“It’s a regular monthly thing you can count on and you’re seeing people (comics) before they blow up. It’s like a whole little secret, special thing. There’s people that see that green and pink flyer out on a pole with all the other stickers and dirtiness. Some people are like, “I’m not into that, that’s not for me,” but then there are people that are like “Oh shit, I’ve gotta check that out!”
“It’s important that Food Not Bombs is accessible to everyone. It’s why we have it at the train station so that you don’t need a car to get here. It’s why we don’t ask for ID or proof of looking for a job in order to receive food.”
“They still can transport to that very moment, which is a really interesting moment. Their hopes and dreams were tied up into this trip. So when the Pope is shot, they literally are like, ‘We must do this expedition for the Pope.’ I wouldn’t say everyone in the expedition felt that way, but a good number were like, ‘We need to be successful because our country will fall apart if we don’t.’”
“This place means a lot to me, and showed me who I really wanted to be in life, which is a skateboarder. I’ve been here so many years and I don’t get sick of it.”
American River, a documentary by NJ filmmaker Scott Morris captures the journey and shares the history of the river with an eye toward its future. See it at NJPAC on Jan. 20.
“We thought it was time to bring something to New Jersey. I think some people worry that calling themselves Jersey-based comes with some kind of liability.”
The Power of Silence connects us to people, throughout history, harmed by slavery in NJ and provides some tools on how to address the lingering injustices. But perhaps its most elemental strength is that it’s willing to take a look at all.
‘Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in New Jersey’ chronicles the advancements in research and communication that came out of Bell Labs in NJ in the 20th century.
“I thought it’d be interesting to trick the audience or play with the audience and make them think they’re about to see one type of film and take them in a completely different direction.”
“It’s been decades since ‘girls to the front’ started, and we still have to yell that. Why are we still screaming that? This should have already been solved. We want to create a space that is accessible to women, to nonbinary punks, LGBTQIA punks, and people of color.”
Heminghaus’ current projects include covering a new street drug in NJ, the infrastructure problems on the shore and groups helping refugees overseas.
“All of these students were beating up Barney, and ripping apart Barney dolls. At the end the newscaster was like, ‘That’s the future of our country right there,’ and I was like, we are living in that future now.”