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From the start, it was our intention to create a film following a community theater company staging a production of Dickens’ Christmas Carol in Asbury Park.  Premier Theater Company started producing the annual holiday show in the once blighted boardwalk town when the town was still in a state of decay.  As Premier Theater Producer Mark Fleming referred to it, the “plywood and pigeon phase,” because of the shuttered, desolate nature of the waterfront.  And while the news of Asbury Park’s

recovery and revitalization has, over the years, often been exaggerated, it is now fair to say that the town, certainly, the town’s waterfront is experiencing a genuine redemption, which got us thinking about Dickens’ character Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who was once full of great promise, but who had lost his way, only to find it again, after being visited by spirits of his past, present and future.  We started out with the idea to tell the story of those telling that story, but we quickly realized that there was a bigger tale to be told as well, the story of Asbury Park’s past, present and future, told by “spirits” with unique perspectives on each.  Of course, it is important to remember that just as Charles Dickens’ leaves readers in the company of Scrooge on Christmas Day with only a suggestion that he kept the holiday well for the remainder of his days, it is likewise important to point out that our film, Season’s Greetings from Asbury Park, is just as momentary.  What fortune awaits Asbury’s future and how the waterfront boom will affect the beleaguered westside remains to be told. 


Season’s Greetings from Asbury Park includes interviews with a wide range of Asbury personalities, including art and music impresario Jenn Hampton, muralist Porkchop, restaurateur/activist Marilyn Schlossbach, musical performances by Paul Eichlin, Chloe & Andy Demos and Nick Nasty and director/producer Mark Fleming.  Music was also contributed by Sourland, Jon Francis, Joe Makoviecki and Ryan Gregg.