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The New Jersey Film Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary and Announces Spring 2012 Lineup


(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, is proud to present the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2012 which marks our 30th Anniversary. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2012 will feature over 50 film screenings.

All the works that we are screening, with the exception of five programs, are part of the New Jersey Film Festival competition and were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 31 finalists which will be publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from over 312 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges will choose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director. Prize winners will be announced after the screenings on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Film Premieres:
Over 50 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere (Middlesex County) screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2012 and the United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival. Some of these include: Derek Lindeman's very dark romantic comedy Calendar Girl; Dena Seidel's inspiring film Thailand Untapped; acclaimed filmmaker Aubrey Powell's eye-opening and exhilarating documentary The Bull Runners of Pamplona; Gary P. Cohen, Paul Kaye, and Jann Kniskern's Halloweenville - a vibrant documentary about the intensity with which Halloween is celebrated in Lambertville, New Jersey; Dan Bush's brilliantly surreal short Ghosts of Old Highways; My Left Hand Man -- a superb short by Antonia Bogdanovich (daughter of acclaimed Hollywood director Peter Bogdanovich); Scooter Downey's amazing feature It's In The Blood starring Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Right Stuff); Ian Douglass and Eric Fulford's Day At The Pool - an enthralling documentary about the true origins of modern skateboarding; James Boldiston's hilarious documentary Dog Poo; Frank Lisi's sexy home grown feature The Red Corvette; Jason M. Solomon's documentary 7 Years Underground: A 60's Tale which focuses on the legendary Cafe Au Go-Go; Bryan Enk's compelling feature The Big Bad; Sky Pinnick's terrific wine documentary Boom Varietal and many, many others. For more information on these premiere screenings see the attached schedule or go to our online site at www.njfilmfest.com.

23rd Annual United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival:
Also during the Spring 2012 season, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC will present the 23rd anniversary of the United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival -- the longest running, nationally recognized, juried 8mm Film/Video Festival in North and South America. Each of the three evenings (February 17-19, 2012 in Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University) will feature a different program of films from throughout the USA, Canada, and the world. Over 200 filmmakers are competing for many Best of prizes. Prize winners are announced on the last night of the Festival and audience members will vote for their favorite film. The Super 8 Festival is open to works predominantly shot on either Super 8/8mm film, Hi8/8mm video and/or Digital Video. This program is being co-sponsored by Eastman Kodak, Jungle Software, Pro 8mm, PAC Lab, Gorilla Software, Johnson & Johnson, and many others. A complete festival line-up will be listed on our website at www.njfilmfest.com by February 10, 2012.

Special Guest Appearances by Directors, Artists, and Actors:
This fall we are pleased to announce over twenty-five confirmed special guest appearances by film directors, producers, and actors to the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2012! All visiting directors will introduce their work and do a Question and Answer session after the screenings. For more information on these special guest appearances see the attached schedule or go to our online site at www.njfilmfest.com. Note: more filmmakers will be appearing but were not able to confirm their attendance at this time. So check our website for updated information.

Special 30th Anniversary Promotions and Events:
-Free limited edition New Jersey Film Festival T-Shirts (normally $20 each!) will be given out to the first 30 patrons each evening during the Opening Weekend!
-Free Food at the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2012 during the Second Weekend courtesy of Jimmy John's of New Brunswick.
-Free limited edition Seat Cushions (normally $20 each!) will be given out to the first 25 patrons each evening during the Third Weekend!

Classic/Experimental Films Highlight Thursday Evening Screenings plus a Special Screening:
Classic and rare experimental film screenings will take place on select Thursday evenings. They include: Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer on January 26; Films by Stan Brakhage on February 23; and Seconds on March 1. Also we will presenting along with the Rutgers Alumni Association The Help -- A Movie Screening and Historical Discussion. With introductions by Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean Doug Greenberg and an in-depth discussion by Professor White of the Rutgers University History Department. $15 cost includes in depth analysis of the movie, pre-movie reception, and a Rutgers souvenir. For more information on these special screenings see the attached schedule or go to our online site at www.njfilmfest.com.

Film/Video Workshops:
In addition, the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center will offer 5 of our very popular film/video workshops, taught by professionals, during the spring. They include: Screenwriting I; Filmmaking I; The Film Business: Legal Aspects of the Motion Picture Business; Mastering Audio For General Production Work, and How To Raise Money For Film & Video Projects. For more information on these workshops see the attached schedule or go to our online site at www.njfilmfest.com.

Sponsors: The New Jersey Film Festivalsm Spring 2012 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; Eastman Kodak; Johnson & Johnson; New Jersey Books; WCTC/WMGQ; The Home News Tribune; 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; Rutgers University Alumni Association; Jungle Software; New Brunswick City Market; Showbiz Software; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; The Rutgers University Enhanced Classroom Support Department; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.

Information:
Albert Gabriel Nigrin, Executive Director, Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC
72 Lipman Drive 018 Loree Hall, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1414
Phone : (732)932-8482 Fax : (732)932-1935; E-mail: njmac@aol.com; www.njfilmfest.com




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. 
"Mother Of All Secrets" To Screen At Golden Door International Film Festival
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The Golden Door Film Festival is hosting a red carpet screening of the female-led thriller, Mother of All Secrets, on Friday, September 21 at Landmark Loew’s Theatre with several stars in attendance. The movie, which was entirely shot in Bermuda, stars Emmy award-winner Kate Mansi, Top Gun star Kelly McGillis, Real Housewives of New York LuAnn de Lesseps, Brooke Burfitt and local Jersey actor Sean Stolzen. 
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.
Hopewell Theater Offers Crybaby and Family Matinees
(HOPEWELL, NJ) -- Hopewell Theater is presenting a special monthly movie matinee, “Crybaby Matinee” just for parents and little ones. Toddlers as well as babes-in-arms, infants in strollers and carriers are all welcome to attend. These special Thursday morning screenings offer a sensory-friendly environment – lights are turned up, sound is turned down, and talking and noise is allowed. Latecomers are admitted and guests can move around. The matinees are a fun and affordable option for families, tickets are $6.00 and babes-in-arms, infants in strollers and carriers are admitted free. Hopewell Theater is also offering Saturday “Family Matinees” one Saturday a month, featuring screenings of new and classic films that families with older children can enjoy. Tickets are $6.00 per person.


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.






Event calendar
Thursday, Sep 20, 2018


MUSIC

ELI YOUNG BAND WITH CODY BRYAN @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

CELTIC THUNDER X @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

Lost 80's Live @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Citizen Cope @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

ICON 2018: ELIMINATION ROUND 2 @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

Linda Eder @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm and 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 - 7:30pm

Auditions for Seussical at CDC Theatre @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 7:00pm

Playhouse 22's Third-Thursday Play Reading Series @ Playhouse 22, East Brunswick - 7:30pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Opening Reception @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 6:00pm

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

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 8:00pm


FILM

New Jersey Film Festival @ Ruth Adams Building #001, New Brunswick - 6:00pm


KIDS

Crybaby Matinee: The Triplets of Belleville @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

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