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 2014

Screening Schedule

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Cover Art: Grid/Lock 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 Fall 2014 Screenings on September 12, 14, 19, 21, 28; October 3, 5, 11, 12!
-Free Parking in Rutgers University lots near the screening space!

Thursday-September 11-Ruth Adams Building #001-6PM $10; $9; $8

George Méliès Retrospective

George Méliès was a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for his technical and narrative achievements in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès, a prolific innovator in the use of special effects, was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves and hand-painted color in his work. Tonight, we will screen new prints of his classic films A Trip To The Moon (1902), The Impossible Voyage (1904), The Rubber Head (1902), among others. The visionary and ground-breaking films of Méliès received richly-deserved and renewed attention, following the release of Martin Scorsese’s feature film Hugo. 70 min.


Friday-September 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!


Bereavement - Natasha Kermani (New York, New York)

A dark comedy about closure, in memory of three cats, one dog, a cockatoo, and a beloved uncle. 2014; 7 min.

Waking Marshall Walker - Gabriel Baron and Bjorn Thorstad
(Los Angeles, Califonia)
A beautiful short film about a father in mourning, trapped between the past and the present, this life and the next. Driven by unshakable premonitions, his daughter Charlotte risks everything to save her father and return him to the moment before everything important started to disappear. 2013; 15 min.

The Jokes On You - Adrian Colon and Ron Saunders, Jr. (Hamilton, New Jersey)

An up-and-coming comedian faces his anxieties and his past. 2014; 25 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Directors Adrian Colon and Ron Saunders, Jr.!

Leaving Circadia  - Evan Mathew Weinstein (Sayreville, New Jersey)

This independent feature film follows the misadventures of Tom, a slacker superintendent in a Brooklyn apartment building, and his only slightly more responsible buddies, as they try to navigate the transition from their happy-go-lucky twenties to the often harsh reality of adulthood in their thirties. Starring Christian Coulson from Harry Potter, Joseph R. Gannascoli from The Sopranos, Ashley Williams from Human Centipede, Larisa Polonsky(a Rutgers Grad) from Chicago Fire, and Michael Cerveris (from Fox's Fringe and HBO's Treme). 2014; 86 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director/Actor Evan Mathew Weinstein and other members of the cast and crew!


Sunday-September 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!

How you doin' boy? Voicemails from Gran'pa - William D. Caballero (Newark, New Jersey)

A short animation about a grandfather who leaves a series of hilarious, unanswered voice-mails for his grandson. 2013; 4 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director William D. Caballero!

The Rule - Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno (Newark, New Jersey)

This new film, from Newark-based filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, follows on their highly acclaimed documentary, Revolution ’67, which won the Grand Prize at our 2007 New Jersey International Film Festival.  Here, the Bongiornos follow a group of Benedictine monks, who work in the heart of Newark, and achieve amazing success with the vulnerable population that they serve: inner city African-American and Latino teenagers. While Newark has a staggering poverty rate of 32%, and an abysmal high school graduation rate, St. Benedict's Prep has a near 100% college acceptance rate. The "recipe for success" at St. Benedict’s Prep can serve as a model for urban school districts nationwide. 2014; 90 min.  With Special Guests to be announced!


Friday-September 19-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!

Spirit of Negation - Alexander Kuribayashi (Princeton, New Jersey)

Set during the Civil War, this atmospheric short film follows a boy as he tries to escape a world of violence. 2014; 14 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Alexander Kuribayashi!

N+N - Yan Chi Lai (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
In this charming, heartfelt feature film from Hong Kong, a wise grandpa and his witty young granddaughter walk hand in hand, planting bamboo shoots as they go, while their own home in a rural village is being torn down to give way to a high-speed railway.  In the course of their journey, they meet others whose lives are also jeopardized by this so-called development.  Their meditative quest is inspired by their determination to hold onto the city's collective memory and to honor every living tree. In Cantonese, subtitled. 2014; 94 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University!


Sunday-September 21-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
First 50 patrons will receive a free original Batman print signed and numbered by graphic artist Morgan Glenn Stephenson!
Special Introduction by Asbury Park Press Writer Alex Biese!
Free Food courtesy of Jimmy Johns will be given out prior to this screening of the New Jersey Film Festival!

Light Divides the Square - Kimberly Burleigh (Cincinnati, Ohio)

This hypnotic film follows in the tradition of experimental cinema and abstract animation. It features “rippling caustics,” or refracted light patterns, created through a 3D animation program.
2012; 5 min.

Balcony (Ballkoni) - Lendita Zeqiraj (Pristina, Kosovo)

A 10-year-old boy is sitting on the edge of a balcony in a four-story building. Neighbors and passers-by, terrified by this situation, call the police and firefighters for help. This amazing short film makes remarkable use of the technical aspects of filmmaking for the explicit purpose of servicing story and character, as the entire scenario unfolds within one single take, without cuts or edits. In Albanian, subtitled. 2013; 20 min.

Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio -Ryan Douglass & Sara Leavitt, with Michael Gira, Brian Viglione, Bill Laswell, JG Thirlwell(Brooklyn, New York)

For over 30 years, Martin Bisi has recorded music from his studio in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood.  Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock, Sonic Youth, Swans, Angels of Light, John Zorn, Foetus and the Dresden Dolls, are some of the many musicians and bands who have recorded albums in Bisi’s factory building located alongside the Gowanus Canal. However, the future of the recording studio is now in question, as it is being squeezed in by the encroaching gentrification of the neighborhood.  Featuring interviews with Michael Gira of Swans, Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls, Bob Bert, who played on Sonic Youth's Bad Moon Rising, Bill Laswell of Material, JG Thirlwell aka Foetus, and Michael Holman of Gray. 2014; 71 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Sara Leavitt and Martin Bisi!


Thursday-September 25-Ruth Adams Building #001-6PM $10; $9; $8

Experimental Films by László Moholy Nagy

Besides paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the irrepressible and multi-talented Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy began to create photograms, photographic images made without a camera, as well as camera photographs in the early 1920s. From 1923 to 1928 he taught at the Bauhaus design school in Weimar and Dessau, Germany. In1928 he began to make kinetic  short experimental films. Tonight’s program will include some of these works. They are: Light Play in Black and White, Lobsters, Berlin Still Life, Impressions of Marseille and others.


Sunday-September 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!


Deuce Ex Machina - Daniel Priore (Jersey City, New Jersey)

A man discovers his new refrigerator can magically duplicate its contents. He uses the opportunity to make some improvements to his life--but not without consequences. 2014; 6 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Daniel Priore!

Employees Must Wash Hands - Kahil Maskati (Edison, New Jersey)

A despondent young man finds guidance in the men’s room. 2014; 8 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Kahil Maskati!

The Black Butterflies (Les Papillons Noirs) - Antoine Blanchet (Paris, France)

Twenty-year old Cleo is taken by her boyfriend to meet a healer, which leads her to take a journey she could not have foreseen. In French, subtitled. 2014; 17 min.

The Grounds - Peter O'Melia (Pasadena, California)

Calvin, an alcoholic wastrel, is forced to find a new job after he is fired from his grounds-keeping job at a golf course. After scaring away other potential applicants, he is hired to tend the grounds of a hillside mansion occupied by Jack, a heartbroken guy. The two bond over their shared inclination to numb and preoccupy their minds rather than confront the pains of their past. When they can no longer run from their problems, their wills, and friendship, are truly tested. 2014; 87 min.


Thursday-October 2-Ruth Adams Building #001-6PM $10; $9; $8

American Experimental Films - Part 1
            

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.


Friday-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!


Hope on the Horizon
- Donna York  (Basking Ridge, New Jersey)
Four hikers set out to summit the 48 highest peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in a single trip, to raise awareness and funding for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). This intimate documentary film showcases the stunning beauty and rugged terrain of the White Mountains, which serve as a compelling context in which to honor the challenges that ALS patients and their loved ones overcome every day. 2013; 26 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Directorand Producer Donna York!

Dog Down - John Le Blanc (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

An inspiring documentary about discarded dogs who are given a second chance, under the care of inmates in a state penitentiary. In parallel, the inmates are transformed by the dogs’ unconditional love. Men, once hardened to the world, begin to soften inside as they realize they can have a positive impact. Everyone benefits, as dogs are placed in loving homes and their new families gain a well-trained companion; likewise, these men are better prepared for life after their release from prison.  2013; 46 min.With an introduction and Q+A session by DirectorJohn Le Blanc and Producer Kathleen Long! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)!


Sunday-October 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!


Prituri Se Plainata - Samantha Chandler (Forked River, New Jersey)

This intriguing animation short was shot on the filmmaker’s i-phone. 2014; 2 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Samantha Chandler!

Take It However You Like – Matt Riddle (Piscataway, New Jersey)
A hilarious short film about a film festival in which the judges are faceless, the films are familiar, and the game is shrouded in doubt. 2014; 8 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Matt Riddle!

Dunes Atlantic - Christopher Pettoni (Brooklyn, New York)

In this touching short film, a middle-aged owner of a diner and a young drifter meet by chance and form an unlikely bond over the course of one night, as they wander the sidewalks and deserted dunes of the Jersey Shore. 2014; 15 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Christopher Pettoni!

Love Express - Patrick Chen (Woodside, New York)

Featuring stunning cinematography, and a captivating story, this short film takes place on the 7 train that runs from Manhattan to Queens. One night, returning home from the city, Ryan finds himself sitting across a mysterious and heart broken young woman. He takes a chance to reach out and console her. This sparks the question...who is she, and why is she weeping? In Mandarin Chinese, subtitled. 2014; 18 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Director Patrick Chen!

She Wolf - Alex Topaller and  Daniel Shapiro (Ridgewood, New Jersey)

Feeling indirectly responsible for the death of a Hollywood actress, a celebrity photographer runs off into the wilderness, only to confront the actress again, as a shape shifter among wolves. 2013; 18 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Directors Alex Topaller and  Daniel Shapiro!
Lydia's Story - Nan Bress (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
A moving documentary about Lydia Rohowich Zakrewsky, who recalls her girlhood in Belarus after the Nazis invaded in World War II, and mercilessly executed her family members and other villagers. Following her harrowing escape from Belarus, Lydia then recounts her dangerous trek across Germany in advance of the Red Army, her life in a refugee camp, her immigration to the US, and her eventual return visit to her native village. 2014; 30 min. With an introduction and Q+A session by Producers Heather Fenyk and Alex Zakrewsky as well as Lydia Zakrewsky!


Saturday-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 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival
- Part 1

The Innovator
– Sean McCarthy (San Jose, California)
In this animated short, a boy with special powers pays a visit to No Creativity Park, the land imagination forgot. 2014; 2 min.
Winner of the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival Best Animated Film!
Lies I Told My Little Sister – William J. Stribling (Union, New Jersey)

A deeply felt and expertly acted independent feature about the blood ties that bind us to the past. Traumatized by the death of her oldest sister, a globe-trotting nature photographer is guilted into taking a family trip to Cape Cod, along with the younger sister she used to torment. Amid recriminations, revelations, a very strange shopkeeper and the inklings of a romance, they square off against the patterns of childhood and tentatively move toward reconciliation. Starring 2014; 98 min.
Winner of the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival Best Feature Film!


Sunday-October 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!

Best of the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival - Part 2

The Sound – Sacha Iskra (New York, New York)

In this innovative short film, a man experiences his world primarily through the sounds of New York City. When he makes a critical decision to protect the woman he loves, the urban soundscape turns from a musical score into an indictment of his choices. 2014; 14 min.
Winner of the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival Best Short Film!

My Most Handsome Monster – Madsen Minax (Houston, Texas)

In this experimental short about consensual bondage play, performance video, text and narration, archival family footage, and landscape meditation reveal the dynamics of erotic power. 2014; 13 min.
Winner of the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival Best Experimental Film!
Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck 5 – Jenni Matz (Los Angeles, California)

An intimate and fiery rock documentary tracing the rise and fall of Rye Coalition, a band of five childhood friends from New Jersey. From their first years and endless late nights spent blasting through basement shows and dive-bar gigs, to signing a major record deal right when the music industry imploded, Rye Coalition endured the nightmares and sustained the dream of playing their music their way, disbelievers and haters be damned. 2014; 77 min.
Winner of the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival Best Documentary Film!



Thursday-October 16-Ruth Adams Building #001-6PM $10; $9; $8

American Experimental Films - Part 1
            

Discover a wide array of American experimental films from the 1940s through the 1960s.  Tonight’s program will feature films by Bruce Baillie, Bruce Conner, Andy Warhol, Jem Cohen, and others. 80 min.


ADDED SCREENING!
Friday-November 21-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM FREE

A Whisper To A Roar - Ben Moses
            

A Whisper to a Roar is an riveting American documentary film made by Ben Moses and inspired by the work of Larry Diamond. The film chronicles the fight for democracy in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe, and includes animated segments narrated by British actor Alfred Molina. 2013; 96 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) as part of International Education Week 2014!



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 Fall 2014 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; 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;   The Rutgers University History 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 2014 Staff

Executive Director/Curator: Albert Gabriel Nigrin
Office and House Managers: Stephen Dovidas, Matt Riddle, Molly Rich, and Andrew Zrebiec
Volunteers/Interns: Lauren Caputo, Olympia Christofinis, Jennifer Coard, Jessica Dotson, Sam Green, Paige Morton, Paige Navalny, Robert Piserchia, Eden Sapir, Rob Torres, 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: Grid/Lock  by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2014.