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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
for its fifth annual "Nutcracker" on Saturday, September 23,
at the Dance Conservatory, Vermillion Square, 8919 New Falls Road,
Levittown. Call 215-946-0100.
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
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.
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.
dance and acting scholarships to students ages 7 to 18 based on
and financial need. For audition appointment, call 609-882-6099.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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