The ShowRoom Presents 2nd Annual AP IndieFest in Partnership with ArtsCAP and APFI

ASBURY PARK, NJ  – The ShowRoom is pleased to announce the film festival lineup for the second annual AP IndieFest.  In conjunction with ArtsCAP and the Asbury Park Film Initiative, The ShowRoom has assembled a diverse and cinematically impressive program for September 23 through 25 in Asbury Park.  With a central theme of “films that change you for good,” the film festival will spotlight a cross-section of documentary and fiction films that deliver examples of positive societal change.

The opening night event begins with the award-winning documentary, <> “Louder Than a Bomb.” A riveting tale of four teams of teenagers who train to participate in the world’s largest poetry slam, “Louder Than a Bomb” tells the story of compassion, teamwork and trust.  Documentary filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel adeptly capture the film’s subjects as they make their way through the renowned Chicago poetry-slam competition.  More than just highlighting the power of the spoken word, “Louder Than a Bomb” chronicles the journey from student life into young adulthood, utilizing poetry as a powerful tool to channel emotions and talent.
Immediately following the films screening, a special live program hosted by local producer Dana Reeves, known for his spoken-word program “Adult Relaxation,” will introduce audiences to local poetry performers and moderate a Q&A about “Louder Than a Bomb.” Then, the audience will become the judges in a live poetry slam.  Performers include “LaChocolatebox” from Freehold, Jenelle Best from Neptune, and Kevin Elliott, also known as “Justice Truth,” from Neptune.  An evening of poetry, art, passion, and the heady sincerity of “Louder That a Bomb, promise to set up a weekend of thought-provoking films. 

“The theme of this year’s AP IndieFest, ‘films that change you for good,’ allowed us to select feature films that demonstrate examples of lasting or positive change,” commented Mike Sodano, co-owner of The ShowRoom. 
“A film such as “Circumstance” will ensure that you never think the same way again about Iran,” offers Nancy Sabino, co-owner and partner with Sodano. Sodano continued, “It’s rewarding to work with our community partners, ArtsCAP and the Asbury Park Film Initiative, to produce a timely and compelling program of independent film. As a team, we collaborated to showcase films that can have a direct effect on the Asbury Park community. Our film roster showcases work that might have otherwise had no outlet in Asbury Park.”

Additional films that will be showcased at this year’s AP IndieFest throughout the weekend include:


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*        Sundance favorites, “Granito,” about four extraordinary women fighting for justice in Guatemala today;
*        The insightful Iranian coming of age drama “Circumstance;”
*        Jane Goodall’s voyages after leaving the gorilla’s habitat, “Jane’s Journey;”
*        The scientifically supported case for plant-based diets, “Forks over Knives;”
*        A captivating and inspirational feature about the Muhammad Yunus micro-loan program, “To Catch a Dollar”;
*        The British gay love-story, “Weekend;”
*        And, in tribute to the late, acclaimed American filmmaker Sidney Lumet, the incomparable “Serpico.”

The AP in 3 Film Challenge <> , where filmmakers have a chance to produce a short film featuring the theme ‘Asbury Park on the Move,’ will take place during AP IndieFest and is also expected to generate more applicants than last year. 

Celebrating the second year of AP IndieFest, The ShowRoom continues to be the crossroads of film and the creative community in Asbury Park.  The 2011 AP IndieFest contributing sponsors include Community Bank of Asbury Park, Yoga Basin, Madison Marquette and Melartbit Partners.  To learn more, please visit

Films to be screened at this year’s AP IndieFest

 <> “Louder Than a Bomb”

Friday, September 23, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

In short:    Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from more than sixty Chicago area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as “Louder Than a Bomb.”  Rather than emphasize individual poets and performances, the structure of Louder Than a Bomb demands that kids work collaboratively with their peers, presenting, critiquing, and rewriting their pieces. For many kids, being a part of such an environment-in an academic context-is life-changing.

 <> “Jane’s Journey”

Saturday, September 24, noon to 3:00 p.m.

In short:  More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist,  in order to devote her entire energy to saving our endangered planet. Since then she’s been spending 300 days a year scouring the globe on her mission to spread hope for future generations. “Jane’s Journey” is an intimate portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon – an exceptional woman, possibly the most fascinating woman of our time, whose scientific breakthroughs are considered to be among the most important of the past 100 years.

 <> “Forks over Knives”

Saturday, September 24, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

In short:  Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. “Forks Over Knives” examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

 <> “Granito”

Saturday, September 24, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

In short:  “Granito” is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In “Granito,” characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place, and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present.

 <> “Serpico”

Saturday, September 24, 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

In short:  “Serpico” is a 1973 American <> crime film directed by <> Sidney Lumet. It is based on the true story of  <> New York City <> policeman <> Frank Serpico, who went undercover to expose the corruption of his fellow officers, after being pushed to the brink at first by their distrust and later by the threats and intimidation they leveled against him. It stars <> Al Pacino, <> John Randolph and <> Tony Roberts.

 <> “To Catch A Dollar”

Sunday, September 25, noon to 2:00 p.m.

In short:  Professor Muhammad Yunus never wanted to be a banker and he certainly never imagined winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet his quest to help the working poor invest in themselves led to both. Known as the father of microcredit, Yunus spent years developing the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, and in 1983 it became a fully licensed bank with a twist – it was owned by its borrowers – mainly poor women, and its mission was to eradicate poverty, not make a profit.

 <> “Weekend”

Sunday, September 25, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

In short:  On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. And so begins a weekend – in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex – that will resonate throughout their lives.
 <> “Circumstance”

Sunday, September 25, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In short:  A suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion, Circumstance is a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman’s most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets. The Audience Award winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz’s debut feature boldly takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders.

AP in 3 Film Challenge Screenings <>

Sunday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.


About The ShowRoom

Since opening in April 2009, The ShowRoom has continued to present relevant and provocative movies and events that engage audiences for a memorable experience.  Its mission-driven film philosophy was recognized by New Jersey movie fans when it was voted Best Independent Movie House in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly readers.  The ShowRoom is a versatile entertainment space on Cookman Avenue’s Art Bloc that is renowned for its roster of critically acclaimed, independent, classic, foreign, family and festival-winning films. In addition, The ShowRoom endeavors to provide the community with a welcoming and acoustically ideal environment for live performances, workshops, seminars and mixed-media presentations. Owners Michael Sodano and Nancy Sabino are film-industry veterans with more than 25 years of experience in creative communications for corporate productions. With The ShowRoom, first-rate cinema and a dedicated entertainment venue has returned to Asbury Park’s growing downtown arts community.  For more information, please visit  <> or call 732-502-0472.

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