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Local Indie Films

From the invention of film in 1889 by priest Hannibal Goodwin, Thomas Edison's building the world's first film production studio, the resurgence of box office films shooting in Newark, and the city's annual film festivals, Newark and New Jersey has always been at the center of the motion picture industry. With platforms such as the Newark International Film Festival and Express Newark, a university–community collaboratory, Newark has long since seen as much active from independent and emerging filmmakers. Learn of some of the recent projects below:

Indies Shot in Newark

Zahra and the Oil Man

Zahra and the Oil Man is a short drama. Zahra, the daughter of a Muslim street merchant, fights to save her father's struggling business in hopes to forever change the trajectory of her family's financial future.

Written by Yucef Mayes & Aaron Melvin.

Directed by Yucef Mayes.

Visit Website for More Info: www.zahraandoilman.com

Zahra and the Oil Man – Soundtrack

Zahra and the Oil Man

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

by bumpPRO

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Yucef Mayes – headshot

American Black Film Festival

Interviewed by Matt DV, I'm So Newark

Miami Beach

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Catch a Girl

With his elementary understanding of courtship, 11-year-old Darius meets up with friends that conspire to play a popular “predator vs. prey” childhood game, targeted to take advantage of girls.

Written & Directed by LeRon E. Lee.

Visit Website for More Info: www.facebook.com/catchagirl


Indies Featuring Newarkers

Jerry Gant, Manuel Acevedo, & the Rise of NJ Street Art - PART 1

Never-before-seen footage of the late Newark legend Jerry Gant uncovering the origins of NJ street art with renowned artist Manuel Acevedo.

Brought to you by LGNDFilmworks and The Producer's Edge.

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IDENTIDAD is a documentary about the creation of a mural by Layqa Nuna Yawar (layqa.info) for the Center for Latino Arts and Culture (clac.rutgers.edu/) in New Brunswick, NJ.

Layqa Nuna Yawar is a very talented Latinx artist and his murals can be seen all over the world. This particular mural was created with the help of a group of students from the Rutgers community.
More media is available on his website

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