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New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2012 Schedule Announced

originally published: 08/21/2012

(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 Fall 2012 which marks our 31st Anniversary. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2012 will feature over 60 film screenings. The Festival will run from September 13 through November 2.

All the works that we are screening, with the exception of three 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 21 finalists which will be publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from over 223 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges will choose the Prize Winners (including over $5,000 in prizes) in conjunction with the Festival Director. Prize winners will be announced after the screenings on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Film Premieres:
Over 25 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere (Middlesex County) screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2012. Some of these include: Georges Melies's restored A Trip to the Moon and the documentary The Extraordinary Voyage which focuses on Melies's film career; Erik Canuel's Barrymore, a new feature film starring Academy-Award winner Christopher Plummer on legendary actor John Barrymore;
David Spaltro's highly acclaimed independent feature Things I Don't Understand, Peter Simonite and Annie Gunn's stunning short film reanimates the past through the lens of the ubiqitous 1950s family camera; Megan Peterson and John Douglas Sinclair's Heathens & Thieves -- a stark and engrossing western crime drama set during the 1849 Gold Rush; Rubaiyat Hossain's Meherjaan -- a deeply moving, expertly crafted and controversial feature film from Bangladesh; Thibaut Duverneix and Victor Quijada's beautiful short dance film Gravity of Center; Mark Bacci's Five Hours South -- an unconventional dance movie from Italy; Diane Ciccone's short documentary An Act of Faith profiles the members of three churches, and their pioneering efforts to create housing for African-Americans in Princeton, New Jersey; Kevin Couliau and Robert Garcia Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an enthralling feature-length documentary that explores the history and culture of pick-up basketball in New York City; Megan Hessenthaler‘s One Brooklyn Boat -- a short documentary about a man lives on a houseboat built as an experiment in urban sustainability in Brooklyn, New York; Leigha Cohen's 99% Solution -- an insightful documentary connects the dots between the world's water crisis, global warming, and the privatization of water worldwide, to local water battles in New Jersey and the relentless expansion of hydraulic fracking; Cathy Lee Crane's Pasolini's Last Words -- an impressionistic biography that seeks to penetrate into what Pasolini himself called “the material presence” of poetry. For more information on these films see the attached schedule or go to our online site at www.njfilmfest.com.

Special Guest Appearances by Directors, Artists, and Actors:
This fall we are pleased to announce over ten confirmed special guest appearances by film/video directors, artists, and actors to the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2012! All short film visiting directors will introduce their work and all feature film visiting filmmakers will 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 Promotions and Events:
-Jimmy John's of New Brunswick will be providing free sandwiches prior to the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2012 Screenings on September 14, 15, 21, 23, 28 and 29! Free Movie Posters will be given out to the first 30 patrons prior to the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2012 Screenings on October 5 and 7! Repeat Screenings of the Best of the 2012 New Jersey International Film Festival on October 12, 18, 19 and 21 by popular demand!
-Free Screenings on October 26, 27, 28 and November 2, 2012!

Experimental Films Highlight Thursday evening screenings
Classic and rare experimental film screenings will take place on select Thursday evenings. Some of these include the surrealist masterpiece Dreams That Money Can Buy by Hans Richter, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and others; a new 16mm print of Bruce Conner's short film Cosmic Ray; and films by Sidney Peterson, Bruce Baillie, Shirley Clarke, Hollis Frampton and many others. For more information on these special screenings see the attached schedule or go to our online site at www.njfilmfest.com.

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Sponsors: The New Jersey Film Festival Fall 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; the Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers); The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society - a program of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, the Rutgers Middle Eastern Studies Program; 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 Middle Eastern Studies Program; Eastman Kodak; Johnson & Johnson; New Jersey Books; WCTC/WMGQ; The Home News Tribune;; Jungle Software; New Brunswick City Market; Media Services/Showbiz Software; Footage Firm; 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.

Albert Gabriel Nigrin, Executive Director, Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC
72 Lipman Drive 018 Loree Hall, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1414
Phone : (848) 932-8482 Fax : (732)932-1935; E-mail: njmac@aol.com; www.njfilmfest.com

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