The Nassau Film Festival marks its fourth year with a four-day event running from Thursday, to Sunday, May 17 to 20. Admission is free.
On the program are 82 short films from 31 countries, including several with direct links to the Princeton area.
Screenings and daily panel discussions with filmmakers are scheduled at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, and the Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street.
The series designed to honor “the best in worldwide short films in fiction, documentary, animation, and music videos” gets on its way at the Arts Council at 6 p.m. The schedule includes films from Venezuela, Germany, South Africa, Spain, and France. Also on the program are Trenton-born filmmaker Adrian Colon’s music video “Sober” and a film on a regional musical treasure: “Princeton Pro Musica: 40 Years Strong and Still Sharing Great Music.” It was created by regional filmmakers Claudia Classon, Libby Crowley, Carolyn Landis, Jeff Winik, and Ed Rodgers and produced in partnership with Princeton TV.
The Friday, May 18, screenings are also start at 6 p.m. at the Arts Council. The schedule include films from China, Russia, Hungry, Slovenia, and Egypt and cover topics including life in a Nepal monastery, a transgender woman running for U.S. House of Representatives, and traditional music in Iran.
The festival the moves to the Garden Theater with the Saturday global program running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and including Princeton-raised filmmaker Bob Celli’s “Brooklyn in July,” a story of an African-American World War II veteran trying to find a better life in New York City.
The festival winds down on Sunday with screenings and discussions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Among them is “Centurion,” regional filmmakers Adrian Colon, Jenny Hartshorne, and Wrangel Lubin’s documentary on Centurion Ministries, a Princeton organization that frees wrongly imprisoned men and women. It was also produced at Princeton TV.
For a complete schedule of the Nassau Film Festival’s four days of free screenings, go to nassaufilmfestival.org.