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Originally published: 11/22/2022

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) – December 1 at 7:45 p.m., the First Annual SModcastle Film Festival presents a block of films that contain Lady Betty, Waimeaand Who Dunt Dunt Dunnit. The festival takes place at Smodcastle Cinemas in the Atlantic Highlands.

Lady Betty – In a cozy corner of a country pub, two old friends spend the evening exchanging tall tales. They soon begin to tell the story of Lady Betty, the first and only female executioner in Ireland. As the men talk, we are transported back to the late 18th century, to a lonely cottage on the outskirts of town, where Betty Sugrue – Lady Betty – and her son Padraic eke out a meager existence. Told through Paddy and Mick’s… distinctive storytelling style, which mostly consists of constantly interrupting and arguing, we see and hear about the hard and twisted life of Lady Betty.

Waimea – Rick and Vivian are a couple who are struggling with a very unique test of their marriage.

Who Dunt Dunt Dunnit – A modern twist on the classic dinner party murder mystery.

Smodcastle cinemas is located at 82 First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

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Waimea comes from filmmaker Jersey Shore Steve Herald, who has worked in film and television since graduating from the film program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. His award-winning films include MR Pukenshette, Bum Runnerand Death of an umbrella seller. In total, his films have been shown at over 75 film festivals worldwide.

The film stars Kevin Kollack and Patricia Damon. The cast also includes Charley Tucker, Ronelle Thomas and Dan Truman. It’s about a man who forgets where he hid his lottery ticket and a woman who is quite upset that he lost it.

New Jersey Stage spoke to Herold in 2020 as the film began its run on the festival circuit. This interview is available here.

"Waimea"  by Steve Herold will be screened at the first annual SModcastle Film Festival

The First Annual SModcastle Film Festival comes from From Kevin Smith & Friends. This is a cinema screening in Central Jersey hosted by the guy who made it employee once and took place in the very theater where the staff auditions were once held, Atlantic Moviehouse aka Smodcastle Cinemas. SModcastle Film Festival welcomes participants from around the world and will be a week-long autumn event packed with feature films, short films, animation, documentaries and more.