About the Somerset County, New Jersey
In June of 2021 the Somerset County Commissioners established the Somerset County Film Commission to promote film making within the County. Located halfway between New York & Philadelphia, Somerset County offers a variety of locations for filming ranging from working farms to historic homes to vibrant downtowns. The Somerset County Film Commission is ready to assist film, TV, and digital media productions and welcome them to our our camera-ready community full of cultural diversity and easily-accessible resources.
Discover Somerset County, NJ
New Jersey offers a robust tax incentive program of 35% plus a 2% diversity bonus.
Somerset County is located just 25 miles outside of New York City and 52 miles outside Philadelphia. It is easily accessible by public transportation or Interstate.
Home to 21 vibrant municipalities, so much of Somerset County has yet to be discovered.
Somerset County, NJ Filmography
Meet the Commission
Daryl Eisenberg, Chair
Daryl Eisenberg, CSA – Owner and Managing Partner of Eisenberg/Beans Casting – an Artios-nominated full-service casting office. Eisenberg/Beans Casting is a fast-paced, bi-coastal casting office with extensive experience casting for Film, TV, Broadway, Theater, Commercials, Voiceover, and New Media. Daryl Eisenberg and her partner Ally Beans create a comfortable space for actors to take risks and re-imagine their potential as artists in a progressing industry. Eisenberg/Beans Casting connects talent to clients with thoughtfulness and vision while maintaining an efficient and enjoyable process for the artists on both sides of the table. Daryl and Ally have covered the New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Texas, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Twin Cities, Ann Arbor, and Washington markets. Eisenberg/Beans Casting’s films have played major festivals such as Sundance, Venice, Tribeca, TIFF, SXSW, San Diego, Cleveland, Atlanta, Soho, and also received distribution theatrically and streaming. In addition to film and television, Eisenberg/Beans Casting is also represented strongly in the theater industry, having cast stage productions for Broadway, off-Broadway, National Tours, and major regional theater houses.
Daryl Eisenberg served as a Watchung Borough Councilmember from Jan 2019 through Dec 2021. Daryl is a lifelong resident of Somerset County and launched the Watchung Chamber of Commerce. She was awarded the 2021 Eleanor Roosevelt Volunteer Service Award by the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women. Daryl was listed in the Insider 100: Millennial Power List and is a recipient of the Somerset County Business Partnership Top 40 Under 40 Award.
From 2004-2017, Daryl was the owner of Daryl Eisenberg Casting. As a casting associate and assistant, Daryl has worked in the offices of some of the greats in NY casting. Daryl has taught at schools and institutions around the country. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of The Arts/New York University and Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Member of Casting Society of America. Web: www.ebcastingco.com. Twitter: @DECasting, Facebook: @EBCastingCo, IG: @EBCastingCo.
Jonathan Kalafer is a local businessman and entrepreneur involved in the sports entertainment, automobile, and real estate industries. He and his brother Josh continue to own and operate a number of closely held family businesses, guided by the values and principles inherited from their father, the late Steve Kalafer. The current Kalafer family interests include the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club located in Bridgewater New Jersey (AA Affiliate of the New York Yankees), the Flemington Car and Truck network of automobile dealerships, and numerous multi-family and leading brand anchored commercial real estate projects.
Jonathan and his father shared a love for all forms of storytelling and documentary film in particular. This bond led Jonathan to collaborate with his father directing and producing several award-winning film projects including:
“Once in a Lullaby: The PS 22 Chorus Story” (2012 director/producer) premiered at TriBeCa to a sold-out audience and critical acclaim. The film was selected by Toronto International Film Festival Tiff.Kids program and selected by the US State Department and USC for their Documentary Diplomacy program American Film Showcase. It earned the “Audience Award” at Woodstock Film Fest and “Best Documentary” at the New Jersey Film Festival. It was also nominated for a Gotham Award and was an official selection at numerous high-profile film fests.
“We Love You” (director/producer 2009) which premiered at the L.A. International Short Film Festival, where the film won the “Best Documentary” award. It also won “Best Short Documentary” at the New Jersey Film Festival and was a finalist in the U.S.A. Film Festival.
“Diary of Immaculee” (producer 2006) made the official shortlist for an Academy Award nomination and was part of the One X One program at The Toronto International Film Festival. The film was also selected as a part of the DocuWeeks program and nominated for a “Best Short Documentary” award by the I.D.A.
Jonathan is a graduate of Rutgers University and has earned a Master’s degree from The New School University in New York. He resides in Mendham with his wife Kori and his two sons Zachary and Broden.
Angela has been with the MPA for 26 years and is responsible for reviewing, analyzing and recommending action on legislation and regulatory proposals in the fifty states and territories, affecting all aspects of MPA member company business interests and operations including production, distribution and exploitation. She testifies before state legislative and regulatory bodies and meets with gubernatorial and state officials on issues relating to anti-piracy, intellectual property and corporate, sales and use tax and production issues. She directs grassroots campaigns with entertainment industry related associations, unions and guilds and with state film commissioners to combat adverse legislation and provide support to states with developing or advancing motion picture and television production incentive measures.
Prior to joining the MPA, Angela served as a legislative advocate before the New York State legislature on behalf of New York City Mayors Giuliani, Dinkins and Koch promoting the City’s legislative agenda in Albany. In this position she negotiated with New York State legislative leaders, the Governor’s Office and high-level fiscal and policy staffs on all budget and tax issues. This position required interfacing with the Mayor’s Cabinet and City Commissioners to coordinate information, comments and City positions and executing the City’s legislative strategy in Albany. Additionally the position required drafting legislation and recommending policy for other City legislative issues including: local finance, property tax, procurement, housing, real estate, film and parks.
Angela previously worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation Coordinating the city-wide application process and provided technical assistance to businesses, government agencies and local development corporations applying for New York State loan programs. Conducted in-depth research and prepared strategy recommendations for the City’s long-term economic development agenda. Prepared and delivered legislative briefings for State and Federal proposals affecting the Corporation and New York City.
Angela began her career working as a research analyst for the New York State Senate Finance Committee.
Angela holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the SUNY Albany and a Bachelors’ Degree in English from SUNY Brockport
Adam Scherr, Vice-Chair
Adam Scherr is the co-founder of Nous Entertainment, LLC, an entertainment company focused on creating and selling exciting and meaningful content for the ever-emerging marketplace. Adam leads operations for the production company, oversees its film and storytelling projects and creates its philanthropic partnerships to align entertainment with impact. His background in business management, media relations, social causes, as well as film and theater drive his cross-discipline approach to managing Nous.
Throughout his career, Adam has directed teams and organizations to bring complex topics and stories to life. As a National Media Director for a Pulitzer Prize-winning organization, Adam led a team of over 70 health writers in covering health journalism and editorial comment for the owner of The Christian Science Monitor (csmonitor.com). During his 5 years in this post, his work also brought him to Capital Hill throughout the negotiations of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to founding Nous, Adam created Infinitee Kids Corp., a high-end children’s apparel line carried by Barneys, FAO Schwarz and hundreds of retailers across the U.S., Canada and Europe. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two boys and dogs.
In 2020 Nous partnered with seasoned Warner Bros VP of Studio Operations Mark Roling.
Films: FORBIDDEN CUBA -the first US feature film shot in Cuba since 1959. Award-winning. FOXHOLE -with Larry Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix, starring James LeGros and Halloween’s Andi Matichak. US debut this October at the Woodstock Film Festival. Nous’s current slate includes director’s: Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Queen of The South, Jay Chandrsekhar (Super Troopers1&2) , Melanie Mayron (In Treatment, Grace and Frankie, Jane The Virgin and many more). Jose Padilha (RoboCop, Narcos, etc), Jonathan Kessleman (Hebrew Hammer), Cynthia Mort (Nina, Will and Grace and Roseanne), Legendary rock star Alice Cooper, and show runners/writers Joe and Tony Gayton (Hell On Wheels). Nous has projects in development with Helen Hunt, Luke Wilson, Judy Greer, Jimmy Smits, John Leguizamo and Adam Goldberg.
Monica Weeks works with two New Brunswick based organizations. She is Crossroads Theatre Company’s Director of Operations, and Marketing; also the Executive Director of Hub City Jazz. Prior to joining these organizations, she worked in strategic business development, sales, and marketing at several companies. Notable is her 16 years as Managing Director of National Retail Stores at The New York Times where she managed a budget of $46 million.
Her career spans two very distinct paths, starting with a highly successful 30-year+ stint in the Publishing/Media realm. In addition to the Times, she spent 6 years in Corporate Sales at Essence Magazine where she worked with some of the leading marketers in the world including Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz, and Kraft Foods. Her efforts resulted in multi-million dollars in revenue generation and corporate sponsorships that stand to this day.
Monica’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive, and leadership. She thrives on challenges particularly those that expand an organization or individual brands. Her most recent project paired corporate and community partners with the New Brunswick public schools to build more out of classroom training and opportunities for students to play with professional musicians and became the centerpiece of Hub City Jazz’s evolution to a not for profit organization. Her efforts resulted in the creation of “Protégé to Pro” music labs and improvisation training students from the New Brunswick District schools with over 40 hours of beyond the classroom experiences since 2016. Weeks has also spearheaded an eclectic mix of marketing projects. Her passion for the arts has led to her partnering in creating two jazz festivals: The New Brunswick Jazz Festival, now in its 15th year, and Asbury Park LOVES Jazz, which launched its inaugural weekend in August 2015. She also serves as Producer of Hub City Jazz Festival, formerly the New Brunswick Jazz Festival. That event draws jazz enthusiasts from 32 states and is a signature event for The City of New Brunswick. In 2018, the festival added a new event—A Salute to Latin Heritage Community Concert held at the local high school. The concert was created by Ms. Weeks to offer high end entertainment events at no charge to underserved residents of the City of New Brunswick. Programming that reflects cultural diversity is an important part of the organization’s mission. She is also proud that in 2019, Hub City Jazz established the Michael S. Davis Scholarship for New Brunswick graduating high school students majoring in performing arts or attending an HBCU.
As a sought-after consultant, Ms. Weeks was retained by the Somerset County Democratic Party to run the 2017 campaign for the County ticket. The campaign and strategy proved successful with the election of the first Democrat to be elected as Somerset County Clerk in County history. And, while not a win for the ticket, Shanel Robinson, an African American candidate, missed election by just 1,000 votes. That experience gave the ticket a huge momentum the next go around and she won by a large margin. Weeks is very proud to be a part of the team that elected the first African American Freeholder to hold office in Somerset County. She is also the first Democrat to win a seat in over 40 years.
Weeks is very active in local charities, and service organizations. She stepped down as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Crossroads Theatre Company, to lead the organization as it’s Director earlier this year. She also chaired the theatre’s fundraising gala for several years. She is also past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Archie N. Chiles Scholarship Fund. She has received leadership and community service awards from National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Alpha Chapter (2019), Zakee Bowser Foundation(2107) and Greater New Brunswick Chapter of the NAACP (2015).
Her present participation includes serving as a member and Arts Chair for the Central Jersey Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; she is a Silver Star, and Arts and Fundraising Chair of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Xi Omega Chapter. Weeks also serves on the advisory committee of the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair of NJ. She is also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.
Most recently, Ms. Weeks was included in the New Brunswick virtual exhibit: The Women Who Shaped New Brunswick, marking the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Her volunteer work over the 40 years as a resident of Middlesex and Somerset Counties includes: The Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair of NJ; The Sisters to Sisters Network of Central NJ; The Ronald McDonald House, New Brunswick; The Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children; and NJ Black Issues Convention. She was also a founding member of The Friends of Crossroads; and a past PTA President, and Board of Trustees member of the Franklin Charter School.
Monica holds a Bachelor Degree from Rutgers University and is enrolled in the Masters of Communications and Media there. In her free time, Weeks is an avid tennis player, and a new golfer. Her newfound passion for the links led to her co-founding Swing Out Sistas, a women’s golfing group. She is the proud mother of a wonderful son, Tyler Weeks.
Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month at 9:30AM via Zoom.
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