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Union's Van Gogh's Ear Cafe Hosts Celebrated Actor Ed Asner for Film Shoot

Joseph A. Halsey, Director & Star of Sci-Fi "DBX" The Series
Co-Starring With TV/ Film Legend Ed Asner

UNION, NJ – Legendary actor Ed Asner, famous for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, was in Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe on Monday shooting a scene for an upcoming series.
Series producer Margaret Fontana grew up in Union and graduated from Union High School in 1993.  “I was always involved in theater and television in high school,” she said.  She studied radio and television at Rider University. 
Fontana said the Perara family, now owners of Van Gogh’s Ear, were her neighbors growing up.  She said she babysat for owners Sarah and her brother Rob.  “We had a film meeting here sometime back, and I asked Sara and Rob if we could film in the Cafe.  It’s important to me to keep the Union connection.”  Fontana said Van Gogh’s Ear was a perfect fit for the scene.


In Partnership with Margaret Fontana Media - Seven13 Films and Rider University Youth Symposium with Trenton Mayoral Candidates.



Margaret Fontana With Joseph A. Halsey of Seven13 Films 

The role of impacting producing has increasingly become one of the most important jobs in the production world next to Director, DP, and notable others.


What is impact producing? This role has most recently evolved due to the nature of the digital and online world surrounding broadcast and distribution in the film and media industries. The need for someone who knows public relations, partnerships, community organizing, event production, marketing, brand strategy, media landscape and social media. This past year I partnered with Seven13 films for a few projects all taking on the role as impact producer. The Rider event allowed us to explore more areas of production, marketing and not for profit partnerships. Here's more on the film:

Margaret Fontana With Joseph A. Halsey of Seven13 Films 

Directed and produced by Joseph A. Halsey and written and produced by Lee Kolinsky, of Seven13 Films, the docuseries
Generation Change was created with a mission to increase social awareness about issues affecting our local youth. The film features Good Morning America’s Adrienne Bankert and youths from the organization PEI Kids of Trenton, N.J.


Our goal for this screening event involved many moving pieces ultimately to partner with a media class at Rider University to allow for the student to grow and gain a sense of experiential learning in producing and promoting a live screening event. The second goal was to engage the local community to create dialogue on current social issues. These issues were the very platform each Mayoral candidate was campaigning.



 Overall, we surpassed our expectations due to the overwhelming positive response we received from higher education, political spheres, media, and community sectors. The students produced one of the best events, which ultimately landed us on the front page of the Trentonian, next day.

To recap, what is impact producing? The goal is to create a positive impact by bringing all the moving pieces together and creating a cohesive, strategic initiative.

Seven13 Films and Rider University Present Youth Symposium with Trenton Mayoral Candidates Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.


Seven13 Films and Rider University Present Youth Symposium with Trenton Mayoral Candidates Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.  

Alicia Nieves of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News to Moderate Youth Symposium at Rider University After Special Screening of Documentary ‘Generation Change’



LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ, – April 2, 2018 – Seven13 Films and Rider University will present a youth symposium with Trenton Mayoral candidates and moderated by Alicia Nieves of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News. Mayoral candidates in attendance will be Darren Green, Reed Gusciora, Annette Horton-Lartigue, Paul Perez and Walker Worthy Jr. The public event will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Rider University. Attendees must register in advance through Eventbrite.com
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The symposium will feature today’s youth, who will ask the panel of mayoral candidate’s question on how they would improve the social challenges of Trenton. The youths selected to ask the questions will be from local schools and youth organizations. Each candidate will have limited time to answer each question.

Prior to the youth symposium, seven13 Films will be screening an episode of their docuseries Generation Change and the Rider University students will be screening their featurette Generation Change: It Starts with Us.

“It is amazing to see the film we have created has brought together the world of politics and education all one in place. “says Lee Kolinsky, co-owner of seven13 Films. “With CBS-3 and Alicia Nieves participating in the event, it’s the right step for great things to come.”

Directed and produced by Joseph A. Halsey and written and produced by Kolinsky, the docuseries Generation Change was created with a mission to increase social awareness about issues affecting our local youth. The film features Good Morning America’s Adrienne Bankert and youths from the organization PEI Kids.

 “We created this episode of Generation Change to find out what Trenton youths would do in their community if they were mayor,” says Joseph A. Halsey, co-owner of seven13 Films. “Now, these kids will get a chance to ask the mayoral candidates what they would change if they were elected.” Halsey adds, “Our film was designed to inspire a conversation and promote positive change in the community.”

The event is being planned and produced by Rider University students in “COM341 Publicity Methods,” a course currently being taught by Adjunct Professor Kathy Magrino. Since January, Magrino’s class has been working closely with seven13 Films and media consultant Margaret Fontana of Margaret Fontana Media.

“Producing and promoting this event has provided a great ‘real-world’ learning experience for everyone involved,” Magrino says. “My students and I are very excited to be working with Joe and Margaret and the entire seven13 Films crew. We are so grateful to them for this opportunity and for all of their time and guidance!”

For more information about the event or to register to attend, go to the Eventbrite registration page online: http://bit.ly/RiderScreeningEvent. Or contact Kathy Magrino at kmagrino@rider.edu.

About Generation Change
Generation Change is a docuseries that interviews adjudicated and at-risk Trenton city youth focusing on how they would solve current problems in their community such as building positive relationships with law enforcement and local government. The film features Good Morning America’s Adrienne Bankert and the Official Anthem of Generation Change features singer/actor Badia Farha with recording artist Dominic Jones.  Generation Change anthem produced by Joseph A. Halsey and John Swanhart.

About seven13 Films
Seven13 films is dedicated to providing social messages that spark conversation through the art of filmmaking. With several years of experience in television and film, seven13 films offers comprehensive media strategies designed to drive education, awareness, community outreach and engagement on important public issues.

Listen to my latest #Podcast - Interview W/Filmmaker Joseph A. Halsey - Talking Latest Project "Generation Change."


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