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 2014

Screening Schedule

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Cover Art: Gloria by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2014

Winners of the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition
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 24 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 357 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Feature Film
Lies I Told My Little Sister – William J. Stribling (Union, New Jersey)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck 5 – Jenni Matz (Los Angeles, California)

Winner Best Short Film
The Sound – Sacha Iskra (New York, New York)

Winner Best Experimental Film
My Most Handsome Monster – Madsen Minax (Houston, Texas)

Winner Best Animated Film
The Innovator – Sean McCarthy (San Jose, California)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Horror Film – Sebastian Wotschke (Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)
The Sax Man – Joe Siebert (Willowick, Ohio)
Blackbird – Jamie Chambers (London, England)
When He Comes Home – Ben Phillippo (Carlisle, Massachusetts)
Simpler Times – Steve Monarque (West Milford, New Jersey)
Arena – Martin Rath (Lodz, Poland)


Special Promotions and Events:
-Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick will be providing free sandwiches prior to the New Jersey International Film Festival Screenings on May 30, 31 and June 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14!
-Free Parking in Rutgers University lots near the screening space!

Thursday-May 29-Scott Hall #135-7PM FREE
Jaws
Jaws - Steven Speilberg

A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. 1975; 124 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Summer Session and the Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies.


Friday-May 30-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Into The Dark –
Lukas Hassel  (New York, New York)
This tense sci-fi short about two men on their way back to Earth will keep you guessing to the very end. 2014; 14 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Lukas Hassel!

The Wanted Ad – Tobi Lee Sigona and Keith St. Lawrence (Morganville, New Jersey)

A charming silent film about a young woman and man from the 1920s who are teleported to the early 21st century. 2014; 15 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Directors Tobi Lee Sigona and Keith St. Lawrence!

Chasing The Past – Jonathan Salemi (North Hollywood, California)

After losing his fiancée in a car accident, Zach withdraws from society. While running through the desert, he meets a mysterious woman who tells him that she is a time traveler running away from a man in the future. Who is really being chased?  2014; 17 min.

Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck 5 – Jenni Matz (Los Angeles, California)

An intimate and fiery rock documentary tracing the rise and fall of Rye Coalition, a band of five childhood friends from New Jersey. From their first years and endless late nights spent blasting through basement shows and dive-bar gigs, to signing a major record deal right when the music industry imploded, Rye Coalition endured the nightmares and sustained the dream of playing their music their way, disbelievers and haters be damned. 2014; 77 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by DirectorJenni Matz and Rye Coalition members!


Saturday-May 31-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!

The Champion –
Jaclyn Noel (Arlington, Virginia)
Pablo Alonzo, a five-year-old Hispanic boy, dreams of swimming with the greats. Every day he sits in front of the television watching professional swimmers, as his dreams of grandeur carry him to another place. 2013; 4 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Jaclyn Noel!

Guest House – Aaron Wolf (Los Angeles, California)

After losing his job and his fiancée on the same day, a depressed and downtrodden Lance Wesley moves back into his parents' guesthouse. As he fights with his less-than-patient father, relics from his past begin to pay him visits. Will his uncanny objects propel him forward? 2013; 27 min.

Lies I Told My Little Sister – William J. Stribling (Union, New Jersey)

A deeply felt and expertly acted independent feature about the blood ties that bind us to the past. Traumatized by the death of her oldest sister, a globe-trotting nature photographer is guilted into taking a family trip to Cape Cod, along with the younger sister she used to torment. Amid recriminations, revelations, a very strange shopkeeper and the inklings of a romance, they square off against the patterns of childhood and tentatively move toward reconciliation. Starring 2014; 98 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Screenwriter judywhite and actors Ellen Foley and Michelle Petterson! 


Sunday-June 1-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


When He Comes Home - Ben Phillippo (Carlisle, Massachusetts)

In this music video set to the retro beat of the Boston-based trio Banditas, the tasteful decor and clean-cut faces of the 1950s only serve to conceal the unspeakable... 2014; 3 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Ben Phillippo!

My Most Handsome Monster – Madsen Minax (Houston, Texas)

In this experimental short about consensual bondage play, performance video, text and narration, archival family footage, and landscape meditation reveal the dynamics of erotic power. 2014; 13 min.

Arena – Martin Rath (Lodz, Poland)

A hitchhiker is taken in by remote mountain villagers. Tested by the hardened locals and the unforgiving harshness of his new environment, he rethinks his identity. But to whom do we have to prove of what we're made?  In Polish, subtitled. 2013; 23 min.

Horror Film – Sebastian Wotschke (Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)

This stylish horror film features stunning cinematography and special effects while paying homage to the great German Expressionist films of the 1920s.  The setting:  Barker Forest in Northern England. Not an ordinary forest. For many years, untold ghosts have haunted this place. And right in the middle of it all, inhabiting a centuries-old house, the Lee family are left all alone. . . 2013; 74 min.


Friday-June 6-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Coney Island Dreams –
Andrew Serban (New York, New York)
Maggie is a troubled young immigrant who is at the end of her rope. Desperate to return to her native Ireland, she meets with a mysterious and vaguely sinister older man named Enzo, who offers to pay her plane fare in exchange for one last job: she must lure a young man to a deserted Coney Island street. . . 2014; 24 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Andrew Serban!

West End – Joe Basile (Los Angeles, California)
Returning home to the Jersey Shore, after years of absence, Vic Trevi is an undercover FBI agent positioned to go against the people he calls family. Long ashamed of their mafia ties, he now must find the killer who murdered his father. Caught between the age-old struggle of duty to the law versus duty to family, he embarks on an increasingly desperate search to find the truth before his family finds the truth about him. 2013; 86 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Joe Basile!


Saturday-June 7-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


The Innovator
– Sean McCarthy (San Jose, California)
In this animated short, a boy with special powers pays a visit to No Creativity Park, the land imagination forgot. 2014; 2 min.

Moving Out – Sean McCarthy (San Jose, California)

A young woman stuck in her own head recalls her failed romances while a mysterious new friend helps lead her to the one that will capture her heart. 2013; 5 min.

The Sound – Sacha Iskra (New York, New York)

In this innovative short film, a man experiences his world primarily through the sounds of New York City. When he makes a critical decision to protect the woman he loves, the urban soundscape turns from a musical score into an indictment of his choices. 2014; 14 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Sacha Iskra!
The Sax Man – Joe Siebert (Willowick, Ohio)
The exhilaratingstory of Cleveland's beloved street musician, Maurice Reedus Jr., and his fall from the heights of acclaim to the humility of the street.  When he receives a surprise opportunity to reunite with his old band and to take to the stage, the man known only as The Sax Man to all those who heard his saxophone wail on the street corner, gets one more shot to show not just the audience, but more importantly himself, who he really is... 2014; 84 min.


Sunday-June 8-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


No Such Luck – Laura Harrison (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

An animated short about a woman who keeps on trying her luck in Atlantic City, driven by hopeless hope. 2014; 4 min.

The Commute – Jake Alexander (New York, New York)

A father attempting to return home in time for his daughter’s birthday party runs into major obstacles.  2013; 4 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Jake Alexander!

Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (the most famous artist you’ve never heard of) – Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty (Los Angeles, California)

During the seven years chronicled in this very humorous and indelibly honest feature-length doc, the artist Llyn Foulkes creates, destroys, and then recreates two large 3D paintings, until he is at last rediscovered by the international art world at the ripe old age of 77.  Featuring interviews with Johnny Carson, Dennis Hopper and many other collectors and fans. The score was composed by Foulkes on his massive, fanciful, and self-invented instrument called “The Machine.” The film speaks to all our hopes and dreams of leaving a legacy, as well as our deepest concerns regarding our passions and mortality. 2014; 88 min.


Tuesday-June 10-Scott Hall #135-7PM FREE
American Hustle – David O. Russell
Inspired by the 1970s political scandal that linked small-time New Jersey hustlers and politicians on the make to a fake Arab sheik, American Hustle tells the story of con man Irving Rosenfeld and his cunning lover and partner-in-crime Sydney Prosser. When the slightly bonkers FBI agent Richie DiMaso pushes Irving and Sydney into the world of Jersey powerbrokers and the mob, Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down on them all.  One of the most acclaimed films from 2013, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, and Bradley Cooper.  2014; 138 min.Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Summer Session and the Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies.


Friday-June 13-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Simpler Times – Steve Monarque (West Milford, New Jersey)

Having lost his wife, and moved in with his daughter and putz of a son-in-law, Harry (played by Jerry Stiller) finds himself trapped in the world of modern technology when all he really wants to do is sit and read the newspaper.  Also featuringthe other half of the legendary comedy duo Stiller & Meara, Anne Meara. 2014; 34 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Steve Monarque!
Blackbird – Jamie Chambers (London, England)
A rich, delicate, and deeply moving feature film with superb cinematography and a stirring soundtrack filled with traditional Scottish ballad-singing.  A young singer named Ruadhan watches in distress as the traditions in his small Scottish village are inexorably eroded, with fish-stocks depleted, no jobs on land, and young people escaping to the cities. Inspired by a profound need to preserve the traditional ballads, Ruadhan records the voices of the older people of his town, before they are silenced. 2013; 90 min.


Saturday-June 14-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Palace – Rolando Vega (Bridgewater, New Jersey)

In the 1940’s the Carlisle Theater opened its doors in a glow of lights, glamour, and success. Fast-forward fifty years and the now-dilapidated movie palace is falling apart and up for sale. Leo, the theater’s owner, has provided his community with half a century of majestic cinematic experiences only to struggle as a corporation threatens to buy and demolish his palace. Come experience the nostalgia and magic of one grand movie theater that may be facing its own extinction. 2013; 28 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Rolando Vega!

I Grew Up In Princeton – Brad Mays (Hollywood, Florida)
Princeton, New Jersey, from the late ‘60s to the mid-‘70s, became a hot-bed of social change.  The war in Vietnam, the explosion of the counter-culture, and various revolutionary causes all combined to create endless avenues for personal exploration and growth:  from Black Nationalism to progressive rock music, from social experimentation to the Theater of the Absurd, Princeton offered a near infinitude of possibilities. A funny, absorbing and candid portrait of a time and place, as well as a mosaic of memory, imagery, and music told by those who lived it.  2013; 125 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Brad Mays!


Wednesday-June 25-Scott Hall #135-7PM FREE

Ride Along – Tim Story
When he finally gets accepted into the policy academy, hapless high-school security guard Ben invites his would-be brother-in-law James (Ice Cube) on a ride designed to scare the hell out of him and ultimately demonstrate that Ben has what it takes to take care of James’  sister.  This one wild night leads them both to the most notorious criminal in the city, and James finds out that Ben’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding by their car. Also starring John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne. 2014; 104 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Summer Session and the Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies.


Thursday-July 10-Scott Hall #135-7PM FREE
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Francis Lawrence
In Catching Fire, the second part of Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss and Peeta set out on a victory tour across Panem with Haymitch and Effie, while President Snow fears that Katniss's defiant nature will incite rebellion.  Up through the cliffhanger ending, director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) serves up an array of splendors, from killer baboons to the ever-more amazing outfits of Effie and Caesar.  Most significantly, the script from cowriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) strengthens the bonds between Katniss and Peeta and Gale, who prove themselves more worthy than ever of Katniss's affections.  Starring Jennifer Lawrence.  2014; 146 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Summer Session and the Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies.






All films shown on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings are part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition and are either Area or New Jersey Premieres!



General Information
 

TIME

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


LOCATIONS

Locations are indicated below. Directions are also listed below.


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

Scott Hall #135 (Near the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street),
43 College Avenue/College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

NOTE: Our new primary screening location Voorhees Hall #105 features new comfortable seats, stadium seating, a state-of-the-art hi-definition projection and sound systems! We also can provide Listening Assistive Devices for those that are hearing impaired. Fore more info on this service please contact us at least 24 hours prior to a screening so we can arrange to have them available for you.


 

ADMISSION

$10=General; $9=Students+Seniors; $8=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.
Except the screenings on May 29, June 10, 25 and July 10 which are FREE!





 


TICKETS

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis only and can be purchased at the door beginning a half-hour before the show begins. Advance Tickets are available to groups of 2 or more. Call or email us for more info.

All films are subject to change. Call our information number 848-932-8482 the day of show to confirm titles.


DIRECTIONS



Voorhees Hall #105/Scott Hall #135=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 (immediately after the Route 27S 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:
http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/?q=bnum:3013

Note: 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.

INFORMATION

Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center
Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies
72 Lipman Drive   (#018 Loree Hall - Douglass Campus)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901-8525 U.S.A.
(848) 932-8482 phone (732) 932-1935 fax;
NJMAC@aol.com, NJMAC12@gmail.com  e-mail;
Web Site: www.njfilmfest.com

The New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2014 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 School of Arts and Sciences; the Rutgers University Office of Academic Engagement and Programming; The Rutgers University Summer Session and the Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies, The Rutgers University American Studies Department; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; The Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers); Confucius Institute of Rutgers University; The Rutgers University Aresty Research Center; The Rutgers Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs;   The Rutgers University History Department; Johnson & Johnson; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; Jungle Software; New Brunswick City Market; Footage Firm; Videoblocks; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; The Rutgers University Digital Classroom Services Department; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.








Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC 2014 Staff
Executive Director/Curator: Albert Gabriel Nigrin
Office and House Managers: Erika Conty, Stephen Dovidas, Matt Riddle, Johanna Ruiz and Andrew Zrebiec
Volunteers/Interns: Lauren Caputo, Olympia Christofinis, Jennifer Coard, Joseph DiLeo, Jessica Dotson, Sam Green, Ken Lavin, Alisha Mir, Paige Navalny, Jayrd Regner, Matt Riddle, Molly Rich, Eden Sapir, Rob Torres, Steven Yurovsky
Advisors:  Bob Brodsky, Victoria Connor, Dr. Susan Martin-Marquez, Dr. Daniel Nigrin, Dr. Dianne Sadoff, Toni Treadway, and Dr. Alan Williams

Board of Trustees: Dr. John Belton, Dr. Irene Fizer, Bill Harris, Albert Gabriel Nigrin, and Steven C. Schechter, Esq.

 

The New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2014 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: Gloria  by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2014.