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New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Experimental Filmmakers Video Q+A

By Al Nigrin

originally published: 09/05/2021

New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Experimental Filmmakers Video Q+A

Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Experimental Filmmakers Video Q+A with The Dark Forest Director Martin Del Carpio, Parenthesis Director Vasilios Papaioannu and Festival Director Al Nigrin! 

Here is more info on the screening of The Dark Forest:

Friday, September 10

The Dark Forest – Martin Del Carpio (New York, New York)

An experimental transcendental fable. "To honor the memory of his father who passed away in 2019, Martin Del Carpio opts for the medium of film once again, and delivers his most lyrical work to date. At once deeply personal, carefully veiled in a delicate fabric of pure emotions, and absolutely immersive in its dreamlike, mysterious beauty, The Dark Forest transmutes its author’s innermost life into an admirable piece of introspective cinema. Opening with Dante Alighieri’s quote which inspired the title, it takes the viewer on a short, yet transcendent journey through the bushes of symbols and trees of thoughts, in the company of a lovely (and cunning?) forest spirit embodied by Carly Erin O’Neil whose poise and grace translate as otherworldly. The enchanting imagery that we see on our way is the result of another tight-knit collaboration between writer/director Del Carpio and DP/editor William Murray, whereby the dense atmosphere of meditative seclusion is complemented by Dan Shaked’s ruminative voice-over and M. Nomized’s haunting score which occasionally gives off some strong ‘classic Hollywood’ vibes..." -- Nikola Gocic. 2021; 9 min.

The Nine O'clock Whistle – Willa Cofield (Plainfield, New Jersey) For years on Saturday night, white authorities in Enfield, N.C. blew a siren, warning Blacks to clear the downtown streets. This curfew was one of many demeaning practices used to keep the Black population separate and unequal. One fateful night, three days after the March on Washington, hundreds of Blacks on the streets of downtown Enfield refused to heed the blowing of the nine o’clock whistle. The Nine O'clock Whistle tells the story of a dramatic cultural shift that rocked the segregated town of Enfield from 1963 to 1965 through the narratives of Willa Cofield, her former students, and current residents of the town. The video documents the racial indignities, segregation practices, and labor exploitation of the time. The story offers a supreme example of how the civil rights grapevine grew from one small act of resistance in Enfield to envelope an entire region. The documentary brings hope, spirit and encouragement to those struggling to overcome entrenched, powerful, and oppressive forces. 2021; 61 min.

Here is more info on the screening of Parenthesis:

New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Experimental Filmmakers Video Q+A

Sunday, September 19

Invention in C Major - Richard D Lopez (North Haledon, New Jersey) 

Haunted by the music coming from inside her, a music machine comes face to face with reality when an unexpected visitor appears. Will her past dictate her future? 2020; 4 min.

Parenthesis – Vasilios Papaioannu (Syracuse, New York/Washington, DC) Parenthesis, a short impressionistic poem, liberates the inserted thought from its master. The film's mirrored beginning and ending render the inserted material, not as an explanation or afterthought but rather as the dominant point where the natural and civilized worlds claim their separate space before colliding, as the continual breathing of the sea becomes increasingly intense and urgent. Whatever may be going on in the outside world is kept at bay by the visual parentheses. 2021; 5 min.

…Lucid Dreams – Kostiantyn Mishchenko (Brooklyn, New York) Lucid dreaming is an altered state of consciousness in which a person is aware that he is dreaming, and can control its content to some extent. This is a kind of borderline state between REM sleep and wakefulness. 2021; 14 min.

The New Blockheads as a private case – Lana Berndl (Vienna, Austria) The New Blockheads Group was established in the "wild" nineties in St. Petersburg and split up in 2002. Inspired by the absurd poetry of the futurists and modern philosophy, they were spontaneous in their creative actions and combined performance, installation, philosophy, literature and design to create works according to the ideals of the group. One of its members, Sergei Spirikhin, has lived in Vienna since 2002 and we follow him as he creates art wherever he goes in this wild and crazy documentary. In Russian and German, subtitled. 2020; 60 min.

The Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival -- which will be taking place on the Fridays and Sundays between September 10 and October 10 -- will be a hybrid one this Fall as we will be presenting the Festival online as well as doing live screenings at Rutgers University. All the films will be available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date. Each ticket or Festival Pass purchased is good for the live and virtual screenings. The live screenings will be held in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ beginning at 7PM for each program on their show date. Ticket buyers will also have special access to Filmmaker Introductions and Q+A Sessions for many of the films.  

Tickets: $15=Per Program; Festival All Access Pass=$100.

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Albert Gabriel Nigrin is an award-winning experimental media artist whose work has been screened on all five continents. He is also a Cinema Studies Lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Executive Director/Curator of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.



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