The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, is proud to present the Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival which marks our 40th Anniversary. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, Fall 2021 New Jersey Film Festival will feature over 20 film screenings. Our 40th Anniversary Festival -- which will be taking place on Fridays and Sundays between September 10 and October 10 -- will be a hybrid one this Fall as we will be presenting the Festival online as well as doing live screenings at Rutgers University. All the films will be available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date. Each ticket or Festival Pass purchased is good for the live and virtual screenings. The live screenings will be held in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ beginning at 7 PM for each program on their show date. Ticket buyers will also have special access to Filmmaker Introductions and Q+A Sessions for many of the films.
Tickets: $15=Per Program; Festival All Access Pass=$100.
About the films:
Invention in C Major - Richard D Lopez (North Haledon, New Jersey)
Haunted by the music coming from inside her, a music machine comes face to face with reality when an unexpected visitor appears. Will her past dictate her future? 2020; 4 min.
Parenthesis – Vasilios Papaioannu (Syracuse, New York/Washington, DC)
Parenthesis, a short impressionistic poem, liberates the inserted thought from its master. The film's mirrored beginning and ending render the inserted material, not as an explanation or afterthought but rather as the dominant point where the natural and civilized worlds claim their separate space before colliding, as the continual breathing of the sea becomes increasingly intense and urgent. Whatever may be going on in the outside world is kept at bay by the visual parentheses. 2021; 5 min.
…Lucid Dreams – Kostiantyn Mishchenko (Brooklyn, New York)
Lucid dreaming is an altered state of consciousness in which a person is aware that he is dreaming, and can control its content to some extent. This is a kind of borderline state between REM sleep and wakefulness. 2021; 14 min.
The New Blockheads as a private case – Lana Berndl (Vienna, Austria)
The New Blockheads Group was established in the "wild" nineties in St. Petersburg and split up in 2002. Inspired by the absurd poetry of the futurists and modern philosophy, they were spontaneous in their creative actions and combined performance, installation, philosophy, literature and design to create works according to the ideals of the group. One of its members, Sergei Spirikhin, has lived in Vienna since 2002 and we follow him as he creates art wherever he goes in this wild and crazy documentary. In Russian and German, subtitled. 2020; 60 min.