Tom Sims, Director of the Cape May Film Festival, previews “Sneakers & Soul”
THE Saturday night feature presentation has been selected for this year’s Cape May Film Festival, and it is a homecoming of sorts. Sneakers & Soul was directed by Jon Zelenak (whose mother is Cape May’s Superintendent of Schools) and much of the film was shot here in Cape May! Yes, you may spot a more than one local in a scene right at the beginning.
“No matter what you do in life, always have a perfect bed and a comfortable pair of shoes, because when you’re not in one, you’re in the other.” So goes the credo of Johnny-boy Bailey’s late father, Murray, a man whose passion for life and love for adventure was an inspiration to all. It is also the credo that has haunted Johnny-boy, an overworked and under-enthused lawyer from South Jersey who finds himself trapped in a routine as dull as the black loafers he spends every day in. When Johnny-boy inherits a pair of blue sneakers and a key to a mysterious New York City apartment from his father, he is given a chance to find a new direction for himself and live up to his father’s legacy.
With his best friend, Ace, by his side Johnny-boy slips on the sneakers and the two embark on foot for a journey spanning the state of New Jersey to the Big Apple. It’s a trip that will not only bring them to the brink of friendship, but also give them a chance to rediscover the connections that matter most in this world.
The film has been seen in more than a dozen film festivals, but Cape May Film Festival will host the movie’s South Jersey premiere. In fact, this year’s festival will screen several world-premiere films, as well as a number of New Jersey premieres. We say it every year, but we work diligently to bring the most film premieres to New Jersey — and this year is no different.
Among the features being presented we are also screening See What I’m Saying, a film about deaf entertainers that is engaging and heart-warming. We will also have a matinee screening of Standing Ovation, a film for tweeners that was shot here in Cape May and Wildwood. You can see reviews for both of these films in the archives of this column or at www.capemayfilm.org.
For two free weekend passes, be the first to answer the following simple trivia question by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We have had a number of celebrities as guests of the Film Festival. Name the first big celebrity we hosted! Remember to join us at the Festival, October 22-24, exclusively at the Chalfonte Hotel.