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 2017

Screening Schedule

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Cover Art: Emma by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2016

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 food prior to
all the New Jersey Film Festival Screenings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!
-Two Free Screenings on February 17 and March 3!
-Free Parking in Rutgers University lots near the screening space!

Saturday-January 28-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Knights of New Jersey - Michael Hadley (Montclair, New Jersey)

Knights of New Jersey is a comedic, behind-the-scenes look at a troupe of Renaissance Faire actors and the passions, aspirations, and petty humiliations that arise as they attempt to bring their vision to life.  In the unique, make-believe world of the Faire, Game of Thrones cosplay fans, Steampunk divas, and weekend Wizards mingle with Mundanes—aka normal people.  The Faire may well be the only kingdom in New Jersey where virtues like courage and honor are real. 2016; 22 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Michael Hadley!
The Northlander - Benjamin Ross Hayden (Calgary, Canada)
It is the year 2961, a time after humanity, when nature has reclaimed the land. A hunter named Cygnus is called to voyage across the treacherous landscape to defend his people. He provides for the Last Arc, a once-nomadic band of survivors in need of food and water. Nova, the matriarch of the band, guides Cygnus with her visions, as he ventures out to find a seed of hope.  A solution must be found before a group of outlandish Heretics descend upon them all. 2016; 97 min.

Sunday-January 29-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Cavities - Michael Chan (Los Angeles, California)

A troubled 16-year-old reconnects with his mother after he returns home unexpectedly. 2016; 25 min.

Art of the Prank - Andrea Marini (Winter Park, Florida)

Joey Skaggs is both an artist and a professional prankster.  As this documentary follows his escapades, it offers a simultaneously funny and very alarming look at the propaganda and disinformation fed to the unsuspecting public every day by the mainstream media.  Skaggs’ work is as relevant today--if not more so--as it was when he launched his artistic hoaxes 50 years ago. Audiences are inspired to question the very core of their beliefs. 2016; 82 min.
With an introduction and Q+A session by Joey Skaggs!

Thursday-February 2-Ruth Adams #001-6PM $12; $10; $9

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. Drawing a contrast 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.  Co-Sponsored by the Rutgers University American Studies Department!

Friday-February 3-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10;

Solo -
Matthew Puccini (Brooklyn, New York)
This short film follows Clay, a young Appalachian teenager who quietly slips out of his small town one morning. As Clay and his younger brother, Lewis, spend the day journeying along the back roads of their hometown, the larger mystery of where they're going - and why they're going there - becomes heartbreakingly clear. 2016; 17 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Matthew Puccini!

Craving Cuba - Zuzelin Martin Lynch (San Anselmo, California)
This multi-generational bilingual documentary film is about Cuban-Americans and their complicated relationship with Cuba. The film follows a Cuban-American woman seeking to understand her true identity. Evoking laughter, passion, rage and hope, she interviews musicians, artists, politicians, and grandparents throughout the U.S. and to balance between conservative and liberal views along the way. This is an American story, one that focuses through the Cuban-American lens in a time when the whole world is obsessed with Cuba. In Spanish, subtitled. 2016; 65 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Zuzelin Martin Lynch!

Saturday-February 4-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

Doggie - Charles de Agustin (Princeton Junction, New Jersey)

A teenager can't find his precious bag, so he forces two strangers to help him out. 2016; 10 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Charles de Agustin!

Schizophrenia - Yuri Muraoka (Tokyo, Japan)

In this intriguing experimental film, the filmmaker delves into his obsession with odd-numbers,
which torments him in his daily life. In Japanese, subtitled. 2016; 10 min.

Gelo - Luis & Gonçalo Galvão Teles (Lisbon, Portugal)

In this futuristic feature film, hearts still beat loudly in worlds made of ice. Born from the DNA of a frozen Ice-Age corpse, Catarina grows up incarcerated in an isolated palace, subject to experiments conducted by a FUTURE LIFE investigator.
 Meanwhile, a film student named Joana, falls madly in love with Miguel, an ice-obsessed classmate - only to see him tragically ripped from her hands during a journey to a snowy mountaintop. 
What can possibly unite Catarina and Joana? How many lives are there in one life? 
Is the end only the beginning of something else? In Portuguese, Subtitled. 2015; 105 min.

Saturday-February 11-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

St. Louis Cemetery Number One - Lewis Goldstein (Cranford, New Jersey)

Filmmaker Lewis Goldstein travels from New Jersey to New Orleans to document one of the most storied cemeteries in America, where some of the most famous and controversial figures in American history have found their final resting place. 2016. 18 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by DirectorLewis Goldstein!

The Sara Spencer Washington Story - Royston Scott (New York, New York)

An inspiring documentary about the life of Sara Spencer Washington, a young black woman, who became a phenomenal success selling her line of hair products door to door in 1920's Atlantic City.  Her business lasted through the Great Depression, became a million-dollar empire, and gave tens of thousands of black women the opportunity to become self-sufficient. 2016; 28 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Royston Scott!

…With God Against Man… - Seymon Pinkahasov (Brooklyn, New York)

A must-see documentary about the untold heroism of Sousa Mendes, who served as the Portuguese consul general in France between 1939-1940.   As refugees began to flee into the South of France, where he was stationed, his government ordered him not to give visas to Jews or to anyone else from countries under German occupation. Mendes decided to act against the wishes of his government, and to help over 30,000 people to avoid certain death.  In French and Portuguese, subtitled.  2017; 47 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by DirectorSeymon Pinkahasov!  Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!

Sunday-February 12-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9
Bad Tidings - Daniel Natale (Red Bank, New Jersey)
What would you do if your town was sinking? This timely documentary is set in Sea Bright, a New Jersey town that faces the grim reality of climate change.  After being devastated by Hurricane Sandy, the townspeople of Sea Bright must now deal with a future of rising sea levels:  climate models predict that their homes will be under water in the next 50 years. 2016; 49 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Daniel Natale!
River Blue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?- David McIlvride and Roger Williams (Vancouver, Canada)
With images that are both stunning and shocking, RiverBlue is a call to action, to manufacture our clothing in more sustainable ways.  The filmmakers follow Mark Angelo, an advocate for the world’s rivers, as he journeys through pristine and polluted waterways, to expose a deeply disturbing, and unknown, side of the fashion industry.  Harsh chemical dyes, and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, in the manufacturing of our clothing, are destroying rivers world-wide. 2016; 90 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by DirectorRoger Williams! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) General Honors Program!

Friday-February 17-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM FREE!
In The Mood For Love - Wong Kar-Wai

A moody period drama about unrequited love that swoons with romantic melancholy. Set in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary while her husband's job keeps him away on extended business trips. Across the hall, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) works as a newspaper editor and is married to a woman who is also frequently out of town. Li-zhen and Chow strike up a cordial -- if tentative -- friendship. It doesn't take long for them to realize that their spouses are sleeping together. Drawn together by shame and anger, Chow and Li-zhen slowly fall in love in spite of their determination to uphold their end of their marital vows. In Cantonese, Subtitled. 2000; 98 min. Co-Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University!

Saturday+Sunday-February 18+19-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $12; $10; $9

2017 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 29th year—will feature finalist works by independent filmmakers from the United States and around the world. Prize winners will be announced after the screening, in a competition for prizes, along with the Audience Favorite Prize. Approx. 90 min .Click here to see the complete festival line-up.

Thursday-February 23-Ruth Adams #001-6PM $12; $10; $9

American Experimental Films - Part 2                                                                                 
Discover a wide array of American experimental films from the 1960s.  Tonight’s program will feature films by Bruce Baillie, Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and others. 80 min. With commentary by Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin.  Co-Sponsored by the Rutgers University American Studies Department!

Friday-March 3-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM FREE!

Chunking Express
- Wong Kar-Wai
Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant, and both have their eye on an ethereal waitress named Faye (Faye Wong).  A gloriously shot and utterly charming film, suffused with romantic longing. In Cantonese, Subtitled. 1994; 102 min. Co-Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University!

Added Screening!
ay-March 31-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM FREE!

Old Stone (Johnny Ma)

In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive.
When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrive he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. The repercussions of Shi’s selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive. In Mandarin, subtitled! A New Jersey Premiere! Co-Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University!

General Information

All  Voorhees Hall film programs begin at 7:00 PM. All Ruth Adams Building Programs begin at 6:00PM. 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 (Near the corner of George Street and Hamilton Street),
71 Hamilton Street/College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

$12=General; $10=Students+Seniors; $9=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.
Except the screenings on February 17 and March 3 which are FREE! 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. Include the attendees in the memo box and the date of the screening in the memo box. 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.

Ruth Adams Building #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 2nd light and a left on George Street. Then go about 100 yeards and make a left onto the service road (opposite Jones Street) 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.
Map and Directions are also here:
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 Film Festival
Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center
Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies
4170 Academic Building, 15 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901-8525 U.S.A.
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The New Jersey Film Festival Spring 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; Pro 8mm; Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick; 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: John Noonan, Jason Redlitz, Morgan Sanguedolce, Ezekiel Tek, Andrew Zrebiec

Volunteers/Interns: Shaka Barnes, Amy Boland, Brian DaSilva, Laura Dengrove, Thomas Evans, Irene Fedyshyn., Richard Hampson, Julia Hernandez, Dakota Johnson, Jake McNamara, Ashley Perez, Shannon Ray, Austin Renna, Gina Shinella, Alexandra Tangarife

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 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: Emma byAlbert Gabriel Nigrin ©2016.