New Jersey Stage

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Arthouse Film Festival Screening the Best New Films Before Public Release


Imagine seeing a festival-winning gem before public release, then the lights come up, and there in front of you are the creators of the film, ready to answer questions and discuss their work.

Starting March 7th, Filmmakers Symposium’s Arthouse Film Festival will run for 10 weeks at two New Jersey theatres: AMC Loews Mountainside and AMC Loews Monmouth Mall. The festival has hosted 1,427 movie premieres with 942 live guest appearances over the past 20 years.

Oscar winners and nominees Danny Aiello, Alan Arkin, Frank Darabont, Jesse Eisenberg, Ethan Hawke, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Melissa Leo, Viggo Mortensen, Chazz Palminteri, John Sayles, Aaron Sorkin, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Fisher Stevens and David Strathairn have joined Dylan Baker, Famke Janssen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Delroy Lindo, Derek Luke, Mary Stuart Masterson, David Morse, Connie Nielsen, Joe Pantoliano and Kevin Smith as guest speakers who have come to share their insights with festival participants.

"The program will always be flexible in order to take advantage of opportunities as they arise," said festival director Chuck Rose. "Wonderful surprises and fantastic celebrities can pop up out of nowhere, so we try to keep the schedule as fluid as possible."

"In 2010, we premiered 33 films that earned a total of 13 Spirit Award, 24 British Academy Award, and 20 Oscar nominations. We screened "The King’s Speech," "127 Hours," "Rabbit Hole" and "The Company Men" well before they were released to the public."

"Since launching 20 years ago, we have worked to create an international VIP network of filmmakers, actors, journalists, critics and film industry pros whose jobs involve finding and evaluating the cream of Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Berlin, Tribeca and the other important film festivals. We also work to ferret out potential hits in the development and production stages so we are ready to pounce on the best films first," explained Rose.

For information or to register, call 1-732-870-6012 or visit: www.PrivateScreenings.org

The festival is open to anyone, but seating is limited, so early enrollment is advised. Subscription is $133 for five weeks, or $235 for 10 weeks, or $205 for flex ticket (choose any eight out 10 nights). Discounts will be available for early registration. Also being offered is a 'Bring Your Friends’ special: for each friend (new subscriber) who signs up with you, you get $50 off your subscription for 10 weeks (or $25 off for five weeks, or $40 off for flex ticket); or bring four friends and your subscription is free.

Confirmed films and those under consideration for the upcoming festival include: "Bill Cunningham New York" with Bill Cunningham, Tom Wolfe, director Richard Press; "Bride Flight" with Karina Smulders, Waldemar Torenstra, director Ben Sombogaart; "The Conspirator" with Robin Wright, James McAvoy, director Robert Redford; "The Double Hour" with Flippo Timi, Kseniya Rappoport, director Giuseppe Capotondi; "The First Grader" with Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, director Justin Chadwick; "The Happy Poet" with Donny Mars, Chris Doubek, director Paul Gordon; "Last Night" with Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, director Massy Tadjedin; "Margin Call" with Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, director J.C. Chandor; "Meek’s Cutoff" with Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, director Kelly Reichardt; "The Names of Love" with Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, director Michel Leclerc; "Potiche" with Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, director Francois Ozon; "Project Nim" with Nim, Reagan Leonard, director James Marsh; "Queen to Play" with Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, director Caroline Bottaro; "Sarah’s Key" with Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance, director Gilles Paquet-Brenner; "Soul Surfer" with Dennis Quaid, AnnaSophia Robb, director Sean McNamera; "Terri" with John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, director Azazel Jacobs; "There Be Dragons" with Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, director Roland Joffe; "Tree of Life" with Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, director Terrence Malick; and "Win Win" with Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, director Tom McCarthy.