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The SOMA Film Festival features and supports independent and emerging filmmakers. We believe that independent film can change the way people experience the world.

Set in the bucolic and artistically rich enclaves of Maplewood and South Orange, NJ, just thirty minutes from Manhattan, the four-year-old festival has the warmth and spirit of a small town mixed with the creative force of a big city.    

Now in our fourth season, we have expanded the festivities to 5 days and nights from March 20th to 24th. Features include independent films from near and far, filmmaker Q&A's, an opening night party, a short scripts reading, and a free screening at Seton Hall University.


We are excited to announce that on the evening of Thursday, March 21, we will welcome legendary filmmaker, actor, and voice-over artist Frank Oz and his film "Muppet Guys Talking."

The film features five of the original Muppet performers coming together to discuss the creation of their iconic characters under the visionary leadership of Jim Henson. The stories are legendary and the film catches the innovation and the madness through conversation and archived video imagery.

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