RE:IMAGE Film Fest in NJ Will Feature Emilio Estevez/Martin Sheen Film

Manasquan, New Jersey- The 3rd Annual RE:IMAGE Film Festival will take place Sunday, May 6th at the historic Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, New Jersey. The 540-seat venue was reopened to the public in 1994 following an extensive renovation and is uniquely designed for viewing of the award-winning Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez collaboration film "The Way."

Sheen‘s film is an inspiriting story about family, friends and the challenges we face living in this world.  Having earned numerous industry awards, as well as a top spot on the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures’ top 10 films rating, this film is a perfect choice for the RE:IMAGE event.

As Dr. Tom Avery, Sheen surveys memorial in "The Way"

The mission of RE:IMAGE is to support and encourage the next generation of visual storytellers to explore the glory of God and His creation, to persevere for justice and truth, and to uphold and defend the dignity of the human person.  The Festivals are designed to showcase the work of artists and filmmakers who deliver inspiring, uplifting, and faith-filled messages through film and digital media. 

This year's event will feature three competition levels- High School, College/Young Adult, and General- in categories such as "Best Picture," "Mission Excellence," and "Viewers' Choice."

Commencing with an 11:00 a.m. mass at nearby St. Denis Catholic Church, the event continues at noon with continuous screenings at the Algonquin.  This schedule- that is sure to please those of us who love film- includes a dinner break, awards ceremony, 7:00p.m. screening of "The Way," and a post-film dessert reception as night-cap.

Emilio Estevez directs his father, Martin Sheen

Directed by Emilio Estevez, and starring his father, Martin Sheen, “The Way,” tells the story of four Westerners walking the 500-mile historical “The Way of St. James” leading from the French Pyrenees mountains to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela. Sheen plays a widower doctor, Dr. Tom Avery, who journeys to France to mourn the loss of his grown son (played by Estevez) -- his only child -- after he is killed in a storm as he embarks on that route. Avery decides to hike this trail on his own, bringing along his son’s ashes and, along the way, he is joined by three others who are struggling with their own life challenges. The four help each other in profound and memorable ways.

Filmed along the actual Santiago de Compostela and against the majestic backdrop of the Pyrenees Mountains and infused with the rustic charm of French and Spanish villages, “The Way” will shine on the big screen in this venue.

Father and son discuss filming during making of "The Way"

Other notable films include The Drop by Crystal Clear by internationally acclaimed and award-winning Gospel singer, songwriter, author and actress Martha Munizzi and her older sister Marvelyne Engel. The true life story of then-eighteen-year-old Marcus Engel, this film tells his story of two years of hospitalization and rehab to reclaim his life after he was made blind and had to find his way home after the car in which he was a passenger was hit by a drunk driver.

Thomas Fairbank’s 12-minute short Hiking with Peace is based on the true story of Peace Pilgrim, the woman who walked from 1953 until her death across North America, sharing her message of defeating hatred with love.

Gospel singer/entertainer Martha Munizzi

RE:IMAGE will also include filmmaker panels and guest speakers that are sure to inspire while also celebrating the moving image and how it can be used to reflect God‘s love in our world.

St. Denis Catholic Church is located at 90 Union Avenue, Manasquan, New Jersey, 08736.

Martha Munizzi, her sister Mervelyne, and others celebrate at film "wrap" party

The Algonquin Arts Theatre is located at 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan, New Jersey, 08736.  This venue is wheelchair accessible; wheelchair accessible seating is available by contacting a representative of the RE:IMAGE Film Festival Committee at 609-406-7405. Free parking with Disabled Parking spaces is available behind the theatre.  http://www.algonquinarts.com

More information about the RE:IMAGE Film Festival can be obtained by going to the web site: http://www.reimagefilmfestival.com/.

Crew sets up for filming of The Drop

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M. D. Caprario is a journalist, editor and author, covering for the media books, film, television and the stage- and good people and things that make our World a better place. Reach her at[email protected].

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