Local Actress Stars in Short Film Set to Debut at Stafford Library on June 21

Jun 13, 2018
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Following a series of viewings at film festivals across the country, the short film “Mr. Jim,” starring Manahawkin 7-year-old Emily Kipila, is set for its local debut at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m.

Directed by New Jersey filmmaker Jack Foley, “Mr. Jim” is the heartwarming story of Jim Trasmundi, a Korean War veteran who struggles with loneliness following the death of his wife. A chance meeting at a local bookstore sparks a friendship with a young mother and her 5-year-old daughter, giving Jim a new lease on life. The film also stars Carrie Plumley, just off a lead role in the Villagers Theater production of “August: Osage County.” Veteran New York actor Jack Mansbach plays Jim, and Kipila makes her screen debut as Emma.

“Mr. Jim” was an official selection at the Inspired Faith Film Festival in Atlanta in April and an official selection of Top Indie Film Awards and the Love International Film Festival in Los Angeles. For the Love Festival, scheduled for July 24-27, “Mr. Jim” has been nominated as a finalist for the Best U.S. Short Film category. Foley’s film premiered at The Monmouth County Library Film Series on May 17, and was selected as a top-20 film during the recent Rutgers International Film Festival.

“It is my hope that the film will inspire seniors dealing with isolation to look for happiness all around them,” Foley said. “Friendships can be found in the most unlikely places.”

For its showing at the Stafford Library, the film will be introduced by Foley, who will be joined by members of the cast, which also includes Linda Simon, Raquel Martinez, Brooke Guido and Emily’s 12-year-old sister, Amanda, a local professional who performs regularly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“It was so cool to see myself and the whole movie,” Emily said about seeing herself on the big screen for the first time. —D.B.

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