The first annual Asbury Park Music in Film Festival will be held the weekend of April 10-12, 2015. The three-day festival will fuse the rich musical heritage of Asbury Park with filmmakers and industry leaders from around the world and will involve the many local businesses, historic venues, and unparalleled talent that makes Asbury Park such an iconic destination. The Film Festival will focus on music influenced films and videos as well as a special category for local filmmakers and will showcase extraordinary music and film talent from around the world, while also raising money that will provide K-12 music education for children throughout the City of Asbury Park.
The Asbury Park Music Foundation is excited to announce that, in partnership with the Asbury Park Press, an extraordinary new film festival is coming to the City of Asbury Park in 2015.
The Asbury Park Music Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation founded in November of 2011 in response to the overwhelming success of the Smithsonian Institution’s Main Street exhibit: “New Harmonies; Celebrating American Roots Music.” The foundation was set up to preserve, exhibit and promote the City of Asbury Park’s rich musical heritage – past, present and future – and to contribute to the City’s revitalization by securing Asbury Park as a musical destination. In addition, the foundation in partnership with the Lakehouse Music Academy has created a Youth Initiative to raise funding to provide music opportunities for Asbury Park youth.
The Asbury Park Press is a daily newspaper in Monmouth and Ocean counties of New Jersey and has the third largest circulation in the state. The Asbury Park Press was recently acquired by Gannett, one of the largest media and marketing solutions companies in the United States. APP is a major sponsor of many festivals, including the world renowned Light of Day Festival in Asbury Park.
Tom Gilmour, President of the Asbury Park Music Foundation said, “After meeting with the Asbury Park Press, we knew wanted to create a festival that would showcase our city’s unparalleled music history and also continue the tradition of providing one of the most significant opportunities for local and national filmmakers to present their work. So, together, we created the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival, and the response we have already gotten from not only the city but from across the United States has been unbelievable. This is going to be one amazing weekend.”
Tom Donovan, President and Publisher of The Asbury Park Press added, “We all know that Asbury Park is an amazingly artistic city with talent that is virtually unmatched in the country, so we are very excited to have created a new film festival that brings together the music and film communities on both a local and national level and, at the same time, helps our City’s kids discover the gift of music; can’t ask for anything better than that.”