For almost 35 years, Woody and the Cliffhangers meet every other Saturday to have breakfast, watch a double-feature, a cliffhanger serial, and have lunch.

They talk about everything under the sun: movies, families,wives, stars, surgeries, their health, their diet, their entertainment, their retirements, their kids, their pets, their lives, their loves  and although the rules state that one cannot talk religion or politics- they end up talking about that too.

This is not only a film about the love of movies but the love of life and friendship. The Reel East Film Festival is proud to be able to present this film to a local audience. We here at the Reel East share much of the same feelings about movies as the Cliffhangers so we cannot think of a better film to open our fest with than a movie about the love of movies.

Inda Reid’s Brotherhood of the Popcorn screens at 7PM on Friday August 22nd 2014 at the Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ. Tickets will be available through the theatre website.

In 1950, America was in a state of panic. Juvenile delinquency was destroying the very fabric of society. Ninety percent of all children were reading comic books. In 1954, psychiatrist Dr. Fredric Wertham wrote a scathing indictment of comics called Seduction of the Innocent. Its central premise: Comic books were the leading contributing factor to juvenile delinquency. That same year, Dr. Wertham testified at special hearings on comic books at the Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency in the United States. Comics were on trial.

Diagram for Delinquents captures the zeitgeist of late 1940s and early 1950s America and investigates how the funny books found themselves on the fire. Using expert and comic book insider interviews, never seen before historical photographs and films, and animation, DIAGRAM goes further than any previous comic book documentary to explore and understand the controversial figure at the center of this American tale: Fredric Wertham.

The Reel East Film Festival is proud to present the latest film by Robert A. Emmons Jr. (Enthusiast: The 9th Art, Wolf at the Door, Yardsale!, Goodwill: The Flight of Emilio Carranza, and De Luxe: The Tale of Blue Comet.)

By April L. Smith

The drive-in, like the diner, belongs to New Jersey. Invented in Camden in 1933 by Richard Hollingshead Jr., the drive-in (then known as the Park-In Theatre) quickly caught on. Its rapid growth was encouraged by the invention of the “talkie” and America’s love affair with the automobile. Moreover, the American landscape provided a natural milieu for this type of movie theatre. Much of the country during the first half of the 20th century was nothing but wide-open spaces. This left plenty of room for a huge screen and even larger parking lots. Watching a movie in this format seemingly duplicated driving, an activity for which Americans were highly enthusiastic.

Something more profound occurred at the drive in. Watching a film within the confines of the car forced the driver and the passengers to look through the window to see the screen. The sensation was that of travelling without going anywhere- an escape of the mind. Because the viewer was often literally in the driver’s seat, movie watching became a first person experience and the connection between viewer and character onscreen was instant and automatic. In this setting, the viewer, comfortable in their familiar surroundings, was, at the same time, forced out of their own world and into the experience of another. In a regular movie theatre, the experience is shared with strangers thus nullifying the sensation that one is a part of the life onscreen. This is not to suggest that going to the drive-in was an isolating experience. It was very much a social activity and movie watching outdoors harkened back to ancient social behaviors. At the drive in, humankind utilized technology and pitched an image against the darkness, the void; much like primitive man gathered around the campfire and told stories well into the night.

All that is left of many of these theatres are silent screens and parking lots covered with weedy overgrowth. Architecturally, there is something compelling about these remnants: the monolithic screen sitting defiant against the backdrop of the massive sky. These spaces appear like modern ruins and reveal a lot about our current culture and society. In her 2013 documentary film, Going Attractions , director April Wright examines some of the events that led to the rise and fall, and possible rise again of the drive-in theatre– see South Jersey’s own Delsea Drive-in . These events were largely financial and included the fuel crisis that kept people out of their cars and away from the drive-in theater. Yet the primary element that ended the drive-in was a large part of what began it – wide-open space. As cities grew and suburbs expanded, the drive-in’s size and location was a hot commodity and these theatres were largely consumed by the insidious sprawl of the late 20th century.

Going Attractions will be shown at the Reel East Film Festival on Saturday 8/23.

Oaklyn, NJ (July 16, 2014) – The Reel East Film Festival (REFF), a premiere event in South Jersey to be held on August 22-23, 2014 at the historic Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ, is proud to announce the appearance of John Sayles. Noted filmmaker (Return of the Secaucus 7, The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, Passion Fish, and Lone Star) and novelist (Los Gusanos, A Moment in the Sun) Sayles will appear on Saturday, August 23rd at 8 pm for a screening of his new film, Go For Sisters, with a post-screening discussion. 

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You know how sometimes you hear something exciting and all you want to do is tell everyone about it? Well, this is one of those times for us here at Reel East. I want to type it up here and now-but that would not be the best way to deliver this information. After all, patience is a virtue right? That said I cannot help but drop some hints here as to what this news is about.

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It was rainy and dark for most of the day here in the REEL EAST but of course the show must go on and as I type this I can still hear the familiar snap, crackle, and pop of fireworks in the distance. The exciting thing, however, is that the first annual Reel East Film Festival is only 50 days away! Which also means that the deadline to get your short films to us is only 16 days please, if you have a film you are proud of (and if you've made a film you SHOULD be proud of yourself since we all know how hard it is to make films!) by all means send it to us. We have the DVD players and laptops fired up and ready to laugh, cry, or scream at your creations. As Aristotle (or Groucho Marx) once said, "Astonish me!" So astonish US with your work and maybe your film will end up screening at our premiere festival on August 22-23rd. The link to submit is here at our FilmFreeway festival page...


    The first annual Reel East Film Festival is honored to bring independent and upcoming feature films and shorts to Camden County and greater South Jersey

    Reel East Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world's best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.


    July 2014



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