Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2009 will feature over 50 film screenings. The Festival, which is celebrating its 28th anniversary, will run from September 4 through November 8.
A panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics selected all the works that are part of the N.J. Film Festival Competition. These judges selected the 38 finalists, which will be publicly screened at the Festival.The finalists were selected from over 250 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges will choose the prize winners (including over $6,000 in prizes) in conjunction with the Festival director. Prizewinners will be announced after the screenings on Sunday, November 8, 2009.
Over 30 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere (Middlesex County) screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2009.
Some of these include: Fritch Clark's The Last Bastions of Rock – a lively and compelling new music documentary that pays tribute to New Jersey's rock venues past and present; Chris Pepino's We Enjoy Yourself – a cinéma vérité documentary that journeys with the band Phish on its swansong tour through New England; Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience – a sexy homage to Jean-Luc Godard's films; Gorman Bechard's Friends (with benefits) – a feature-length romantic comedy for all those allergic to romance; Justin Strawhand's War Against The Weak – a gripping documentary which tells the untold story of the American Eugenics movement; Robert Kenner's Food, Inc. – a riveting, timely, and thorough documentary that lifts the curtain behind which our nation's food industry hides; Dave Davidson's A Place Out of Time – an informative documentary on the historic Bordentown, New Jersey school for African-Americans; Bob Bowden's The Cartel – a polemical documentary on educational ineffectiveness; Toshifumi Matsushita's Pachamama – a warm-hearted and charming feature film that delightfully celebrates a vanishing way of life; Brett Plymale's A Chemical Reaction – an inspiring and eye-opening documentary about a determined and effective ecological movement to change the Great North American Lawn; Zachary Levy's Strongman – an engrossing portrait of a local, modern-day Samson from South Brunswick, New Jersey; Tzu Chun's Children of Invention – a timely feature film about the limits of the American dream; Greg Kerr's Unremembered – a sinuous and riveting independent feature film in the tradition of David Lynch; and many, many others.
Special Guest Appearances by Directors, Artists, and Actors
The N.J. Film Festival Fall 2009 has over twenty confirmed special guest appearances by film/video directors, artists and actors. All short film visiting directors will introduce their work and all feature film visiting filmmakers will do a question-and-answer session after the screenings.
Annual Halloween 3D Show
The annual Halloween 3D Show (on 10/30), which will feature a 3D screening of the very popular Universal horror film classic: Creature From the Black Lagoon. The Admission Price includes 3D glasses: $10-general admission; $9-students/seniors; $8-Rutgers film co-op/NJMAC friends.
Experimental Films Highlight Thursday evening screenings
Classic and rare experimental film screenings will take place on Thursday evenings. Some of these include the surrealist masterpieces Blood of a Poet (Le Sang D'Un Poet) by Jean Cocteau, The Golden Age (L'Age D'Or) by Luis Bunuel, and Dreams That Money Can Buy by Hans Richter, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and others; twenty of Andy Warhol's famous 4 minute Screentests; and mini-retrospectives of work by Bruce Baillie and Sidney Peterson.
For more information go to www.njfilmfest.com.