U.S. Senator Robert Menendez attends Golden Door International Film Festival opening gala


JERSEY CITY – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez made an appearance at the opening of the Golden Door International Film Festival (GDIFF) on Sept. 20 in support of the festival’s philanthropic mission of raising awareness about autism.
GDIFF, founded by Jersey City native actor Bill Sorvino, was recently selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018. The festival is known for glamorous red carpet events and for bringing the best of independent filmmaking to audiences, along with its mission to raise autism awareness through cinema.
This year, GDIFF will screen more than 200 movies at venues throughout Jersey City over four days, from Thursday Sept. 20 through Sunday Sept. 23.
Thousands of people attended the opening red carpet gala kick off at the Jersey City Landmark Lowe’s Theatre on Sept. 20, which presented the feature film “The Undiscovered Country,” and a film short called “Nightingale.”
Menendez is considered a key ally in an effort by Golden Door and other film groups to get state incentives to bring film production back to New Jersey. Bayonne and Fort Lee are historically two of the locations where American film making got its birth.