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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New Jersey Film Festival -- Spring 2011

New Jersey Film Festival -- Spring 2011

Thursday-January 20-Ruth Adams Bldg. #001-6PM $10/$9/$8
Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer  - Thom Anderson, Fay Anderson, Morgan Fisher

A brilliant, innovative film about the origins of cinema and its most famed forefather, Eadweard Muybridge. Over the course of a decade, filmmaker Thom Andersen animated Muybridge's landmark photographic studies of humans and animals in motion. Interpolated with these incredible sequences are biographical sections detailing Muybridge's personal and professional struggles, narrated by Dean Stockwell. Drawing the contrasts between Muybridge's reclusive live and the explosive, very public birth of cinema, this is both a film about cinematic history and a work of art in itself. 1975; 60 min. With commentary by Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin. Part of the Rutgers University American Film Directors course.

Friday-January 21-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
 Crawdad - Kelly Stephenson

Estrangements worsened by war shape the narrative of this short, sensitively rendered film. Forced to move into her grandparents' farmhouse while her military father is deployed overseas, a young girl named Beth struggles to understand the strained relationships within her family.  The situation is compounded when Beth's grandparents take in a drifter who helps with odd jobs around the farm in exchange for a place to sleep. 2010; 16 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Kelly Stephenson!

Risen - Neil Jones
Set in 1960's Britain, this feature film based on a true story is propelled by lightning-fast cinematography and superbly choreographed boxing scenes. When Howard Winstone loses three fingers on his right hand at the age of 16, it seems that his impressive amateur boxing career will come to an end. Fighting on with sheer determination, as he can make a fist only with one hand, he goes on to win every boxing title in his division and  stands to become the champion of the world..  As he reaches the height of his success, his marriage begins to suffer under the pressure of his growing fame. Featuring more boxing world champions than any other film in history, this is a story that deserves to be seen. 2010; 121 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Neil Jones and Producer/Actor Stuart Brennan!

Saturday-January 22-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Charlie and the Rabbit - Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian

Charlie, a 4-year-old fan of Bugs Bunny cartoons, decides to go out and find a rabbit of his own.2010; 10 min.

Our Beautiful Mountain – Vincent DiVito
Satirizing a Ronald Reagan political ad from 1984, Our Beautiful Mountain centers on a group of four young hunters who live on a freezing mountain. Grasswater, the maniacal leader of the troop, is convinced that the successful hunt of one particular bear will ensure everyone's survival in a bleak, post-industrial world. The outcome is not what he predicted. 2010; 25 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Vincent DiVito and Producer/Actor Brian McElroy!

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone - Christopher Metzler and Lev Anderson
Emerging out of the shifting fault lines of the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of both the music industry and the nation. Narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne. 2010; 103 min. With in-person appearances by Directors Christopher Metzler and Lev Anderson!*

Sunday-January 23-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Urva - Emre Ozdemir

Set in a remote Turkish village called Urva, this short documentary extols the vanishing aesthetic of a soon-to be-lost culture. In Turkish, subtiled.2010; 13 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Emre Ozdemir!

Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission - Dena Seidel
Paced like an action thriller, and graced with stunning undersea footage, Atlantic Crossing tracks visionary oceanographer Scott Glenn as he leads a team of scientists and engineers at Rutgers University's Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (The COOL Room) to launch the first transatlantic underwater robot. Officially known as RU27, and nicknamed "Scarlet", this glider robot is set to explore the vast uncharted waters of the North Atlantic with the aim of monitoring and predicting climate change.  Equipped with as yet untested hardware, Scarlet faces daunting challenges. When unknown ocean organisms stop Scarlet in her underwater trek, the scientists risk their lives in the high seas of the mid-Atlantic to try to save her and the mission. 2010; 82 min. With in-person appearances by Director Dena Seidel and Producer Rick Ludescher!

Friday-January 28-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Broken Clouds - Yuri Alves

At once poignant and hopeful, this short film is set in a not so distant future, when plants refuse to grow, and life as we know it ceases to exist. A forsaken survivor miraculously resists death, roaming past the decaying corpses and the vestiges of our bygone world. Sustained by the memory of his lost lover, he embarks on a mission to plant three seeds which he is convinced will have the power to restart life on the planet. 2010; 21 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Yuri Alves!

The Red Machine - Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm
A sly and stylish spy thriller set in Washington, DC, at the height of the Great Depression. An irrepressible young thief, who is long on charm yet short with the truth, is forced to help an icy Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. During the mission, complicated by the spy's dark deeds in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a more sinister game. Together, they devise an intricate scheme to outwit their handlers. Roger Ebert calls The Red Machine "a lean, intense thriller." Starring Rutgers alumnus Donal Thoms-Cappello. 2010; 84 min. With an in-person appearance by Donal Thoms-Cappello!

Saturday-January 29-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Surviving Hunger - Balgum Song

In this short animation, a huge frog-like creature is desperately hungry and hopes that a cute little furry thing will become his next meal. 2010; 3 min.

Kings - Barbara Mones
A short animation about two elderly men who try to resolve an escalating conflict by playing a card game called WAR. The prospects for peace at not favorable. 2010; 7 min.

Bike Race - Tom Schroeder
An animated documentary about two friends who decide to stage a bicycle race to determine who is the best racer of all time, Eddy Merck or Lance Armstrong. A love triangle develops during the race and the stakes of winning become all the greater. 2010; 12 min.

The Gift of the Magi - Toshikazu Ishii

A touching animation from Japan about an apprentice magician and his loving wife who does the unthinkable to fulfill his wishes on Christmas day. 2010;13 min.

Living for 32 - Kevin Breslin
Living for 32 is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the horrific shooting massacre that took place on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007 which left 32 dead and 17 injured. Summoning an astonishing optimism and passion for life, Colin shares an intimate account of the terror that he and his classmates endured and the remarkable journey of renewal and hope that he chose to pursue. 2010; 40 min.
With an in-person appearance by Director Kevin Breslin and Producer Maria Cuomo Cole!

Sunday-January 30-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Gizmo Kaleidoscope - Susan Shaw

Optical and mechanical -- rotating, tumbling, reassembling, rearranging, arrested and in flux, loose and continuous – this is an ode to Coney Island and its denizens in patterns of shape, color, and sound. 2010; 3 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Susan Shaw!

Arthur and Friends Greenhouse Project – Michael Cheski
An engaging short documentary about a greenhouse on the New Jersey State fairgrounds in Sussex County that  has become a place of  healing for disabled adults. As the workers raise hydroponic lettuce, arugula, basil and other greens for nearby restaurants, schools, and supermarkets, they are also transforming their own lives.  Just over a year old, the project has proven so successful that two new greenhouses have opened in Orange and Hackettstown, New Jersey with additional ones planned. 2010; 12 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Michael Cheski!

10 Days of Rain- Sean Webley
An intense short film about a guilt-stricken artist who tries to make amends with a past that he can't even remember and to fill in the holes of a mystery that is tearing him apart. 2010; 20 min.

Cash Crop – Adam Ross
Going undercover for a year and a half, filmmaker Adam Ross delves into the production of marijuana, which is now America's number one cash crop, generating an estimated $35 billion a year in profits. Cash Crop takes viewers along California's West Coast from the historic Spanish Camino Real, then past the last mission outpost, to the heart of the so-called Emerald Triangle of Northern California where pot now reigns supreme. Operating just within and outside the law, marijuana growers wrestle with issues of entrepreneurship, greed, and sustainability in the Golden State but their concerns are less about getting high than and much more about the nitty-gritty of maintaining supply and demand in an increasingly competitive market. 2010; 88 min.

Saturday-February 5-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Shaft or Sidney Poitier - Jonathan Gayles

Critically examining the manner in which African-American men were first portrayed as superheroes in American comic books, Shaft or Sidney Poitier deftly illuminates broader societal conceptions about representations of black masculinity in the popular culture. Through interviews with artists, scholars and cultural critics, this documentary makes clear that black superheroes ranged from the humorous, to the offensive, to the tragic, but never strayed too far from common stereotypes. 2010; 56 min.

Deforce - Daniel Falconer
For decades, Detroit has been an emblem of urban decay—from its dismal high school graduation rate, to its  corrupt politicians, to its staggering crime rate.  Deforce takes a new perspective on this much maligned city: as it delves into the largely untold how and why of these problems. Looking beyond over-reported factors like the decline of the American auto industry, director Daniel Falconer explores the systemic divisions at the core of Detroit's crisis. The conditions revealed and the history explored are, at once, specific to Detroit, and universally shared with nearly all of America's poorest, forgotten urban centers. 2010; 96 min.

Thursday-February 10-Ruth Adams Bldg. #001-6PM $10/$9/$8
Films by Stan Brakhage 

Stan Brakhage is one of the most important figures in 20th-century American experimental film. Over the course of five decades, he explored a variety of formats, approaches, and techniques that included handheld camerawork, painting directly onto celluloid, fast cutting, in-camera editing, scratching on film and the use of multiple exposures. Interested in mythology and inspired by music, poetry and visual phenomena, Brakhage sought to reveal the universal in the particular, exploring themes of birth, mortality, sexuality  and innocence.

His films are intensely expressive and lyrical. Some of the films to be screened include new film prints of Mothlight, Fire of Waters, Creation, Prelude: Dog Star Man and others. 1959-1979; 70 min. With commentary by Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin. Part of the Rutgers University American Film Directors course.

Friday-February 11-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
One and Stuck - TJ Thyne

Two short films ostensibly about one action that inevitably leads to a reaction.  In One, a middle aged man, alone in his car, becomes incapable of seeing anything 2010; 4 min. In Stuck, two men, are stuck in their mundane lives, without a way out., but in a single moment, they have the chance to alter their state of existence. 2010; 6 min. With in-person appearances by Director/Actor TJ Thyne and Producer/Actor Dave Kuhr!

Ending In Jersey – Andrew Skean
A road trip from Florida to New Jersey unexpectedly parallels the course of the troubled relationship between a young couple. 2010; 12 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Andrew Skean!

Things That Can Kill You – Andrew Johnson
A sardonic documentary about a young woman who texts herself to death. 2010; 15 min. With an in-person appearance by Andrew Johnson!

Doggy...Doggy - Raymond Yeung
A dark comedy about a man who descends into despair about his missing dog. As he moves through the streets of Manhattan, and sees women walking their pets, he sinks ever deeper into isolation. 2009; 19 min. With an in-person appearance by Director Raymond Yeung!

Heart of Now- Zak Forsman
Beautifully shot and acted, Heart of Now is a debut feature film that explores the agony of a shattering loss and the prospect of transcendence. Amber is a young woman with a profound longing for a sense of family. Discovering that she is pregnant, and abandoned by her boyfriend, she seeks a safe haven in Gabe – the father figure that left her and her dying mother a decade ago. Stripped of any possibility for self-deception, she confronts the root causes of her suffering and frees herself in a brief, transcendent moment at the very heart of now. 2010; 89 min.

Saturday-February 12-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Vento - Marcio Salem

A haunting short film set in an isolated town in Brazil where the people begin to act strangely once the winds cease to blow. In the middle of this eerie stillness, a boy nurtures his dream of escape. In Portuguese, subtitled. 2010; 15 min.

Estacio de l'oblit (Station of the forgotten) - Christian Molina and Sandra Serna
An eloquent feature film centered on the relationship between an elderly sailor, his granddaughter, and a troubled boy who unexpectedly become travelling companions, trekking toward a lighthouse on the Cape of Creus, the easternmost point of mainland Spain. At the end of their unlikely journey, will the sailor reunite with his loved ones? Will the adolescent boy find his place in the community? And will the sailor's granddaughter find herself?  Station of the Forgotten is a journey to the end of the world told with tenderness and quiet emotion. 2009; 89 min. In Spanish and Catalan, subtitled.

Sunday-February 13-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10; $9; $8
Lift - Ann Marie Allison

Are the ups and downs of love always worth the ride? Maggie is a bespectacled filing clerk. Clark is a confident corporate executive. To get close to him, Maggie coordinates their daily ride up in the elevator, hoping today is the day he will realize they're meant for each other. But when another woman grabs Clark's attention, Maggie decides it's time to change, and she devises a plan to finally stand out. 2010; 10 min.

Dottie's Thanksgiving Pickle - Sean Gannet
Against her mother-in-law's wishes and her husband's preference, Dottie, a woman with questionable cooking talent, determines to take on Thanksgiving dinner although the frozen turkey remains uncooperative. Starring Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis and Tony Award Nominee Nancy Opel. 2010; 11 min.

I Love My Woman - Otis Kriegel
A Valentine's Day documentary with a twist! Ordinarily, men don't talk about love. In this documentary, they candidly explore why they love the women they are with--from the touch of their skin, to the sound of their voice, to the way they love to feel loved. At once surprising, comical, emotional, serious, revealing, and self-centered but always honest, I Love My Woman shows that. When given the opportunity, men will drop everything to talk about one thing they love: their women.  2010; 12 min. With an in-person appearance by
Director Otis Kriegel!

The Filmmaker - Marcello Fabrizi
Mark is a filmmaker. None of his films are earth-shatteringly great. Some of them almost work, but not quite. What he lacks in talent he makes up for with sheer, all-consuming optimism. Jess is the girl of his dreams, but she thinks he's an idiot. She might be right. A hilarious cinematic quest for 'the truth', the girl, and the malamute that his parents never got for him. 2010; 17 min.

Hot Toxic Love: The Making of The Toxic Avenger Musical – Jeff Cipin
This insightful and charming documentary explores the trials and tribulations of the actors and creative team involved in getting a new production to the stage in four weeks. Complete with sexy dance numbers and lots of artificial, green ooze. 2010; 45 min.

Friday-February 18-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10/$9/$8
2011 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival  
View the winning films and digital videos of the International U.S. Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, selected by a jury of filmmakers, students, and media professionals. The festival--now in its 23rd year—will feature finalist works by independent filmmakers from the United States and around the world. A different program of films and videos will be offered each night.  Prize winners will be announced on the closing night of the festival, in a competition for $4000 in cash and prizes, along with the Audience Favorite Prize. 120 min. A complete festival line-up will be listed on our website by February 11, 2011.

Saturday-February 19-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10/$9/$8
2011 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival     

Sunday-February 20-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM $10/$9/$
2011 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival  

Thursday-February 24-Ruth Adams Bldg. #001-6PM $10/$9/$8
Beauty #2–Andy Warhol

Edie Sedgwick was downtown New York's "It girl" of 1965, when she was inseparable from Andy Warhol; they briefly reigned together as the king of Pop Art and his star. Sedgwick appeared in nearly all of Warhol's films that year. In "Beauty #2," her most playful and alluring performance, Sedgwick flirts in bed with a half-naked man—and the camera—while responding to jealous insults from an off-screen voyeur. "Edie was incredible on camera—just the way she moved," said Warhol. "She was all energy. She didn't know what to do with it when it came to living her life, but it was wonderful to film."1965, 70 min. With commentary by Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin. Part of the Rutgers University American Film Directors course.

Thursday-March 3-Ruth Adams Bldg. #001-6PM $10/$9/$8
Seconds - John Frankenheimer

A masterpiece from director John Frankenheimer. One of the ultimate psychological thrillers, as if sprung from Kafka, Seconds is the story of a haggard American businessman who is offered the chance—by a sinister re-engineering corporation--to start his life over with a new face and body.  The eerie and disquieting music is a key element to the  film, along with James Wong Howe's haunting, anamorphic cinematography. Starring Rock Hudson. 1966, 107 min. With commentary by Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin. Part of the Rutgers University American Film Directors course.

Saturday-March 5-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM Free
Salt of this Sea - Annemarie Jacir

A feature film about the burdens of the past, made heavier by the weight of seemingly interminable political conflicts. Soraya, born in Brooklyn into a community of Palestinian refugees, discovers that her grandfather's savings were frozen in a bank account in Jaffa when he was exiled in 1948.  Determined to reclaim what is hers, she travels to Jaffa.  There she is shattered by the reality around her and is forced to confront her own anger once she meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, they know in order to be free, they must take things into their own hands. In Arabic, subtitled. 2008; 109 min.  With an in-person appearance by Actor Suheir Hammad!*

Films shown on Friday, Saturday or Sunday in January and February are part of the New Jersey Film Festival Competition and are either area or New Jersey Premieres!

* = Appearance tentatively confirmed!

General Information

Time:     All Voorhees Hall film programs begin at 7:00 PM and all Ruth Adams Building programs begin at 6:00 PM. Films are screened in the order listed with a brief intermission for double and multiple-bills between films.

Ruth Adams Building #001 (Near corner of Jones Street and George Street
131 George St./Douglass College Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Voorhees Hall #105 (Near the corner of George Street and Hamilton Street),
71 Hamilton Street/College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

NOTE: Our new primary screening location Voorhees Hall #105 features new comfortable seats, stadium seating, a state-of-the-art hi-definition projection and sound systems!

$10=General; $9=Students+Seniors; $8=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.  Except the Sat-March 5th screening which is Free!

All films are subject to change. Call our information number 732-932-8482 the day of show to confirm titles.

Tickets are available on a "first-come-first-served" basis only and can be purchased at the door beginning a half-hour before the start time. Advance Tickets are available to groups of 10 or more. Call or email us for more info.

Voorhees Hall #105=Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9 and then take Route 18N (New Brunswick direction) and go for 2 1/2 miles to the College Avenue Campus/George Street exit (immediately after the Route 27S exit) and make a left at the light at the end of the exit ramp onto George Street, then go to the next light and make a right onto Hamilton Street, then go to the next light and make a right onto College Avenue. Almost immediately on your right hand side there is an University Parking Lot (#9) which is made available for our patrons to park in. Voorhees Hall is adjacent to the Zimmerli Art Museum and is 100 paces across the Voorhees Mall from Parking Lot 9. Patrons can also park in Rutgers Lots #1 (next to Kirkpatrick Chapel) and #16 (next to Murray and Milledoler Hall). Map and Directions are also here:

Ruth Adams Bldg. #001= Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9 and then take Route 18N (New Brunswick direction-Local Lanes)  and go for approximately 1 mile and take the Commercial Avenue exit. Go up Commercial Ave to the 2nd light and make a left on George Street.  Then go about 100 yards and make a left into the service road (opposite Jones St. on the right) into the Douglass Campus and park in the University parking lot #69 at the end of the service road. Additional Parking is available on Jones Street and behind the Douglass Student Center near the corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street.
Map and Directions are also here:
New Jersey Film Festival
Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center
Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies
72 Lipman Drive  (#018 Loree Hall - Douglass Campus)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901-8525 U.S.A.   
(732) 932-8482 phone; (732) 932-1935 fax;, NJMAC  e-mail;
Web Site:

The New Jersey Film Festivalsm Spring 2011 is funded and sponsored in part by The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center; The Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies/School of Arts and Sciences; Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission/Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Eastman Kodak; Johnson & Johnson; New Jersey Books; WCTC/WMGQ; The Home News Tribune;  The Highland Park Mirror; The Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences; the Rutgers University Office of Academic Engagement and Programming; The Rutgers University American Studies Department; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program;  Rutgers University Center For Middle Eastern Studies; Writers Boot Camp; Baseline/Film Tracker; Jungle Software; New Brunswick City Market; Showbiz Software; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; Rutgers University  Libraries; Rutgers University Presentation Services; The Rutgers University Enhanced Classroom Support Department; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.

Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC 2011 Staff
Executive Director/Curator: Albert Gabriel Nigrin
Office and House Managers: Stephen Dovidas, Joe Gessner, Ed Brett Scheuermann

Volunteers/Interns: Lauren Antolino, Ryan Dembek, Holman Edmond, Mark Hansen, Richard Lee, Kate McGaffney, Robin Morales, Jessica Murphy, Heather Preyer, Natika Prosper, Shamika Speight, Eileen Tavarez, Bryan Viera

Advisors:   Bob Brodsky, Victoria Connor, Dr. Susan Martin-Marquez, Dr. Daniel Nigrin, Toni Treadway, Dr. Alan Williams

Board of Trustees: Dr. John Belton, Dr. Irene Fizer, Bill Harris, Albert Gabriel Nigrin, Steven C. Schechter,Esq.

The New Jersey Film Festivalsm Spring 2011 is curated by Albert Gabriel Nigrin. Schedule Editor: Irene Fizer. Schedule compiler: Vic Fern. Schedule Designer:  Victoria Connor/Design Ideas. Schedule printed by Advanced Printing.  Cover Art: Mental Radio by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2010.