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The New Jersey Film Festival Announces Fall 2010 Schedule

(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 2010 which marks our 29th Anniversary. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2010 will feature over 50 film screenings. The Festival will run from September 3 through November 4.

All the works that are screening Friday Sunday are part of the NJ Film Festival were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 38 finalists which will be publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from over 266 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges will choose the Prize Winners (including over $6,000 in prizes) in conjunction with the Festival Director. Prize winners will be announced after the screenings on Thursday, November 4, 2010.

Film Premieres:
Over 30 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere (Middlesex County) screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2010. Some of these include: Shaun Jefford's Beijing Punk - a fascinating documentary on the underground punk music scene in China; Nathaniel Kramer's A Long Haul - a finely realized documentary about a charter boat captain on the East End of Long Island; Michael Gartland and Robert Weiss's Yankeeland: In the Shadow of the Stadium - A delightful and insightful documentary focuses on the final year of the old Yankee Stadium and on the people who bring the stadium to life; Susan Sontag's Promised Lands, her long unseen and only documentary film on the 1973 Yom Kippur War; Rory Owen Delanney's Toxic Soup a very timely and hard-hitting documentary which exposes precisely how corporations get away with polluting the environment; Brian Iglesias's Chosin - documentary on the battle during the Korean War; Adrienne Grierson's The Valley of Dawn - a fascinating short documentary film focuses on a group of believers in Brazil who assert that they originate from a planet called Capella; Gladys Bensimon's Crossing Our Borders - analyzes the history of both right-wing and left-wing dictatorships in Latin America; Chris Brown's Fannie, Annie & Danny - dark comedy about the ties that simultaneously bind a trio of siblings and split them apart; Koji Masutani's Virtual JFK: If Kennedy Had Lived - a compelling investigation of one of the most debated scenarios in American history: What would have happened in Vietnam if President John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated?, Curt Fissel's Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean - a lively documentary tells the inspiring story of one coffee-farmer to illuminate the challenges faced by small coffee-growers around the world, Barbara Kowa's Dreaming Mali and enthralling documentary about art making, Andy Milkis's 5...6...7...8 - a delicately crafted dance documentary; Jaroslav Fuit's Dvojka (Twosome) - an intimate feature film from the Czech Republic about a couple who have come to a crossroad in their five-year relationship; Robert Fritz's Overload - an engrossing feature film and an intriguingly modern murder mystery, and many others. 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 twenty confirmed special guest appearances by film/video directors, artists, and actors to the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2010! 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.

Annual Halloween 3D Show
We are very excited about our Annual Halloween 3D Show (on October 28) which will again feature a 3D screening of the very popular Universal horror film classic: Creature From the Black Lagoon. The Admission Price includes 3D glasses: $10=General Admission; $9=Students/Seniors; $8=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends. For more information on this special screening see the attached schedule or go to our online site at www.njfilmfest.com.

Experimental Films Highlight Thursday evening screenings
Classic and rare experimental film screenings will take place on 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; twenty of Andy Warhol's famous 4 minute Screentests; Jack Smith's most important and influential underground film Flaming Creatures, and a mini-retrospective of work by Sidney Peterson. For more information on these special screenings see the attached schedule or go to our online site at www.njfilmfest.com.

Sponsors: The New Jersey Film Festivalsm Fall 2010 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 Highland Park Mirror; 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; Writers Boot Camp; Baseline/Film Tracker; Jungle Software; New Brunswick City Market; Showbiz Software; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; Rutgers University Presentation Services; The Rutgers University Enhanced Classroom Support Department; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.

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originally published: 07/27/2010



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