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This article by Jess Emili and Vic Fern was prepared for the June 2, 2004 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
At the Movies
A truly great film has the power to entertain and even enlighten its viewers. The New Jersey International Film Festival, directed by Albert G. Nigrin, will include revived classics of American cinema, a slew of experimental films and documentaries, and independent features by up-and-coming international directors. The lineup offers enjoyable alternatives to the high budget, but often disappointing, mainstream summer blockbusters.
If you don’t have time to hit the beach yourself, catch Wildwood Days (Friday to Sunday, June 4 to 6), a documentary following the rise, fall, and revival of the beloved beach town. Narrated by Bruce Willis, Dick Clark, and Chubby Checker, it captures the summertime fun of New Jersey’s beach and boardwalk scene. Director Carolyn Travis will make an appearance on Friday, June 4.
Also featured are two of Orson Welles’s most important and widely acclaimed films — Citizen Kane, known for groundbreaking editing and stunning cinematography, and The Magnificent Ambersons, considered a masterpiece for its recreation of turn-of-the century America. Experience the life and death of Charles Foster Kane and the mystery of “Rosebud” on the big screen on Thursday, June 10. On Thursday, June 17, the emotionally moving second film by Welles follows the transformation of America into an urban, industrial society.
Susan Ingraham’s short film GoescarGo will be shown Friday to Sunday, June 11 to 13. Part experimental film and part performance piece, the film is a romantic spoof of Jean-Luc Goddard’s Breathless. It will be presented with Bernardo Bertolucci’s controversial The Dreamers. Due to its eroticism, it garnered an NC-17 rating. Set in Paris in the late 1960s, The Dreamers follows three college students as they experiment with both their political beliefs and sexual identities. A turbulent political backdrop and sexually promiscuous eroticism fuel this provocative film.
July features begin with Nigrin’s experimental short film The Furies, a tale about female phantoms haunting the Raritan River and Yasuaki Nakajima’s After the Apocalypse, a futuristic fantasy drama in which five individuals struggle to survive following a Third World War. Both films will be shown on Thursday, July 8, and will include guest appearances by the directors.
Films like Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet have earned David Lynch the reputation of being one of the most eccentric and interesting writer/directors in the film industry. One of his earlier films and a cult classic, Eraserhead, will be shown on Thursday, July 15, with a shot-by-shot analysis by Nigrin. With his typically surrealist style, Lynch tells the dark tale of an outcast forced to marry his pregnant girlfriend. On Thursday, July 22, Lost Highway will be screened. This 1997 film casts a voyeuristic look into the lives of Fred and Renee Madison, a modern-day couple. In typical Lynch fashion, chaotic plot twists ensue.
The summer film fest will come to a close on Saturday, July 24, with a screening of This Existence is Material and People Say I Am Crazy. The first is a 10-minute experimental film by Denise Kaufman. Through it she explores the boundaries between generations, genders, and nations imposed by technology and warfare. People Say I Am Crazy, by John and Katie Cadigan, is the first film ever directed and photographed by someone with schizophrenia. This gripping documentary, following John through his triumphant accomplishments and disturbing downfalls, leads to redefining what we deem “madness.”
New Jersey Film Festival screenings Friday through Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, near the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street. Thursday screenings are in Loree Hall 024, near the corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street. Admission $6 for most films; all programs begin at 7 p.m. Information 732-932-8482 or www.njfilmfest.com.
Wildwood Days and Divan in Yiddish, English, and Hungarian, subtitled. $8. Friday to Sunday, June 4 to 6.
Citizen Kane (1941), Thursday, June 10. GoescarGo (2003) and The Dreamers directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (2003). In English and French. Friday to Sunday, June 11 to 13.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Thursday, June 17. Bludren, animated film directed by Jill Johnston-Price (2004). Also The Paper Castle directed by Stephen Unger (2004), and “The Barbarian Invasions” directed by Denys Arcand (2003). Friday to Sunday, June 18 to 20.
The Battle of Algiers, in French and Arabic with subtitles directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (1966). Thursday, June 24.
Branson: Musicland USA, documentary directed by Peter Sillen (2003). Also Since Otar Left directed by Julie Bertuccelli in French, Russian, and Georgian, subtitled (2003). Friday to Sunday, June 25 to 27.
The Furies and After the Apocalypse, both 2004. Thursday, July 8. The Devil & Manny Schmeckstein, animation directed by Jim Goodman (2003). Also Alila directed by Amos Gitai in Hebrew, subtitled (2003). Friday to Sunday, July 9 to 11.
Eraserhead: A Close Reading, cult classic directed by David Lynch (1976). Thursday, July 15.
The Adventures of Supernigger, satire directed by Altrick Brown (2004). Also Exit 8A directed by Margaret Harris (2004), and Jihad directed by Muhammed Rum in Arabic and English subtitled (2004). Guest appearance by Harris. Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17.
Between the White Lines, behind the scenes documentary of the UCLA Women’s Softball Team directed by Lynn D’Agona and Lois Ann Porter (2004). Sunday, July 18.
Lost Highway, film about domestic chaos directed by David Lynch. (1997). Thursday, July 22.
This Existence is Material, (2003) and People Say I am Crazy, Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24.
Omicron Theater Productions announces open auditions for speaking and non-speaking parts for men and women ages 20 to 60. Also backstage hands. Call 609-443-5598 for appointment.
Dance Spectrums has open audition on Saturday, June 12, at 51 Everett Drive, West Windsor. Visit www.dancespectrums.com for times or call 609-799-9165.
Villagers Theater seeks actors for the Ken Ludwig farce, “Moon Over Buffalo,” to open in September at 415 Demott Lane, Somerset. Rehearsals begin in July. Auditions are Tuesdays, June 8 and 15, 7:30 p.m. Call director Linda Giordano at 908-470-9364.
Centerfield Music seeks 12 to 16 mixed voices for a June audio recording session. E-mail a resume to email@example.com followed by mailing an acappella demo tape to Centerfield Music, Auditions, Box 1258, Hightstown 08520.
June Fete 10K Run, a benefit for the University Medical Center at Princeton Breast Health Center, is Saturday, June 5, at 8 a.m. at the Princeton University Football Stadium. Register on line at www.active.com, $25. Race-day registration starts at 6:30 a.m.
Literacy Volunteers of America offers a summer training course to volunteer tutors in Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language. Classes will be held at Educational Testing Service from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 22 to July 13. $35 donation requested. Register at 609-393-8855.
Mill Ballet School offers a four-week dance performing workshop from Monday, July 19 to Friday, August 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other programs include a one-week dance intensive, a junior dance camp, and open classes for all ages. Call 609-397-7244, ext. 805 or visit www.millballetschool.com.
Centenary Performing Arts Guild offers a summer theater program for young people in July and August on the campus on Centenary College. Call 908-979-0900 for information.
South Brunswick Family YMCA offers introduction to competitive swimming for children ages 6 to 12. Also available is summer backyard pool program to teacher two to four children in your own pool. Call 732-329-1150, ext. 200.
Artists in Residence seeks artists in all areas of performing, literary, and visual arts for both short term and long term residencies and workshop demonstrations for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. All artists are paid and all schools are within 15 miles of New Hope. Call Robin Elliott at 215-862-0735.
Garden State Horror Writers is accepting entries for its 12th Annual Short Story Contest through Thursday, July 15. Full formatting instructions are at www.gshw.net/contests.html.
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