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2017 SOMA Film Festival

originally published: 02/23/2017

2017 SOMA Film Festival

The 2017 SOMA Film Festival takes place March 9-12 at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ. The festival kicks off on Thursday, March 9 at 7:00pm  with an opening night party in the  Loft at SOPAC. Check out the next few pages for a preview of the films screened this year.

Here is a look at the schedule:  NOTE: All Films and Scheduling Subject to Change Without Notice



Friday, March 10

6:00 PM - LIMBO / Greece (Director: Ron Dyens) – Narrative Short / 30:00 – In a stark landscape, should the one seen as an outsider to a group of boys be feared or will he become their leader?

HEAR THE SILENCE / Germany (Director: Ed Ehrenberg) – Narrative Feature / 1:31:00 – During WW II in a small village in the Ukraine, a group of women battle a small occupying force of Nazi soldiers.



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Friday, March 10

8:15 PM - LAMP: A GHOST STORY / USA (Director: Thomas Southerland) – Documentary Short / 17:30  - A 70 year-old Kentuckian loses sleep after buying a second-hand lamp.

SOLITARY / USA (Director: Kristi Jacobson) – Documentary Feature / 1:30:00 – There are 100,000 US citizens in solitary confinement today and this film offers a rare window into life on both sides of the bars.  Filmmaker Q & A to follow.



Saturday, March 11

10:00 AM - CAMERAPERSON / USA (Director: Kristen Johnson)  Documentary Feature / 1:43:00 - Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson exposes her many years behind the camera through a memoir made up of decades of footage shot all over the world.

NOON - PITTER PATTER GOES MY HEART / Austria (Director: Christoph Rainer)  - Narrative Short / 21:30 – Narrative Short - The hopelessly romantic Lisa takes desperate measures to win her former lover back.

BITCH / Sweden (Director: Csaba Bene Perlenberg) – Narrative Feature / 1:20:00 - A stray dog from the slums New Delhi finds itself transported to Sweden, where she is thrust into a series of interactions with some pretty colorful people, all from her point of view.

Saturday, March 11

2:30 PM - JIMBO / Brazil (Director: Rodrigo Zan) – Narrative Short / 15:18 – A shy sixteen year old cows in the shadow of his controlling father but after their latest heist, the boy decides to take charge of his destiny and break free from his father’s prison.

COLBY / USA (Directors: Jake Fuller & Alex Markman) – Narrative Feature / 1:20:00 - Stranded in a small beach town, a troubled young drifter breaks into a wealthy home and cons her way into the good graces of the family that lives there. Filmmaker Q & A follows.

5:00 PM - SUICIDE HOTLINE / UK (Director: Gannesh Rajah) – Narrative Short / 9:00 – A man is having a Thursday like any other until arriving home from work to answer a cold call from a suicide hotline.

5:00 PM - EMMA INSPIRED / USA (Director: Nicole Machon) – Narrative Short / 12:22 - Emma is a recent college grad and unsure of her next move in life as her friends move on with their own.

THE COMEBACK / USA (Created by Craig Geraghty and Marco Ricci.) – Narrative Short / 7:00 - A washed up superhero makes one last attempt to revive his flagging career.

CUDDLE PARTY / USA (Director: Matthew Epstein) – Narrative Short / 10:00 – An unhappily married couple try some alternative therapy that results in a tragic but happy ending.

PAPERBACK / USA (Director: Adam Bowers) – Narrative Feature / 1:18:00 -  A pizza cook who never left his college town meets the woman of his dreams before finding out there’s a huge roadblock.

Saturday, March 11

8:00 PM - AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT – BEST SHORT SCRIPT

8:15 PM - THE WAY OF THE TEA / France (Director: Marc Fouchard) – Narrative Short / 20:00 – Religious intolerance is addressed over an invite for a cup of tea.

FIRE AT SEA / Italy (Director: Gianfranco Rosi) – Documentary Feature / 1:54:00 - Shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, this film sets the migrants’ dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders.



Sunday, March 12

10:00 AM - BACK STORY / Germany (Director: Joschka Laukeninks) – Narrative Short / 8:00 – An innovative look at how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.

THE BOUQUET / France (Director: Julien Segard) – Narrative Short / 10:27 – A young man makes the unwise decision to steal an elderly woman’s flowers.

SHE, THE SERGEANT MATACHO / Colombia (Director: William Gonzalez) – Narrative Feature / 1:33:00 – After the government assassinates her husband, a woman sets out to exact revenge and becomes a notorious legend of the revolution.

Sunday, March 12

2:30 PM - BEAUTIFUL DREAMER / USA (Director: Steven Kelleher) – Narrative Short / 26:00 - Facing a terminal disease, a mother uses space travel and relativity to stretch her last two years of her own life over the lifetime of her daughter.

CONDEMNED / USA (Director: Steven Biver) – Narrative Short / 13:54  - Life is but a dream. Some believe the victims await their killer in afterlife.

HEAD SPACE / USA (Director: Emma Huibregtse) – Narrative Short / 5:00  - A single mother concerned with her son’s inability to cope, sees the tables turn when faced with danger.

FRAUD / USA (Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp) Narrative Short Feature / 52:00 – A jarring and real firsthand look at the modern American family as they run from their past towards an uncertain future

Sunday, March 12

4:30 PM - LOCAL SHORTS PROGRAM - shorts include:

PROM / Boonton, NJ (Director: Brett Boon)

CASE #5930/ New Brunswick, NJ (Director: William D. Prystauk)

HEAD TO HEAD / Summit, NJ (Director: Lisa Reznik)

FRAME OF REFERENCE / Rahway/South Orange, NJ (Director: Ian J. Keeney)

EXTRA 1104 / Hackettstown, NJ (Director: John General)

GOODSTEIN / Maplewood, NJ) (Director: Lee Navlen)

LIGHT SLEEPER / South Orange, NJ (Director: Robin Sindler)

AQUA POGO – South Orange, NJ (Director: Brian Neff)

DEATH IN BLOOM – Maplewood, NJ (Director: Dael Oates)

SHY GUYS / New Providence, NJ (Director: Fred Lehne)

Filmmakers Q & A TO FOLLOW

7:00 PM - ILYANICA / USA (Director: Scott Cobb) – Narrative Short / 17:30 – 20 years after a traumatic event, two old friends meet in an abandoned detention center in Eastern Europe where a group of radicals are occupying a CIA black site.

THE EXILE / Mexico (Director: Elena García) – Narrative Short / 17:30 - A third generation miner, dreams about a better life for his family in America when an unexpected explosion at the mine suddenly transforms his wish.

ABORTION ROAD TRIP / USA (Directors: Katie Goodman & Soren Kisiel) Documentary Short / 7:34 - Comedian Katie Goodman drives 512 miles through the U.S. examining state abortion restrictions.

HATE CRIME / USA (Director: Steven Esteb) Narrative Feature / 1:24:00 - As a killer is set to be executed for murdering a young gay man, two sets of parents struggle to deal with the consequences of fear and repression.

 






Black Maria Film Festival To Kick Off 38th Annual Tour On February 9
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Black Maria Film Festival will kick off its 38th annual tour with a screening of five award-winning films on Saturday, February 9 at the James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The screening will begin at 7:30pm, preceded by a pre-screening reception at 7:00pm. Some of the filmmakers and Festival Director Jane Steuerwald will be at the screening to discuss the films being shown. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
UCPAC Presents Three Classic 80s Films on 35mm Film
 (RAHWAY, NJ) -- A series of three classic films is being presented on 35mm film at Union County Performing Arts Center’s Main Stage theater. All viewings cost a $5 admission ticket that includes a 30 minute pre-show on the theater’s historic "Biggest Little Wurlitzer" organ and free popcorn along with the film screening. The films include The Breakfast Club (January 25), Pretty Woman (February 15), and The Karate Kid (March 8).
Hopewell Theater Hosts Special Valentine's Screening of "Casablanca" With Supper
(HOPEWELL, NJ) -- Hopewell Theater will host a special “date night” celebration of Valentine’s Day with a screening of the classic romance film Casablanca paired with an optional Moroccan supper on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14. An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
A Look At New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, presents the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019 which marks the festival's 37th Anniversary.  The Festival will take place between January 25 and March 1, 2019. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019 will feature over 35 film screenings. 
NJPAC Presents Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Live in Concert With The NJSO
(NEWARK, NJ) -- The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Live in Concert, on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. See the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra perform the magical score live while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.


Here We Are: An Interview With David Bellarosa
David Bellarosa is a filmmaker from New Jersey currently living in Austin, Texas.  His first feature film, Here We Are, is a terrific coming of age story about a writer that finds himself seemingly trapped, broke, and stuck in Austin. Unlike typical slacker films, this is one of hope.
REVIEW: "The Wild Pear Tree"
Writer/director Nuri Bilge Ceylan follows up his 2014 Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep with another lengthy drama set in rural Turkey. And as with his previous film, The Wild Pear Tree gives us a protagonist who considers himself the intellectual and moral superior of the residents of a town he wishes to “drop an atom bomb on.”
Mimi Vang Olsen: Pet Portraitist
Within two minutes, I knew I wanted to write about Mimi Vang Olsen: Pet Portraitist.  It’s a wonderful film - just over a half hour long - that chronicles the last West Village painter with her own storefront as she enters the lives of several eccentric clients and immortalizes their pets.  
How They Got Over: An Interview With Robert Clem
Robert Clem’s How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock and Roll shows how black quartets began traveling in the 1920s as radio and records became popular.   Young black men with few ways to escape poverty saw music as a way out, traveling the “chittlin’ circuit” of churches, schools and small auditoriums across the South.   Beginning with spirituals sung in an acapella “jubilee’ style, playing to all-black audiences, these groups developed over time a harder, often blues-influenced style with guitars, drums, organ and piano, playing at concert halls like the Apollo Theatre and large auditoriums across the country.   
REVIEW: "Glass"
When M. Night Shyamalan followed up his breakout 1999 hit The Sixth Sense with 2000’s Unbreakable, audiences were largely unsure what to make of this slow-burning movie about finding strength in survival. Arriving just before 9/11 and the rise of the superhero movie, Unbreakable was a film ahead of its time, predicting as it did with its villain - Samuel L. Jackson’s embittered, wheelchair bound Mister Glass - the threat that would rise in the early 21st century from entitled men obsessed with books (be they comics or religious texts) and striking out at a world they believe has left them behind.






Event calendar
Thursday, Jan 24, 2019


THEATRE
"Apple Season" by E.M. Lewis @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 8:00pm

American Theater Group: Tell Them I’m Still Young @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm


Some Girl(s) @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm


MISC

Josh Gates Live! @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:30pm

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