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 2015

Screening Schedule

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Cover Art: Brainwashing by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2015

Special Promotions and Events:
-All films screened are New Jersey Premieres!
-Free Parking in Rutgers University lots near the screening space!
-Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick will be providing free sandwiches prior to the New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2015 Screenings on May 30, 31, June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14!

Saturday-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!

Soap – Christopher Brown (London, England)
When Sami breaks into a house, he is interrupted by Sophia, the owner of the property, who lures the criminal into her bathtub. Quite a steamy short film from England. 2015; 15 min.With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Christopher Brown!

Forever into Space– Greg Locke (New York, New York)
In this gorgeous and wry feature film, Audrey, an over-educated and under-employed twenty-something film blogger, attempts to make sense of her life in New York City during a period of unprecedented societal change and cultural shifts. As she tries to find her way, we meet her “city family,” a group of similarly disillusioned –and secretly idealistic -- young adults dealing with challenges of their own. 2015; 110 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Actor Kelly Sebastian and Director Greg Locke!

Sunday-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!

Journey to the Place of Birds – Erik Wrobel, Nick Chupko and Robert Takleszyn (North Plainfield, New Jersey)
This quirky short animation, based on a comic book, follows Ne-Tuh as he seeks enlightenment at the Place of Birds. 2014; 20 min.  With an introduction and Q+A session by Directors Erik Wrobel, Nick Chupko and Robert Takleszyn!

M Cream– Agneya Singh (New Delhi, India)
An ode to the spirit of revolution! In this independent and irreverent feature film from India, four university students embark on a road trip in pursuit of a mythical form of hashish. As they seek out the ultimate high, their journey becomes a chronicle of rebellion, and a compelling portrait of a new generation in India that aspires to far more than material well-being. 2014; 115 min.
With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Agneya Singh!

Friday-June 5-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!

Tick Tock – Zeynep Kocak (Istanbul, Turkey)
In this beautiful animated film, an elderly man wakes up to a routine day with his cat, who is his only friend. After making his breakfast, he comes up with an idea to break his routine, and end his loneliness. 2015; 9 min.

Moving Day – Louis Hunter (Cedar Hill, Texas)
A portrait of a break-up, or is it really that simple?  Carrie’s illness has come back, and now she and Pete are separating. Is this a mutual separation, or not?. 2014; 15 min.

America’s Blues – Patrick Branson (St; Louis, Missouri)
An illuminating, feature-length documentary, exploring the tremendous impact that Blues music has had on American society.  From Charlie Patton, to Bob Dylan, this deeply felt music has transcended generations and racial barriers, tearing down walls of segregation and fostering social acceptance of cultural diversity. Through interviews with musicians, historians, and activists, a compelling story unfolds about the history of the Blues and its significant contribution to American culture. The film also pays homage to the organizations and individuals who work diligently to honor and preserve the legacy of the Blues. 2015; 84 min.

Saturday-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!

Inside the Frame: Portrait of Photographer Linda Troeller
– Jeff McKay (Lakewood, New Jersey)
A compelling portrait of the photographer Linda Troeller, who began her career modeling for landmark photographers, such as Ansel Adams and Lucien Clergue, and then devoted the next forty years to a life behind the camera.  Her photographs are suffused with a sense of female eroticism, and a sense of place.  Working out of the Chelsea Hotel and her home in Lakewood, New Jersey, Troeller has created a deeply evocative body of work.  Like an impressionistic painter from another time, her photographs evoke moments that seem to be filtered through the haze of memory. 2015; 43 min.With an introduction and Q+A session by Linda Troeller!

When Things Go Wrong: Robin Lane Story – Tim Jackson (Somerville, Massachusetts)
When Things Go Wrong explores the life of Robin Lane, who has all but disappeared from rock history despite being one of the first women to front her own all-male rock band, which broke new ground in the late seventies.  Her band was hailed as one of the top 10 new groups of 1979 by Rolling Stone magazine. . .until things began to go wrong.   Throughout the film, which weaves together interviews, concert footage, home movies, and 22 original songs, Lane speaks candidly about creativity, re-invention, success and failure, and the five decades she has spent in the music business. 2015; 80 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Robin Lane and Director Tim Jackson!

Sunday-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!

– David Ellis (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
With its textured edgy tempo, UHF takes us to a convergence point where analog  and digital dark matter meet.  Future shock? Decay? Neglected beauty? Trashed culture? Post-industrial wasteland? Where are we headed with everything wired? Originally shot on B&W Super-8 Plus-X, with a vintage ELMO movie camera, the film was then transferred to digital format where select frames were re-ordered and re-edited. Analog gets a complete makeover.  2015; 5 min.

Enfilade –
David Coyle (Westbourne Park, Australia)
A man awakens in a white room with two doors. Each door loops into the other. The only objects within the room are a red ball and a revolver containing a single bullet. How does one escape a loop? 2014; 10 min.
Nocturne – Saul Pincus (Toronto, Canada)
An eerily beautiful feature film about an insomniac who falls in love with a sleepwalker. Unfolding like a deliberately-paced urban fairy tale, Nocturne casts a spell on audiences, who have called it a "magical," "visually stunning” “work of art.” 2014; 117 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Saul Pincus!

Friday-June 12-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!

Up in a Plane – Rachel Moore (Victoria, Canada
In this lovely animation, painted on glass, a young girl bikes, flies, and dances, through the power of her imagination, all the way from the prairies of the early 1900’s to Europe in WWII, to the present, and beyond. 2014; 9 min.

Dream On – Roger Weisberg (Palisades, New York)
Does the American Dream still exist, after decades of rising income inequality and declining economic mobility? In an epic road trip, John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, who travelled through the U.S. in the late 1820s, and came to define America as a place where anyone, of any background, could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in de Tocqueville’s footsteps, Fugelsang asks whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped, 'It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.' 2015; 99 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by John Fugelsang and Director Roger Weisberg!

Saturday-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!

Waste Paper – Derrick Pete (Aliso Viejo, California)

A cartoon illustration, thrown away by its Animator, enters a world where the other throw-aways live. He and a newfound friend decided to battle the Animator, to avoid a fate worse than death. 2015; 8 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Derrick Pete!

Cinderella, A Shadow Ballet –White Widow (Los Angeles, California)
The musical artist White Widow “re-invents” the classic fairy-tale film Cinderella, created in 1922 by animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, with a new narration and orchestration.  Delving into psychological struggles, White Widow uses shadow, light, and sound to represent Cinderella's psyche. As Cinderella confronts her repressed self to find her inner light, the film transforms Reiniger's original silhouettes into a modern and mysterious shadow ballet. 2015; 14 min.

Keeper of the Past – Marco J. Riedl (Bochum, German)
In this supernatural thriller, a farmer named Finn van Hagen begins a new life with his wife and his children way out in the country.  An old, idyllic the middle of his eyes, this a perfect world. One day a stranger appears, out of the blue, and tries to draw out a well-kept secret from Finn’s daughter Verlanda: the whereabouts of a music box, in which Finn's past lies hidden. If Finn should ever open the music box, he might not only lose his family, but also the world as he knows it. In German, subtitled. 2014; 29 min.

Secrets of Llewellyn Park – William Davis (West Orange, New Jersey)

From a ghost story; to a visit inside a castle; to the nefarious tale about Thomas Edison and how he acquired his house; to the day the elephants came to the park; to a meeting with the killer turkeys, who terrorize the entrance, Secrets of Llewellyn Park mixes contemporary stories with history, demonstrating that the vibrant life of the park goes on, as a refuge from the busy world outside the gates. 2014; 40 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director William Davis!

Sunday-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!

Milking It 
– Fredgy Noël (New York, New York)
In this dark romantic comedy, a woman in her early 30s seduces men with the sole purpose of befriending their mothers. 2015; 9 min.

The Ten Plagues – Serena Shulman (San Francisco, California)
In this hilarious short film, a young woman, en route to a Passover Seder, must fight her way through the Ten Plagues.  2014; 10 min.

Test – Jay Lifton (New York, NY)
A seemingly unremarkable man spends a day taking a bizarre test at a mysterious facility. As he interacts with the odd, detached employees of the facility, who guide him from section to section, the intentions of the test become increasingly obscure.  2015; 10 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Jay Lifton!

Natural Insemination – Crosby Selander (Los Angeles, California)
A romantic farce about a happily married couple, and the increasingly desperate measures they take to get pregnant. 2015; 17 min . With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Crosby Selander!

The Cat's Cradle –  David Spaltro (New York, New York)

Jim and Amy are a young couple attempting to conceive. As these attempts become all-consuming in their lives, stress and tension build between them. A romantic evening turns into a night of confessions and betrayal that will forever change their relationship. 2015; 15 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Screenwriter/Actor Tawny Sorensen and Director David Spaltro!

Lashes – Christine Sherwood (London, England)
Lashes, adapted from the short story Feathers and Cigarettes, by Andrew Lloyd-Jones, follows 16-year-old Ashley on a day when her true self collides with her fake self.  Facing down a cheating boyfriend and a deceiving new friend, she realizes that the world she has been trying to fit into isn’t everything she had hoped. 2014; 20 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Christine Sherwood!

14 Days – Joseph Villapaz (Lakewood, New Jersey)
In this experimental feature film about relationships, a diverse cast of characters, dealing with life-changing issues are tied together by the location they all pass through. 2015; 54 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with DirectorJoseph Villapaz!

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

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.

$10=General; $9=Students+Seniors; $8=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. No single ticket advance sales. Advance Tickets for screenings will need to be purchased up to four days before a screening unless they sell out. Go to  Use as the send money address. Tickets are $12 each in advance ($10+$2 processing fee). So for example 2 tickets would cost $24 Total. Include the names of those individuals that are coming in the memo box and the screening you are buying tickets for. Bring your receipt to the screening and present it at the door. The receipt is your ticket. 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
72 Lipman Drive   (#018 Loree Building - Douglass Campus)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901-8525 U.S.A.
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The New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 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 Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs;
The Rutgers University Summer Session Office; Johnson & Johnson; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; Jungle Software; New Brunswick City Market; Footage Firm; 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 and Andrew Zrebiec
Volunteers/Interns: Lauren Caputo, Olympia Christofinis, Suraj Ganguly, Lindsay Haddox, Julia Hernandez, Chris Hammarberg, Kelly Hannavi, Paige Morton, Paige Navalny, Shannon Ray, Jason Redlitz, Morgan Sanguedolce, Eden Sapir, Heejae Shin, Ezekiel Tek, 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. Irene Fizer, Bill Harris, Albert Gabriel Nigrin, and Steven C. Schechter, Esq.

The New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2015  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: Barinwashing by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2015.