Bloomfield, Newark filmmakers selected for Garden State Film Festival

BLOOMFIELD / NEWARK, NJ — Bloomfield filmmaker Karen Stefano and Newark filmmaker Brooks Walker will each screen a film at the 19th annual Garden State Film Festival, which runs from March 23 to 28, both in person and virtually.

Among the selection of more than 300 films, the Garden State Film Festival will screen Stefano’s “Why Wait” and Walker’s “Hey Mom.”

In “Why Wait,” Ginny Blackwell is 40 years old, has never been married and has never really dated — and her biological clock is ticking like a time bomb. Ginny thinks it’s time she takes matters into her own hands and finds the man of her dreams. But her friends and family tell her to trust that God has her Boaz waiting for her if only she will wait for him. Can Ginny find the patience to wait on God, or will she listen to the tick, tick, ticking of the clock and leap ahead of God?

“Hey Mom” is a short film revealing the last conversation a boy has with his mother after running into a police officer. 

“Why Wait” will screen March 28 from 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. at The Paramount via livestream only. 

“Hey Mom” will screen March 28 from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Asbury Lanes, both in person and via livestream. For tickets and more information, visit