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 2015

Screening Schedule

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Cover Art: Cycle by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2015

Special Promotions and Events:
-All films screened as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Competition
between September 11 and October 3 are New Jersey Premieres!
-Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick will be providing free sandwiches prior to the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2015 Screenings!
-Free Parking in Rutgers University lots near the screening space!


Friday-September 11-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 Cart - Patrik Eriksson (Lodz, Poland)
In this hauntingly beautiful experimental film, a young woman fulfills a mysterious task, as she moves through an existential dreamscape. 2015; 7 min.

Rosehill - Brigitta Wagner (Haworth, New Jersey)
Expertly weaving together improvised and scripted scenes, Rosehill is an intimate feature film that delves into the lives of two women. After receiving some devastating news from her doctor, Katriona escapes New York to visit her best friend Alice, who works as a sex researcher at Indiana University. When the two women decide to embark on a road trip through mid-western America, they find out more about one another, and more about the resilience of the human spirit, than they could have predicted. 2015;
78 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Brigitta Wagner!


Friday-September 18-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!

Welcome - Serena Dykman (New York, New York)

In this poignant short film, Anna, a young doctor working in New York City, is targeted by U.S. immigration after she returns from a humanitarian trip abroad.  2015; 18 min.
Angel of Nanjing - Jordan Horowitz and Frank Ferendo (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing is one of the most famous sites in China. It is also the site where countless numbers of people commit suicide every year.  For more than a decade, Chen Si has been patrolling this bridge, offering counsel and aid to those who intend to end their lives. Incredibly, he has now helped hundreds of people, who were on the brink of suicide, to find their way back to life.  This powerful and profoundly moving documentary film chronicles Si’s incredible work. In Mandarin, subtitled.  2015; 80 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!


Sunday-September 20-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!


Foster Dog - Lisa Alonso Vear (Brooklyn, New York)

Awonderful short filmabout a young, disabled dog who gets a new leash on life, with the help of an older, wiser friend. 2015; 14 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Lisa Alonso Vear!

All in Time - Chris Fetchko and Marina Donahue (Summit, New Jersey)

A dramatic comedy about life, love, and passion.  All in Time tells the story of young man named Charlie who decides to move back home to Pennsylvania in order to manage his favorite hometown rock band. His supportive girlfriend shares his love for the band, until struggles within the ensemble force the couple to make choices that will impact their lives forever.  2015; 98 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Directors Chris Fetchko and Marina Donahue!


Friday-September 25-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!

Be Now -
Graham Atkins-Hughes (London, England)
A gripping short film that plays out in a young woman’s mind.   As the present moment jumbles with fragments of what happened the night before, she's close to something like madness. 2015; 7 min.

Däwit - David Jansen & Sophie Biesenbach (Hamburg, Germany)
In this animated short, a boy is rescued from his violent father and grows up among wolves. As he grows into adulthood he embarks on a quest to find his own identity. 2015; 15 min.

It Plays Like Love-
Jeremy Waltman and Adam Lucas (Young Harris, Georgia)
A witty and inventive feature film, about a theatre director who hopes to prove that love existed by recreating it on the stage. The movie weaves together four narrative threads:  the rehearsals for the play; the director's memories of the past (which are unreliable, at best); a dinner party with his frustrated cast; and cast auditions (shot with real actors opening up about their love lives).  With its mix of scripted drama, honest confessions, timeless questions, confusion, and humor, It Plays Like Love adds up to an experience greater than the sum of its parts. 2015; 71 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Directors Jeremy Waltman and Adam Lucas!


Sunday-September 27-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! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Office of Disability Services!


Catching Up - Bill Crossland (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

A physically disabled high school teacher seeks assistance from his cynical friend after falling in love with an able-bodied co-worker. A funny and dramatic examination of disability, sex, and love. 2015; 11 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Bill Crossland!

Right Footed - Nick Spark (Los Angeles, California)

Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe in limitations.  She is now a certified airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for the disabled. Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nick Spark, Right Footed chronicles her extraordinary story and follows her over a period of two years, as she works on behalf of disabled children and adults in the U.S. and abroad. 2015; 80 min.


Friday-October 2-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!

Stream: Explore The Unseen - Roman De Giuli (Nuremberg, Germany)

A stunningly beautiful experimental film that reveals colorful particles which are invisible to the naked eye.  Let your mind float and travel in this microscopic cinematic universe! 2015; 5 min.

Matryoshka - Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu (Valencia, California)

Touched with magical realism, this film centers upon Mathew, who is trying to figure out why his brother became a murderer. As he comes to realize that his brother was trapped in his own thinking, Mathew fantasizes that he has entered and can break out of that same cage. 2015; 13 min.

The Moment: Bonnaroo - Reuben Meltzer (Cairnlea, Victoria, Australia)

Roaming back stage, onto the stage, and through the crowds of dancing, delirious music fans, this documentary about the Bonnaroo music festival combines on-site interviews with live performances from well known and yet-to-be-discovered bands. 2015; 107 min.  With an introduction and Q+A session with Cinematographer and Assistant Director Vincent Torretta!


Saturday-October 3-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!

Matterspacetime - Kiira Benzing (Ridgewood, New Jersey)

Bodies pulse and blur dimensions as they connect space and time. Rhythms of Nature take over the form. Organic sound crosses in and out of a choral landscape. Nature is king but also polluted by mankind. Re-photographed on Super8mm and hand processed, Matterspacetime questions the matter and form of film.  2015; 9 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Kiira Benzing!
Lords of BSV - Maria Soccor (Union, New Jersey)
Hailing from Bed Stuy, Brooklyln,  Brukup is an exhilarating dance form that a group of young men and women follow like a religion, but it is also one that they continually re-invent. Using the foundation of the Brukup movement to enhance their free-form style of dance, they seek to escape the street life, and to become The Lords of BSV. 2015; 79 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Maria Soccor!
Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!


Sunday-October 4-Voorhees Hall #105-4:15PM $10; $9; $8
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!

Archie’s Betty - Gerald Peary (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
In this compelling new documentary film, a devoted fan searches for the real-life people behind the characters in Archie Comics, the influential comic strip still popular almost 75 years after its creation. Were Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, and Jughead based on actual students who attended high school with Bob Montana, the original Archie cartoonist, in the town of Haverhill, Massachusetts? Moreover, is the real Betty, the original blonde bombshell, still alive? 2015; 69 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Gerald Peary and Betty Tokar!


Suday-October 4-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 – Part 1

Weed - Stephen Kaiser-Pendergrast (Stockholm, New Jersey)

While spending the weekend with his estranged son, a man who can sense the thoughts and feelings of plants encounters a menacing, dangerous weed. 2015; 19 min.

Mommy - Stephen Bodossian (Montclair, New Jersey)

In this twisted comedy, George and his best friend Stanley become obsessed with Stanley's mother's past, after George hears her distinct and unmistakable laugh in a porn video from the '80s. 2015; 22 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Stephen Bodossian!

75-0 The Documentary - Venanzio Cortese (Towaco, New Jersey)

A multi-layered documentary about the impact of winning and losing in youth sports, that centers on the 1966 Verona High School Varsity football team, which set an all-time New Jersey state record by losing 32 games in a row, including a 75-0 loss to the powerhouse Madison High. Featuring interviews with players and
sports psychologists, alongside original game footage, the film culminates with a reunion between the players from Verona and Madison, who last met 47 years ago on the field. 2014; 46 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Venanzio Cortese!


Friday-October 9-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 – Part 2

Necropolis - Marc Reed (Lambertville, New Jersey)

"Necropolis" is Ancient Greek for "City of the Dead". In this experimental short film, time-lapse cinematography is used to bring the dead back to life. 2015; 4 min.

Pieces of Belmar - Zack Morrison (East Brunswick, New Jersey)
A short film about a young girl who goes on a journey through her Hurricane Sandy-torn town, along the Jersey Shore, and re-discovers what it really means to come home. 2015; 6 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Zack Morrison!
The Tip - Daniel Linke (Towaco, New Jersey)
Two guys chatting in a diner are in a film about two guys chatting in a diner. 2015; 9 min.

Rowen - Josh Rubenstein (Morris Plains, New Jersey)

A well-respected, but terminally ill, novelist embarks on one final adventure. He abandons his current life, hoping to find inspiration for his new novel. 2015; 19 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Josh Rubenstein!

Casting Couch - Tobi Sigona and Keith St. Lawrence (East Brunswick, New Jersey)

Your dreams might not always match up with your reality. This is a story about an aspiring young actress and a wishful writer who somehow manage to make a connection with each other despite all that. 2015; 34 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Directors Tobi Sigona and Keith St. Lawrence!


Sunday-October 11-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!

Best of the 2015 New Jersey International Film Festival – Part 1

U H F
– 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.Honorable Mention Winner!

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. Honorable Mention Winner!
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. Winner Best Feature! With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Saul Pincus!
Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!


Friday-October 16-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!
Best of the 2015 New Jersey International Film Festival – Part 2

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. Winner Best Short!

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 farm...in the middle of nowhere...to 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. Winner Best Student Film!

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. Winner Best Documentary! With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Tim Jackson!


Sunday-October 18-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!
Best of the 2015 New Jersey International Film Festival – Part 3

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.Honorable Mention Winner!

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. Honorable Mention Winner!Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!




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

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 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 Office of Academic Engagement and Programming, The Rutgers University American Studies Department; The Rutgers University Office of Disability Services; 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 Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; 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: Jason Redlitz, Molly Rich and Andrew Zrebiec
Volunteers/Interns: Lauren Caputo, Olympia Christofinis, Suraj Ganguly, Lindsay Haddox, Julia Hernandez, Chris Hammarberg, Kelly Hannavi, Dylan Parlow, Shannon Ray, Morgan Sanguedolce, Eden Sapir, Heejae Shin, Ezekiel Tek, Joseph Tierney, Heather Van Ness, Steven Yurovsky
Advisors:  Bob Brodsky, Dr. John Belton, 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 Film Festival Fall 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: Cycle by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2015.