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

New Jersey
Film Festival Fall 2017
Screening Schedule

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Cover Art: Eli byAlbert Gabriel Nigrin ©2017

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

Friday-September 15-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Hitchhiking with a .357 Magnum – Jeremy Bryant
 (Beatty, Oregon)
Oregon. Summer 2015. Jeremy hitchhikes to his grandfather's funeral & back home. The trip spans 2 days and 420 miles. Jeremy hitchhikes with a .357 magnum. Will Jeremy make it to the funeral in time? And will people freak out about his gun? 2017; 10 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Producers Thomas Francine and Dori Goikhman!

Greeting In The Afternoon – Minwoo Song (Seoul, South Korea)

In this haunting, experimental film, a young woman who works at a bowling alley is visited by ghosts who pop in and out of her world. 2017; 15 min.

Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim – Fred Riedel and Jerry Fried  (New York, New York)

This documentary film is about the making of Lee Ranaldo's upcoming Mute records release. Hello Hello Hello : Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim.  It's an intimate and unique look at Lee's creative process as he collaborates with author/lyricist Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude), Sharon Van Etten, Nels Cline (Wilco), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Kid Millions (Oneida), and others in the making of a bold, new sound that is a lush and striking departure from Ranaldo's signature work. 2017, 76 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Fred Riedel and Producer Jerry Fried!

Sunday-September 17-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Lou – Miguel Garzon Martinez (Los Angeles, California)

In this touching short film, a man concerned with pleasing others has to deal with an unspeakable tragedy. 2017; 6 min.

Melody Makers – Leslie Ann Coles  (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada)

A rock-doc that traces the birth of rock n' roll journalism in the 1960s, when Melody Maker magazine, the forerunner to Rolling Stone, became a pop culture phenomenon.  Radiating with the energy of the time, the magazine gave space to now-legendary bands, and opened its offices to musicians who arrived, with their unreleased tracks in hands, to be interviewed by the editors and journalists who made Melody Maker a must-read for every rock fan.  Capturing an evolutionary period in the history of rock n' roll, this documentary features interviews with journalists, musicians, and others who worked behind the scenes, and who witnessed both the spectacular rise and the dramatic fall of Melody Maker. 2017; 97 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Leslie Ann Coles!

Friday-September 22-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Page One – Don P. Hooper (Brooklyn, New York)

When veteran actor Abel Worthy suspects real danger on his latest film set, bloodthirsty creatures force him to step into the role he was destined to play. 2017; 8 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Don P. Hooper and Producer LeMar McLean!

The Golden Five – Goran Trenchovski (Skopje, Macedonia)

Director Goran Trenchovski returns to a dark chapter in the history of his native land of Macedonia, in this intimate feature film about the bonds of friendship, tested by unacknowledged acts of betrayal. The film centers on the lives of three loyal friends, Maki, Kata and Jiji, who believe in their youthful ideals. When Maki is murdered, along with four other students, during a period of communist liquidations, his murder remains unsolved.  Half a century later, a witness and a researcher, named Alavantie, returns to his homeland with the "Golden Five" dossier. The secrets he reveals will upend Kata's and Jiji's lives. In Macedonian, subtitled. 2016; 83 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Goran Trenchovski!

Sunday-September 24-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Riverkeeper – Sara Leavitt (Brooklyn, New York)

In this short documentary, Captain Bill Sheehan, the founder of Hackensack Riverkeeper, who has dedicated his life to preserving and protecting the New Jersey Meadowlands, takes the viewer on a ride through areas of the Meadowlands that visitors never see—the long polluted and ignored “swamp” that is now a thriving, industrialized ecosystem and a haven for birds and wildlife. 2017; 9 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Sara Leavitt!
Saving The Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport – Scott Morris (Chatham, New Jersey)
In 1959, a successful grassroots effort was launched to defeat a plan to build the world's largest jetport on 10,000 acres of wetlands in the heart of New Jersey.  Director Scott Morris retraces the extraordinary, 9-year-long fight to save the Great Swamp, a fight that began in a New Jersey high school, and was finally resolved by an Act of Congress in 1968.  The battle to protect the Great Swamp is now seen and studied as a model for the environmental activism today, and the story has not been told in depth until now. Narrated by Blythe Danner. 2016; 64 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Scott Morris and Producer Larry Fast! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) General Honors Program, the Rutgers University American Studies Department and the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!

Thursday-September 28-Ruth Adams Bldg. #001-6PM $12; $10; $9

Dreams That Money Can Buy – Hans Richter

The ultimate Dada/Surrealist cinematic experience. Dreams That Money Can Buy brings to life the dreams of seven people who find themselves in the office of a mind-reading psychiatrist.  When he looks into their eyes he sees the reflected images of their unconscious worlds.  These visions are then manifested on the screen, in saturated, surrealist colors, and are based directly on the drawings, paintings, and scripts of six leading modern artists: Man Ray, Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, and Hans Richter.  1946; 80 min. Co-Sponsored by the Rutgers University American Studies Department!

Sunday-October 1-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Siamo La Fine Del Mondo (We Are At The End Of The World) – Guglielmo Poggi  (Rome, Italy)
Two young lovers, who will do anything possible to be together, decide to record the progress of their romance on a smartphone that live streams to thousands of spectators. But can their love last in an age when everyone is oversharing the intimate details of their lives with strangers?  In Italian, subtitled. 2017; 15 min.
Life by the Landfill – Chiara Bellini  (Rome, Italy)
An inspiring documentary about the environment of a great world city, and a determined group of activists, who took on the notoriously mismanaged system of trash collection in Rome.  Battling with politicians and private companies, this citizens’ group brought a criminal system to light, exposing how rooted it was in a web of corruption.  In their demand for better governance, they proved victorious. In Italian, subtitled.  2016; 57 min.  Co-Sponsored by the Rutgers University Italian Department!

Friday-October 6-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Stowaway – Kenneth Anderson (New York, New York)

In this short comedy, a woman secretly embarks on a voyage at sea. 2017; 5 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Kenneth Anderson!

Swiped Right – Dana Marisa Schoenfeld (New York, New York)

Ava, a successful woman over forty who hasn’t found love, decides to join an online dating service to satisfy her libido, until she meets Angelo, who doesn’t quite meet up to his provocative profile name. 2017; 21 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Producer/Director/Writer Dana Marisa Schoenfeld, Producer//Writer/Actor Lydia Fiore, and Actors Anthony Grasso, Stephanie Weppler, Kisha Barr!

You Have A Nice Flight – Jimmy Dinh (Los Angeles, California)

If you have ever sat down into your airplane seat, and found yourself grimacing as the flight attendant cheerily wishes you a nice flight, while you try, without avail, to find an extra scintilla of legroom, then this is the feature-length comedy for you. When a young man from Vietnam takes an international flight that goes awry very quickly, the cultural clashes that ensue is guaranteed to have you rolling on the floor—and maybe in the aisles--with laughter.  2017; 97 min.  Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!

Sunday-October 8-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Soup – Sharon Chetrit  (Tel Aviv, Israel)

On an ordinary day, with ordinary domestic tasks, a pregnant woman makes a pot of soup in her kitchen, when she is overcome by frightening illusions brought on by birth pangs.  In Hebrew, subtitled  2016; 28 min. 2016; 26 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Sharon Chetrit!

The Little Dictator– Nurith Cohn (Jerusalem, Israel)

Professor Yossi Kleinmann is an underappreciated history professor who lectures about totalitarian regimes. During a Sabbath weekend, celebrating the 90th birthday of his wife's grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, he suddenly finds himself in an unexpected situation which forces him to confront history, his family, and himself. In Hebrew, subtitled  2016; 28 min.
Painless – Jordan Horowitz (Brooklyn, New York)
Born with a rare condition that leaves him alienated and unable to feel physical pain, Henry Long becomes obsessed with finding a cure. A need for normalcy leads him down a dark path where he must decide if finding a cure is worth paying the ultimate price. 2017; 81 min.  Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!

Thursday-October 12-Ruth Adams Bldg. #001-6PM $12; $10; $9

American Experimental Films

Discover a wide array of American experimental films from the 1940s through the 1960s.  Tonight’s program will feature films by Sidney Peterson, Storm de Hirsch, Marie Menken, Andy Warhol, and others. 80 min.
Co-Sponsored by the Rutgers University American Studies Department!

Friday-October 13-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Best of the Summer 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival - Part 1

First Bloom
– Tingting Liu (Nanjing, Jiang Su Province, China)
This lovely animated film tells the story of the budding freindship between a servant and a princess in ancient China.  2017; 5 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Confucius Institute!

Kedi –  Ceyda Torun(Istanbul, Turkey)

Hundreds of thousands of cats freely roam the streets of Istanbul, Turkey’s capital city.  Wandering in and out of people’s lives, they are an essential part of the small neighborhoods that make up the daily life of the city. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to the caretakers who feed and look after them. Filmmaker Ceyda Torun presents endearing and intimate portraits of eight such cats and their caretakers. Closely following along, as the cats nimbly navigate their way through Istanbul’s streets, this tender-hearted documentary presents the city through the eyes of its most free-spirited citizens: its felines.  In Turkish, subtitled. 2017; 80 min.  A Benefit Screening for the Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network (SPAWN)! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Zimmerli Art Museum!

Saturday-October 14-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10;$9
Best of the Summer 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival - Part 2

Ravens – Jennifer Perrott (
Annandale, New South Wales, Australia)
When a young girl’s father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect.  His young daughter begins to project her anxieties onto a pair of ravens, who are vigilantly defending their nearby nest, and who become a catalyst for the troubled family's journey from crisis to healing. 2016; 22 min.
Emma – Juan Pablo Martinez (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
In this touching and meditative feature film, Juan works in a coal mine in Patagonia, Argentina. Anna, a young Polish woman, finds herself alone, after her husband, the only person in the country she knew, suddenly disappears. In their own ways, Anna and Pedro both live isolated from everyone and everything.  When a car accident unexpectedly brings them together, they begin, very slowly, to build a relationship. Perhaps their loneliness and disconnection from the world will allow them to save each other. In Spanish and Polish, subtitled. 2017; 76 min.

Friday-October 20-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Best of the Summer 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival - Part 3

Passaic – Douglas Underdahl (Millburn, New Jersey)

The son of an investigative journalist stumbles upon his late father’s last unsolved case – a murder that tore apart the gritty town of Passaic, NJ – and he needs to decide if he will dig back into the decades-old crime, to discover the truth behind the tragedy, in order to better understand his father and, ultimately, himself. Based on a true story. 2017; 15 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Douglas Underdahl!
Levinsky Park – Beth Kruvant (South Orange, New Jersey)
No country has been more historically indebted to refugees than Israel. Yet, in the Levinsky Park neighborhood of Tel Aviv, a community of sub-Saharan African refugees seeking freedom in a strange new country has found itself in a vexing clash between two cultures. The film provocatively ventures into the lives of the denizens of Levinsky Park, incisively capturing the mixed feelings of resentment, apprehension, and acceptance on the part of the established Jewish community along with the exhilaration and anxiety felt by the newest residents. A fascinating and nuanced portrait of one of the defining global issues of our time: refugee migration. In English and Hebrew, subtitled. 2016; 66 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Beth Kruvant!

ADDED SHOW * Friday-October 27-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM FREE!

The Wedding Banquet (Ang Lee)

A gay New Yorker stages a marriage of convenience with a young woman to satisfy his traditional Taiwanese family, but the wedding becomes a major inconvenience when his parents fly in for the ceremony. Director Ang Lee came to international prominence with this warm-hearted comedy, which centers on the farcical confusion that emerges from this deception. Gao Wai Tung (Winston Chao) has never shared the truth about his sexuality with his family, and hopes to disguise his long-term relationship with his lover Simon by marrying Wei-Wei, a young artist who's only it for the green card. Never patronising his characters, Ang Lee combines comedy, both subtle and raucous, with acute social asides. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Confucius Institute!

ADDED SHOW * Friday-November 3-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM FREE!

Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee)

This Taiwanese drama centers upon the relationships within a Taipei family. The father is a master chef who's lost his sense of taste. His wife died so now he lives amongst his three grown daughters. All three really want to get on with their own lives. The oldest daughter Jen, is a school teacher adept at hiding her feelings after she suffered a bad love affair in college. Kien who works for the national airline as a senior executive has just put all her savings into a new apartment. Young Ning is in school and works at a fast-food joint. She is getting involved with her best friend's boyfriend. Life within the family gets more tangled when Chu marries Madame Liang, the single mother next door. Ang Lee’s generational comedy offers filmgoers a tasty cinematic treat. In Mandarin, subtitled. 1994; 123 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Confucius Institute!

General Information

All Voorhees Hall programs begin at 7:00 PM. All Ruth Adams Bldg. programs begin at 6:00 PM. Films are screened in the order listed.


Ruth Adams Bldg. #001 (Near the corner of Jones Street and George Street), 131 George St./Douglass College Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Voorhees Hall #105, 71 Hamilton Street/College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

NOTE: Our primary screening location, Voorhees Hall #105, features comfortable seats, stadium seating, and a state-of-the-art hi-definition projection and sound system. We can also provide listening assistive devices, without charge, to those who are hearing impaired.  Please contact us 48 hours prior to a screening so that we can arrange to have these listening assistive devices available for your use.

$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. 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:

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.
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.

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The New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2017 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 University Zimmerli Art Museum; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; The Rutgers Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; The Rutgers University American Studies Department;  The Rutgers University Italian Department; The Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Johnson & Johnson; Jungle Software; Jimmy Johns of New Brunswick; Dunkin’ Donuts; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; The Asbury Park Press; New Brunswick City Market; The Rutgers University  Dean of Students; 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 2017 Staff
Executive Director/Curator
: Albert Gabriel Nigrin
Office and House Managers: Brian DaSilva, Jake McNamara, John Noonan, Morgan Sanguedolce, Ezekiel Tek
Volunteers/Interns:  Victor Del Rio, Laura Dengrove, Thomas Evans, Dayna Hagewood, Richard Hampson, Isobel Mancini, Joshua Reich, Austin Renna, John Slover, Alexandra Tangarife, and Tiffany Thomas

Advisors: Dr. John Belton, Bob Brodsky, 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 Fall 2017 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: Eli by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2017.