This independent film has made remarkable headlines from being nominated for Best Film amongst a Two-Time Oscar-winning producer from the Green Book, nominated for Best Actor and won for Best Actress in categories with the astonishing Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri and the Tony-winning, Globen-Globe and Emmy-nominated actress Lainie Kazan, and for achieving a total of nine nominations and two awards for only being screened at two festivals. This powerful and moving film is from the Award-winning entertainment production company R&F Entertainment and Multi-award-winning producer and Founder/CEO of the company, Chase Michael Pallante. This motion picture is about love, life, and loss entitled Maturing Youth.

House Of Independents Courtesy of Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival

The film is an official selection at the Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival which is held on the first weekend of May in the beautifully transformed, art-supported community of Asbury Park in New Jersey. This exquisite festival screens productions from all over the world at three venues; House of Independents, a 500 capacity theater located downtown, the Jersey Shore Arts Center, and the transformative restaurant/nightclub Porta located right behind the world-famous The Stone Pony. The festival director Chris J. Cullen, and Rich Lello and Brian Kopack are three [New] Jersey boys who enjoy going to events on the Jersey Shore. After Hurricane Sandy in 2011, the shore was hit very hard and many people came together to help rebuild the shore. After the town being abandoned from the superstorm, these great individuals came together to bring back film festivals to the Jersey Shore and to celebrate those who are trying to break into the industry with short films.

We highly suggest seeing this film if you are available and in the area. Tickets will be available on the film festivals website at For more information about the film, and screening dates and times please visit the film at, LIKE on Facebook at, and FOLLOW on Instagram at



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