The Nassau Film Festival returns to the Garden Theater in Princeton on Sunday, May 15. It’s the second go-round for the festival destined to become an annual event.
The approach by coordinators Lew Goldstein, assistant superintendent for Princeton Public Schools, and Dan Bauer, the Princeton-based filmmaker and director of public relations at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, is simple: films under 20 minutes in all genres.
With the May, 2015, inaugural festival successfully attracting nearly 50 submissions, organizers opened the festival to international filmmakers. The result is a schedule of works from the United States as well as Sweden, England, Greece, Russia, and Iran.
Yet the festival is also an opportunity for regional and state filmmakers to share ideas and build audiences, and this year the festival includes:
Princeton Junction filmmaker Adam McGill’s “Punked,” his 16mm Wesleyan University senior project about a punk rock singer and guitarist facing a choice between his punk allegiance and a new love.
Director of Princeton Community TV George McCollough’s “Image & Faith: The Art of Charles MCollough,” a profile of a Hopewell minister and artist — who despite a shared name and region is no relation to the director.
Ringoes equestrian and clinical psychologist Dr. Maria Katsamanis’ “Open Heart,” a look at contrasts in people’s lives and ways to inspire hope.
West Windsor resident Katherine Azaro’s “Everyday Magic — Transforming Young Dancers into Artists,” an inside look into the daily work of the Princeton Youth Ballet and the impact of dance training on students.
Nassau Film Festival, Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton. Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. www.nassaufilmfestival.org.