($7 pre-sale; $5 pre-sale each groups four or more)

Festival Pass, all events: $35 ($25 pre-sale; $20 pre-sale each for groups four or more)
Oscar Pass Saturday films: $12 ($8 pre-sale; $6 pre-sale each for groups four or more)
Oscar Pass Sunday films: $12 ($8 pre-sale; $6 pre-sale each for groups four or more)

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