Every year, the Montclair Film Festival highlights local filmmakers and their creativity. Submissions are now open for you to submit your film to the festival to see if you'll get your "Hollywood" break!

My friend PJ Leonard is a producer/director from Hudson County and he's got another film to submit this year.

His latest film, Mississippi Scholar, premieres this Thursday night in Montclair.

One of the stars, former Miss USA Asya Branch, joined me on the show to talk about the film and the challenges of making it in the industry.

My own film company recently had a premier on Lifetime TV, with our latest production, "Handyman from Hell". This followed two previous successful films that aired on Lifetime TV, "Falling for a Killer" and "Psycho Storm Chaser".

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We recently ventured into the horror genre, with our now award-winning film "Tenants".

Stay tuned for our next project. If you've got a film that you are working on, writing, and submitting to a New Jersey film festival, hit me up on the free NJ101.5 app and let me know, happy to highlight your hard work to our largest-in-the-state audience.

40 Movies Turning 40 in 2024

There were ghosts, nerds, karate and a whole lot of dancing (especially breakdancing). The list of movies released in 1984 is dotted with classics that have been remade many times over. Some of the franchises that started that year are still going today. Here is a look at 40 movies that will turn 40 years old in 2024.

Gallery Credit: Rob Carroll

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Spadea. Any opinions expressed are Bill's own.

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