New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Arthouse Film Festival Starts September 30

Imagine seeing a festival-winning gem before release to the public, 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 September 30th, Arthouse Film Festival will run for ten weeks at two New Jersey theatres: AMC Loews Mountainside and AMC Loews Monmouth Mall. 

The festival has hosted 1,585 movie premieres with 1,020 live guest appearances over the past 22 years.

Oscar winners and nominees Danny Aiello, Alan Arkin, James Cromwell, Frank Darabont, Jesse Eisenberg, Ethan Hawke, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Melissa Leo, Viggo Mortensen, Chazz Palminteri, John Sayles, Aaron Sorkin, Fisher Stevens and David Strathairn have joined Dylan Baker, Famke Janssen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 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 the past three years, we have premiered 95 films that later earned a total of 26 Oscar, 24 Spirit Award, 23 Golden Globe and 34 British Academy Award nominations."

    "Even before we started 22 years ago, I began working to create an international VIP network of actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, journalists and film industry pros whose jobs involve creating and evaluating the cream of Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Berlin, SXSW, 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, to see which films were screened in the past, or to register, visit:  or call 1-732-870-6012.

     The festival is open to anyone, but seating is limited, so early enrollment is advised.  Subscription is $133 for five weeks or $235 for all ten weeks.  Also being offered is a specially priced flex ticket so the user may choose any eight out of ten nights for their convenience.  Discounts will be available for early registration. 
    Confirmed films and those under consideration for the upcoming festival include: "12 Years a Slave" with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, director Steve McQueen; "About Time" with Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, director Richard Curtis; "All the Light in the Sky" with Jane Adams, Sophia Takal, director Joe Swanberg; "American Hustle" with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, director David O. Russell; "August: Osage County" with Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, director John Wells; "Black Nativity" with Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, director Kasi Lemmons; "The Broken Circle Breakdown" with Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens, director Felix van Groeningen; "Capital" with Gabriel Byrne, Gad Elmaleh, director Costa Govras;"Cut to Black" with Dan Eberle, Jillaine Gill, director Dan Eberle; "Four Dogs" with Oliver Cooper, Dan Bakkedahl, director Joe Burke; "Forev" with Noel Wells, Matt Mider, directors Molly Green & James Leffler; "Generation War" with Volker Bruch, Tom Schillilng, director Philipp Kadelbach; "Gloria" with Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, director Sebastian Lelio; "Grace of Monaco" with Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, director Olivier Dahan; "Her" with Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, director Spike Jonze; "Hide Your Smiling Faces" with Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, director Daniel Patrick Carbone; "How I Live Now" with Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, director Kevin Macdonald; "The Immigrant" with Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, director James Gray; "Inside Llewyn Davis" with Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, directors Ethan & Joel Coen; "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" with Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, director Justin Chadwick; "The Monuments Men" with Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, director George Clooney; "Nebraska" with Will Forte, Bruce Dern, director Alexander Payne; "Philomena" with Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, director Stephen Frears; "The Retrieval" with Tishuan Scott, Ashton Sanders, director Chris Eska; "The Wolf of Wall Street" with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, director Martin Scorsese; and "The Young and Prodigious Spivet" with Helena Bonham Carter, Kathy Bates, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.


Filmmakers Symposium was founded by Chuck Rose in 1990.  Since then, Rose has curated and staged over 1,500 movie premieres, importing and interviewing over 1,000 actors and filmmakers from all over the world.  His film festivals and symposia have been sponsored by Universal Pictures, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Rutgers University, Kean University, Caldwell College and a dozen other film industry, academic and arts organizations.

Inspiration for Filmmakers Symposium Arthouse Film Festival grew out of Rose's experiences at the University of Southern California where Professor Arthur Knight screened a variety of not-yet-released movies followed by discussions with actors and filmmakers.  Specifically, the seed was planted after an evening when Professor Knight's surprise guest was Alfred Hitchcock.  Rose remembers, "Everything changed after that.  Just being in the room with Hitchcock was life altering.  His simple, yet brilliant explanations of technique, and his droll, but hilarious anecdotes about directing Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and the rest, thrilled and motivated a pack of know-it-all film students.  Hitchcock and Knight had more than a glass of wine with dinner, so the gloves were off, and no one was spared."

Spending time on both coasts, Rose has authored 24 screenplays, directed "Vietnam Vets" starring Danny Aiello, worked in the story department at Orion Pictures, served as a Contributing Editor at "Movies USA", and written feature articles on the film industry for "The Hollywood Reporter".

He has held faculty positions at Seton Hall University, Adelphi University and The New School where he developed a program in Film Script Analysis adopted by executives at HBO, ABC and many independent production companies.

Rose is an alumnus of the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop, and holds a Master of Arts in Cinema History, Criticism and Aesthetics from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from New York University.

Currently, Rose has under development a World War II drama, "Ziggy's Only Son."