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Marissa Nadler Dazzles at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival



I was very proud to host the finale of the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival last Saturday night at Rutgers University’s Voorhees Hall in New Brunswick, NJ when Marissa Nadler came to play a unique solo concert which featured film projections behind her. This show was one of my favorites in the 29 years of running this Festival!

published on 06/18/2024


Don’t miss Marissa Nadler in Concert at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 15



(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Over the course of nearly 20 tireless years of writing, recording, and touring, Marissa Nadler has amassed one of the most singular catalogs in contemporary music. Her work glides between delicate folk, windswept Americana, doom metal-adjacent darkness, meditative ambient music, and fearlessly experimental sounds, all anchored in her unmistakable singing voice and finger-style guitar. You can catch her live in concert at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 7:00pm.

published on 06/11/2024


2024 New Jersey International Film Festival Winners Announced!



The Competition component of the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival has just concluded! Here below are the Award Winning films and the Festival Director's Citations. All the works that we are screening are part of the New Jersey International Film Festival were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 34 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from over 702 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges choose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director. Congratulations to all the winners and the official selections!

published on 06/10/2024


Final day of the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition Features 5 Great Films!



The Final day of the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition Features 5 Great Films! They include:

published on 06/09/2024


Don’t miss the amazing Shorts Program #2 at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival Today!



Shorts Program #2, which features an amazing array of films, screens at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival TODAY. They include: 

published on 06/08/2024




 



Holly Buechel’s thrilling documentary film Fencing for the Edge premieres at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 8!



Here is my interview with Fencing for the Edge Director Holly Buechel: Nigrin: Your feature length documentary film Fencing For The Edge focuses on a team of New Jersey high school girls who are trying to unseat its rival as State Champion in the sport of fencing. Tell us a bit about the history behind making this film.

published on 06/02/2024


Film is dead. Long Live Film! screens at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival on opening day Friday, May 31!



Peter Flynn’s enlightening documentary Film is dead. Long Live Film! screens at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival on opening day Friday, May 31. Here is the interview I conducted with Peter over the internet:

published on 05/26/2024


Enchanting Animated film Judy's Garden screens at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 2!



In the enchanting, animated film Judy’s Garden, a woman is confronted by death and taken on a journey through her past. The garden is shown as a cosmic arena of continuous death and renewal, one which all living things, including the gardener herself, are a part of. The film is an ode to these cycles in the natural world and a meditation on what it means to be alive. Here is my interview with Judy’s Garden Director Evie Metz:

published on 05/22/2024


2024 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners



We had a very nice 36th Annual United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival over the last two days although the in-person screening on Saturday was cancelled due to a major snowstorm that hit Central Jersey. Luckily folks could still see the program online. Attendance was good and it looks like we will break even financially which is important for us to keep running this Festival. Many thanks to Phil and Rhonda Vigeant as well as Jaclyn Melo of Pro 8mm and Sara Leavitt at Icarus Films/OVID for sponsoring our Festival again and providing the prizes for the Best of Festival winners. Without further ado here are the Award Winners of the 36th Annual Festival: 

published on 02/19/2024


2024 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Day 1 Line-up



2024 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Day 1 - Saturday, February 17, 2024 – Online for 24 Hours and In-Person at 7PM! View the winning films and digital videos of the International United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival, selected by a jury of filmmakers, Rutgers University student interns, and media professionals. The festival--now in its 36th year—will feature finalist works by independent filmmakers from the United States and around the world. Co-sponsored by Pro 8mm!

published on 02/15/2024


United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 36th Anniversary!



Now in its 36th year, the United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival is the largest and longest running juried festival of its kind in the world. The festival encourages any genre (including animation, documentary, personal, narrative, and experimental) made on Super 8mm/8mm film, Hi 8mm/8mm, or digital video. The Festival will be held Online and In-person at Rutgers University on February 17+18, 2024.

published on 02/13/2024


Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced



The Competition component of the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival has just concluded! Congratulations to the Winners! Overall, we had a good festival this year. We had a few screenings that were very well attended and a few with lower turnouts but that happens every festival for a variety of reasons. The in-person show attendance was much better than our Festival last Fall so that is encouraging but the online shows are what have kept us afloat financially since COVID broke in 2020. Average viewership per show was 82.

published on 02/12/2024


Important Documentary Feature Join or Die will be playing at the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 10!



Join or Die is a film about why you should join a club — and why the fate of America may depend on it. In this feature documentary, follow the half-century story of America's civic unraveling through the journey of legendary social scientist Robert Putnam, whose groundbreaking "Bowling Alone" research into America's decades-long decline in community connections could hold the answers to our democracy's present crisis. Flanked by influential fans and scholars — from Hillary Clinton, Pete Buttigieg, and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to Eddie Glaude Jr., Raj Chetty, and Priya Parker — as well as inspiring groups building community in neighborhoods across the country, join Bob as he explores three urgent civic questions: What makes democracy work? Why is American democracy in crisis? And, most importantly…What can we do about it?

published on 02/06/2024


Marjorie Conrad’s Amazing Experimental Feature Body Issues screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 10, 2024!



I have been fan of Marjorie Conrad’s art for a while and she was kind enough to respond to my queries via email. Here is our conversation about her experimental feature film Body Issues:

published on 02/04/2024


Experimental Dance Films abound at the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 3



An amazing line-up of experimental dance films will be screening as part of Shorts Program #2 of the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival. With this year's collection of films spanning different countries and cultures, I noticed that “dance” was an overarching theme or common thread in many of the films being screened as part of the Festival.

published on 01/30/2024




 
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Amelie Magdalena Loy’s beautiful stop motion animation screens at the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 27!



Austrian Filmmaker Amelie Magdalena Loy was kind enough to respond to my queries via email. Here is our conversation about her animated film Irina:

published on 01/25/2024


Moving Documentary about American Farmers screens at the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 27!



​​​​​​Muckville examines the ongoing mental health and suicide epidemic on American farms through the eyes of a 4th-generation onion farmer in New York’s Black Dirt region. Director Jeff Mertz responded to my questions about his important film Muckville via email. Here is my interview with him:

published on 01/24/2024


Leslie-Ann Coles's The Curtain screens at the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 27!



The Curtain, an excellent short film,  will be screening at the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 27. Director Leslie-Ann Coles responded to my questions about her short film The Curtain via email. Here is my interview with her:

published on 01/20/2024


Augusta Palmer’s insightful documentary The Blues Society screens as the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival Opener on Friday, January 26!



Augusta Palmer screens her third film at the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival and I wanted to talk to her about the amazing new documentary The Blues Society which she has just released. Here is my interview with her:

published on 01/16/2024


Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!



Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners    ​​​​​​​All the works that were part of the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 19 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 403 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

published on 10/09/2023


4 Award Winning Films close out the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival this weekend!



4 Award Winning Films close out the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival this weekend! Hope you can join us! https://newjerseyfilmfestivalfall2023.eventive.org/welcome

published on 10/06/2023


4 Award Winning Films close out the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival this weekend!



4 Award Winning Films close out the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival this weekend!   Hope you can join us!  https://newjerseyfilmfestivalfall2023.eventive.org/welcome

published on 10/03/2023


6 Excellent Films at the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival this weekend!



6 Excellent Films at the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival this weekend! 

published on 09/28/2023


Julie Byrne Philadelphia Concert Review



​​​​​​​I finally got to see Julie Byrne play live last night at The Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia which, with its high-vaulted ceiling and serene atmosphere, was the perfect place to see her perform.

published on 09/21/2023


Peter Gabriel Lies Down on Broadway!



After seeing Peter Gabriel in concert for the 28th time on Monday, September 18, 2023, I feel perhaps now is a good time to write a review of one of his concerts. I saw Gabriel perform at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last Saturday and then again yesterday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

published on 09/19/2023




 



Night Ride from LA screens at the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 17!



Night Ride from LA is a wonderful short animation by German filmmaker Martin Gerigk. We have screened many of Martin’s terrific films over the last few years and here is the interview I did with him over the internet.

published on 09/16/2023


Experimental dance film Breaking The Surface Premieres at the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 8!



Breaking the Surface is an experimental dance film about climate change, specifically, about the rise of sea level and the issues that are caused by that rise, currently and projected into the future. The film focuses on communities in New Jersey and the region that are being, and will be, most affected by the changes. Here is my interview with the Breaking the Surface co-directors John Evans and Ani Javian:

published on 09/01/2023


2023 New Jersey International Film Festival Winners Announced!



2023 New Jersey International Film Festival Winners Announced! All the works that were part of the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 35 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 711 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

published on 06/12/2023


Insightful documentary on Dancer Margaret Beals World Premieres at the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival on June 10!



Dancing Without Steps: The Art of Improvisation with Margaret Beals by Adriana Davis and Margaret Beals. Join acclaimed dance innovator, Margaret Beals, in her exploration of the art of improvisation. In this short documentary, Ms. Beals demonstrates the power and authenticity of improvisation as performance and also as a tool of discovery for any creative endeavor. Throughout this film, audiences are offered glimpses of Ms. Beals’ extensive career in improvisational dance. One of the first solo dancers to perform whole concerts without steps, she started her early career in the free-wheeling atmosphere of the 1960's club and cabaret scene and continued her pioneering journey through five more decades. In this film, Ms. Beals draws from various artists to give fuller context to her thoughts on improvisation. Keith Jarrett, renowned jazz pianist, reveals insights into his own creative process. Meredith Monk, award-winning composer, singer and creator of music-theater-film works, gives an insightful introduction to this documentary as well. 2023; 25 min. Here is my interview with Dancing Without Steps: The Art of Improvisation with Margaret Beals Director Adriana Davis:

published on 06/09/2023


Joshua Wann’s quirky film Falls Cry opens the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 2



Falls Cry – Joshua Wann (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) A story about one boy, living on one block, in one world. 2023; 6 min. Here is my interview with Falls Cry Director Joshua Wann:

published on 05/25/2023


Virginia Yearick’s amazing docu-fiction feature film Possum Kingdom premieres at the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival on June 4!



Possum Kingdom - Virginia K Yearick (New York, New York) On a run-down family farm in South Carolina, three generations of white men kill time in living rooms, open fields, and shallow water. The boredom that comes from the relative comfort and the slow decay around them leads them further and further into casual destruction. The film is an unscripted blend of documentary and fiction. Starring a mix of first-time actors, non-actors, and people playing alternate versions of themselves, most of the story takes place on a run down family farm, and we are introduced to members of the community that surrounds it. It may serve as both a neutral window into a way of life as well as a personal dreamland heavy with sentimentality. 2022; 91 min. Here is my interview with Possum Kingdom Director Virginia Yearick:

published on 05/23/2023


Emma Ruth Rundle’s Engine of Hell New York City Concert



I am a relative newcomer to Emma Ruth Rundle’s music but I have been playing her songs almost non-stop since 2022 when I became hooked on Electric Guitar: One which is her first solo album. That led me down the Rundle rabbit hole and I quickly purchased all her oeuvre as well as the albums she made with Thou, Nocturnes, Red Sparowes and Marriages. I was tempted to go see her play live in Toronto and Boston earlier this month, but those shows just didn’t jive with my teaching schedule at Rutgers University. So, it was with great anticipation that I headed to Rundle’s Easter gig at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. This show was originally planned to be the Tour’s finale, but she added another Boston show due to great demand.

published on 04/11/2023


Review of Weyes Blood's Homecoming Show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia



I finally got to see Weyes Blood play at a sold-out Union Transfer show in Philadelphia last night after three cancellations due to COVID. It was well worth the wait. Weyes Blood (whose name was derived from Flannery O’Conner’s astonishing and haunting novel Wise Blood) is Natalie Mering’s alter-ego where she channels her impressions of a world in crisis due to love lost, climate change and the pandemic.

published on 03/01/2023


South Football’s Impossible Dream screening closes the Spring 20223 New Jersey Film Festival this Saturday, February 25.



Sandra Levine’s insightful documentary South Football’s Impossible Dream screens at the Spring 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 25!  In 1968, Toms Rivers High School Football Coach Signorino challenged his players to believe in “The Impossible Dream” and they responded by delivering an undefeated season, 9-0. Toms River South had racked up a 19-game winning streak by the time the Hitting Indians faced the Middletown Lions, ranked No. 2, in a 1969 mythical state championship. A crowd, estimated at 10,000, gathered in South’s stadium on a bitterly cold November day to watch the two teams battle. Footage unearthed from the vaults of “The Greatest Game” and other matchups in the 1960s will be shown for the first time in more than five decades. This documentary film explores techniques used by legendary Toms River Coach Ron Signorino, Sr., to turn a losing high school football program in the mid-1960s, into a powerhouse, ranked No. 1 in the state. 

published on 02/23/2023


2023 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners Announced!



Here below are the winners of the 2023 United States Super 8 Film & DV Festival. We had a nice Festival over the last two days. Many thanks to Phil and Rhonda Vigeant as well as Jaclyn Melo of Pro 8mm for sponsoring our Festival again and providing the prizes for the Best of Festival winners.

published on 02/21/2023


Insightful documentary South Football’s Impossible Dream screens at the 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 25!



Sandra Levine’s insightful documentary South Football’s Impossible Dream screens at the 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 25!

published on 02/20/2023


2023 United States Super 8mm Film + DV Festival concludes today!



2023 United States Super 8mm Film + DV Festival concludes today Sunday, February 29 with three sxcellent films bring screened. The films will be available till midnight tonight online and there will be an in-person screening at 5PM in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ. Buy tickets and get more info here.

published on 02/19/2023


Spring 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Competition Winners Announced!



All the works that were part of the Spring 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 28 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 678 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

published on 02/18/2023


2023 United States Super 8 Film & DV Festival begins this Saturday, February 18



The 2023 United States Super 8 Film & DV Festival (which is part of the Spring 2023 New Jersey Film Festival) will be screening all three of its programs online for 24 hours. Two are on Saturday, February 18 and one Sunday, February 19, 2023. There will also be two in-person screenings at 5PM on Saturday and at 5PM on Sunday in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

published on 02/15/2023


United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary



Now in its 35th year, the United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival is the largest and longest running juried festival of its kind in North America. The festival encourages any genre (including animation, documentary, personal, narrative, and experimental) made on Super 8mm/8mm film, Hi 8mm/8mm, or digital video. The Festival will be held Online and In-person at Rutgers University on February 18+19, 2023.

published on 02/14/2023




 



Chris Lane’s Excellent Feature Ocean City Monster Building screens at the Spring 2023 New Jersey Film Festival TODAY Saturday, February 4



Ocean City Monster Building by Chris Lane (playing all day online at the Spring 2023 New Jersey Film Festival) focuses on a small sleepy town in upstate New York in 1984.  The former mayor of the city is found dead on the backseat of his car with a local 15-year-old girl. In the aftermath, his wife of 30 years and his adopted daughter have to make sense of this difficult situation, while a detective from out of town is sent in to try to solve the case together with local law enforcement.   Here is my interview with Ocean City Monster Building director Chris Lane:

published on 02/04/2023


2023 New Jersey Film Festival Begins This Weekend!!



Here below is the Opening Weekend Schedule for the 2023 New Jersey Film Festival. The Festival will be presented online as well as have in-person screenings at Rutgers University. All the films will be available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date. Each General Admission Ticket or Festival Pass purchased is good for both the virtual and the in-person screenings. The in-person screenings will be held in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ beginning at 5PM or 7PM on their show date. General Admission Ticket=$15 Per Program; Festival All Access Pass=$100; In-Person Only Student Ticket=$10 Per Program.

published on 01/26/2023


Neo-noir thriller City of Love screens on opening weekend of the Spring 2023 New Jersey Film Festival!



The terrific feature film City of Love, directed by Eric Boadella, features 148 Rides, 1 City, 1 Date, 2 Deaths and 1 Miracle. In this neo-noir feature, Spencer, a troubled rideshare driver in Los Angeles, will go to dangerous lengths to reconnect with the world he lost after spending 20 years in jail. Here is my interview with Eric Boadella:

published on 01/23/2023


Claudia Miatello’s charming animated film Buon Ferragosto screens at the 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on January 27!



Here is my interview with with Buon Ferragosto filmmaker Claudia Miatello: Nigrin: Your short animated experimental film Buon Ferragosto takes viewers on a fun ride through Florence, Italy with a 7-year-old-boy and his newly adopted cat. Tell us what motivated you to make this film.

published on 01/19/2023


The Excellent Documentary The Language I Speak opens the 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, January 27!



The Language I Speak is an excellent and very informative documentary on regional varieties of spoken English in America will be playing online for 24 hours and in-person at Rutgers University at 7PM on the Festival opening day-Friday, January 27, 2023.  

published on 01/16/2023


In The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50: A Fan’s Review



I have been a huge fan of the progressive rock band King Crimson for over 45 years and I have seen them over 10 times since 1981. The film In The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50 got glowing reviews after it premiered at the South By Southwest Festival back in March. So, when the film had its worldwide theatrical and stream release on October 22, I was ready to check it out.

published on 10/23/2022


Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!



All the works that were part of the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 18 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 421 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

published on 10/10/2022


Live Review: Cate Le Bon at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on October 6, 2022



I finally got to see Welsh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cate Le Bon after missing her shows that took place earlier this year. I was turned on to Cate by my friend Yasha Goldentyer after he sent me a video link of her doing a fabulous cover of Bill Nelson’s Do You Dream In Colour at one of her recent concerts. I said to myself: Who the hell does covers of Bill Nelson songs? I was instantly hooked. So, I scooped up Le Bon’s six albums and dived into her very eclectic and enchanting music. Many have compared her to The Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Faust, and other art ensembles but Le Bon’s music and lyrics are truly her own and very original. Le Bon is a not just a musician, she is also an accomplished furniture maker as she learnt to make solid wood tables, stools, and chairs from scratch while making her highly acclaimed 2019 album Reward. Her songs are crafted in a similar manner: a lot of pain staking intricacy and detail involved in both. In an interview with Pitchfork, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco stated that Le Bon was "one of the best out there making music now."

published on 10/07/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Video Interview with Rebuilt from Broken Glass Director Larry Hanover



Here is the EBTV Video Interview I did with Rebuilt from Broken Glass Director Larry Hanover.

published on 10/05/2022


Savings Strays screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, October 8



Michelle Dragun’s short documentary Savings Strays screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, October 8. Here is my interview with her:

published on 10/03/2022


6 Amazing Short Films at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Festival TODAY!



6 Amazing Short Films at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Festival TODAY!

published on 09/30/2022


The Hauntings of New Hope screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 30



Kasey Vincent’s spooky short documentary The Hauntings of New Hope screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 30. Here is my interview with her:

published on 09/29/2022


Timely short Urania Leilus screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 30



Andrew Serban’s gripping and timely short  Urania Leilus screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 30. Here is my interview with him:

published on 09/28/2022


Trippy animated short Panta Rei screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 30



KWA’s wild animated short Panta Rei (everything is in flux) screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 30. Here is my interview with him:

published on 09/27/2022


Commodity Trading: Dies Irae Screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 25



M. Wood’s experimental feature Commodity Trading: Dies Irae screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 25. Here is my interview with M. Woods:

published on 09/24/2022




 



Soldier Island screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on September 23



Charly and Eriel Santagdo’s Soldier Island  -- a dance adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None -- screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on September 23. Here is my interview with Charly Santagdo:

published on 09/21/2022


Howl screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on September 23



Martin Del Carpio and Martin Gerigk’s excellent experimental film Howl screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on September 23! Here is my interview with Martin Del Carpio:

published on 09/21/2022


Soldier Island and Cabeco Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Video Q+A



Here is the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Video Q+A with Soldier Island Directors Charly and Eriel Santagado, Cabeco Director Brian James Crewe and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 09/20/2022


Roxy Music Rocks NYC One Last Time



Roxy Music began its 50th Anniversary tour last week in Toronto and Washington, DC. Last night (September 12), their third show was at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I have seen Roxy and Bryan Ferry quite a few times since my first show in Paris, France back in 1979 but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss this tour as it may very well be their last. The core band was reunited with guitarist Phil Manzanera, woodwinds/sax player Andy Mackay and drummer Paul Thompson back together again since their 2011 tour. The set list included songs from all of their eight studio albums with most coming from their big hit Avalon including the title track, The Main Thing, More Than This, and others. Surprisingly songs the performed a number of songs from For Your Pleasure including In Every Dream Home a Heartache, Do The Strand, Editions of You and The Bogus Man.

published on 09/13/2022


Little Satchmo Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Video Q+A



Here is the  Little Satchmo Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Q+A with Director John Alexander and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 09/13/2022


A Crack In The Mountain Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Video Q+A



Here is the A Crack In The Mountain Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Q+A with Director Alaistair Evans and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 09/10/2022


The Sun Rises In The East Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Video Q+A



The Sun Rises In The East Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Q+A with Director Tayo Giwa and Producer Cynthia Gordy Giwa, Festival Juror Yazmin Omana, and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 09/07/2022


2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Winners Announced!



We had a very good New Jersey International Film Festival this year. It was nice to be able to do in-person screenings again as well as having a line going out the door with large audiences. I want to thank the thousands of viewers who attended virtually or in person and also thank Gary Wien of New Jersey Stage  for sponsoring our Festival again too!  All the works that were part of the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 29 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 667 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director. 

published on 06/13/2022


The Afterthought of Life screens at the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 12!



The fascinating documentary The Afterthought of Life closes the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 12. Here is my Interview with Director Svenja Wichmann:

published on 06/11/2022


2022 New Jersey International Film Festival The Mental State Filmmaker Interview with Director James Camali



The Mental State screens on Friday, June 10 at the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival. Here is my Interview with Director James Camali:

published on 06/04/2022


2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Voice of the Game Filmmaker Video Q+A



Here is the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Voice of the Game Filmmaker Q+A with Co-Directors Tom McCabe and Kirk Rudell with Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 06/03/2022


2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Miss Futuro Filmmaker Video Q+A



​​​​​​​Here is the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Miss Futuro Filmmaker Video Q+A with Director Antonio Morales, Producer Jon Arrospide, Lead Actor Ana Fenandez  and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 06/02/2022


2022 New Jersey International Film Festival The Art of Un-War Filmmaker Video Q+A



Here is the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival The Art of Un-War Filmmaker Q+A with Director Maria Niro, Festival Juror Izzy Bonvini and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 06/01/2022


2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Experimental Filmmaker Video Q+A



Here is the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Experimental Filmmaker Video Q+A with Emoticon Director Padrick Ritch, Love Forbids You Director Will Rittweger, Self Defense Director Joni Whitworth and Festival Director Al Nigrin:

published on 05/27/2022


2022 New Jersey International Film Festival Faithbreaker Filmmaker Interview with Director Piotr Złotorowicz



Faithbreaker screens for the first time in the United States on Sunday, June 5 at the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival. Here is my Interview with Director Piotr Złotorowicz:

published on 05/26/2022




 
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Timely film The Art of Un-War opens the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival



The important and timely documentary The Art of Un-War opens the 2022 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 3. Here is my Interview with Director Maria Niro:

published on 05/24/2022


The Weather Station Takes Philadelphia By Storm



I finally got to see Tamara Lindeman’s terrific music ensemble The Weather Station yesterday at The Music Hall of World Café Live in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 24, 2022 after two postponements due to the pandemic. It was well worth the wait. The Weather Station, a Canadian band, is fronted by Lindeman, and was formed in 2006. The band membership has changed over the years, but for this USA Tour it includes Lindeman on keyboards, guitar and percussion, Ben Whiteley on bass, Will Kidman on electric guitar and keys, Johnny Spence on Keyboards, and Kieran Adams on drums.

published on 04/26/2022


2022 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners



The 34th annual 2022 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival, which just concluded, is the largest and longest running juried festival of its kind in North America. The festival encourages any genre (including animation, documentary, personal, narrative, and experimental) made on Super 8mm/8mm film, Hi 8mm/8mm, or digital video. Here are the films that are this year’s award winners.

published on 02/22/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Winners Announced



New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Winners All the works that were part of the Spring 2022 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 27 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 633 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

published on 02/21/2022


Hallucinations World Premieres at the 2022 United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival



​​​​​​​Hallucinations, directed by M. Wild, is a very trippy sci fi feature where aliens descend in crystal spaceships to make contact with humans through guitar amp distortion and glowing animal skulls. This film will be getting its World Premiere on Saturday- February 19, 2022 as part of the 2022 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival.

published on 02/16/2022


2022 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 34th Anniversary



Now in its 34th year, the United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival is the largest and longest running juried festival of its kind in North America. The festival encourages any genre (including animation, documentary, personal, narrative, and experimental) made on Super 8mm/8mm film, Hi 8mm/8mm, or digital video. The  Festival will be held Online on February 19+20, 2022.

published on 02/15/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Video Q+A with The History of Horror and Metal Director Mike Schiff



New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Video Q+A with The History of Horror and Metal Director Mike Schiff and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 02/14/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Video Q+A with The Outwaters Director



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Q+A with The Outwaters Director Robbie Banfitch, Actor Angela Basolis and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 02/12/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Interview with The Outwaters Director Robbie Banfitch



The Outwaters is a naturalistic, slow-burn feature film about a group of travelers who encounter menacing phenomena while camping in a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert. The Outwaters will be getting its World Premiere Online for 24 hours on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at the New Jersey Film Festival. For more information and to buy tickets go to this link. 

published on 02/09/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Filmmaker Spring 2022 Video Q+A with Letters2Maybe Director Yehuda Sharim



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Filmmaker Spring 2022 Video Q+A with Letters2Maybe Director Yehuda Sharim, Festival Jurors Capri Leone and Hamsa Hassan, as well as Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 02/05/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Filmmaker Spring 2022 Video Q+A with When Claude Got Shot Director Brad Lichtenstein



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Filmmaker Spring 2022 Q+A with When Claude Got Shot Director Brad Lichtenstein, Claude Motley, Festival Juror Izzy Bonvini as well as Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 02/03/2022


Mysterious and magical Indie Feature Twotwo screens at the Spring 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on February 4



Twotwo screens at the Spring 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on February 4. Here is my interview with Director Jun Hoskulds: Nigrin: Your film focuses on a young corporate type who has lost his way and is enlightened by Twotwo, a mysterious muse who helps right his ship. What made you want to make this film?

published on 01/31/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Video Q+A with RUTH STONE'S VAST LIBRARY OF THE FEMALE MIND Director Nora Jacobson



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Q+A with RUTH STONE'S VAST LIBRARY OF THE FEMALE MIND Director Nora Jacobson, Festival Jurors Ashley Terer and Izzy Bonvini as well as Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 01/29/2022


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Video Q+A with Pottero Director Lindsey Martin



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022 Filmmaker Q+A with Pottero Director Lindsey Martin, Festival Juror Emily Ranieri and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 01/24/2022


Winners of Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival Announced!



We had a very good hybrid festival this year. I want to thank the thousands of people who watched our Festival live or online. Below is a list of the Winners of the Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival.

published on 10/11/2021


Best of 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival program #2 of award-winning films on Sunday, October 10



The Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival will feature two programs of award winners from this past Summer’s New Jersey International Film Festival. Films will be available for 24 hours on Sunday, October 10 via Video On Demand. Here is the line-up for Program 2:

published on 10/10/2021


Best of 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival program of award-winning films on Sunday, October 10



The Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival will feature two programs of award winners from this past Summer’s New Jersey International Film Festival. Films will be available for 24 hours on Sunday, October 10 via Video On Demand. Here is the line-up for Program 1:

published on 10/09/2021


Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival features program of films by and about woman on Friday, October 8



The Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival will be showcasing four films that focus on women on Friday, October 8. Films will be available for 24 hours via Video on Demand. Here is the line-up:

published on 10/06/2021


Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival Video Q+A with Lion on the Mat Director Asali Echols



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Video Q+A with Lion on the Mat Director Asali Echols and Festival Director Al Nigrin:

published on 10/05/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 A Moment on Main St. and Last Call Filmmaker Video Q+A



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Q+A with A Moment on Main St. Director Brianna Stimpson, Last Call Director Johnny Sweet, Festival Juror Izzy Bonvini and Festival Director Al Nigrin:

published on 10/01/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 The Dirt Whisperer Filmmaker Video Q+A



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Q+A with with The Dirt Whisperer Director Giorgio Litt, Festival Jurors Izzy Bonvini, Hamsa Hasan and Festival Director Al Nigrin:

published on 09/29/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Ela: Breaking Boundaries Filmmaker Video Q+A



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Q+A with Ela: Breaking Boundaries Director Swapna Kurup, Festival Director Al Nigrin and Festival Judges Ashley Terer, Caroline Mabrey.

published on 09/25/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Zero Gravity Filmmaker Video Q+A



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Q+A with Zero Gravity Director Thomas Verrette, Festival Jurors Amit Bachani, Hamsa Hasan and Festival Director Al Nigrin:

published on 09/24/2021


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



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Animation Filmmakers Q+A with Jethro Tull: Aqualung Director Sam Chegini, Invention in C Major Director Richard D. Lopez and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 09/18/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Into Schrodinger's Box Video Q+A



Filmed during the initial hysteria and the unprecedented early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Into Schrodinger’s Box is a daring Indie psychological thriller unlike anything before it. Here below is my video Q+A with Into Schrodinger's Box Directors Nasim Naghavi and Amir Ganjavie.

published on 09/17/2021




 



Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival Into Schrodinger’s Box Filmmaker Interview



Filmed during the initial hysteria and the unprecedented early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Into Schrodinger’s Box is a daring Indie psychological thriller unlike anything before it. Here is my interview with Directors Nasim Naghavi and Amir Ganjavie who are from Toronto, Canada

published on 09/15/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Virtual and Live Screenings have begun!



Last night was the first live screening at the New Jersey Film Festival in over 18 months. I missed the hustle and bustle of getting ready to do live shows. The checklist is always very long. In addition, we are training new NJFF staff on the ins and outs of these screenings at the same time. We have a wonderful group of Interns, who are an absolute joy to work with.

published on 09/12/2021


The Hybrid Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival begins tomorrow September 10



The Hybrid Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival begins tomorrow September 10. Here are two Video Overviews of the Festival to help you choose which films to see!

published on 09/09/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Ailleurs Partout Filmmakers Video Q+A



Here is the Ailleurs Partout (Elsewhere Everywhere) New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 Q+A with Ailleurs Partout Directors Vivianne Perelmutter and Isabelle Ingold, Festival Director Al Nigrin and Festival Judge Ashley Terer.

published on 09/08/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021 The Nine O’Clock Whistle Filmmakers Video Interview



Here below is the EBTV The Nine O’Clock Whistle Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival Filmmaker Interview with Willa Cofield and Karen Riley.

published on 09/07/2021


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!

published on 09/05/2021


2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Winners Announced!



The 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition has just concluded! We had a very good festival this year despite it being done virtually again. I want to thank the thousands of people who attended. We couldn't do what we do without such tremendous support! 

published on 06/14/2021


2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Interviews with Paradise Director Immanuel Esser



Paradise plays Video on Demand on Saturday, June 12 as part of the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival. Here is my textual interview with Paradise Director Immanuel Esser.

published on 06/12/2021


Marieli Froehlich’s exquisite S T O P screens at the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 11!



Marieli Froehlich’s meditative experimental film S T O P screens at the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 11! Here is my interview with S T O P Director Marieli Froehlich.

published on 06/08/2021


2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Video Q+A with Bone Cage Director and Producer



​​​​​​​Here is another of the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Video Q+A sessions. This one features Bone Cage Director/Writer/Actor Taylor Olson, Producer Melani Wood, Festival Juror Hamsa Hassan and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 06/03/2021


Bone Cage screens VOD at the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival this Friday, June 4!



Bone Cage opens the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 4!

published on 05/30/2021


Stolen Fish 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Video Q+A



Here is the Stolen Fish 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Video Q+A with Stolen Fish Producer Emilia Pluskota, Festival Juror Justin Almodovar and Festival Director Al Nigrin.

published on 05/30/2021


2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Video Q+A with The Heartland and Just Being Here Directors



Here is the first of the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival Video Q+A sessions. This one features The Heartland Director Marquise Mays and Just Being Here Director Matteo Moretti.

published on 05/29/2021


Who the f... is Roger Rossmeisl? Screens at the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 5!



Who the f... is Roger Rossmeisl? Screens at the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 5!

published on 05/25/2021


First Light plays at the 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival on June 4!



Director Amy Lee Ketchum and Writer/Composer Ellen Boscov share about the inspiration and unique process that went into creating their short animation, First Light.

published on 05/24/2021


2021 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival Winners Announced!



2021 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival Winners

published on 02/22/2021


Winners of the Spring 2021 New Jersey Film Festival Announced!



New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Winners. All the works that were part of the Spring 2021 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 466 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

published on 02/20/2021


2021 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 33rd Anniversary!



Super 8mm film was introduced in 1965 by Eastman Kodak at the World’s Fair in New York to help the average person document their everyday lives. Super 8mm was most widely used for filming home movies between the mid 1960s till the early 1990s. Today amateur usage of Super 8mm has been replaced by digital video but the format is still regularly used by filmmakers, artists and students. Some hope to imitate the look of old home movies. Others want to create alternative looks for flashback sequences and altered states of consciousness. Some just like the idea of creating images in the classic style of using actual film. Super 8mm is a relatively inexpensive film, making it popular among filmmakers working on a low budget who still want to achieve the look of real film. Super 8mm has become quite common in theatrical features. J.J. Abrams 2011 film Super 8 pays homage to the little film format. Guy Maddin’s surreal 2006 film Brand Upon The Brain and Jim Jarmusch’s 1997 film Year of the Horse -- a documentary on Neil Young’s band Crazy Horse -- use it too.

published on 02/17/2021


Joey Skaggs: Satire and Art Activism 1960s to the Present and Beyond New Jersey Film Festival Video Q+A



Joey Skaggs: Satire and Art Activism 1960s to the Present and Beyond New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Video Q+A with Director Judy Drosd, Joey Skaggs, Icarus Films Director of Digital Media Sara Leavitt, and Festival Director Al Nigrin Judy Drosd’s timely documentary on Joey Skaggs screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, February 12, 2021.

published on 02/10/2021


Joey Skaggs: Satire and Art Activism 1960s to the Present and Beyond Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on February 12!



Here is my interview with Joey Skaggs: Satire and Art Activism 1960s to the Present and Beyond Director Judy Drosd and Joey Skaggs.

published on 02/09/2021


Nobody Famous New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Video Q+A



Here is the Nobody Famous New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Video Q+A with Nobody Famous Director Elizabeth Ahlstrom, Festival Juror Katie Scrivani, and Festival Director Al Nigrin. Nobody Famous will screen at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

published on 02/04/2021


Echthaar New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Video Q+A



Here is the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Q+A with Echthaar Director Dominic Kubisch and DP Max Smoliner.

published on 02/02/2021


New Jersey Film Festival Q&A with Echthaar Director Dominic Kubisch



Dominic Kubisch’s film Echthaar is one of my favorites of the Spring 2021 New Jersey Film Festival. It is beautifully shot, really well acted, really well directed and pretty darn creepy. I immediately thought of some of David Lynch’s films while I was watching it but as it turns out Echthaar Director Dominic Kubisch was more inspired by an underrated Coen Brothers film. Here is my interview with Dominic who resides in Vienna, Austria.

published on 02/01/2021


The WGBO Story New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Video Q+A



Here is the The WBGO Story New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Video Q+A with Director Chris Daniel, Asbury Park Press Entertainment Writer Alex Biese, Festival Juror Ashley Terer and Festival Director Al Nigrin. The Chris Daniel documentary on on the legendary Jazz Radio Station screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

published on 01/29/2021


Sam Chegini’s Lovely Animated Music Video The Trouble With Angels screens at the New Jersey Film Festival this Sunday, January 31!



Here is my interview with The Trouble With Angels Director Sam Chegini who is from Qazvin, Iran:

published on 01/26/2021




 



Josephine Lohoar Self’s Amazing Animated Film The Fabric of You screens at the New Jersey Film Festival this Sunday, January 31



Here is my interview with The Fabric of You Director Josephine Lohoar Self who is originally from Glasgow, Scotland but is now residing in Berlin, Germany:

published on 01/25/2021


Orko Mukherjee’s beautiful coming of age feature Turtle Island has its World Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2020!



Here is my interview with Turtle Island  Director Orko Mukherjee:

published on 10/14/2020


In Case of Emergency Video Q+A with Director Carolyn Jones



Check out the In Case of Emergency New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2020 Video Q+A with In Case of Emergency Director Carolyn Jones, Asbury Park Press Entertainment Writer Alex Biese and Festival Director Al Nigrin

published on 10/10/2020


David Scott Kessler’s beautiful and informative documentary The Pine Barrens screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 9, 2020!



Here is my interview with The Pine Barrens Director David Scott Kessler:

published on 10/05/2020


Nick Canellakis charming romantic comedy Thin Walls plays this Saturday, October 3 at the Fall 2020 New Jersey Film Festival!



Here is my interview with Thin Walls Director Nick Canellakis:

published on 09/30/2020


Vince Clemente’s feature documentary The Palindromists has its World Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday



Here is my video Q+A with The Palindromists Director Vince Clemente:

published on 09/28/2020


Stephen Mills’s gorgeous romantic drama Love is not Love screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, September 26, 2020!



Here is my interview with Love is not Love Director Stephen Mills:

published on 09/24/2020


Seth D. Myers and Sarah Stolar‘s gorgeous experimental dance film premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 25



Here is my interview with Bella Co-Director Seth D. Myers:

published on 09/23/2020


Paul Rodgers’s fascinating animation Slideshows From The Peanut Gallery premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 25, 2020!



Here is my interview with Slideshows From The Peanut Gallery Director Paul Rodgers:

published on 09/22/2020


Drake Woodall’s creepy short film The Red Marsh screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 20, 2020!



Here is my interview with The Red Marsh Director Drake Woodall:

published on 09/16/2020


Underground Inc: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock which opens the New Jersey Film Festival this Sunday, September 13, 2020!



Here is the Underground Inc: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2020 Q+A with Underground Inc Director Shaun Katz, guitarist Craig Silverman and drummer Matt Tecu.

published on 09/11/2020


Snowglobe: An Interview With Timothy Rush



The New Jersey Film Festival premieres the science fiction short film Snowglobe by Timothy Rush on Sunday, September 20, 2020. The festival is being presented virtually due to the pandemic. Films will be available on VOD (Video On Demand) for 24 hours on their show date.

published on 08/23/2020


Underground Inc: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock



The New Jersey Film Festival will present the North American premiere of Underground Inc: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock by Shaun Katz on Sunday, September 13, 2020.  The festival is being presented virtually due to the pandemic. Films will be available on VOD (Video On Demand) for 24 hours on their show date.

published on 08/23/2020


2020 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners Announced!



2020 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners!

published on 02/24/2020


United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 32nd Anniversary!



Super 8mm film was introduced in 1965 by Eastman Kodak at the World’s Fair in New York to help the average person document their everyday lives.

published on 02/19/2020


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 Winners Announced!



New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 Winners Announced!

published on 02/17/2020


Allan Deberton’s wonderful film Pacarrete screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2020!



Here is the interview we conducted with Pacarrete Director Allan Deberton:

published on 02/12/2020


Noemi Durivou’s inspiring film Lab Dog premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 8, 2020!



Here is my interview with Lab Dog Director Noemi Durivou:

published on 02/05/2020


Video Interview with Director Etienne Labbouz -- his film Diwali screens at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, February 7, 2020.



Check out the EBTV New Jersey Film Festival Interview with Etienne Labbouz -- Director of the poetic documentary Diwali which screens at the New Jersey Film Festival this coming Friday, February 7, 2020.

published on 02/05/2020


Eric Davis & Randy Watson’s important documentary The Twelve Thousand screens at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, February 7, 2020!



Here is our interview with the The Twelve Thousand Director Eric Davis and Producer Randy Watson:

published on 02/04/2020


Ricardo Bonisoli & Babak Bina’s amazing film The Seahorse Trainer screens at the 2020 New Jersey Film Festival this Saturday, February 1!



Here is our interview with the The Seahorse Trainer Directors Ricardo Bonisoli and Babak Bina:

published on 01/31/2020


Quinn Turon and Nadia Boyea’s eerie Greene Dreams premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, January 31, 2020!



Here is the short interview I conducted with Greene Dreams co-directors Quinn Turon and Nadia Boyea:

published on 01/29/2020


Vasilios Papaioannu’s fascinating film Two Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, January 31, 2020!



Here is the short interview I conducted with Two Director Vasilios Papaioannu:

published on 01/28/2020


Daria Kashcheeva’s amazing animated film Daughter screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, January 31, 2020!



Here is the short interview I conducted recently with Daughter Director Daria Kashcheeva who is based in Pargue, Czech Republic:

published on 01/27/2020


New Jersey Film Festival Video Interview with For Hope Director James Rees and Actor Jay Thomas



Here is my EBTV video interview with For Hope Director James Rees and Producer, Writer, Actor Jay Thomas. Their film premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

published on 01/24/2020


James Rees and Jay Thomas’s excellent short For Hope premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, January 26, 2020!



Here is my interview with For Hope Producer, Writer and Actor Jay Thomas:

published on 01/22/2020


Video Interview with Director Mark Street whose film Work Songs opens the New Jersey Film Festival



Check out the EBTV New Jersey Film Festival Interview with Mark Street -- Director of the documentary Work Songs which opens New Jersey Film Festival this coming Saturday, January 25.

published on 01/21/2020


Mark Street’s engaging and timely documentary Work Songs opens the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 25



Mark Street’s engaging and timely documentary Work Songs opens the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 25, 2020!

published on 01/20/2020


Kerry David’s Moving Documentary Breaking Their Silence Screens At The New Jersey Film Festival On Sunday, October 6, 2019!



Kerry David’s Moving Documentary Breaking Their Silence Screens At The New Jersey Film Festival On Sunday, October 6, 2019!

published on 10/02/2019


Michael Dominic’s incredible documentary Clean Hands NJ Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 4, 2019!



Michael Dominic’s incredible documentary Clean Hands NJ Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 4, 2019!

published on 10/01/2019


Adam J. Boyer and Eric Keneifel’s documentary Rebuilding History: Three Miles Across The Hudson Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 4, 2019!



Adam J. Boyer and Eric Keneifel’s documentary Rebuilding History: Three Miles Across The Hudson Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 4, 2019!

published on 09/30/2019


Damian Fitzsimmons’s sexy and raunchy comedy Off The Rails screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2019!



Damian Fitzsimmons’s sexy and raunchy comedy Off The Rails screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2019!

published on 09/18/2019


Sexy Modern Love Story Online Billie Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 20, 2019.



Sexy Modern Love Story Online Billie Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 20, 2019.

published on 09/17/2019


Brad Mays compelling documentary Two Trentons gets its World Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 15



Brad Mays compelling documentary Two Trentons gets its World Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 15, 2019

published on 09/11/2019


Thom Leavy’s passionate documentary On Vinyl: Revival and Survival gets its World Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 15, 2019!



Thom Leavy’s passionate documentary On Vinyl: Revival and Survival gets its World Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 15, 2019!

published on 09/10/2019


Impossible Monsters has its NJ Premiere on Saturday, September 14 at the NJ Film Festival!



Impossible Monsters has its NJ Premiere on Saturday, September 14 at the New Jersey Film Festival!

published on 09/09/2019


Bi Gan’s fever dream Long Day’s Journey Into Night opens the Fall 2019 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 13!



Bi Gan’s fever dream Long Day’s Journey Into Night opens the Fall 2019 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 13!

published on 09/07/2019


Winners of the 2019 New Jersey International Film Festival Announced!



Winners of the 2019 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition Announced! All the works that were part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 20 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 498 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

published on 06/10/2019


Matthew White’s wonderful documentary House of Stronzo Premieres at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2019!



Matthew White’s wonderful documentary House of Stronzo Premieres at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2019!

published on 06/05/2019


Nick Mead’s soulful documentary Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am screens at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 7, 2019!



Nick Mead’s soulful documentary Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am screens at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 7, 2019!

published on 06/04/2019


Timely feature Little Histories screens on Sunday, June 2 at the New Jersey International Film Festival!



Timely feature Little Histories screens on Sunday, June 2 at the New Jersey International Film Festival!

published on 05/31/2019


Aleksi has its NY/NJ Premiere on Saturday, June 1 at the NJ International Film Festival!



Aleksi has its NY/NJ Premiere on Saturday, June 1 at the New Jersey International Film Festival!

published on 05/28/2019


2019 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival takes place February 22 and 23 at Rutgers University!



2019 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival takes place this weekend at Rutgers University!

published on 02/22/2019


United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 31st Anniversary!



United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 31st Anniversary!

published on 02/17/2019


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2019 Winners Announced!



New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2019 Winners Announced!

published on 02/16/2019


Vermont Fancy Premieres at the 2019 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 10



Kathleen Dougherty Huxley’s documentary Vermont Fancy Premieres at the 2019 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 10. 

published on 02/07/2019


Important documentary A Girl Named C Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 9, 2019!



Emily Kassie’s important documentary A Girl Named C Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 9, 2019!

published on 02/05/2019


New Jersey Film Festival Premieres Two Documentaries by Princeton Filmmakers on Friday, February 8, 2019!



New Jersey Film Festival Premieres Two Documentaries by Princeton Filmmakers on Friday, February 8, 2019!

published on 02/04/2019


New Jersey Film Festival World Premieres Anthony Maranville’s Mimi Vang Olsen: Pet Portraitist this Friday, February 1!



The New Jersey Film Festival World Premieres Anthony Maranville’s Mimi Vang Olsen: Pet Portraitist this Friday, February 1!

published on 01/30/2019


New Jersey Film Festival Premieres Zack Morrison’s Musical Comedy Everything’s Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major on Sunday, January 27, 2019.



Zack Morrison’s musical comedy Everything’s Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Rutgers University.

published on 01/23/2019


New Jersey Film Festival Premieres Teenage Bloodsuckin’ Bimbos on Saturday, January 26



Anthony Catanese’s Horror Comedy Teenage Bloodsuckin’ Bimbos Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 26, 2019. 

published on 01/22/2019


The Amazing Film "Diary of Rooftop Water Towers" opens the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, January 25, 2019.



Nobuyuki Asai’s poetic homage to New York City’s water towers Diary of Rooftop Water Towers Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, January 25, 2019.

published on 01/21/2019


An Interview with Matej Silecky, director of Baba Babee Skazala: Grandmother Told Grandmother



New Jersey Film Festival Premieres Matej Silecky’s Baba Babee Skazala: Grandmother Told Grandmother this Sunday, October 7, 2018!

published on 10/06/2018


An Interview with Bestor Cram, director of JFK The Last Speech



Bestor Cram’s important documentary JFK The Last Speech screens at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, October 5!

published on 10/03/2018


An interview with Page Cooper Anderson, director of Patiri



The timely film PATIRI in the promised land screens at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, October 5!

published on 10/02/2018


New Jersey Film Festival Premieres the Environmental Documentary Rodents Of Unusual Size on Friday, September 28!



The New Jersey Film Festival Premieres the Environmental Documentary Rodents Of Unusual Size on Friday, September 28!

published on 09/26/2018


New Jersey Film Festival Premieres amazing documentary The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World on Friday, September 28!



New Jersey Film Festival Premieres amazing documentary The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World on Friday, September 28!

published on 09/25/2018


New Jersey Film Festival Premieres Dimitri de Clercq’s gorgeous feature film You Go To My Head this Friday, September 21!



Dimitri de Clercq's gorgeous feature film You Go To My Head Premieres at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, September 21!

published on 09/19/2018


Christopher Allan Thomas’s animated short film Hi Five The Cactus Premieres at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival this Sunday, September 16!



Christopher Allan Thomas’s animated short film Hi Five The Cactus Premieres at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival this Sunday, September 16!

published on 09/15/2018


Christopher Wells’s psych-horror film The Luring has its World Premiere at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival this Saturday, September 15!



Christopher Wells’s psych-horror film The Luring has its World Premiere at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival this Saturday, September 15!

published on 09/13/2018


Drake Woodall’s beautiful experimental film Soot premiere’s at the New Jersey Film Festival this Saturday, September 15, 2018.



Drake Woodall’s beautiful experimental film Soot premiere’s at the New Jersey Film Festival this Saturday, September 15, 2018.

published on 09/12/2018


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!

published on 09/10/2018


Andrew Marc Kotatko’s short film Whoever Was Using This Bed opens the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 14!



Andrew Marc Kotatko’s brilliant film Whoever Was Using This Bed opens the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 14!

published on 09/09/2018


Winners of the 2018 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition Announced!



Winners of the 2018 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition Announced!

published on 06/11/2018


René Balcer and Nicola Zavaglia’s informative documentary closes the 2018 New Jersey International Film Festival this Sunday, June 10 at Rutgers University!



René Balcer and Nicola Zavaglia’s informative documentary closes the 2018 New Jersey International Film Festival this Sunday, June 10 at Rutgers University!

published on 06/07/2018


Jonathan and Elan Bogarin’s beautiful documentary 306 Hollywood screens at the New Jersey International Film Festival this Sunday, June 3, 2018!



Jonathan and Elan Bogarin’s touching and beautiful documentary 306 Hollywood screens at the New Jersey International Film Festival this Sunday, June 3, 2018!

published on 06/02/2018


EJ Argenio and Tesia Walker’s timely and important short film In The Field premieres at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 2, 2018. 



EJ Argenio and Tesia Walker’s timely and important short film In The Field premieres at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 2, 2018. 

published on 05/31/2018


Marko Vuorinen's raw and lyrical documentary Vianey Premieres at the 2018 New Jersey International Film Festival this Saturday, June 2!



Marko Vuorinen's raw and lyrical documentary Vianey Premieres at the 2018 New Jersey International Film Festival this Saturday, June 2!

published on 05/30/2018


Jordan Klaja’s neo-noir short Headless Swans kicks off the 2018 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 1!



Jordan Klaja’s neo-noir short Headless Swans kicks off the 2018 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 1!

published on 05/29/2018


Bullitt County



Bullitt County by David McCracken opens the New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2018 on Friday, June 1st at 7:00pm. In the psychological-thriller feature film, four buddies with a dark secret reunite after ten years for a bachelor party on the Kentucky Bluegrass Bourbon Trail.  When they discover that their favorite distillery has been turned into a winery, the newly sober groom, Gordie, seizes on an even better adventure: a search for a stash of buried Prohibition money deep in the woods of Bullitt County, Kentucky. His friends reluctantly join him on his quest, only to discover there’s something much more dangerous than cursed treasure.

published on 05/26/2018


2018 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival concludes today Saturday, February 24!



2018 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival concludes today Saturday, February 24!

published on 02/24/2018


2018 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival begins Friday, February 23!



2018 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival begins Friday, February 23!

published on 02/22/2018


United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary!



United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary!

published on 02/21/2018


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2018 Winners Announced!



All the works that were part of the New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 23 finalists which were publicly screened at the Festival. The finalists were selected from 403 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

published on 02/16/2018


AO’s Romantic Road Drama Starlit Premieres At The New Jersey Film Festival On Sunday, February 11, 2018!



AO’s Romantic Road Drama Starlit Premieres At The New Jersey Film Festival On Sunday, February 11, 2018!

published on 02/07/2018


Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story



James Lester’s Sexy and insightful Documentary Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story will be Premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 3, 2018!

published on 01/31/2018


Scott Perlman’s Sci Fi Feature Andover will be Premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, February 2, 2018!



Scott Perlman’s Sci Fi Feature Andover will be Premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, February 2, 2018!

published on 01/30/2018


Roger Paradiso’s Timely Documentary The Lost Village will be Premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, January 28, 2018!



Roger Paradiso’s Timely Documentary The Lost Village will be Premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, January 28, 2018!

published on 01/24/2018


Tiger Ji’s Surreal Short Feature Pluto will be World Premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, January 26, 2018!



Tiger Ji’s Surreal Short Feature Pluto will be World Premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, January 26, 2018!

published on 01/22/2018


Jimmy Dinh’s comedy feature You Have A Nice Flight Will Get its New Jersey Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday!



Jimmy Dinh’s comedy feature You Have A Nice Flight will get its New Jersey premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 6, 2017!

published on 10/04/2017


Jimmy Dinh's hysterical feature You Have A Nice Flight will be getting its New Jersey premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 6, 2017



Jimmy Dinh’s hysterical feature You Have A Nice Flight will be getting its New Jersey premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 6, 2017!  

published on 10/03/2017


Scott Morris’s Important Documentary Saving The Great Swamp: Battle To Defeat The Jetport Will Be Screened At The New Jersey Film Festival On Sunday, September 24, 2017!



Scott Morris’s Important Documentary Saving The Great Swamp: Battle To Defeat The Jetport Will Be Screened At The New Jersey Film Festival On Sunday, September 24, 2017!

published on 09/21/2017


The Golden Five will be premiering in the USA at the Fall 2017 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 22!



Goran Trenchovski’s impressive feature film The Golden Five will be premiering in the USA at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 22, 2017!

published on 09/19/2017


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2017 begins tonight!



New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2017 begins tonight!

published on 09/15/2017


Minwoo Song’s surreal short film Greeting In The Afternoon will be premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, September 15, 2017!



Minwoo Song’s surreal short film Greeting In The Afternoon will be premiering at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, September 15, 2017!

published on 09/12/2017


Fred Riedel and Jerry Fried’s feature rock doc HELLO HELLO HELLO : Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim opens the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 15, 2017!



Fred Riedel and Jerry Fried’s feature rock doc HELLO HELLO HELLO : Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim opens the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 15, 2017!

published on 09/06/2017


Winners of the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition Announced!



Winners of the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition Announced!

published on 06/12/2017


Beth Kruvant’s timely documentary Levinsky Park will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11!



Beth Kruvant’s timely documentary Levinsky Park will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11!

published on 06/08/2017


Mischa Marcus’s riveting feature I Am Still Here will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11!



Mischa Marcus’s riveting feature I Am Still Here will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11!

published on 06/07/2017


Gladys Bensimon’s timely documentary A Way Out will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10!



Gladys Bensimon’s timely documentary A Way Out will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10!

published on 06/06/2017


Juan Pablo Martinez’s moving feature Emma will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10!



Juan Pablo Martinez’s moving feature Emma will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10!

published on 06/05/2017


Tingting Liu’s stunningly beautiful hand drawn animation will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 4!



Tingting Liu’s stunningly beautiful hand drawn animation will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 4!

published on 05/31/2017


Michael Cross’s feature comedy Second Nature will be premiering at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 3!



Michael Cross’s feature comedy Second Nature will be premiering at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 3!

published on 05/28/2017


Laina Barakat’s touching film Glowworm will be premiering at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 3!



Laina Barakat’s touching film Glowworm will be premiering at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 3!

published on 05/26/2017


2017 New Jersey International Film Festival Line Up Announced!



2017 New Jersey International Film Festival Line Up Announced!

published on 04/19/2017


Festival Proves Super 8 Film Is Not Dead Yet!



Festival Proves Super 8 Film Is Not Dead Yet!

published on 02/16/2017


The 29th Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival takes place February 18 and 19, 2017 at Rutgers University - Part 2



The 29th Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival takes place February 18 and 19, 2017 at Rutgers University - Part 2

published on 02/15/2017


The 29th Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival takes place February 18 and 19, 2017 at Rutgers University!



The 29th Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival takes place February 18 and 19, 2017 at Rutgers University!

published on 02/14/2017


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2017 Winners Announced!



New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2017 Winners Announced!

published on 02/13/2017


The important documentary RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet? Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 12, 2017!



The important documentary RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet? Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 12, 2017!

published on 02/09/2017


Essential Sea Level Rise Documentary Bad Tidings Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 12!



Essential Sea Level Rise Documentary Bad Tidings Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 12!

published on 02/08/2017


Essential Sea Level Rise Documentary Bad Tidings Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 12!



Essential Sea Level Rise Documentary Bad Tidings Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 12!

published on 02/08/2017


Royston Scott’s enlightening documentary film The Sara Spencer Washington Story Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on February 11!



Royston Scott’s enlightening documentary film The Sara Spencer Washington Story Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on February 11!

published on 02/06/2017


Luís & Gonçao Galvão Teles Wonderfully Surreal Film GELO from Portugal Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival this Saturday, February 4!



Luís & Gonçao Galvão Teles Wonderfully Surreal Film GELO from Portugal Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival this Saturday, February 4!

published on 02/01/2017


Zuzelin Martin Lynch’s Craving Cuba gets its Area Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, February 3rd!



Zuzelin Martin Lynch’s Craving Cuba gets its Area Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, February 3rd!

published on 01/31/2017


Andrea Marini’s Timely and Award-Winning Documentary Art of The Prank Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, January 29!



Andrea Marini’s Timely and Award-Winning Documentary Art of The Prank Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, January 29!

published on 01/25/2017


Acclaimed Canadian Film The Northlander Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 28!



Benjamin Ross Hayden’s The Northlander Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 28!

published on 01/20/2017


The comedic short Knights of New Jersey will be opening the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 28, 2017!



The comedic short Knights of New Jersey will be opening the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 28, 2017!

published on 01/17/2017


Brand X Rides Again!



During my first semester at Binghamton University (aka SUNY-Binghamton), in 1976, Brand X-- a terrific progressive rock ensemble--came to my rescue. I was playing for the Binghamton soccer team and often had to get up early on Saturday mornings, as the team would depart at that time for games. Unfortunately, my dorm floor-mates would stay up late partying and singing songs from Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, The Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and others all through Friday nights and into the wee hours of Saturday mornings. I was not getting any sleep as a result despite my banging on their walls and doors. When they finally went to sleep one night at 4AM I got a couple of well-needed hours of shut-eye. At the same time, I was not going to let them get away with keeping me up, so I plotted my revenge as soon as I got up at 6AM. I was going to blast the loudest and most intense music I could find in my record collection at that ungodly hour and give them a taste of their own medicine. The album that I chose was Brand X’s Unorthodox Behaviour. The first track, entitled “Nuclear Burn,” would be the perfect retaliatory wake-up call. The title tells you all you need to know about how loud this song can get. As soon as “Nuclear Burn” blasted out of my speakers, I could hear (if barely) my floor-mates desperately banging on my door and walls. Revenge was sweet. From that day forward, Brand X has remained very dear to my heart.

published on 12/13/2016


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2017 Line-Up Announced!



New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2017 Line-Up Announced!

published on 12/05/2016


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2016 Screening this Sunday!!



New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2016 Screening this Sunday!!

published on 10/21/2016


Free Screening and more at the New Jersey Film Festival this weekend!



Free Screening and more at the New Jersey Film Festival this weekend!

published on 10/14/2016


​New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2016 Winners Announced!



​New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2016 Winners Announced!

published on 10/12/2016


2 Terrific Films at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, October 7, 2016!



2 Terrific Films at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, October 7, 2016!

published on 10/06/2016


Two crazy films will be Premiering tomorrow night at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University.



Two crazy films will be Premiering tomorrow night at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University.

published on 09/30/2016


Tamara and Thomas Balsamides’s documentary A Ticking Time Bomb Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, October 2, 2016!



Tamara and Thomas Balsamides’s documentary A Ticking Time Bomb Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, October 2, 2016!

published on 09/28/2016


Sevé Schelenz’s Peelers Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2016!



Sevé Schelenz’s Peelers Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2016!

published on 09/27/2016


Stephen Elliot’s After Adderall Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 25!



Stephen Elliot’s After Adderall Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 25!

published on 09/22/2016


Randall Okita’s The Lockpicker Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 23!



Randall Okita’s The Lockpicker Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 23!

published on 09/20/2016


Seymon Pinkhasov’s Art Doc "Out of The Box" Premieres at the 2016 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 18!



Seymon Pinkhasov’s Art Doc "Out of The Box" Premieres at the 2016 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 18!

published on 09/14/2016


Nilay Daves’s Gandhiji My Mentor has its Metro-NY/NJ Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, September 17!



Here is my interview with Gandhiji My Mentor Director Nilay Dave:

published on 09/08/2016


Winners of the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition



Winners of the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition

published on 06/19/2016


Alvaro Congosto’s thrilling film The Suitor Premieres at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 18!



Alvaro Congosto’s thrilling film The Suitor Premieres at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 18!

published on 06/16/2016


Daniel Maldonado's touching feature film H.O.M.E. Premieres at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Satuday, June 18!



Daniel Maldonado's touching feature film H.O.M.E. Premieres at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Satuday, June 18!

published on 06/15/2016


Pat Murphy’s insightful documentary Psychedelia Premieres at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 17!



Pat Murphy’s insightful documentary Psychedelia Premieres at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 17!

published on 06/14/2016


Kudistan-Kurdistan has its Metro-NY/NJ Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 12!



Kudistan-Kurdistan has its Metro-NY/NJ Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 12!

published on 06/10/2016


Bulent Gunduz’s Kudistan-Kurdistan has its Metro-NY/NJ Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 12!



Bulent Gunduz’s Kudistan-Kurdistan has its Metro-NY/NJ Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 12!

published on 06/09/2016


The Lovely Animated film A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure gets it's New Jersey Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival!



The Lovely Animated film A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure gets it's New Jersey Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival!

published on 06/08/2016


Acclaimed Documentary Nathan East: For The Record will be screened at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 11!



Acclaimed Documentary Nathan East: For The Record will be screened at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 11!

published on 06/08/2016


Great music documentary Chilltown, USA has its World Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 12!



Elvie Mae Parian's music documentary Chilltown, USA has its World Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 11!

published on 06/06/2016


Chris Brown's film The Other Kids Premieres at the New Jersey International Film Festival tonight, June 5 at Rutgers University!



Chris Brown's film The Other Kids Premieres at the New Jersey International Film Festival tonight, June 5 at Rutgers University!

published on 06/05/2016


The terrific feature film Occupy, Texas has its East Coast Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Opening Night Saturday, June 4!



The terrific feature film Occupy, Texas has its East Coast Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Opening Night Saturday, June 4!

published on 06/01/2016


Chris Brown’s excellent feature film The Other Kids has its East Coast Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 5!



Chris Brown’s excellent feature film The Other Kids has its East Coast Premiere at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 5!

published on 05/24/2016


Jeff Barry and Gene Gallerano’s terrific feature film Occupy, Texas has its East Coast Premiere at the 2016 New jersey International Film Festival on Opening Night Saturday, June 4!



Jeff Barry and Gene Gallerano’s terrific feature film Occupy, Texas has its East Coast Premiere at the 2016 New jersey International Film Festival on Opening Night Saturday, June 4!

published on 05/18/2016


Paola Bernardini wonderful short film Citta' dei Sogni (City of Dreams) Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 27, 2016!



Paola Bernardini wonderful short film Citta' dei Sogni (City of Dreams) Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 27, 2016!

published on 02/25/2016


Massimo Alì Mohammad lovely feature film Amore tra le rovine (Love Among the Ruins) Premieres at the New jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 27!



Massimo Alì Mohammad lovely feature film Amore tra le rovine (Love Among the Ruins) Premieres at the New jersey Film Festival on Saturday, February 27!

published on 02/23/2016


2016 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners Announced!



2016 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners Announced!

published on 02/22/2016


28th Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival begins this Friday, February 19, 2016!



28th Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival begins this Friday, February 19, 2016!

published on 02/16/2016


Jonathan Cohrs documentary on the Meadowlands Back Water premieres this Friday, February 12 at the Spring 2016 New Jersey Film Festival



Jonathan Cohrs documentary on the Meadowlands Back Water premieres this Friday, February 12 at the Spring 2016 New Jersey Film Festival

published on 02/09/2016


Jody McVeigh-Schultz poetic feature Echo Lake premieres this Saturday, February 6 at the Spring 2016 New Jersey Film Festival



Jody McVeigh-Schultz poetic feature Echo Lake premieres this Saturday, February 6 at the Spring 2016 New Jersey Film Festival

published on 02/03/2016


Maria Finitzo’s In The Game – an exhilarating documentary about race, class, and gender premieres this Friday, February 5 at the Spring 2016 New Jersey Film Festival!



Maria Finitzo’s In The Game – an exhilarating documentary about race, class, and gender premieres this Friday, February 5 at the Spring 2016 New Jersey Film Festival!

published on 02/02/2016


Christoph Rainer's crazy love film Pitter Patter Goes My Heart opens the New Jersey Film Festival



Christoph Rainer's crazy love film Pitter Patter Goes My Heart opens the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

published on 01/25/2016


David Spaltro’s smart psychological horror film In The Dark will have it’s Area Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 30, 2016!!



David Spaltro’s smart psychological horror film In The Dark will have it’s Area Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 30, 2016!!

published on 01/16/2016


New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2015 Competition Winners Announced!



New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2015 Competition Winners Announced!

published on 10/11/2015


Maria Soccor’s moving documentary Lords of BSV plays this Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University!



Maria Soccor’s moving documentary Lords of BSV plays this Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University!

published on 09/30/2015


Reuben Meltzer’s The Moment: Bonnaroo Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, October 2, 2015!



Reuben Meltzer’s The Moment: Bonnaroo Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival this Friday, October 2, 2015!

published on 09/28/2015


The Extraordinary Documentary Right Footed Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 27, 2015!



Here is an interview conducted with Nick Spark, Director of Right Footed.

published on 09/23/2015


Witty and sexy feature It Plays Like Love premieres this Friday, September 25, 2015 at New Jersey Film Festival!



A witty and inventive feature film, It Plays Like Love is about a theatre director who hopes to prove that love existed by recreating it on the stage. The movie weaves together four narrative threads: the rehearsals for the play; the director’s memories of the past (which are unreliable, at best); a dinner party with his frustrated cast; and cast auditions (shot with real actors opening up about their love lives). With its mix of scripted drama, honest confessions, timeless questions, confusion, and humor, It Plays Like Love adds up to an experience greater than the sum of its parts.

published on 09/21/2015


Chris Fetchko and Marina Donahues Charming All In Time will have its New Jersey Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on September 20, 2015!!



Here is an interview I did with All In Time Co-Producers, Co-Directors, Co-Writers Chris Fetchko and Marina Donahue:

published on 09/16/2015


Patrik Eriksson’s short film Wózek (The Cart) opens the Fall 2015 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 11 at Rutgers University!



Patrik Eriksson’s short film Wózek (The Cart) opens the Fall 2015 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 11 at Rutgers University!

published on 09/09/2015


Angel of Nanjing gets its New Jersey Premiere on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University!



Here is a brief interview with Angel of Nanjing Co-director Jordan Horowitz:

published on 09/09/2015


Brigitta Wagner’s beautiful feature film Rosehill premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on September 11, 2015 at Rutgers University!!



Here is an interview I did with Rosehill Director Brigitta Wagner:

published on 08/28/2015




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