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Asbury Park, New Jersey - The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) is thrilled to announce that it has partnered with  Frontlines of Freedom ( for a new innovative monthly film screening and discussion series. Frontlines of Freedom is a weekly syndicated military talk radio show designed to address and discuss the most pressing issues facing our armed forces, veterans, and their families. It is the largest show of its kind in the nation. Host Lt. Colonel Denny Gillem, U.S. Army (Retired), is a West Point graduate and highly decorated combat veteran who also served as a Mideast War Planner during his 22-years on active duty. This compelling new collaboration was the brain child of GSFF founder Diane Raver and inspired by Oprah Winfrey's Book-of-the-Month Club and is designed to provoke critical thinking and stimulate lively, respectful discussion about important issues.

Listeners will be encouraged to view a recommended independent film from a past GSFF that relates to the show's topics. The monthly film will then be reviewed and discussed during the last episode of each month by Colonel Gillem and a representative from GSFF. Besides the current war and military readiness, Frontlines of Freedom addresses military families, veteran's activities and homeland security issues. Guests on the show include Cabinet members, generals, admirals, and officers of all ranks, enlisted members, politicians, and family members.  

GSFF Founder, Diane Raver, will be the special guest on two of the show's episodes this month.  The first, scheduled to air the weekend of January 13-14th, will kick-off the series. Raver and Colonel Gillem will explain the series' intent, elaborate on how listeners can get the most out of their participation and assign the film for January. During Raver's second interview airing the weekend of January 27-28th, she will join Colonel Gillem to review and discuss the first film and assign the next. This is a link to the schedule and list of radio stations that air Frontlines of Freedom:

The Garden State Film Festival will welcome celebrities, filmmakers and fans back to its original home in Asbury Park, from Thursday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 25th at many locations for the Festival's 16th Anniversary Celebration. The four-day weekend event celebrates the best in international cinema and will feature networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, an open talent casting call, screenplay competition winner table read, intriguing and informative panel discussions, and entertaining and fun parties - all in addition to the over 220 film screenings scheduled throughout the Festival. GSFF is New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival and was named winner of the 2017 Global Excellence Awards 'Best Independent Film Festival - East Coast' by TMT News. For more information about the Garden State Film Festival, please visit the GSFF website at

The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) was envisioned by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the late Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli in 2002 and launched the following year. Since 2003, thousands of films have made their public premiers, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have attended; and the total infusion of cash to local businesses since inception exceeds $5 million. It was held in Asbury Park, in and around the Convention Center complex. From 2014 to 2017, it was held in Atlantic City. Beginning in 2018, it will move back to Asbury Park. The GSFF is a 501-c-3 non- profit organization. For more information about the Garden State Film Festival, contact:

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