Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow to Present Best of Bergen County High School Student Films

Fourteen Films to be Shown at FDU's Weiner Library

Teaneck, NJ (November 2, 2005)— The Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow will feature the work of high school-aged Bergen County filmmakers in a festival on Sunday, November 27, 2005. The free festival will be held at the Weiner Library Auditorium on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ.

Dedicated to nurturing and inspiring the next generation of filmmakers, the Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow organized this festival to introduce the work of students from the surrounding area to leading members of the film community. Thirty student films of a variety of genres were submitted to the Fort Lee Film Commission and were shown at a film screening on October 27, 2005. Fourteen films were selected for award consideration.

Juried Awards were announced at the Fort Lee Fill Commission Awards Dinner on November 12, 2005. Josh Weinberg of the Torah Academy of Bergen County won Best in Show for his documentary, "Court Kings," a 12-minute film that follows his school’s state-winning mock trial team. Ryan Hogan of Bergenfield High School received an honorable mention for his film, "Homework," a humorous look at the pressure that homework puts on students. Sam Leaf, Greg Elek and Matthew Brundage of Northern Valley Regional High School also received an honorable mention for their film, "Shallow," a story of a working-class father and his relationship with his son after their move to a wealthier neighborhood.

Audience Choice Awards were presented at the conclusion of the screening in October. Ryan Hogan’s film, "Homework," received the Audience Choice Award for best comedy. The award for best short drama went to Pani Stavrou-Wilson’s creative story, "Dinosaur Days." Sam Leaf, Greg Elek, and Matthew Brundage’s film, "Shallow," won the Audience Choice Award for best long drama. Natalie Cohen’s performance in "Justify the Means," a film by Peter Macaluso that explores a variety of common teen issues, tied with the performance by Tierra Abbott in Dan Nastro’s film about difficult decisions and friendship, "Domestic Intervention," for the Audience Choice Award for best lead actress. The award for best male actor went to Greg Elek for his performance in "Shallow," the film he helped write.

The Audience Choice Award for best music video was presented to "Seeka-Laka Taka," a music video that tells the story of a man who experiences an epiphany. Anthony Salerno’s film, "Mike’s Fre$h Cut," a true story of a teen who receives his first haircut in over four years, won the award for best documentary. All fourteen films that were considered for awards will be shown at the film festival on November 27.

The Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow are excited to share these student works with the FDU community on November 27. “We are amazed by the talent of these young filmmakers and we look forward to working with our co-sponsor, Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney, in taking this festival statewide in 2006,” says Tom Meyers, Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. in the Weiner Library on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus, located on River Road in Teaneck, NJ. For further information, please visit the festival website at or contact Tom Meyers, Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, at (201) 592-3663 or

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