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At the Movies: Jersey Fresh Media
The New Jersey International Film Festival sets its
sights locally this summer with "Jersey Fresh Media," a
of premiere screenings of nine short films and videos by 10 New Jersey
filmmakers. The program screens on Friday, July 25, in Scott Hall,
Room 123, of the Rutgers College Avenue campus in New Brunswick.
show includes guest appearances by the films’ directors or their
some of whom, like Kelly Oliver of Highland Park, are first-time
Audiences can meet the artists, ask questions, and share information
about getting work up on the silver screen. The program, without the
guest directors, repeats on Sunday, July 27.
Featured in the "Jersey Fresh" showcase is "Status,"
a 30-minute film by Andrew Burroughs of Plainfield. This is Burroughs’
third film but his first full-scale production, and his debut on the
film festival circuit. Burroughs studied at William Patterson
and self-financed his movie by working a part-time job in retail.
He describes "Status" as a modern love story that deals with
the temptations and downfalls of the excessive materialism that runs
rampant throughout African-American society. The story begins when
Kevin (played by Al Thompson), a part-time college student, looks
at his life and comes under the false impression that he has nothing
to show for it. Feeling rejected, frustrated and desperate to add
flash to his life, Kevin decides to sacrifice everything he has;
however, the fruits of Kevin’s new status soon turn sour.
Also featured on the bill is Hafeez Saheed’s "Hand Job," a
racy title for a short film about a manicure. "Mind the
by Eve Rametta of Highland Park is a small melodrama about an
housesitter. Also featured is "Orange" by Gregg Biermann;
"Bent" by Ivan Velez; "Jane" by Kelly Oliver; "I
Work and I Have Fun" by Haese Maggie; "Oh Say Can You See"
by Mark Gasper and Matthew Mallinson; and "Ugly and Me" by
Two free old-fashioned outdoor movie screenings, presented at Highland
Park Middle School, conclude the NJIFF summer season. Offering smash
favorites of two generations, the shows are "Princess Bride"
on Saturday, July 19, and the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
"Casablanca" on Saturday, July 26.
Scott Hall, Room 123, Rutgers College Avenue campus, New Brunswick,
732-932-8482. www.njfilmfest.com. Friday and Sunday, July
25 and 27, at 7 p.m.
Fridays through Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, Rutgers College Avenue
campus; Thursday screenings are in Loree Hall 024, Douglass College
campus; with selected free events at 9 p.m. Highland Park Middle
North Fifth Avenue, Highland Park. Admission $6; all Rutgers programs
begin at 7 p.m. Information 732-932-8482 or
July 17. Match Scratch Fever, short feature bill, Friday and
Sunday, July 18 and 20. Princess Bride, free outdoor series,
Saturday, July 19, Highland Park. Casablanca, free outdoor
Highland Park, Saturday, July 26.
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