Audiences looking for new films will find plenty of opportunities from the region’s universities and nonprofit organizations.
At Rutgers University in New Brunswick the New Jersey Film Festival continues its current “spring” series on Fridays and Saturdays through March 4.
On Friday, February 19, the festival is dedicated to its 2016 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival, featuring prize winning films from around the globe. It’s followed on Saturday, February 20, with Montclair director Curt Fissel’s short study of intolerance, “Yellow Stars of Tolerance,” and Molly Gandour’s documentary on family trauma, “Peanut Gallery.” Gandour will be on hand to introduce her film.
On Friday, February 26, look for a free showing of Chinese director Chen Kaige’s feature film “Sacrifice,” a 5th century, BC, story of duplicity, honor, and obedience. February 27 includes showings of New York director Paola Bernardini’s “Citta’ dei Sogni” (City of Dreams) and Italy’s Massimo Ali Mohammad, mock-documentary “Amore tra le Rovine” (Love Among the Ruins). The March 4 Festival finale is a free showing of “Three Times,” Chinese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s meditation on love and longing appearing in three different eras.
All screenings are at Voorhees Hall, 71 Hamilton Street/College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, $9 to $12 or free with Jimmy John sandwiches, 848-932-8482 or www.njfilmfest.com.
Princeton University’s 12 Films, 12 Filmmakers series continues its free Thursday evenings through the end of April.
The remaining schedule is as follows. February 18, Matias Pineiro’s “Princess of France”; February 25, Josephine Decker’s “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely”; March 3, Guy Maddin’s “The Forbidden Room”; March 10, Nicolas Pereda’s “Minotaur & The Palace” ; March 24, Joanna Arnow’s “Bad at Dancing” and “I Hate Myself”; March, 31, Khalik Allah’s “Field Niggas”; April 7, Roger Ross Williams’ “Life, Animated”; April 14, Hassen Ferhani’s “Roundabout in My Head”; April 21, TBA; and April 28, Deborah Stratman’s “The Illinois Parables.”
Films are shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton. arts.princeton.edu.
The screenings of Oscar Shorts — live action, animated, or documentary films with a viewing time of 40 minutes or less — has become a new season ritual with showings popping up in Princeton and Trenton.
The Garden Theater in Princeton continues its current presentations of Oscar Shorts through Thursday, February 18 — and beyond if there is demand. To get the theater’s most up to date screenings, go to princetongardentheatre.org or call 609-279-1999. The Garden Theater is located at 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, $6 (members) to $11. www.princetongardentheatre.org.
The Trenton Film Society presents its annual Oscar Shorts screenings from Thursday to Saturday, February 25 to 27. The schedule includes the February 25 showing of all five documentaries, starting at 6:30 p.m.; a focus on animation on Saturday, February 26, from noon to 4 p.m.; and a double feature of live action and animated shorts — with a reception — on Saturday, February 26, at 6 p.m. Presented at the Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street, Trenton, $10 for matinees, $20 for the two-part documentary program, and $25 for the Saturday evening double feature. trentonfilmsociety.org.
Incidentally, Oscar Shorts are also on the schedule at the AMC Theater, 325 Sloan Avenue, Hamilton. The three categories are shown throughout the week at various times. Tickets prices range from $5.87 to $10.99. www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/hamilton-township/amc-hamilton-24.
— Dan Aubrey