NJ Film Festival



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This article was prepared for the February 14,

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New Jersey becomes the creative center of the universe

for small-gauge media artists this week when the New Jersey Film


presents its 13th Annual United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video

Festival. As the only such juried show in North America, the festival

invites entries in all genres — animation, documentary, personal,

narrative, and experimental — made on Super 8mm/8mm film or Hi

8mm/8mm or digital video. All screenings take place at Scott Hall

123 on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick,

Friday through Sunday, February 16 through 18. Screenings begin each

evening at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.

More than 100 entries were received from film and videomakers from

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Osaka, Japan, Singapore, Toronto,

Boston, Baltimore, Richmond, and other cities. A different program

of 22 festival finalists will be screened each evening. The panel

of judges will award $3,000 in cash and service prizes, with winners

to be announced on the last night of the festival. The audience will

also be asked to participate in the judging process by voting for

their favorite works via the "Audience Choice Prize."

"Every year our Super 8 Festival draws huge audiences to celebrate

works created on these formats," says festival creator and


Albert G. Nigrin. "Audience members come to see unique and


small-budget films and videos which are often more imaginative and

impressive than the big-budget works produced by Hollywood."

"The festival proves the continuing esthetic vitality of Super

8mm film and evidences the emerging versatility of Digital and 8mm

video as artistic mediums.

He says the festival also takes as its mandate "spreading the

8mm word." Toward that end, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC has


seven touring programs selected from festival prize winners for the

past six years. The programs have been screened at media art centers,

film festivals, and universities in cities that include New York,

Pittsburgh, Portland, Oregon, Rochester, New York, Salt Lake City,

Utah, Brussels, Belgium, and Melbourne, Australia.

Corporate sponsors for the event include Eastman Kodak, Johnson &

Johnson, PAC Lab, Cineric Inc., the Association of Independent Film

and Videomakers, and the International Center for 8mm Film & Video.

Super 8 & Digital Video Festival, New Jersey Film


Scott Hall, Room 123, College Avenue Campus (near the corner of


Avenue and Hamilton Street). $8. Information 732-932-8482; Website:


Friday, February 16. "Standing There Naked In Flames

On My Lover’s Day Off," Scott Carney. "Little Flags,"

Jem Cohen, Brooklyn. "Meat Experiment," Kevin Lo, Brooklyn.

"Hand Rolled on 29th Street," Bert Shapiro, Pipersville,

Pennsylvania. "Fetal," Arvin Bautista, Maplewood. "a.k.a.

Kathe," Minda Martin, Singapore.

Saturday, February 17. "Sergi," Paul Sullivan

& Dan Cronin, New York. "Electric Fence," Jay Eckensberger,

Evanston, Illinois. "A Love That’s True," Michael S. Reich,

Mt. Vernon, New York. "Back and Forth," James and Jeff Israel,

Brooklyn. "Nada: Nothing," J.M. Magrini, Oakbrook Terrace,

Illinois. "Fruitcake," Kelly Spivey, Buffalo, New York.

"Take 2," Olivier Marcaud, New York. "The Deer Hunting

Anti-Christ," B. Matthew Votypka, Ithaca, New York.


Megan Holley, Richmond, Virginia. "Noise In My Back Yard,"

Geoff Adams, Providence, Rhode Island. "Music," Blake


Boston, Massachusetts.

Sunday, February 18. "Undivided Attention," David

Ellsworth, Iowa City, Iowa. "The Incredible Adventures of Dwaine

and Blaine," Constantino Ferrer, Randleman, North Carolina.


C.S. Wochensky, Oberlin, Ohio. "Rounding the Bend With


Paul Turano, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. "W.I.S.O.R.,"


Negroponte, New York.

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NJ Film Festival

Potemkin, on the big screen, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925

classic drama depicting the mutiny about the Battleship Potemkin,

generally considered one of the most important films in the history

of cinema, Thursday, February 22. Goya in Bordeaux, Carlos


insightful and beautiful new portrait of the final years in the life

of the exiled Spanish painter, Francisco Goya. Friday to Sunday,


23 to 25.

I Am Cuba, Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1964 film, co-authored

with Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Cuban writer Enrique

Pineda Barnet, which was made at the height of the Cold War and banned

in the U.S. until 1995, Thursday, March 1. Quills, Geoffrey

Rush, Michael Caine, and Kate Winslet star in Philip Kaufman’s new

film about the final days of the notorious Marquis de Sade, Friday

to Sunday, March 2 to 4.

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Puttin’ on the Ritz, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn has

auditions for Stephen Sondheim’s "A Little Night Music," on

Sunday, February 18, at the Ritz Theater. Director Bruce Curless seeks

18 adults, ages 18 to 60, and singers with trained voices for the

production that begins May 3. Call 856-858-5230.

Voices announces openings for singers for the remaining

concerts for this season including two concerts at Carnegie Hall.

The chorus, directed by Lynne Ransom, meets Monday evenings in


To schedule, call 609-637-9393.

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The Red Cross requests that donations for the Indian


Relief Effort be made through the local chapter at 707 Alexander Road,

Princeton 08540. Financial contributions will be used to target


needs in the affected communities. Call 609-951-8550.

Warm Up America is a non-profit organization that is


crochet squares to make afghans to be donated to the Salvation Army.

Michael’s Arts and Crafts, 300 Nassau Park Boulevard, is seeking


to put the squares together on Thursday, February 22, from noon to

3 p.m. Contact Maria Velez, 609-919-1250.

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Participate Please

Friends of the New Jersey State Museum host an art tour

of Philadelphia, Friday, February 23. Destinations include the


Sketch Club by the sketch club president and a visit to the


Academy of Fine Arts, with lunch at the Philadelphia Inn. Preregister,

$66. Call 609-394-5310.

Mercer County Artists Exhibition invites artists living,

working, or studying in Mercer County to participate in this year’s

juried show. Live jurying of work (no slides) will take place on


February 24, at the Gallery, Mercer College, West Windsor campus.

This year’s juror is Kate Somers, fine arts consultant and curator

at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery. Purchase and juror’s awards will

be made. For a prospectus call 609-586-4800, ext. 3589; E-mail


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