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September 25, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – Lovers of the silver screen, both filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike, gathered this weekend to celebrate and experience the 5th Annual Rahway International Film Festival at Downtown Westfield’s James Ward Mansion. Running Friday evening through Sunday, guests could come and go to partake in any or all of the weekend’s many offerings.

September 21, 2017

​Director Elena Beuca’s feature-length drama “D-love” will be screening at the Rahway Film Festival’s James Ward Mansion on Saturday, September 23rd at 8:00pm.  The film—which is based on a real-life encounter experienced by Bueca and her husband, New Jersey native Dave Rogers-- tells the story of a couple who is approached at the Los Angeles airport by a Danish vagabond, who asks them for a ride out of the area. The wife wants nothing to do with the wanderer but her husband--much to his wife's horror-- offers to bring this stranger to their home. 

I talked with Elena about the story behind the film, along with the fascinating cast decisions and camera choices.

September 19, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ - The Rahway International Film Festival (RIFF), presented by Big Dreams & Silver Screens, will open its fifth annual celebration on Friday, September 22, 2017. The weekend of short and feature films, seminars, and discussion panels will begin at 6:30 pm with a Gala Cocktail Hour at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield, NJ. Actors Daniel Dexter, Jr. and Zayna Allen will be gracing the red carpet as the evening's Red Carpet Correspondents, interviewing attending filmmakers and guests as they arrive.

September 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ - The 5th Annual Rahway International Film Festival finds a new home this year at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield from Friday, September 22, through Sunday the 24. This year’s event includes seven feature-length films and 36 short films from across the world, to be screened for guests and fellow movie-makers in attendance. Global filmmakers from NJ to Estonia and India will share the screen as their independent films are showcased during the three-day event.

September 5, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ - Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, the Rahway International Film Festival has relocated to Westfield, New Jersey, taking root at the stunning James Ward Mansion.  The move comes at the heels of their ongoing transition to the new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Big Dreams & Silver Screens Inc. The festival will ring in its 5th season with their Opening Night Gala on Friday, September 22, 2017 and will continue through Sunday, September 24, 2017.  Showcasing films from as far as Estonia and India and as well as those from the Garden State the festival presents the work of independent artists across the globe.

August 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ - The Rahway International Film Festival is now celebrating its Fifth Anniversary as well as its first year under the newly minted non-profit organization, Big Dreams & Silver Screens. A transitional year in more ways than one, their fifth year sees the festival moving from Rahway, NJ to Westfield, NJ and beginning to rebrand as Big Dreams & Silver Screens, Inc.

August 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ - Founded and produced by two young women in New Jersey, in an industry still largely dominated by men, the festival has publicly supported feminism - the advancement of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes. 

They do not shy away from screening films by male filmmakers nor do they tout only female-driven stories because this would undermine their mission to promote equality. Festival directors Gina Marie Rodriguez and Stacy Ignacio advocate for equality among the sexes, and as such, make every effort to screen films by both male and female filmmakers in balanced numbers.

Junior Filmmakers Hit It Big at Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Festival

June 7, 2017

RAHWAY, NJ - Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Festival (formerly the Rahway Film Festival Jr), successfully wrapped its second annual event this past weekend and three young filmmakers will now be making room on their mantle for a shiny new trophy.  After enjoying an afternoon of fantastic student films, red carpet interviews and photo ops, students and friends raised their glasses of Shirley Temples to the talent of one another. 

Youth Festival Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Middle & High School Filmmakers

June 2, 2017

RAHWAY, NJ - Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Festival (formerly the Rahway Film Festival Jr), is now moving into its second season. Twenty films created by talented student filmmakers from middle and high schools across New Jersey will screen at Patria Latin Bistro on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm. The attending filmmakers will participate in a Q&A afterwards, hosted by Edison TV's Ron MacCloskey of "Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey."

February 7, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ - A new year brings new changes for Rahway International Film Festival, who is kicking off 2017 by growing into the non-profit organization, Big Dreams and Silver Screens, and with the expansion comes a brand new relocation. Rahway International Film Festival, a Big Dreams and Silver Screens Production, will now call Westfield, New Jersey home.  The James Ward Mansion, an architectural wonder in Westfield, will host the 5th Anniversary of RIFF in 2017. 

October 11, 2016

NJ.com - "...Over the course of the weekend, RIFF will be offering excellent Q&A sessions with  these filmmakers and screening 50 short films in addition to 12 amazing feature films.  Actors Mahogany Reynolds, Just Be You Performing Arts, and Ron MacCloskey, of Edison TV's "Classic Movies with Ron MAcCloskey" will be offering their talents as moderators along with poet, performer and author,  Jai Simone..."

October 10, 2016

BROADWAYWORLD.com - "...Filmmakers are travelling in from across the US as far as California and from overseas to participate in RIFF Q&A sessions. Rainy Kerwin, writer/director/star of the Opening Night Feature "The Wedding Invitation" will be flying in from California. Directors Andrew Saunderson of the short film "Birthday Boy" and Mu Sun, director of short films "City by the Sea" and "Sing for Your Supper" will join us from California as well. Director Ellen Marfil of the Filipino Foreign Feature Film, "Journey to Love (Lakbay 2 Love)" will be making the arduous trip all the way from the Phillippines and actors, Alexandra Grant and Lars Doppler, of the foreign film, "Hear the Silence (Höre die Stille)" will be joining from Germany..."

October 6, 2016

NEW JERSEY STAGE - "...The feature film “The Wedding Invitation,” written, directed and produced by Rainy Kerwin will be celebrated as the Opening Night Feature.  “The Wedding Invitation” is a female-driven comedy shot by an ENTIRELY FEMALE CREW.  This is a rare feat in the world of filmmaking and RIFF is proud to present this film.  It is RIFF’s mission is to present an equal ratio of films created by male and female filmmakers from around the world....."

October 5, 2016

BROADWAYWORLD.com - "The Rahway International Film Festival will open its fourth annual celebration on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the UC PAC's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts in Rahway, NJ with a complimentary cocktail hour for all of the evening's attendees. Cocktail Hour will begin at 6:30pm, followed at 8pm by the night's film presentations. The pre-show party will be catered by Nygel's American Cuisine of Cherry Street in Rahway, NJ..."

September 27, 2016

Press Release - RAHWAY, NJ - The Rahway International Film Festival is returning to the UC PAC’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts in Rahway, NJ on Friday, October 21, 2016 through Sunday, October 23, 2016. The annual event, now in its fourth year, boasts: “Brunch and Learn” seminars for aspiring and experienced filmmakers, Networking Opportunities for ALL, 12 feature length and 50 short films from all across the globe, and Q&A Sessions with visiting filmmakers and actors from as far as Germany and the Phillippines.

September 26, 2016

Press Release - RAHWAY, NJ -​ The Rahway International Film Festival will open its fourth annual celebration on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the UC PAC’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts in Rahway, NJ with a complimentary cocktail hour for all of the evening’s attendees. Cocktail Hour will begin at 6:30pm, followed at 8pm by the night’s film presentations.

September 26, 2016

NEW JERSEY STAGE - "...Cadian McGaw Jr. of Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ, who was 15 years old and in Grade 9 at the time, took home the "Audience Choice" award for his short crime thriller, "Keeping Up with the Society Hillians: Society Hill Victims Unit." He too will be appearing on Edison TV's "Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey" and will screen his film once more on Sunday, October 23rd at 3:15pm. He will share the episode of "Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey" with the other winners...."

September 26, 2016

BROADWAYWORLD.com - "...Students Izellah Montes, Kayleen Ojeda, Miguel Rodriguez, & Yamileth Tepox of Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ, who were all 15-16 years old and in Grade 10 at the time, created the short film "You Are Not Alone" about the dangers of bullying. They were the winners of the "Best Film of the Festival" at the Rahway Film Festival Junior 2016. As part of their prize, the students will be appearing on Edison TV's "Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey" and will screen their film once more for the RIFF audience on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3:15pm. They are filming their episode of "Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey" on October 5, 2016 with the air date yet to be determined...."

September 26, 2016

BROADWAYWORLD.com - "...Students Izellah Montes, Kayleen Ojeda, Miguel Rodriguez, & Yamileth Tepox of Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ, who were all 15-16 years old and in Grade 10 at the time, created the short film "You Are Not Alone" about the dangers of bullying. They were the winners of the "Best Film of the Festival" at the Rahway Film Festival Junior 2016. As part of their prize, the students will be appearing on Edison TV's "Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey" and will screen their film once more for the RIFF audience on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3:15pm. They are filming their episode of "Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey" on October 5, 2016 with the air date yet to be determined...."

September 26, 2016

Press Release - RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway International Film Festival hosted the 1st Annual Rahway Film Festival Junior for New Jersey students in grades 3 through 12 on May 21, 2016. The student film festival was a great success and the lucky winners of the “Best Film of the Festival” and “Audience Choice” awards will be honored at this year’s main Fourth Annual Rahway International Film Festival event on October 21 through October 23,
2016.

New Jersey students showcased in Rahway Film Festival Junior

May 19, 2016

NJTODAY.NET - "...These talented filmmakers are the best of the best in New Jersey, selected from a large number of applicants with the winning filmmakers receiving a special screening at Rahway International Film Festival, October 21-23, 2016 as well as a guest appearance on Edison TV’s, “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey.”"

Rahway International Film Festival celebrates New Jersey student filmmakers

May 18, 2016

NJ.com - "...This is the perfect chance to meet the future Steven Spielbergs and Sofia Coppolas of the world, to say you "knew them when." Come support these future filmmakers of tomorrow and prepare to be impressed and entertained! The event will be hosted onMay 21, 2016 at 2 pm in the Fazioli Room of the Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, located at 360 Hamilton St, Rahway, NJ 07065."

Rahway International Film Festival Celebrates New Jersey Student Filmmakers

May 18, 2016

Press Release - RAHWAY, NJ - May 18, 2016 - Rahway International Film Festival introduces the inaugural “Rahway Film Festival Junior”, dedicated to showcasing the filmmaking talents of New Jersey students in grades 3 through 12. The event brought to you by “Just Be You Performing Arts” will take place on May 21, 2016 at 2pm in UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, and will present 19 short films by young filmmakers across the state.

August 21, 2015

MYCENTRALJERSEY.com - "(Gina Marie) Rodriguez founded the Rahway International Film Festival in 2013. In one evening, she screened 13 short films at the Hamilton Stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center and held a filmmaker networking session. For the second year, the festival grew to a full day that included 20 screenings, along with two seminars and the networking session. Now, for the third year in a row, Rahway is getting ready for its close-up. The Rahway International Film Festival has now expanded to three days, Aug. 28 through 30. It will spotlight the work of writers and directors from 12 countries, presenting narrative films and documentaries."

August 20, 2015

CNBNews - "The Rahway International Film Festival will be in full swing August 28-30th, in downtown Rahway, New Jersey and there will be a wide assortment of indie presentations. Full features, shorts and music videos will be presented. Founder Gina Marie Rodriguez and assistant Stacy Ignacio promised unique premiere features that New Jersey film watchers haven’t had an opportunity to see."

August 20, 2015

NJARTS.net - "The third annual Rahway International Film Festival takes place at — but not exclusively in — the Union County Performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, Aug. 28-30. The Aug. 29 screening of "Safelight"; a drama starring Juno Temple and Evan Peters, will be screened outside the building, in the building's back lot."

August 6, 2015

NEW JERSEY STAGE - "...A primary objective of the festival is to enhance the creative community in the Rahway area and provide a platform for both local and  international storytellers; to not only share their work but offer a place to forge new relationships for collaboration..."

July 16, 2015

NEWJERSEYISNTBORING.com - "...The mission of the Rahway International Film Festival is to provide an opportunity for artists worldwide to showcase works that educate, inspire equality, empathy and awareness through film. In keeping with equality, the festival is also dedicated to showcasing an equal ratio of films made by female and male filmmakers..."

July 13, 2015

BROADWAYWORLD.com - "...To accommodate its growing popularity, the 2015 Rahway International Film Festival will be a multi-day event. In addition to the event being extended to cover three days, Founder and Festival Director, Gina Marie Rodriguez and her team are launching a new initiative. Ten percent of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to charitable endeavors: Integrity House "Boys of Bate Program" and the National Alliance for Mental Illness..."

July 11, 2015

EXAMINER.com - "...This year’s lineup is full of brilliant films spanning 12 different countries, featuring stars like Juno Temple (Maleficent, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Evan Peters (American Horror Story, Kick-Ass) and Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy, Big Daddy). A highlight of this year’s festival is the introduction of feature length films in addition to the standard short films program, plus a special Saturday night outdoor screening..."

July 10, 2015

NJ.com - "Rahway's premier film festival, The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival returns on Aug. 28-30, at UCPAC's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts..."

July 9, 2015

Press Release - RAHWAY, NJ​ – Rahway, New Jersey's premier film festival, The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival returns on August 28­-30, 2015 at UCPAC's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts. This year’s lineup is full of brilliant films spanning 12 different countries, featuring stars like Juno Temple (Maleficent, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Evan Peters (American Horror Story, Kick­Ass) and Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy, Big Daddy). A highlight of this year’s festival is the introduction of feature length films in addition to the standard short films program, plus a special Saturday night outdoor screening.

June 18, 2014

NJ.com - "Festival founder and director, Gina Rodriguez said, “There is such a large film community in New Jersey that often gets overshadowed by our proximity to New York. I created the festival as a way to show both filmmakers and film lovers that they don’t need to travel that far to find inspiration. It’s right here in their own backyard!"..."

October 11, 2014

NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY - RIFF Founder & Director Gina Rodriguez was featured on "Spotlight NJ" on News 12 New Jersey (October 11, 2014). Watch her as she talks about the many plans we have in store for next year as we near 2015!

August 6, 2014

SUITSLifestyle.com - "Rahway’s 2nd Annual International Film Festival was amazing! The good people of Rahway, NJ really created a communal atmosphere for all the guests of the Festival & Street Fair..."   

July 7, 2014

HOME NEWS TRIBUNE / myCentralJersey.com - "For local actress and filmmaker Gina Rodriguez, showcasing independent films in this New Jersey town is a dream come true...she wanted to take her passion for the industry to the next level and created the Rahway International Film Festival, which will mark its second year with film showings on July 12 at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage..."

July 1, 2014

NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY - Rahway International Film Festival was featured on "Spotlight NJ" on News 12 New Jersey (July 1, 2014). Watch RIFF Founder & Director Gina Rodriguez as she gives a sneak peek of the upcoming 2nd annual festival on July 12, 2014!

June 29, 2014

EXAMINER.com - "The 2nd Annual Rahway International Film Festival brings a choice blend of cinematic fantasy and hyper-reality to Rahway — 31 short films from Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Syria, Canada, Belgium, Austria, the USA and New Jersey showcasing an exciting new generation of film innovators..."

June 6, 2014

Press Release - RAHWAY, NJ - Rose and Pearl Films presents The Second Annual Rahway International Film Festival, Rahway, New Jersey's premier annual international short film festival and networking event this summer on July 12, 2014. RIFF returns to Hamilton Stage with a full-day of indie film screenings, seminars and a street fair.

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