Their names are recognizable members of Asbury Park’s music, art and culture and now a series of vignettes pays homage to a dozen creatives whose artistry helped form a local resurgence.
Local Legends, directed by William DeVizia and Michael Lucio Sternbach, is a series of shorts that captures the spirit and stories of those who live, work, and create within city limits.
Debuting during the upcoming Asbury Park Music in Film Festival, a special 30-minute film, a compilation of six of the interviews, will be screened 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, located at 1300 Ocean Ave on the Asbury Park boardwalk.
From Asbury Lanes Founder Mel Stultz, Parlor Gallery’s Jenn Hampton and Filmmaker/DJ Atom Worth to Photographer Danny Clinch, Wooden Walls artist Pork Chop, LGBTQ activist Geena Alessia Buono, and Renaissance Woman Tina Kerekes, the shorts spotlight a set of pioneers who helped expand the defining spirit that makes Asbury Park an attractive destination.
Each of 12 shorts runs between three to five minutes and are book ended by iconic shots of the city’s architecture and landscape, setting the scene for their compelling narratives. The mini-documentaries feature local talent for soundtrack and musical scoring, which fall in line with their aim to make the shorts the ultimate postcards of the city.
Also featured are artist Neil O’Brien, Wonder Bar’s Lance Larson, early Springsteen manager Tinker West, famed and now retired Police Lt. George Corbin and Wooden Walls artist James Vance.
The APMFF proceeds helps support music education, instruments and social connections for the under served children in Asbury Park; one the most challenged youth communities in the country by providing music education, instruments and social connection opportunities. They include programs at Hope Academy, The Hip Hop Institute with the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, and the Asbury Park Summer Recreation Music Camp.
Other screenings include 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Salt Studios, located at 658 Cookman Ave, and 4:20 p.m. Sunday at Art629, located at 631 Cookman Ave. For $25 tickets, visit http://apmff.com/festival-tickets/.
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