It is Jersey’s time to shine on display screen.
Siobhan Fallon Hogan — the Rumson actress recognized for her scene-stealing work in “Forrest Gump” and “Males in Black” in addition to her time on “Saturday Evening Reside” — will premiere her new movie “Shelter in Solitude” at Kevin Smith’s Modcastle Movie Pageant subsequent week.
Hogan, each the star and screenwriter of “Shelter in Solitude,” stated it was “overwhelmingly humbling” for her movie to function the opening evening characteristic of the pageant, operating Wednesday, Nov. 30, by Sunday, Dec. 4, at Modcastle Cinemas, the downtown Atlantic Highlands theater co-owned by Smith.
The theater and Hogan have loads of historical past. Not solely has it been her de ella go-to cinema de ella, her de ella earlier movie de ella as a screenwriter and star, the harrowing drama “Rushed,” performed there when the movie debuted in August 2021.
Hogan’s not a resting-on-her-laurels sort. Lower than a month after “Rushed” premiered, she was in upstate New York filming “Shelter in Solitude.” She introduced loads of solid and crew alongside together with her, too, together with director Vibeke Musaya and co-star Robert Patrick.
“It was a machine that labored,” she stated. “And all of us are actually shut so we simply received collectively and did it once more.”
She picked up that technique from working with director Lars von Trier on “Dancer within the Darkish” (2000), “Dogville” (2003) and “The Home That Jack Constructed” (2018).
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“Lars does the identical factor,” she stated. “It is type of like a household that you just belief. … You understand how nice they’re, and I imagine in being loyal to people who find themselves proficient and have been loyal to me.”
Along with her husband, Peter Hogan, co-producing by their Emerald Caz Productions, and two of their three youngsters appearing within the movie, “Shelter in Solitude” was shot in and round Cazenovia, NY, the place she grew up outdoors of Syracuse.
The movie stars Hogan as a rustic music singer and tavern proprietor who, because of the COVID-19 lockdown, takes a job as a demise row guard on the jail the place her brother (performed by Patrick) is the warden. There she befriends a prisoner (performed by Peter Macon of “The Orville”).
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One thing of a “Useless Man Strolling” for the COVID-19 period, “Shelter in Solitude” may be seen as a counterpoint to Hogan’s work final 12 months with “Rushed.” Her character de ella within the earlier movie is a grieving mom motivated by ache and vengeance after her son is concerned in a tragic fraternity making incident, whereas in “Shelter” her character de ella is pushed by relentless hope and compassion.
“Each… are extraordinarily passionate, so after they go in for one thing they go in not 100% however 200%,” she stated. “Each characters are grounded of their religion they usually imply to be doing the best factor however they’re each type of peculiar. They don’t seem to be your regular, run-of-the-mill particular person.”
NJ filmmakers shine at pageant
Earlier than the premiere of “Shelter in Solitidue,” opening evening of the SModcastle Movie Pageant will kick off with the 7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 30, screening of the pilot episode for “The Undersirables,” an episodic comedy co-starring Smith’s longtime on -screen associate, Jason Mewes. Monmouth County native actor Kevin Sebastian, who’s been seen on stage on the New Jersey Repertory Firm in Lengthy Department and on episodes of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Blue Bloods,” stars within the collection.
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Different New Jersey filmmakers with new work enjoying the inaugural SModcastle Movie Pageant embrace Steve Herold, director of the acclaimed 2002 brief “Asburied,” whose “Waimea” screens as a part of a block of movies beginning at 7:45 pm Thursday, Dec. 1 .
Frank Zarrillo, whose documentary “The Wrestler” profiled future All Elite Wrestling star and Freehold native QT Marshall, will premiere “Gaspari,” his documentary about bodybuilder Wealthy Gaspari at 5 pm Thursday.
Smith introduced in August that he and his spouse, Jen Schwalbach, have been buying the Atlantic Highlands theater alongside Ashley DiGennaro, co-owner of memorabilia and collectible enterprise Leeloo Multiprops, and fellow Bayshore natives Ernie O’Donnell and Jeff Swanton.
The five-screen Fifth Avenue cinema has been on the town because the Twenties. Smith has been a daily crowd-drawing presence there, and just lately welcomed Bayonne native “Sport of Thrones” writer George RR Martin for a sold-out look, with extra particular visitors on the way in which.
“What (Smith) is doing is really spectacular for the realm and for all of New Jersey,” Hogan stated. ” … It is not solely only a movie show now. It is this creative house that is going to have every kind of alternatives for stand-up comics, for younger folks, courses. What he and Ernie O’Donnell are doing and bringing to the realm is unbelievable. It is such a present to all of us.”
Go: “Shelter in Solitude,” 8:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 30, Modcastle Cinemas, 82 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, bought out. Screening because the opening evening characteristic of the SModcastle Movie Pageant, operating by Sunday, Dec. 4; atlanticcinemas.com/smodcastlefilmfestival.