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

New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2016

Screening Schedule

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Cover Art: Julie Yoo by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2015

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


Saturday-January 30-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Pitter Patter Goes My Heart - Christoph Rainer (Klosterneuberg, Austria)

In this surreal short film, Lisa tries to win back her ex-boyfriend, a successful commercial photographer, at a photo shoot. A modern fairytale filled with bitter romance. In German, subtitled. 2015; 20 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Christoph Rainer!
In The Dark – David Spaltro (New York, New York)
In this exceptionally smart psychological horror film, a skeptical grad student and a renowned paranormal specialist investigate a haunted house and the deeply troubled woman who resides there, whose afflictions may be beyond the capacity of human understanding. 2015; 81 min.  With an introduction and Q+A session with Director David Spaltro!


Sunday-January 31-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Two Years – Lauren Hall (Brooklyn, New York)
A heartbreaking record of the struggle between a New Jersey community fighting to recover from Super Storm Sandy and a governor looking to make a name for himself in the 2016 presidential election. 2015; 12 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Lauren Hall!
After Sandy – Joe Minnella (Howell, New Jersey)
This insightful documentary documents the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy on Jersey Shore towns, and on the residents who are still struggling to rebuild. 2015; 100 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Joe Minnella!


Friday-February 5-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!

Crepusculo (Twilight)  - Juan Pablo Daranas Molina (Havana, Cuba)

A stunningly beautiful short film about a young woman who works as a clown in a travelling circus.  While performing in a remote mountain community, she meets Abelito, a little boy with a skin disease that doesn’t allow him to have contact with direct sunlight. In Spanish, subtitled. 2015; 37 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Juan Pablo Daranas Molina!

In The Game -
Maria Finitzo (Chicago, Illinois)
In the Game is not a conventional documentary about a scrappy, inner-city girls soccer team that wins a championship through hard work and persistence. Rather, it’s a documentary about race, class, and gender as seen through the lives of inner-city girls. But this is not just a film about a soccer team dealing with loss and economic hardship. It’s an exhilarating portrait of girls who are learning to win in life. 2015; 76 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!


Saturday-February 6-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Tourists – Shaun Seneviratne (Brooklyn, New York)

A couple is on the verge of separation, when they hear a song that transports them back to a time when they were passionately in love. Can this love last, or are they just tourists in each other’s lives? 2015; 16 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Shaun Seneviratne!

Through the Uncanny Valley - Pasquale M. Greco (Vancouver, Canada)

A compelling, futuristic parable about a man who orders a female robot through the mail, and tries to have a successful relationship with her, only to realize that’s he's been down this road before. 2015; 18 min.

Echo Lake - Jody McVeigh-Schultz (Los Angeles, California)

A “poetic love song to loss and grief,” this new indie feature tells the story of Will, a 30-year old struggling with adulthood. When his father dies, Will inherits the family cabin in the Sierras and, with it, gains a new perspective on his family, childhood, and relationships.  Embedded in the stunning stillness and beauty of the Sierra-Nevada mountains, this moving film transports its characters to a wilderness that takes them far beyond their ordinary lives and concerns.  2015; 86 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Jody McVeigh-Schultz!


Friday-February 12-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!

Tiny Town - Howard Cook (Denver, Colorado)

As an ice-cream man runs his rounds, in a place called Tiny Town, he narrowly escapes a disastrous train collision. When a giant doll emerges from the wreckage, bent on destroying his tiny town, he realizes that he alone can save the day. A wonderful short animation.  2015; 9 min.

The Shadow Forest - Andrzej Cichocki (Dolna Grupa, Poland)

In this suspenseful and intriguing short film, a man, while hunting a wolf in a forest, is startled by the sound of guns firing. Suddenly, in an explosion of movement there are people running... and even the wolves are overwhelmed by a sense of impending danger. 2015; 14 min.

Back Water – Jonathan Cohrs (Brooklyn, New York)

A strange landscape exists in the middle of New Jersey, made up of wetlands and wildlife migrations, garbage dumps and the ruins of industry, toxic waste sites and a river that tells the story of a civilization’s new frontier. That is what seven young people have chosen to paddle through for 10 days, in canoes... Their singular expedition, as romantic as it is political, is relayed in this exceptional documentary film. 2015; 74 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Jonathan Cohrs! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Rutgers University American Studies Department!


Saturday-February 13-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!

Cops and Robbers –
Marco Ragozzino (Los Angeles, California)
Eddie is frustrated. He's been typecast as a cop in over a dozen TV shows. In an act of defiance against his complacent agent, he takes drastic measures to land his dream role as a psycho killer. But can Hollywood see him as anything more than the kind, lovable guy he is? 2015; 12 min.

Simon - Camille de Galbert (New York, New York)

This genre-bending film eloquently traces the passage from childhood to adulthood. No one is more alone than a child who is about to become an adult. And when a child-like imagination is confronted by reality, childhood comes to an end. 2015; 12 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Camille de Galbert!

Jakob - Eymeric Jorat (Lyon, France)

Jakob, a humanoid robot, has just committed a crime. Scheduled to be destroyed by the authorities, a lawyer will try to save him. Together they have 12 hours to explain the murder. In French, subtitled. 2015, 16 min.

Starman – Josema Roig (Los Angeles, California)

Wyatt Star is a down-and-out motorcycle rider trying to make a comeback:  a death-defying jump over a football field.  Will his past decisions get in the way as he plans to jump off the ramp? 2015; 20 min.

Sound of Her – Charlie Alberto, IV (Jersey City, New Jersey)

After a traumatic event, a young man named Jack decides to pick up and leave all he knows behind. Suddenly captivated by a young, beautifully tarnished blonde who offers him a ride, he embarks on a journey with her. As  these two wandering souls near their destination, with the desolate country in their rear-view window, their separate stories merge in the busy streets of Manhattan. 2015; 28 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with DirectorCharlie Alberto, IV!


Friday-February 19-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
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ay-February 20-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10;
$9
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


2016 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival                                                  

View the winning films and digital videos of the International U.S. Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, selected by a jury of filmmakers, Rutgers University students, and media professionals. The festival--now in its 28th year—will feature finalist works by independent filmmakers from the United States and around the world. Prize-winners, including the Audience Favorite Prize, will be announced at the Saturday night screening. Approx. 120 min. Click here to see the complete festival line-up.



Sunday-February 21-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10;
$9

Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!

Yellow Stars of Tolerance – Curt Fissell (Montclair, New Jersey)

Yellow Stars of Tolerance documents a project to preserve the yellow stars that were painted during the Holocaust on a synagogue wall in Normandy, France. Intended to serve as a testament to that terrible chapter of history and a reminder of the dangers of intolerance, the recent, tragic increase in anti-Semitism in France gives this story renewed significance. 2015; 27 min.

Peanut Gallery - Molly Gandour (Brooklyn, New York)

A hypnotic, intensely personal documentary about the filmmaker and her family.  When Molly Gandour returned to her family home in Indiana, in order to break the silence around her sister's death, she and her parents began to uncover truths about each other that they had never dared to face before. Dense family archives show how a trauma can echo over the course of decades—and how adolescence is never quite over. An honest look at all the squeamish intimacy of familial ties, this documentary goes into the heart of a family that is searching for a way forward. 2015; 92 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Molly Gandour!


Friday-February 26-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM FREE!
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Sacrifice – Chen Kaige

Based on the classic play Orphan of Zhao, Sacrifice was written and directed by Chen Kaige, of Farewell My Concubine fame. It's the story of duplicitous dealings to seize power during the Yuan Dynasty in the 5th century, B.C. When the Zhao clan is wiped out by Tu'an Gu, a doctor named Cheng Ying rises up to take in the family's last survivor -- an infant prince. However, Tu'an Gu refuses to be anyone’s fool, and he orders all newborns to be taken prisoner until the baby prince is surrendered. A tragic twist of fate leaves Cheng without his wife and his own son, but he raises the prince as his own. When the boy comes of age, will he rise up and take back the reign of leadership, or will he instead bow down to Tu'an, whom he now looks upon as his own godfather? In Mandarin, subtitled. 2012; 122 min. Co-Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University!


Saturday-February 27-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10;
$9

Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Citta' dei Sogni (City of Dreams) - Paola Bernardini (New York, New York)

Giovanni and Ernesto are siblings who must escape from their own mother.   As they embark on an adventure across the Italian countryside, and the reality of their situation begins to take hold, the myth of their "City of Dreams" begins to crumble. In Italian, subtitled. 2015; 18 min.

Amore tra le rovine ('Love Among the Ruins) - Massimo Alì Mohammad  (Ferrara, Italy)

A mock-documentary  about the miraculous discovery and restoration of a long-lost Italian silent film. More than a parody, the film celebrates the joy of discovering lost art, a rich tradition of filmmaking in Italy, and how a young filmmaker can recreate the artistry of silent film. A meta-commentary on cinema preservation and wartime storytelling, this film is a treat!  In Italian, subtitled. 2015; 68 min.


Friday-March 4-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM FREE!
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!


Three Times - Hsiao-hsien Hou

Three Times is a rapturous love story set in three different eras: 1911, 1966, and the present-day.  Director Hou Hsiao Hsien brings to life the culture of each period as the film unfolds. Critically acclaimed for its cinematic style and storytelling, Three Times is a magnificently gorgeous meditation on love and longing--in triplicate. In Mandarin, subtitled. 2006; 120 min. Co-Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University!




General Information
 


TIME
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.

LOCATION

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


ADMISSION
$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
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 www.paypal.com.  Use njmac@aol.com 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.

DIRECTIONS
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:
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
New Jersey International Film Festival
Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center
Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies
72 Lipman Drive   (#018 Loree Building - 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


SPONSORS
The New Jersey Film Festival Fall 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); Confucius Institute of Rutgers University; The Rutgers University Office of Academic Engagement and Programming; The Rutgers University American Studies Department; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; The Rutgers Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Johnson & Johnson; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; Jungle Software; New Brunswick City Market; Jimmy Johns of New Brunswick; Dunkin' Donuts; 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, Joseph Tierney, and Andrew Zrebiec
Volunteers/Interns: Amy Boland, Richard Hampson, Kelly Hannavi, Zari Haynes-Prescott, Julia Hernandez, Dakota Johnson, John Noonan, Ashley Perez, Shannon Ray, Morgan Sanguedolce, 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 Film Festival Spring 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: Julie Yoo by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2016.