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At the Movies: Oscar in Trenton
Trenton Film Festival makes its debut this week with
"A Night at the Oscars," featuring New Jersey premiere screenings
of two Oscar selections for documentary short subject at the Marriott
Hotel. "Why Can’t We Be a Family Again," a 2003 nominee, produced
and directed by Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel is featured. Following
this, producer Lynn Appelle will introduce her film "Thoth,"
the 2002 Oscar winner about street performer S.K. Thoth, directed
by Sarah Kernochan. Admission to both screenings is $10, and ties
into the theme of this month’s First Friday celebrations in the downtown
business district, Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m.
One of the movers and shakers behind the emerging Trenton Film Festival,
a project of the newly created Trenton Film Society, is independent
filmmaker Kevin Williams. Jamie Griswald is president of the Trenton
Film Society; Williams is artistic director of the festival. Also
active in the group is Princeton filmmaker Sam Wells.
"This premiere event is to introduce the Trenton Film Society
to the community," says Williams. "Many people saw the Oscars
awarded last week, but most people never get to see any of the Oscar
nominated short films."
"We want to present films that area filmgoers are not able to
see at the cineplexes, and also to bring filmmakers and audiences
together. This can offer filmmakers an opportunity to learn and grow,
filmgoers can expand their knowledge of cinema, and also enhance their
appreciation of the filmmaking process," he says.
Williams stresses that central New Jersey has a clear need to serve
audiences, but also to help area residents break into the business.
The society will offer workshops and seminars by and for professionals
and the interested public with programs to help them decide whether
they want to work in the profession.
The debut evening begins with a screening of "Why Can’t We Be
a Family Again?," a film narrated by Ossie Davis, about two brothers
trying to maintain their relationship with their crack-addicted mother.
Next producer Appelle (with whom Williams worked on "Jersey Girls")
introduces "Thoth," last year’s Oscar winner that features
Thoth’s eccentric Central Park performances of his "Solo-operas."
— Nicole Plett
Room, Marriott Hotel, Trenton, 609-396-6966. New Jersey premieres
of two Oscar selections for documentary short subject. Lynn Appelle,
producer, is guest speaker. $10. Friday, April 4, 8 p.m.
Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, Rutgers College Avenue campus; Thursday
screenings are in Loree Hall 024, Douglass College campus. Admission
$6; all programs begin at 7 p.m. Information 732-932-8482 or www.njfilmfest.com
about the Voodoun religion of Haiti, Thursday, April 3. Morvern
Callar , a black comedy directed by Lynne Ramsay (2002), Friday
to Sunday, April 4 to 6. Hail Mary, Jean-Luc Godard’s controversial
1985 feature that transposes the story of the virgin birth to modern-day
France, Thursday, April 1
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