The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and
the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the

New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2016

Screening Schedule

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Cover Art: Allison Diamond by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2015

Winners of the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival
All the works that were part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 21 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 366 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Grand Prize Winners:

Winner Best Feature Film
The Other Kids – Chris Brown (San Francisco, California)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Psychedelia – Pat Murphy (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Best Short Film
The Suitor – Alvaro Congosto (Woodside, New York)

Winner Best Animation Film
A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure – Augusta Palmer (Brooklyn, New York)

Honorable Mention Winners:
H.O.M.E. – Daniel Maldonado (Queens, New York)
Kurdistan-Kurdistan – Bulent Gunduz (Antony, France)
Occupy, Texas – Jeff Barry (New York, New York)
Twinsburg – Joe Garrity (Oakland, California)
Roubado – Erica Watson (Los Angeles, California)

Special Promotions and Events:
-All films screened as part of the New Jersey International Film Festival
are New Jersey or Area Premieres!
-Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick and Capitol Corn & Confections will be providing free food prior to all the New Jersey International Film Festival Screenings!
-Free Parking in Rutgers University lots near the screening space!

Saturday-June 4-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Mother’s Day – Jeff Tan (Long Island City, New York)

Tragedy forces a mother and son to say goodbye. Starring Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo. 2016; 7 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Jeff Tan and Lead Actor Gabriel Furman!

Jef Needs Ice Cream – Dave Conte  (Astoria, New York)

A comedic short about a guy named Jef who goes to his friend's apartment to smoke some left-over weed, only to realize that Brad didn't leave any ice cream behind in his fridge. . . 2015; 11 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Dave Conte! 

D.L. Fitzsimmons presents: The Class Acts –Nicholas Stonehouse (Sewell, New Jersey)

The members of a vaudeville troupe decide to rebuild their show and give the limelight one last shot. 2015; 18 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Nicholas Stonehouse!

Occupy, Texas – Jeff Barry (New York, New York)

A timely feature film about life after a failed ‘revolution’:  having spent 7 years in New York City, fighting against Wall Street greed, a disillusioned protester goes back to his upper middle-class home in Texas, where he must repair his rift with his two teenage sisters, and with his past. 2015; 93 min.  With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Jeff Barry and Lead Actor Gene Gallerano!

Sunday-June 5-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

What Martha Said? – Susan Skoog (Montclair, New Jersey)

After seeing on Facebook that her child wasn’t invited to a birthday party, PTA president Martha decides to stir up trouble in the real world. 2016; 11 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Susan Skoog!

Wifey Redux – Robert McKeon (Venice, California)

In this dark comedy, based on a story by acclaimed Irish author Kevin Barry, a man becomes obsessed with chasing away his teenage daughter's new boyfriend 2016; 22 min.

The Other Kids – Chris Brown (San Francisco, California)

The Other Kids follows six teenagers as they struggle through their final days of high school in the small, gold rush town of Sonora, CA. This unique and moving film is a hybrid mix of documentary and fiction, and emerged via a collaboration between the filmmaker and the teenagers who crafted and improvised the various stories.  Impending graduation and adulthood brings each of these 17-year-olds to the edge of an emotional precipice. When safety nets prove illusory, it’s up to each of them to find a way to save themselves – and each other. 2016; 95 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Chris Brown!

Saturday-June 11-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Chilltown, USA – Elvie Mae Parian (Jersey City, New Jersey)
This illuminating feature-length documentary highlights the thriving music scene in Jersey City, and the musicians who strive to hold onto a local sound and culture, even as their city rapidly gentrifies. 2015; 63 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Elvie Mae Parian!
Nathan East: For The Record – Chris Gero (Nashville, Tennessee)
This great music documentary takes viewers behind-the-scenes as Nathan East, one of the most influential bass players working today, recorded his long-awaited solo album (released in March) that spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album chart.
 East's three-decade-plus career began when he hit the road at age 16 with Barry White, and soared when he joined the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay. Featuring interviews with many of the musicians that he has jammed with, including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Don Was and many more. 2015; 95 min.

Sunday-June 12-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure – Augusta Palmer (Brooklyn, New York)

Iris, a curious, precocious and somewhat jaded nine-year-old New Yorker, is on a quest to find a space to exercise her imagination in the real world.  Wandering down Fifth Avenue, she spies the New York Public Library, walks through its doors, and then finds her way to the wondrous Picture Collection, an archive of over a million images. As she pulls a few images from the files, an engraving of an aye-aye suddenly springs to life and takes Iris - and the audience - on a transformative, animated journey. 2016; 14 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Augusta Palmer!

Kurdistan-Kurdistan – Bulent Gunduz
(Antony, France)
A sensitive feature film about the tension between tradition and modernity, and the difficulty of returning home.  Delil Dilanar, a singer of traditional Kurdish songs, has continued to keep alive a rich and complex musical style known as dengbej.  However, after 20 years of exile in Europe, he finds that his heart hasn’t followed him. During a concert in New York, he announces his return to his roots.  Once he finds himself back in Kurdistan, he falls into a deep depression, and he must turn to his old music master to find his way forward. In Kurdish, subtitled. 98 min.  2015.
With an introduction and special musical performance by Delil Dilanar!

Friday-June 17-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10;

Flesh – Kather Sei (South River, New Jersey)
An existential film about a battered woman turned sociopath. Belle becomes a wicked puppet master who pulls the strings of everyone around her, manipulating them into executing a twisted and vengeful plot of deception. 2016; 15 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Kather Sei!

They Will All Die in Space – Javier Chillon (Spain)

A beautifully shot and suspenseful futuristic tale. When a young astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep in a virtually-abandoned spaceship, he grows suspicious about the intentions of the two remaining fellow astronauts. With a pulsating score keeping the film's tension high, They Will All Die in Space will suck you in and hold on to you until the end. 2015; 14 min.

Chrysalis – Keaton McGruder (Los Angeles, California)

The year is 2144. Instead of growing older, every person is going through a process of genetic transformation known as Chrysalis. A million genes. A million possibilities. 

But for Tristan Winters, a spy in the Imaginat Division of Global Security, each new genetic cycle is a chance to develop a mutation of Monamine Oxidase, or... the psychopath gene. 2015; 19 min.

Post-Panoptic Gazing – M. Woods (Los Angeles, California)

You will dance unlike you have ever danced before, with threads of everything you know, repackaged in metastatic digital packets of data rapidly going nowhere, blinking quickly into things outside the periphery of consciousness and knowledge, towards digital sickness that thirsts for absolution. Ignore the rabid gnashing of your teeth. Better to grin and bear it, and accept the perpetual post-Panoptic suspension (created via hand-processed super 8, 16mm, 35mm, and digital manipulation). 2016; 12 min.
Psychedelia – Pat Murphy (Brooklyn, New York)
This documentary thoughtfully chronicles the use of mind-altering drugs, and their ability to induce mystical, or religious, experiences, in controlled psychotherapy studies that took place prior to the counterculture of the 1960s. Blending archival footage, artistic images, and interviews with leading experts in the field of psychedelic research, Psychedelia reveals a fascinating and little-known history, that culminates with stories from participants in current research studies, whose experiences have transformed the way that they look at their inner lives and the outside world. 2015; 60 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Pat Murphy!

Saturday-June 18-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

The Suitor –Alvaro Congosto (Woodside, New York)

A thrilling romance set during the night that Orson Welles broadcast The War of the Worlds in 1938, and announced that Martians had landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, causing mass panic. 2016; 12 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Alvaro Congosto!

Twinsburg – Joe Garrity  (Oakland, California)

Jerry, sentimental about his fading twin identity, reunites with his reluctant brother Paul for a weekend of revelry at the world’s largest congregation of twins. 2016; 16 min..

Roubado – Erica Watson (Los Angeles, California)

This short tells the story of an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France.  As he suffers his parents' recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography.  When his mother's new live-in boyfriend crosses the line, his eyes are opened to the world and he can no longer hide behind the viewfinder of his vintage camera. In French and Portuguese, subtitled. 2015; 18 min.

Mai (Never) – Giulio Poidomani (Noci, Italy)

When Claudia decides to travel to a small town in Sicily to get back together with her ex-girlfriend, she finds herself abandoned in a town she doesn't know. Wandering around town, she meets Sandro, who questions all of her beliefs. In Italian, 2015; 20 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Giulio Poidomani and Producer Isabella Roberto!

H.O.M.E. – Daniel Maldonado (Queens, New York)

The debut feature film from writer/director Daniel Maldonado, H.O.M.E. is a meditation on urban communication, alienation, and serendipitous encounters told through the lens of a disconnected city in constant motion.  Two stories play out in parallel to one another:  the first concerns a missing young man with Asperger’s Syndrome who seeks refuge in the labyrinthine subway tunnels of New York City. The other follows an Ecuadorian driver who offers a ride to a stranded Chinese woman desperate to get home to her sick child. Two tracks, in one city, where everyone ultimately wants to find a home. In Spanish and English, subtitled. 2016; 72 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Daniel Maldonado!

General Information

All programs begin at 7:00 PM. Films are screened in the order listed with a brief intermission between films for double and multiple-bills.


Voorhees Hall #105 (Near the corner of George Street and Hamilton Street),
71 Hamilton Street/College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

$12=General; $10=Students+Seniors; $9=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.
All films are subject to change. Call our information number 848-932-8482 the day of show to confirm titles.

Tickets are available on a “first-come-first-served” basis and can be purchased at the door beginning a half-hour before the start time.

Advance Tickets are available to groups of 2 or more only. We do advance sales using Paypal.Advance Tickets for screenings will need to be purchased up to the day
before a screening unless they sell out. Go to  Use as the send money address. Tickets are $14 each in advance ($12+$2 processing fee). Include the names of those individuals that are coming in the memo box and the screening you are buying tickets for. We will have a list of those who pre-paid at the door as well. Advance Tickets are non-refundable. Call or email us for more info on Advance Ticket sales.

Voorhees Hall #105=Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9 and then take Route 18N (New Brunswick direction) and go for 2 1/2 miles to the College Avenue Campus/George Street exit and make a left at the light at the end of the exit ramp onto George Street, then go to the next light and make a right onto Hamilton Street, then go to the next light and make a right onto College Avenue. Almost immediately on your right hand side there is an University Parking Lot (#9) which is made available for our patrons to park in. Voorhees Hall is adjacent to the Zimmerli Art Museum and is 100 paces across the Voorhees Mall from Parking Lot 9. Patrons can also park in Rutgers Lots #1 (next to Kirkpatrick Chapel) and #16 (next to Murray and Milledoler Hall).

Map and Directions are also here:

: Parking in the lots listed above are only for visitors to the University. Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

New Jersey International Film Festival
Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center
Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies
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The New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2016 is funded and sponsored in part by The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center; The Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies/School of Arts and Sciences; Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission/Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers); The Rutgers University Office of Academic Engagement and Programming; Confucius Institute of Rutgers University; The Rutgers Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Johnson & Johnson; Capitol Corn & Confections; Jungle Software; Jimmy Johns of New Brunswick; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; New Brunswick City Market; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; The Rutgers University Digital Classroom Services Office; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.


Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC 2016 Staff
Executive Director/Curator: Albert Gabriel Nigrin
Office and House Managers: Suraj Ganguly, Chris Hammarberg, Jason Redlitz, Molly Rich, Morgan Sanguedolce, and Andrew Zrebiec
Volunteers/Interns: Amy Boland, Richard Hampson, Kelly Hannavi, Zari Haynes-Prescott, Julia Hernandez, Dakota Johnson, John Noonan, Ashley Perez, Shannon Ray, Heejae Shin, Ezekiel Tek, Heather Van Ness
Advisors:  Bob Brodsky, Dr. John Belton, Victoria Connor, Dr. Susan Martin-Marquez,
Dr. Daniel Nigrin, Toni Treadway, and Dr. Alan Williams
Board of Trustees: Dr. Irene Fizer, Bill Harris, Albert Gabriel Nigrin, and Steven C. Schechter, Esq.

The New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2016 is curated by Albert Gabriel Nigrin. Schedule Editor: Irene Fizer. Schedule compiler: Vic Fern. Schedule Designer:  Victoria Connor/Design Ideas. Schedule printed by Advanced Printing.  Cover Art: Allison Diamond by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2015.