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New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 Preview

originally published: 08/25/2018

New Jersey Film Festival  Fall 2018 Preview

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 runs from September 14 to October 26 on the Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, animation, experimental and short subjects, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 will feature over 30 film screenings.  

The Festival runs on select Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings. Many of the films include post screening Q&A sessions with the director, producer, or stars of the film.  For the complete schedule visit www.NJFilmFest.comHere is a look at the screenings for September.


Friday, September 14 - Voorhees Hall #105 at 7:00pm

Whoever Was Using This Bed - Andrew Marc Kotatko  (Annandale, NSW, Australia) Starring an internationally acclaimed cast, including Jean-Marc Barr, Radha Mitchell, and Jane Birkin, this taut, psychological drama is based on a short story by Raymond Carver. When a husband and wife are woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call, they find themselves drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. 2018; 25 min.

Funny Story - Michael Gallagher (Beverly Hills, CA).  A tragicomedy about the ties that bind us. After years of being a neglectful father, a womanizing TV star decides to crash his estranged daughter’s vacation.  As it confronts the destructive power of narcissism, Funny Story moves to celebrate the healing power of forgiveness, and the joy of taking part in karaoke after a round of tequila shots. 2018; 85 min.


Saturday, September 15 - Voorhees Hall #105 at 7:00pm

Soot - Drake Woodall (Brooklyn, NY) In this beautifully eerie short film, a woman waits for the return of her long absent husband. 2018; 14 min.



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It’s A Mess - Frank Prinzi (New York, NY) Both a modern-day fairytale, and an ode to the solitude of New York City.  As it enters the night-worlds inhabited by a  homeless man with a troubled past (played by Vincent D’Onofrio), and by two young sisters with a dark secret, it unfolds as a study of the loneliness that comes from knowing that innocence and evil are separated by a fine mist that dissipates after sunset. 2018; 29 min. With a Q+A Session by Director Frank Prinzi

The Luring - Christopher Wells (Brooklyn, NY) In this compelling
psychological thriller, a man tries to recover a lost memory about something that took place on his tenth birthday. 2018; 109 min. With a Q+A Session by Director Christopher Wells and Producer Brian Berg as well as members of the cast and crew.  Read our in New Jersey Stage magazine.


Sunday, September 16 - Voorhees Hall #105 at 7:00pm

PM - Greg Robbins (Weehawken, NJ) A jogger searching for cheap thrills stumbles upon something more exhilarating. 2018; 4 min.

Piano - Brendan Walsh (Tuckerton, NJ) In this touching short film, a piano technician arrives at a house for a scheduled tuning at a fateful moment. 2018; 5 min.

Broken Lullaby - Bill McGarvey and Stella Rosen (Hoboken, NJ) Musical notes come to life in this charming animated film. 2018; 3 min.

Icons - Ronnie Cramer (Denver, CO) Experience 500 years of world art in five minutes! Made up of 2,500 individual drawings, rendered with a nylon-tip pen, this dazzling animated film also features a musical soundtrack created by the artist-director. 2018; 5 min.

Divert Lea - Michael Obiazi (Brooklyn, NY) A family with special powers is on the verge of being captured by an evil organization. What is the best way to survive--to run? Or to stay and fight? 2018; 9 min. With a Q+A Session by Director Michael Obiazi!

New Jersey Film Festival  Fall 2018 Preview

Onikuma - Alessia Cechet (Soquel, CA) Combining live action with stop motion, this short, animated film tells the story of two women who, after wandering in the snow, learn that demons can appear in different forms. 2018; 12 min.

Hi-Five the Cactus - Christopher Allan Thomas (Philadelphia, PA) The inhabitants of a small desert town suffer a devastating drought. Their only hope lies with an old cactus lovingly named Hi-Five.  Can Hi-Five’s selfless sacrifice keep this dusty town alive? 2018; 12 min.

My Tourette’s - Alessandro Molatore (Mexico City, Mexico) This compassionate documentary follows five individuals struggling with the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome: ticks, jerks, and painful, uncontrollable bodily and verbal disruptions. For Isabella, Nick, Alex, Carysa, and Marc, Tourette’s has presented a life of isolation and prejudice, depriving them of their dreams and aspirations. Yet, hope is not lost, researchers might have a solution. 2018; 75 min.


Thursday, September 20 - Ruth Adams Bldg 1 at 6:00pm

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer - Thom Anderson This much-lauded documentary celebrates the work of the photographer and cinema pioneer Eadweard Muybridge.  Assisted by filmmaker Morgan Fisher, Andersen re-photographed and then animated more than 3,000 of Muybridge’s sequential images, giving new life to the experiments that Muybridge conducted at the end of the nineteenth century.   

Andersen’s documentary is that rare feat of filmmaking:  it works as film criticism, and also as an investigation of cinema’s primordial years, when moving pictures, as a new medium of artistic representation, were being invented.  1975; 64 min. 

Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University American Studies Department and the Zimmerli Art Museum.

New Jersey Film Festival  Fall 2018 Preview


Friday, September 21 - Voorhees Hall #105 at 7:00pm

Sac De Merde - Greg Chwerchak (New York, NY) Based on a true story, this kooky comedy tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. 2018; 13 min.

You Go To My Head - Dimitri de Clercq (Ghent, Belgium) In a desolate stretch of the Sahara desert, a mysterious car accident leaves a young woman lost and alone.  When Jake, a reclusive architect, finds her unconscious, he drives her to the nearest doctor, to discover that she’s suffering from post-traumatic amnesia. Intoxicated by the woman’s beauty, Jake claims to be her husband, and takes her to his remote desert home to recuperate. As she struggles to figure out who she really is, Jake invents an elaborate life they can share. But when shreds of her own past begin to surface, Jake increasingly lives in fear of losing the love of his life.  2018; 116 min. Q&A with Dimitri de Clercq.

New Jersey Film Festival  Fall 2018 Preview


Sunday, September 23 - Voorhees Hall #105 at 7:00pm

Love, Work and Knowledge: The Life and Trials of Wilhelm Reich - Glenn Orkin and Kevin T. Hinchey (New York, NY)  Four days before the outbreak of World War ll, Dr. Wilhelm Reich, a prominent Austrian psychiatrist and an outspoken anti-Nazi, arrived in New York to teach at the New School for Social Research. Yet, despite his university position, and his renown, four U.S. government agencies moved to censor Reich’s work. His books and research journals were banned by a Federal Court order in the 1950’s.  Integrating primary materials, scholarly interviews, and eye-witness accounts, Love, Work, and Knowledge: The Life and Trials of Wilhelm Reich, presents a narrative of Reich’s life and work, to explore the events that led up to this heinous example of censorship in America. 2018; 100 min.  With a Post-Screening Panel Discussion.

New Jersey Film Festival  Fall 2018 Preview


Friday, September 28 - Voorhees Hall #105 at 7:00pm

The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World - Annamaria Talas (Newport, NSW, Australia) An incredible story about fungi—organisms that made life on land possible.  By studying fungi in the context of evolution and natural history, scientists are making extraordinary, new discoveries about these life-forms. 2018; 53 min.

Rodents Of Unusual Size - Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer (San Francisco, CA) Thomas Gonzales, a Louisiana fisherman, doesn’t know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat: hordes of 20-pound swamp rats. Known as “nutria,” these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. In this documentary about nature thrown out of balance, and the impact of climate change, it comes down to man vs. rodent. 2018; 71 min.





Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Live in Concert At NJPAC
(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Live in Concert. Don’t miss the fourth installment of Harry Potter in Concert when NJPAC hosts the full-length film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, projected in high-definition on a giant screen, with Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle’s masterful score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm. 
Hopewell Theater To Celebrate Halloween With Fright Fest Week of Horror Films
(HOPEWELL, NJ) -- For an entire week, Hopewell Theater will celebrate Halloween with, Fright Fest, a mini fest of classic Halloween horror films from October 25 - 31, 2018. The slate of films are icons of horror cinema, and will be displayed in all their gory glory on the big screen. 
Golden Door International Film Festival To Present A Screening of "The Pretender"
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- One of the most popular sports films in history is Rocky - a film that mirrors the real life experience of professional boxer Chuck Wepner from Bayonne. A new independent film called The Pretender takes viewers inside the life of Mike Kunda, a “Rocky” fanatic since the movie’s release nearly 40 years ago. The film explores Mike’s fascination with the Rocky Balboa character and how it continues to impact his life, and the lives of others, in interesting and unimaginable ways. The film screens as part of the Golden Door International Film Festival on Sunday, September 23rd at 12:00pm at the Landmark Lowe’s Jersey Theatre (54 Journal Square Plaza) in Jersey City, NJ.
"Therapy, Bro" To Screen At Golden Door Film Festival
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Open Iris Entertainment’s Therapy, Bro will be screened at the Golden Door Film Festival on September 22, at 1:00 PM in The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre. The short comedy film stars Wally Marzano-Lesnevich (Almost Paris), Francesco Nuzzi (Star Crossed Lovers), Heather Brittain O’Scanlon (House Broken), and Garry Pastore (HBO’s The Deuce) and was directed by John Hedlund (Three Minutes to Air).
2018 Westfield International Film Festival To Take Place September 20-23
(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- Anybody can go to a movie theater to watch a film, but the Westfield International Film Festival is bringing movies to the mansion with its sixth season at the James Ward Mansion in downtown Westfield from September 20 - 23, 2018!  The festival will span a four day weekend and will include Q&A sessions with actors and filmmakers, networking opportunities, and red carpet parties.


Michael Gallagher’s terrific comedy Funny Story Premiere’s at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, September 14!
Michael Gallagher’s terrific feature Funny Story Premiere’s at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, September 14!
The Luring: Fear & Neurosis In Vermont
“As a kid, I was always drawn to the darkness,” said filmmaker Christopher Wells.  “I’d think, ‘Why can’t monsters protect me? If I’m friends with the monsters then I don’t have anything to fear.’”
REVIEW: "Searching"
A few weeks ago the body of a 14-year-old schoolgirl was discovered around the corner from where I’m sitting writing this review. Within hours of the tragic discovery, two 13-year-old boys had been arrested. The police had their work simplified by a series of damning posts across social media which pointed to the guilt of the boys in question. Increasingly, when young people go missing or have their lives taken from them, police investigations are now focused more on trawling through the victim’s internet history in search of clues rather than the pavement pounding of old.
REVIEW: "The Children Act"
Earlier this year saw the release of On Chesil Beach, an adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel centered around a wealthy musician who can’t bring herself to have sex with her husband. Now we get The Children Act, an adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel centred around a wealthy musician who can’t bring herself to have sex with her husband. Both are scripted by the novelist himself, and both suggest McEwan should stick to the literary world.
New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 Preview
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 runs from September 14 to October 26 on the Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, animation, experimental and short subjects, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 will feature over 30 film screenings.  The Festival runs on select Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings. For the complete schedule visit www.NJFilmFest.com. Here is a look at the screenings for September.

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Event calendar
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018


MUSIC

Asbury Park Porchfest @ Booskerdoo, Asbury Park - 12:00pm

Carl Chesna & Co. @ Hotel Tides, Asbury Park - 1:00pm

Echoes @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cole Swindell @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

GRUPO NICHE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The History of Motown @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Drake Bell @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

Classic Stones Live feat. The Glimmer Twins @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Opera Theatre of Montclair Presents Hansel and Gretel @ Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair - 4:00pm


Oscar D’León with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

SunDog Band at Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ @ Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ, Paterson - 9:00pm

Celtic Thunder X @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Young Person's Concert @ River Dell Middle School Auditorium, River Edge - 1:00pm


Tigerman record release show for “Descend Into Savagery” @ Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Hubby Jenkins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Incorruptible @ Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township - 8:00pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Theatre Brut Session 2 @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Evita @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Seuls en Scene French Theater Festival - "Claire, Anton et Eux" @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger @ West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction - 8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Assisted Living: The Musical @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 3:00pm


DANCE

SWAN LAKE - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

SOLE Defined @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


LITERATURE

Monthly Saturday Writing Retreats @ Tiferet Journal, Bernardsville - 9:00am

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