NJ Film Festival 2000


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At the Movies — and Auditions

From the pungent new celuloid "Hamlet" you

may have missed at the multi-plex to Samuel Beckett’s mythic


with Buster Keaton, "Film," that you may have heard about

but never seen, the latest edition of the New Jersey Film Festival

is characteristically wide ranging and provocative.

Grouping together new international films, American independent


and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries,

the fall festival features over 25 film screenings on 40 evenings.

It opens Friday, September 8 and continues through Wednesday, November


Presented by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center,

in association with the Rutgers’ Program in Cinema Studies, screenings

take place in Scott Hall 123, near the corner of College Avenue and

Hamilton Street on the College Avenue campus, and at Loree 024, on

the Douglass Campus, near the corner of Nichol Avenue and George


There are some select free screenings slated at Border Books and Music

in the Mid-State Mall in East Brunswick. And the Regal Cinema will

host screenings for the first Central Jewish Film Festival, slated

for early November.

Opening the season is the area premiere of Julien Temple’s "The

Filth and The Fury," an intimately detailed documentary about

the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols, with screenings September 8,

9, and 10. Crafted from the band’s own archive, it includes live


rehearsals, and recording sessions, capturing the essence of punk’s

anarchistic disco rage. It’s one of more than 15 films that will


its New Jersey or area premiere over the course of the festival.

Bringing filmmakers and audiences together is another festival


Visiting directors Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen will screen and talk

about their critically acclaimed new documentary film, "Benjamin

Smoke," on Friday, September 29. Focusing on Benjamin, a lead

singer for a punk-blues band who performs in a blue party dress, the

film documents both the underground music scene and what it means

to be queer. The directors will introduce the film and take questions

from the audience after the screening.

Also slated for premiere screenings is Mike Figgis’s new


effort, "Time Code," Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s


"Paragraph 175" about the persecution of gays during the


and French director Claire Denis’s "Beau Travail," a


drama set in a Foreign Legion desert outpost that was inspired by

Melville’s "Billy Budd."

There are premieres, also, for Emmanuel Finkiel’s insightful Holocaust

film "Voyages," Abbas Kiarostami’s ("A Taste of


latest from Iran, "The Wind Will Carry Us," and Michael


stylish new adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Hamlet." That latter,

set in present-day Manhattan, hardly stayed in the theaters long


to harvest the audience it deserved. It stars West Windsor’s Ethan

Hawke in a strong portrayal of the hero as a brooding prince of a

filmmaker who is heir to the Denmark Corporation. Also starring Kyle

MacLachlan, the dialogue is Shakespeare’s own and the cinematography

appropriately moody.

Majid Majidi, the Iranian director who won wide acclaim for his film

"Children of Heaven," will be represented by his astonishing

new film, "The Color of Paradise." Set in Tehran, it tells

the story of an eight-year-old blind boy and his father, a bitter


The festival also continues its series of revivals of film greats,

presented on the big screen where they belong. This fall’s Thursday

evening series represents a collection of classic films made between

1959 and 1968, a turbulent period in international history. They


Peter Brook’s memorable retelling of "Lord of the Flies;"

Jean-Luc Godard’s dark sci-fi classic, "Alphaville;" Georges

Franju’s art and horror hybrid, "Eyes Without a Face;" Andy

Warhol’s series of 15 minutes of fame "Screen Tests;" and

a small retrospective of Bruce Baillie’s humanistic experimental films

including "To Parsifal," "Mass For The Dakota Sioux,"

and "Castro Street."

This year, for the first time, the festival co-sponsors, with the

Rutgers University Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of

Jewish Life, a Central New Jersey Jewish Film Festival. The festival

screenings take place at the Regal Cinemas in North Brunswick on


November 5; Tuesday November 7; Thursday, November 9; and Sunday,

November 12. Films, start times, and admission prices are to be


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NJ Film Festival 2000

New Jersey Film Festival screenings are Fridays through

Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, College Avenue campus, near the corner

of College Avenue and Hamilton Street. Thursday screenings are in

Loree Hall, Room 024, Douglass College campus, near the corner of

Nichol Avenue and George Street; with selected free events at Borders

Books, Route 18 South, East Brunswick. Admission $5; all programs

begin at 7 p.m. Call 732-932-8482 or on the web


The Filth and the Fury, Julien Temple’s unblinking new

documentary around the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols opens the

fall film festival series that runs through November 19. Set against

a cultural backdrop of the 1970s, the film follows the British punk

band on its self-destructive journey from London’s clubs to its final

American tour, Friday to Sunday, September 8 to 10. Lord of the

Flies , Peter Brook’s compelling 1963 screen version of William

Golding’s classic novel, Thursday, September 14.

Time Code, Area premiere of an innovative new black comedy

by Mike Figgis ("Leaving Las Vegas"), shot entirely with


digital cameras, in a single take, and projected on a quadruple split

screen, Friday to Sunday, September 15 to 17. Alphaville ,


Godard’s brilliant futuristic film noir about the omnipotent computer

Alpha-60. Created in 1965, it features Eddie Constantine and Anna

Karina, Thursday, September 21.

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The Westminster Conservatory of Music is holding

auditions for its choral and instrumental ensembles now through


The conservatory offers eight ensembles for amateur musicians from

ages 7 through adult. To schedule an audition, or to receive more

information on the ensembles, call 609-921-7107 or e-mail


The Community Christian Choir, an interfaith choir of

125 singers representing 40 churches, is recruiting singers from


New Jersey. Singers in all sections are being accepted for the


Christmas concert series. Rehearsals are Friday evenings at the


Presbyterian Church. Adult, children, and teen registration is Friday

and Sunday, September 8 and 10. Call the choir office at 609-587-7076.

The Ballet Theater of Bucks County is holding auditions

for its fifth annual "Nutcracker" on Saturday, September 23,

at the Dance Conservatory, Vermillion Square, 8919 New Falls Road,

Levittown. Call 215-946-0100.

Trinity Church of Princeton is now scheduling auditions

for all six of its choirs. Trinity is seeking boys 7 to 11 years old,

boys 12 and up with unchanged voices, boys with changed voices, girls

ages 7 to 18. There are also paid positions for men and women over

18. Trinity offers membership in the choirs regardless of religious

affiliation. Call director Andrew Shelton at 609-924-2277, extension


The Hopewell Valley Chorus welcomes all singers to a


Chorus" rehearsal on Monday, September 11 at 7 p.m. All interested

singers are invited; there are no auditions for membership. The open

rehearsal will be held in the Music Room at Hopewell Valley Regional

High School, Pennington. The chorus rehearses every Monday from 7:30

to 9:30 p.m. For general information, visit the website


or call Amy Secula at 908-237-2140 or Carole Allison at 609-730-1343.

Playful Theater Productions is holding auditions for its

production of a musical version of James M. Barrie’s, "Peter


to be performed November 24 to December 10. The Peter Pan role is

for an adult male with a high baritone or tenor voice; other roles

are for Lost Boys, Indians, and Pirates, played by adults and youth

ages 10 and up, male or female. Prepare a song; accompaniment will

be provided. Auditions are Friday, September 8, from 6 to 10 p.m.,

and Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Auditions,


and performances take place at mercer College’s Kelsey Theater.


or 215-579-4015.

Theater/Dance Workshop, Inc. in Lawrence Township is


dance and acting scholarships to students ages 7 to 18 based on


and financial need. For audition appointment, call 609-882-6099.

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Donations Wanted

May Humbard has created the Noel Fundraiser to raise money

to buy the 300 children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

teddy bears. Donations can be sent to May Humbard/Noel Fundraiser,

14 Greenfield Drive South, West Windsor, New Jersey 08550.

Family & Children’s Services of Central New Jersey is

hosting a Family Mentor Program Benefit at the Princeton Forrestal

Marriott on Thursday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. This benefit will honor

Dr. George A. Pruitt. Support for this fundraising event may include

the purchasing of an advertisement in the program, providing an item

for the silent auction, or purchasing the $200 ticket to attend. Call


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Volunteer Alert

Preservation New Jersey is looking for volunteers to


in addressing its mission to promote and protect New Jersey’s historic

resources, communities, and landscapes. A variety of flexible


are available in the areas of public relations, office and reference

assistance, advocacy, technical assistance, as well as planning and

implementing conferences, workshops, and fundraising events. For more

information or to receive a detailed list of volunteer opportunities,

contact Preservation New Jersey at 609-392-6409, or


The Trenton War Memorial Theater seeks volunteers to join

its usher corps for the upcoming performance season. Ushers attend

performances free and assignments to specific events are available

on a first-response bases. Duties include ticket-taking, program


and patron seating. Call 609-984-8484, ext. 4.

The Junior League of Greater Princeton is looking for

women interested in joining the Fall Provisional Class in September.

The League is an organization of 418 women committed to promoting

volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving


through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Call Jill Barlow, admissions coordinator, at 215-321-8165, or E-mail


Contact of Mercer County, New Jersey, Inc. is looking

for volunteers to answer phones for its 24-hour crisis hotline. A

training course that teaches volunteers how to help people sort


their problems begins on Wednesday, September 20, at St. Mark United

Methodist Church, 45 Paxson Avenue, Hamilton. Call 609-896-2120 or


The Literacy Volunteers of America at the Trenton Area


begins its tutor training sessions on Monday, September 19, at 6 p.m.

at the Hamilton Library. Classes will combine Basic Literacy and ESL

training. Many students are waiting for assistance. For information

or to sign up, call 609-393-8855.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association will be

conducting a volunteer teacher naturalist training course covering

the most popular fall field trips offered to schools at the Watershed.

The initial session, Wednesday, September 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30

p.m. will be an introductory session on the basis of outdoor


including field techniques, teaching methods, and trail orientation.

Other sessions will be held Wednesdays, September 27, October 4, and

October 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and will examine specific


of several current education programs. Volunteers will have the


to observe school programs in action and ultimately teach school


after this training course. For more detailed information or to


call the Buttinger Nature Center, at 609-737-7592.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-New

Jersey is looking for volunteers interested in alcoholism and


treatment, prevention, and public policy issues to form a constituent

advocacy group that will put a face on recovery. An organizational

meeting for residents of Burlington, Mercer, and Middlesex counties

will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, at NCADD-New Jersey,

2333 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite J, in Mercerville. Those


to attend the meeting are asked to invite another person to join them.

The first of several free training workshops to formally launch the

consistency effort will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 16,

at the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square, 3550 Nottingham

Way. To attend the organizational meeting and/or the training


or for information, call Yury Tarnavskyj or Colleen Cloak at NCADD-New

Jersey at 609-689-0599.

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Call for Entries

Concorde Fine Arts, founded by Bucks County resident


Anderson in 1999, is currently seeking artists and fine craftsmen

from the New Hope and Lambertville area to participate on its


As ambassadors of the visual arts, Concorde Fine Arts celebrates the

long time cultural link between the two artistic powers of Bucks


and Paris, France. Robin Larsen, who has more than 25 years of


promoting and producing the visual arts, will assist with curatorial

services and marketing the site. The Concorde Fine Arts site seeks

original, one-of-a-kind works and limited edition, hand-pulled prints

and photographs. It will also consider sculpture in limited, signed

and numbered edition. There is no jury fee, but artists will be


a $10 fee for Web page set up. In addition, Concorde will request

a percentage of sales; 10 percent of each sale will be donated to

two non-profit organizations based in Bucks County. Submit up to 10

slides or photos with resume to Concorde at 4 Runnemede, New Hope,

PA. 18938; or call Anderson at 908-423-3414.

VSA arts of New Jersey is seeking poems, essays, and plays

by New Jersey residents, 18 years of age or older, for its seventh

annual New Jersey Wordsmiths Competition. Submissions by writers with

disabilities are especially encouraged. All works submitted will be

juried by a panel of judges who are professionally affiliated with

theater and/or literature. Selected works will be showcased at the

Readers Theater. Deadline for submissions is October 6. To request

an application or to receive additional information, contact Joy


VSA arts of N.J., 732-745-3885, 732-745-5935, or 732-745-3913.

The Quail Ridge Press is looking for cookbooks by clubs,

churches, communities, restaurants, and individuals, to submit for

possible inclusion in its "Best of the Best from the Mid-Atlantic:

Selected Recipes from New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland’s Favorite

Cookbooks." Cookbooks considered for inclusion must have a direct

relation to New Jersey and be printed and available for mail order

by the public. If your cookbook is chosen, selected recipes will be

included in a new regional cookbook to be published in 2001. For


information, call Annette Goode at 1-800-343-1583.

The Washington Township Arts Council is planning its


Annual Photography Exhibit, to run September 25 to December 10. Anyone

age 18 and over is invited to exhibit their work. The show will be

juried by M. Jay Goodkind from the Princeton Photography Club. Awards

will be presented at the reception October 5 at 6 p.m. Receiving for

the photographs will be Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 12:30

p.m. For more information call D. Paglione at 609-259-3502.

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