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Rutgers to host fall film festival

NEW BRUNSWICK — The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, Jungle Software, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick City Market and Jimmy John’s, will present the 35th Bi-annual New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2016. The festival will run on select evenings at 7 p.m. between Sept. 17 and Oct. 28.

The primary screening location will be Rutgers University’s Voorhees Hall 105 by George and Hamilton streets. The venue features cushioned seats, stadium seating and high-definition projection and sound systems. The other location is the Ruth Adams Building 1, 131 George St.

Showcasing new international films, American independent features, animation, experimental and short subjects and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2016 will feature 35 film screenings.

All the competition films selected were screened by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students and academics. These judges selected the 22 finalists, which will be publicly screened at the festival. Finalists were selected from over 388 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the prize winners in conjunction with the festival director. Prize winners will be announced after the screenings on Oct. 7.

Twenty-two films will have their New Jersey or area premiere screenings as part of the festival including: Nilay Dave’s “Gandhiji My Mentor,” Seymon Pinkhasov’s “Out of the Box,” Marcie Begleiter’s “Eva Hesse,” Randall Okita’s “The Lockpicker,” Stephen Elliot’s “After Adderall,” Jeff Schlags’s “A Wig and a Prayer — The Peaches Christ Story,” Sevé Schelenz’s “Peelers,” Emilia Zielonka’s “Tenderness,” Tamara and Thomas Balsamides’ “A Ticking Time Bomb,” Ludovico Di Martino’s “Il Ultimo Nostro” (“Our Last”), Marinah Janello’s “You’re Just Projecting,” Amy Russo’s “Racing the Sunrise,” Cara Consilvio’s “CIT,” Matt Riddle’s “Five Minutes of Fun,” Hannah Leder’s “Auto-Cowrecked” and many others.

Film directors, artists, actors and scholars will make special guest appearances at the New Jersey Film Festival. All visiting directors will introduce their work and host a Q-and-A session after the screenings.

Free food will be served at the festival prior to all screenings courtesy of Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick. Free parking is available in university lots. For more information, visit www.njfilmfest.com.

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