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 2015

Screening Schedule

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Cover Art:Furies by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2014

Special Promotions and Events:
-Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick will be providing free sandwiches prior to the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2015 Screenings on January 31, February 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 20, 21, 28 and March 1!
-Free Parking in Rutgers University lots near the screening space!


Saturday-January 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!


Fur Peace Ranch: It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This – Andie Walla (Athens, Ohio)
Fur Peace Ranch is a guitar camp tucked away in the beautiful hills of southeast Ohio. Founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, FPR is a place where music comes to life and musical fellowships flourish. Kaukonen and many other musicians teach weekend workshops and share their musical wisdom. This documentary is a glimpse into what Fur Peace Ranch is all about and explains why thousands keep coming back. 2014; 24 min.

Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens – Steve Tozzi (Columbus, New Jersey) This in your face documentary features the stark and iconic photography of Thrasher Magazine's Ken Salerno. It is told through an oral history format of in-depth interviews and archival footage, bringing to life the gritty story of one of New Jersey's most infamous clubs and its larger than life promoter. Riot on the Dance Floor chronicles the rise of several different music scenes in a venue for underground music that traversed the entertainment spectrum; from the comedy of Henny Youngman to Nine Inch Nails, New Order to Nirvana. It is also the story of a music business lifer; a road warrior, part-time musician, radio host and former postal worker who went looking for a place to spin his New Wave records and ended up building an independent movement out of nothing in Trenton, a city stuck between New York and Philadelphia. It is the story of the unheard underground and the collective creativity that came out of it: the artists, the writers, the photographers, the ‘zines and labels. It is the story of musical champions, underdogs and how hoards of misfit kids found an unlikely home and above all, the freedom and liberation of having complete creative control. 2014; 114 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Steve Tozzi, Producer Peter Tabbot and Randy Now!


Thursday-February 5-Ruth Adams Building #001-6PM $10; $9; $8

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer - Thom Anderson, Fay Anderson, Morgan Fisher

A brilliant, innovative film about the origins of cinema and its most famed forefather, Eadweard Muybridge. Over the course of a decade, filmmaker Thom Andersen animated Muybridge's landmark photographic studies of humans and animals in motion. Interpolated with these incredible sequences are biographical sections detailing Muybridge's personal and professional struggles, narrated by Dean Stockwell. Drawing the contrasts between Muybridge's reclusive lifestyle and the explosive public birth of cinema, Eadweard Muybridge is both a film about cinematic history and a work of art in itself. 1975; 60 min. With commentary by Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin.


Friday-February 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!


El Mar Y Él
–Tony Méndez (Miami, Florida)
An irrepressible comedy about a man's quest to flee Cuba during the Mariel Boatlift. Havana, Cuba, 1980. Fidel Castro opens the floodgates for Cuban emigrants to leave the country, giving priority to criminals and the mentally insane. This was the beginning of the Mariel Boatlift, an event that would change the lives of 125,000 Cubans and forever change the United States' immigration policies. After finding out that his wife is pregnant, Ricardo realizes that this is no place to raise a child and comes up with a plan to leave the country with the 'marielitas.'  Then everything goes awry. In Spanish, subtitled. 2014; 23 min.

渔 (Fishing) – Tian Zheng (Shandong, China)
This beautiful and insightful documentary focuses on Chinese fishermen and their families. Thousands of fishermen have moved from Sichuan to Shazikou since the 1980s to take advantage of the fishing there but due to overfishing life in the area is rapidly changing. The film focuses on the families of two of these fishermen and provides an eye-opening glimpse into their lives. In Mandarin, subtitled. 2014, 52 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University!


Saturday-February 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 Mural - Francisco Guijarro (San Francisco, California)

This short documentary film follows several artists with developmental disabilities as they work together to paint a wall that aims to erase barriers. 2014; 20 min.
Girls' Show  - David Krantz (New York, New York)
In most American high schools, the biggest event of the year is the homecoming football game, or prom, or graduation, but for the community of Passaic Valley, NJ, nothing is bigger than Girls' Show. The one-night-only annual event is an high-energy-higher-stakes competition in categories like dance and cheerleading with the whole community watching. Every year, the residents of Passaic Valley face one decision: whether to cheer for White or Green at Girls' Show. The rivalry dates back to the 1940’s, long before the fight for women's equality in athletics found a voice. Girls were banned from school sports, and  Girls' Show was created as a forward-thinking symbol of equality. For this community, Girls' Show is bigger than the Superbowl and this fine documentary does an excellent job of showing us why. 2014; 68 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Producer Rebecca Atwood and members of the crew TBA!


Sunday-February 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!


Doug's Christmas - Calvin Steinken (Chicago, Illinois)

Christmas Day 1951: Doug survives a Korean War battle where his friend, Kim, was killed. Kim's dying words, mixed with his passing on Christmas Day, still haunt Doug. Searching for answers, Doug meets a struggling young mother and her two daughters. The love of this young family inspires Doug to find meaning in his life. 2014; 25 min.
Wildlike - Frank Hall Green (New York, New York)
WildLike is a moving feature film that focuses on two strangers who cross paths in the wilderness of the Alaskan frontier. Mackenzie, portrayed by Ella Purnell (Never Let Me Go), is sent to live in Alaska with her uncle (Brian Geraghty, The Hurt Locker). When their relationship becomes tense, Mackenzie decides to run away. On her own, she has difficulties finding her way back to her mother in Seattle, and begins to follow a lonely backpacker, played by Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek: Into Darkness). This improbable duo make their way through the Alaskan wilderness, and together they both begin to heal from the wounds of their past. WildLike takes viewers on an soulful and intriguing journey in an emotionally engaging and truly wonderful film. 2014; 104 min.  With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Frank Hall Green and members of the cast and crew TBA!


Friday-February 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!

Beneath Water – Charlie Manton (Effingham, England)

A traumatic event haunts a young girl struggling to stay above water. 2014; 15 min.

Knock Knock – Jeff Betancourt (Los Angeles, California)

In this eerie horror short film, Val and her friends play a game that allows them to communicate with the dead. The Knock Knock Game turns any doorway into a doorway to the hereafter but there are rules that should never be broken.  2014; 13 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Jeff Betancourt!
Expressway To Your Skull - Michael Okum (Glendale, California)
A gripping horror film, Expressway To Your Skull tells the story of Ed and Amy, a thrill-seeking couple whose impulsive trip to the woods leads them to cross paths with a psychotic survivalist who lives in a twisted world all his own. 2014; 83 min.


Sunday-February 15-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!



Frank and Franklin - Adam Egizi (Montclair, New Jersey)

Frank is looking for more than what he has. After a seemingly small event on an ordinary day, he decides to transform himself into Franklin. Through a web of lies Frank builds up his new persona; good with the ladies, liked by the gentlemen. That is, if he can keep track of his building pile of made- up life events and experiences. 2014; 15 min.

Narcissist - Eric Casaccio (West Hollywood, California)

Narcissist is the story of a kind soul (Evan) who attracts a dark knight (Rob) into his life. It's almost as it's meant to be until Rob goes from a charming man to a manipulative individual who smashes Evan’s heart into a million pieces. Evan's post-traumatic stress ends up taking him to a place of truth while Rob spirals into his own midlife crisis. Sometimes one must experience darkness to find a true authentic light.2014; 17 min.

Our Father – Linda Palmer (Long Beach, California)

An estranged father suffering from late-stage dementia, in a fleeting moment, reveals to his son secrets that begin to heal a broken family. 2014; 21 min.

The Gospel According To Bart - Timothy Ashby (Tempe, Arizona)
After his boyfriend kills himself, Nathaniel hides behind the skirt of his best friend from high school, Ava, and contemplates asking her to marry him. The starring role she ropes him into, in a burlesque play, changes his mind. This heartfelt and intriguing feature film, which features excellent acting and cinematography, explores one man’s confused sexuality. 2014; 92 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Producer and Co-writer Richard Wells! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences, the Rutgers University American Studies Department, the Rutgers University Office of the Dean of Students, the Rutgers University Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities and the Rutgers University Cinema Studies Program!


Friday + Saturday-February 20 + 21-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!


2015 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival – Part 1                      

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 27th year—will feature finalist works by independent filmmakers from the United States and around the world. A different program of films and videos will be offered each night.  Prize winners will be announced on the closing night of the festival, in a competition for prizes, along with the Audience Favorite Prize. Approx. 120 min. A complete festival line-up will be listed on our website by February 1, 2015.


Thursday-February 26-Ruth Adams Building #001-6PM $10; $9; $8

Films by Stan Brakhage 
Stan Brakhage is one of the most important figures in 20th-century American experimental film. Over the course of five decades, he explored a variety of formats, approaches, and techniques that included hand-held camerawork; painting directly onto celluloid; fast cutting; in-camera editing; scratching on film;  and the use of multiple exposures.  Inspired by mythology, music, poetry and visual phenomena, Brakhage sought to reveal the universal in the particular, exploring themes of birth, mortality, sexuality, and innocence. His films are intensely expressive and lyrical.  The films to be screened include new film prints of Mothlight, Fire of Waters, Creation, Prelude: Dog Star Man and others. 1959-1979; 70 min. With commentary by Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin.


Saturday-February 28-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!
Jersey Fresh:  Films by New Jersey Filmmakers


The Original Tower - John McKelvey (Metuchen, New Jersey)
A brief look at the Sandy Hook lighthouse in New Jersey. 2014; 2 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director John McKelvey.

Dilemma - Darshon Crudup, (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

A short film about high school sweethearts who find their relationship tested when their winter break reunion is interrupted by New York City’s “Stop and Frisk” initiative. 2014; 11 min.

Dollar Night - Marco Antonio Martinez (Newark, New Jersey)

Dollar Night tells the story of Andy, a vibrant 80-year-old theater projectionist whose love for cinema is tested when he is faced with the closing of his beloved theater. 2014; 18 min.

Abeyance - Armando Luis Alvarez (Highland Park, New Jersey)

A young girl must realize the value of her life as she wishes away the very things that make her upset. As she unwittingly wills away the foundations of reality, the outside world is unwound before her eyes. 2014; 16 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Armando Luis Alvarez!

Into The Gray – Anthony Berenato, Jr. (Hammonton, New Jersey)

After haunting visions of forgotten memories Stiller must determine if an apocalyptic world is worth saving again. 2014; 17 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Anthony Berenato, Jr.
Heartbreak and Healing After Sandy – Sandra Levine (Toms River, New Jersey)

Two years after Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, this insightful and moving documentary examines both the tremendous progress that has been made, and the daunting challenges that remain. 2014; 59 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Sandra Levine!


Sunday-March 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!


Flowers – Sabina Sattar (London, England)
In this touching short film a man tries to pick up a beautiful woman who is reading a book next to a cemetery. 2014; 8 min.

Just Ask – Paul Lingas (New York, New York)

Tim and Kelly keep running into each other and though it’s pretty clear the attraction is mutual, Tim can’t find the right thing to say until it’s too late. Or is it? 2014; 13 min.With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Paul Lingas!

Tête-à-Tête (Head to Head) – Lisa Resnick (Summit, New Jersey)

An illuminating portrayal of the intellectual connection between French philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre and their vow of essential love. Tête-à-Tête explores the period when Beauvoir, 21, and Sartre, 23, met while preparing for a national philosophy exam. De Beauvoir was a committed intellectual who was happiest writing, often in cafes. As a couple, Beauvoir and Sartre became legendary. They never married, did not live under the same roof, and had an open relationship. They lived what was and would still be an unconventional lifestyle. Shot on location in Paris. 2014; 16 min.
SURVIVING ME: THE 9 CIRCLES OF SOPHIE - Leah Yananton (Bethesda, Maryland)
A young coed struggles to find herself amidst an allegorical journey of Dante's Inferno. Sophie spirals out over a financial aid crisis, grapples with resentments towards her mother and navigates the hellish hook-up scene with her boyfriend Jimmy and her bisexual best friend Kiera. When Sophie seeks refuge with her poetry professor and befriends his enigmatic wife Jacqueline, she perilously oversteps boundaries and falls into the inferno of lust and deceit. This engaging film candidly and courageously tells the story of a complex, intelligent young woman’s coming-of-age. 2014; 102 min.
Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University French Department, the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences, the Rutgers University Office of the Dean of Students, the Rutgers University Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities andthe Rutgers University Cinema Studies Program!



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



General Information
 

TIME

All Voorhees Hall programs begin at 7:00 PM and all Ruth Adams Building programs begin at 6:00PM. 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

Ruth Adams Building #001 (Near the corner of Jones Street and George Street ),
131 George Street, Douglass College 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.





 


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=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

Ruth Adams Bldg. #001= Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9 and then take Route 18N (New Brunswick direction-Local Lanes) for approximately 1 mile and take the Commercial Avenue exit. Go up Commercial Ave to the second light and make a left on George Street.  Then go about 100 yards and make a left into the service road (opposite Jones St. on the right) into the Douglass Campus and park in University parking lot #69 at the end of the service road. Additional parking is available on Jones Street and behind the Douglass Student Center near the corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street.

A map and directions can also be accessed at: http://search.rutgers.edu/buildings.html?q=ruth%20adams
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 Film Festival
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 Film Festival Spring 2015 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 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 Office of Academic Engagement and Programming; The Rutgers University American Studies Department; The Rutgers University Office of the Dean of Students; The Rutgers University Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities; The Rutgers Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; The Rutgers University French 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 2015 Staff

Executive Director/Curator: Albert Gabriel Nigrin
Office and House Managers: Sam Green, Matt Riddle, Molly Rich, Rob Torres and Andrew ZrebiecVolunteers/Interns: Lauren Caputo, Olympia Christofinis, Jennifer Coard, Jessica Dotson, Chris Hammarberg, Kelly Hannavi, Paige Morton, Paige Navalny, Jason Redlitz, Ali Mairaj Siddiqui, Eden Sapir, Joseph Tierney, Heather Van Ness, 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: Furies  by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2014.