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THE FESTIVAL IS NOW FREE FOR KIDS & TEENS with the purchase of an adult ticket -  GET YOURS TODAY - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!

GET FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS! KIDS & TEENS ARE FREE!

Our New Stage Play!

Bereaved, Befuddled & Bewildered

A powerful family drama inspired by a true story. Staring: Crystal Nuchurch, Jonelle Rae, and Stanley M. Simons

Premieres August 30, 2019

At the conclusion of the Just Be You Festival Awards Ceremony. Play starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are just $13.

Writer/Director/Producer

Mahogany Reynolds, award-winning actor, published writer, talk show producer and host, and a native of Detroit, Michigan

JBY's Youth Film Festival Friday August 30, 2019

Calling All Youth!

Join us for New Jersey's premier film festival completely for the youth! Now, FREE for kids and teens under the age of 17 year's-old with an adult ticket purchase!

Bigger & Better!

New and better venue! To be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey

The Venue!

Friday, August 30, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. (you can attend all or part of the festival)


Rutgers University Paul Robeson Campus Center Dance Theater  3rd Floor


350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Newark, New Jersey - parking is off-street meters

WE HAVE A NEW OPEN-MIC STAND-UP COMEDY CONTEST!

We are excited to announce our new open-mic stand-up comedy contest. To register click the button below! Next open-mic contest Friday, September 20, 2019 in Rahway, New Jersey. We especially like female stand-up comi

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WANT TO BE A FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER!

We are seeking outgoing people to join our team of volunteer interns for the 2nd Annual Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. To apply click the button below!

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About Us

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About Our Debut Youth Film Festival

THE 2018 FESTIVAL WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! 


We were so thrilled to honor all the AWARD WINNING filmmakers, photographer, and our talent contestant. We screened over 30 films live at the festival. The audience was excited to see films from ALL OVER THE WORLD! As well as, homegrown films made in New Jersey! Our first festival was so unique that it was featured in USA Today Home News Tribune in September 2018. What a huge milestone!


The Just Be You Festival is a celebration of all things Just Be You Performing Arts; film, theater, music, dance, fashion, comedy, and a live performances. This one of a kind festival; with a youth driven focus, featured engaging entertainment, education, and tons of fun! 


The 2019 season is just days away! Bigger and better!!  Now, FREE for kids and teens under the age of 17 year's-old with an adult ticket purchase! 


Be sure to sign up for our email subscription list to receive updates. You can also follow us on Facebook! 


Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, for helping us make the festival a fabulous experience! We will award several scholarships to kids at the festival! 


We invite you to make a donation to help us continue creating events and programs for youth in the arts - click on our SPONSOR  page and help us support the dreams of young performing artist and filmmakers! Any donation big or small makes a difference and we sincerely THANK YOU!

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Our legacy

Just Be You Performing Arts was founded and created by accomplished actress, writer, director and producer, Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke; a champion for children, who wanted to develop an organization for kids, to inspire and mentor them to dream big. We were born in Rahway, New Jersey in 2014 and since then have grown up to be a strong platform for youth in the performing arts; as well as, emerging artists of all ages.

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Our productions

Over recent years, Just Be You Performing Arts have produced several innovative shows and events in New Jersey. Ranging from comedy, fashion, talent showcases, free workshops for kids, original plays and musicals. We are a diverse organization that strives to produce events with a spirit of excellence. We are excited about the new endeavors we're planning for 2019. The best is yet to come!

JBY FESTIVAL 2018 TESTIMONIALS & REVIEWS!

"Thank you so much for having Anna in the fashion show portion of the festival. She had a wonderful time and the information you provided about auditioning was very helpful. It was a great experience." 

Christine Grasso, parent

"It was an honor to be a part of."

Brandon Perrone

Festival Production Ambassador


 "Love it! Thank you!!!"

Karlaa Sanchez

Festival Production Ambassador

"The event yesterday looked to be awesome and encouraging to the youth. Big congratulations from all of us on a big success in only your first year. A big hug from here."
Tom Curak, festival official finalist, "Rails to the Beat" - Barcelona Spain

"Thank you very much for selecting my film as an award winner. I am greatly honored and humbled."

Jessica Robles, festival official Award Winner, Best Short Documentary Adult Division "Of a 6-Year-Old Girl" - Rahway, New Jersey

"Thank you so much. That is great news. Had a good time and there was a lot of talented students."

Chris Cullen, teacher of festival official Award Winner, Alex Lehotsky of "Double C" - Middletown, New Jersey

TESTIMONIALS & REVIEWS

"We sure did make history!!!! It was a blessing to be a part of this!!!! Much love and thanks so much for entrusting me with the role of Host!!!"

Crystal NuChurch

Festival Host

"I am soooo very proud and happy for you. I will be reaching out soon to set up a new interview."

Kaydee Barnett

Producer/Host

Live with Kaydee Barnett Radio Show

"Nothing but love. Let’s make it happen and thank you for all that you do for our young people."

Dupre "DoItAll" Kelly

Festival VIP Guest of Honor

Festival Emmy Award Worthy Sponsor

"I enjoyed the event. So many talented youngsters."

Greg Brown

Photographer at the festival 

"I think the festival was really good. The kids were really good too."

Jeremiah Clarke

Festival Photographer in Training

OUR 2018 VIP GUEST OF HONOR - DUPRE "DOITALL" KELLY

Legendary Entertainer

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Dupre "DoItAll" Kelly is a platinum selling recording artist of the legendary hip-hop group, Lords of the Underground, and will be making an appearance at the festival!

Businessman

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He is the CEO of DoItAll Media group; formerly known as 211 Media Group, a company that specializes in all forms of media, television, film production, and event planning.

Philanthropist

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One of the founders of 211 Community Impact, a non-profit organization in Newark, New Jersey. He devotes his time, talent and energy into helping his community.

OUR 2018 SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER - BELLASTAR

Award Winning Artist

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BellStar is a 55 time trophy winning artist, in just two years! She is an eight year old second grader who loves to act, sing, and dance.

Dynamic Performer

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BellaStar has performed live on stage in front of thousands. She is a dynamic performer and will be performing during the festival's awards ceremony.

An Inspiration

BellaStar amazing performance video clip!

We believe BellaStar will be an inspiration to all the children attending the festival. Click her photo to see an amazing performance video clip!

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