The New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2014 is off and running at Rutgers University in New Brunswick through Thursday, July 10.
The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Center project celebrates its 19th year of world films with 28 screenings, including 24 having their New Jersey premiere. Although admission to several films is free, admission is generally set from $8 and $10.
The schedule, location, and ticket prices are as follows:
Sunday, June 1, at 7 p.m., in Voorhees Hall, Room 105.
“When He Comes Home” by Massachusetts-based director Ben Phillippo is a music video set to the retro beat of the Boston-based trio Banditas. Phillippo will introduce the film.
“My Most Handsome Monster” is Texas director Madsen Minax’s experimental short about consensual bondage play and the dynamics of erotic power.
“Arena” by Polish director Martin Rath follows a hitchhiker who after being taken in by remote mountain villagers is “tested” by the hardened locals and the unforgiving harshness of his new environment.
“Horror Film,” Germany’s Sebastian Wotschke’s feature film, pays homage to German Expressionist films as it follows the plight of a family left alone in a centuries-old house.
Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in Voorhees Hall 105.
“Coney Island Dreams” by Andrew Serban (New York) is a film short that deals with a woman who agrees to lure a young man to a deserted Coney Island street in exchange for passage to her home in Ireland. Serban will be on hand to participate in a discussion.
“West End,” Los Angeles-based Joe Basile’s feature film, follows an undercover FBI agent returning to his New Jersey shore town to confront his past, his friends, and a killer among them. Director Basile will be on hand to talk about his film.
Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. in Voorhees Hall 105.
“The Innovator,” California’s Sean McCarthy’s animated short, focuses on a boy with special powers who pays a visit to No Creativity Park, the land imagination forgot. And McCarthy’s “Moving Out,” a short about a young woman who has failed in romance and the stranger she meets.
“The Sound “ is New York City-based Sacha Iskra’s short film about a man experiences his world primarily through the sounds of New York City and his decision to protect a woman he loves. Director Iskra will participate in a question and answer session.
“The Sax Man” is Ohio-based Joe Siebert’s feature-length chronicle of a Cleveland street musician who gets an opportunity to reunite with former band members and rediscover himself.
Sunday, June 8, at 7 p.m. in Voorhees Hall 105.
“No Such Luck” is Massachusetts director Laura Harrison’s animated short about a hopeless woman who keeps on trying her luck in Atlantic City.
“The Commute,” a short by New York-based Jake Alexander, deals with a father attempting to return home in time for his daughter’s birthday party and running into major obstacles. Director Alexander will be on hand to talk about the film.
“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (the most famous artist you’ve never heard of),” a feature film by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty of Los Angeles, documents artist Foulkes decision to destroy and then recreate his art work and his rediscovery by the international art world. The score was composed by Foulkes on his large self-invented instrument called “The Machine.”
Tuesday, June 10, 7 p.m., in Scott Hall 135.
“American Hustle” is 2013 David O. Russell’s hit feature film based on the famous New Jersey Abscam sting operation. The film stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, and Bradley Cooper. Admission is free.
Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in Voorhees Hall 105.
“Simpler Times,” New Jersey-based Steve Monarque’s short film, tells the story of a widower moving into the home of his son and daughter-in-law and finding himself at the mercy of modern technology. It features the comedy duo — and married couple — Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Director Monarque will introduce the film.
“Blackbird,” is London-based Jamie Chambers’ romantic feature film of a young singer’s struggles to record the traditional songs of his small but changing Scottish village before the voices are lost.
Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in Voorhees Hall 105.
“Palace,” by Rolando Vega of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is a short meditation on the history of the 1940s era Carlisle Theater’s golden years, its fall, and its potential demise. Director Vega will be on hand to discuss the film.
“I Grew Up In Princeton” is Princeton-native Brad Mays’ feature-length documentary of life in Princeton during the years of social change during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Director Mays will participate in a question and answer session.
Wednesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in Scott Hall 135.
“Ride Along” is Tim Story’s feature film about a hapless school security guard who finds himself at odds with criminals and speeding bullets. Featured in the film are Ice Cube, John Leguizamo, and Laurence Fishburne. Free.
Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m., in Scott Hall 135.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Francis Lawrence’s feature film based on the second book of Suzanne Collin’s novel trilogy, “The Hunger Games, “concludes the showings. Free.
New Jersey Film Festival, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Through Thursday, July 10. $8 to $10. www.njfilmfest.com.