Film Fest Features Ocean Grove Man

This year’s Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park, in its 18th year, is featuring a film about an Ocean Grove resident while also featuring an Asbury Park resident.

The film, “Here’s the Story: I Talk to Strangers,” is directed by Steve Rogers, of Red Bank.

It is about Ocean Grove resident Bob Ellis, who makes a habit out of talking to strangers as he strolls local boardwalks, and also features Asbury Park resident Jenn Hampton, part owner and curator of The Parlor Gallery on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park.

This year’s festival opens Wed., March 25 and runs to Sun., March 29.

“I Talk To Strangers” tells the quirky, sweet tale of one man’s love and need to make strangers into friends, and then into dinner guests.

“We are extremely proud to present Here’s The Story: I Talk To Strangers as a part of our 18th Annual Film Festival in Asbury Park, and to showcase the exceptional talent from our state as well as serve as a launching pad for the next generation of film maker,” says Lauren Concar Sheehy, the festival’s Executive Director.

The film will screen March 29 at 11:45 a.m. at The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.

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According to a festival release, “Celebrating its 18th Anniversary, the artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and celebrates this spirit through dramatic screenings and unparalleled film collaborations attracting a diverse audience from around the world.

“GSFF unveils world premieres, Hollywood stars, industry panels, and as a nonprofit enterprise, serves as an added economic engine for Asbury Park’s vitality through art, commerce and culture. Make your plans to be a part of intriguing panel discussions and can’t miss parties, all held in numerous locations all over the city by the sea.

Individual screening tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Weekend passes are $55 in advance and $60 at the door. Day Passes are also available – the Saturday Day Pass is $30 and Sunday Day Pass is $25. Tickets are available at and at festival box offices at each venue. For more information about this film and other programs, please visit the GSFF website at

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