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SIMPLER TIMES, Starring Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Screening in NY/NJ

SIMPLER TIMES, the 33-minute comedy starring Jerry Stiller, features a special guest appearance by the late Anne Meara. The made-for-TV film from director/writer Steve Monarque has upcoming festival screenings in the New York City Metro area:

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 5pm
Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City
Saint Peter's University Mclntyre Conference Center Bldg, 2641 John F. KENNEDY Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:45pm
Ocktober Film Festival
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 96 St. New York, NY

"Simpler Times" follows Harry (Jerry Stiller), a recently widowed man in his golden years, who has reluctantly moved in with his daughter and son-in-law. On his first morning in their home, all Harry wants is a cup of coffee and his daily newspaper. Instead, he finds himself on a bizarre search through town that leaves him newspaper-less and trapped in the world of modern technology. This family comedy features Stiller's trademark style as well as an unexpected dramatic performance, and special guest star Anne Meara, the other half of the legendary comedy duo Stiller & Meara, in their last appearance on-screen together.

Based on Steve Monarque's original one-act play "Please Say A Command", "Simpler Times" was directed by Monarque, with cinematography by Zachary P. McGeehan, screenplay co-written by Monarque and Geoffrey Gormley and original score by Dirk Kennedy. Presented by MonaVision Films and produced in association with Ten Hats Productions and Executive Producer Dawn Eaton, the full cast includes Jerry Stiller (Seinfeld, King of Queens, Zoolander), Anne Meara (King of Queens, The Ed Sullivan Show, Archie Bunker's Place), Amy Stiller (Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Cable Guy) , Steve Monarque (Friday the 13th: The Series, Sixteen Candles, Under the Boardwalk), Armando Merlo, Laura Carbonell, Leigh Ann Pedra. "Simpler Times" also features a theme song with original music by Jerry Stiller and lyrics by Laura Carbonell Smith, entitled "Harry's Theme (Simpler Times)."

Prior festival screenings and awards include:
HollyShorts Film Festival (TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Hollywood, CA), Nevada International Film Festival (Platinum Reel Award), Orlando Film Festival (Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe, Orlando, Florida) Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (Best Director), Long Island International Film Expo, Manhattan Film Festival (Award Winner), Lighthouse International Film Festival (Audience Choice Award, Best Short Film), WorldFest Houston (Gold Remi Award, TV Comedy), Palm Beach Int'l Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival (Superstar Theater, Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJ), San Diego Jewish Film Festival (Arclight Cinemas, La Jolla, CA), Big Apple Film Festival (Tribeca Cinemas, New York, NY, Golden Apple Award presented to Jerry Stiller), Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival (Cinema Paradisio, Ft. Lauderdale & Hollywood, FL, Winner - Spirit of the Independent Award), International Family Film Festival (Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA, Winner- Best Short Comedy), Hawaii Int'l Short Film Festival (Koko Marina 8 Theatres, Honolulu, HI), NJ Int'l Film Festival (Honorable Mention), Los Angeles Int'l Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest, Laemmele NoHo 7).

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