The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and
the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the

New Jersey Film Festivalsm
Spring 2007

Screening Schedule
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Cover Art: Cold War Blues by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2006.

Thursday 1/18 Jesus Camp Loree 024-7PM

Jesus Camp
- Heidi Ewing + Rachel Grady                    
Generating intense reactions from audiences wherever it has been screened, Jesus Camp is a stunning and eye-opening new documentary that goes inside the “Kids on Fire” evangelical summer school, situated in Devil's Lake, North Dakota.   In this self-described spiritual boot camp, Pastor Becky Fischer trains children as young as 6 to become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army." Openly borrowing military and terrorist tactics, Fischer indoctrinates her young campers to “take back America for Christ,” as well as to worship Republican politicians and to damn all who support abortion rights. At once taking an intimate and non-interfering view, filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady follow three children from their first days under Pastor Fischer's tutelage, to their day of departure, when their fervor for the cause is at its peak.   Jesus Camp is a first-ever look at a training ground for the children of Christian fundamentalists, who are now burning to reshape America's future. 2006; 84 min.

Thursday 1/18 Tideland Loree 024-8:30PM

- Terry Gilliam  
Tideland , a spine-chilling new film from the visionary director Terry Gilliam, is an inspired cross between Alice in Wonderland and Psycho .   A young girl (played brilliantly by Jodelle Ferland) finds herself in a terrifying and lonely world where only her dolls' heads keep her company, after her drug-addicted father (played by Jeff Bridges) shuts her away within a remote farmhouse.   When she meets a mentally damaged man and a tall ghost-like woman, the line between her imagination and reality quickly disappears, and the realm of dark fantasy opens.   2006; 120 min. Part of our Puzzle Films-Cinema 101 course!

Friday 1/19 Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Pictures at an Exhibition Screening + Lecture Scott 123-7PM

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Pictures at an Exhibition Screening + Lecture

In l970, the progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed an inspired arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition at the London Lyceum in 1970.   Tonight's program will include both a screening of this now-legendary concert film and a lecture/audience discussion about the influence classical music has had on rock and roll. Bands such as ELP, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, and Led Zeppelin found brilliant ways to synthesize rock and roll with classical music. Dr. Marla Meissner, of The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, will lecture, and the discussion will be moderated by N.J. Film Festival Director A. G. Nigrin.   Participants also will receive a discount on tickets for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's January 25th concert at the State Theatre, which will feature Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition . 80 min.  
Co-presented by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center. Admission is free!

Friday 1/19 Jesus Camp Scott 123-8:30PM

See Th-1/18 for description!

Saturday 1/20 The Animation Show Scott 123-7+9PM
Sunday 1/21 The Animation Show Scott 123-7+9PM

The Animation Show   - Mike Judge + Don Hertzfeldt  
The Animation Show
is a one-night film festival chock full of the most recent, innovative, and award-winning animated shorts from around the world.   Curated by animators Mike Judge (of Beavis and Butthead , King of the Hill and Office Space ) and Don Hertzfeldt, tonight's screening will include:   Shane Acker's Nine ; Bill Pympton's Guide Dog ; Gaelle Davis's City Paradise ; Hertzfeldt's Everything Will Be Fine and others. See the kind of experimental, mind-blowing animated films that Hollywood studios will never create, and that leave the bland products offered by Disney and Pixar in the dust. 2007; 90 min. Special Admission Prices:   $10=General Admission/ $7=Students/Seniors/ $6=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.

Thursday 1/25 Tideland Loree 024-7PM

See Th-1/18 for description!

Friday 1/26 The Science of Sleep Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 1/27 The Science of Sleep Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 1/28 The Science of Sleep Scott 123-7PM

The Science of Sleep
– Michel Gondry                    
The Science of Sleep is a witty and surreal romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of Stephan Miroux (played by Gael Garcia Bernal),   a young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life. While slumbering, he is the charismatic host of his own television show. In real life, he has a boring job and pines for Stephanie, the woman in the apartment across the hall. While Stephanie is charmed by Stephan, she is also confused by his childishness and shaky connection to reality. Unable to find the secret to Stephanie's heart while awake, Stephan begins to search for the answer in his dreams. Written and directed by Michel Gondry, the boundlessly inventive director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , The Science of Sleep is a whimsical trip into a wonderland of unrequited desire and longing. 2006; 145 min.

Thursday 2/1 Memento Loree 024-7PM

–Christopher Nolan  
Memento , the critically acclaimed psychological thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, tracks the endlessly regressive and circuitous life of Leonard (played by Guy Pearce), whose head trauma has left him with severe amnesia, or "anterograde memory dysfunction".   In order to remember the identity of the men who murdered his wife, and of the assailant who struck him in the head, Leonard develops a complex memory-jogging system using Polaroid photographs, notes, and tattoos —clues to his past that at once stabilize and unhinge his sense of sanity.   As it compellingly explores themes of memory, identity, time, revenge, reality and self-deception, Memento also leads viewers into an ever-shifting re-examination of their own presumptions about guilt and innocence. 2000; 113 min. Part of our Puzzle Films-Cinema 101 course!

Friday 2/2 The Prestige  Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 2/3 The Prestige   Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 2/4 The Prestige   Scott 123-7PM

The Prestige –
Christopher Nolan                    
The Prestige solidifies the reputation for inventive storytelling that director Christopher Nolan secured with Memento .   Shifting between various points in its time line, playing out like a magic act itself, this is a tale of two fiercely ambitious magicians. The first -- played by Christian Bale -- is an expert in understanding the fundamentals of any trick, but lacks the skill of showmanship. The second -- played by Hugh Jackman -- is a master showman who is more entertaining than technically perfect. A tragic series of events pits the two performers against each other in a battle of wits that consumes everything and everyone they care about. Also starring Scarlett Johansson. 2006; 125 min.

Thursday 2/8 The Draughtsman's Contract Loree 024-7PM

The Draughtsman's Contract - Peter Greenaway
Amidst the manicured lawns of a 17th-century English estate, something is awry.   The lord is missing, his wife is under suspicion, and their daughter is without an heir.   A brash young artisan --the dashing draughtsman --is hired to sketch the house and lawns in return for the sexual favors of the lady of the house.   This sexual bargain draws him into a viper's nest of plots and counterplots, where the desire for inheritance and power is played out in a vicious yet decidedly elegant war of words.   The Draughtsman's Contract is a masterpiece of formal filmmaking, where language and image are given equal weight. 1983; 104 min. Part of our Puzzle Films-Cinema 101 course!

Friday 2/9 Marie Antoinette Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 2/10 Marie Antoinette Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 2/11 Marie Antoinette  Scott 123-7PM

Marie Antoinette
- Sofia Coppola    
After her enormous success with Lost in Translation , director Sofia Coppola composes on a far grander canvas with this visually dazzling biographical film and riff on modern celebrity. Kirsten Dunst stars as Marie Antoinette, the teenager who was given in marriage to France's Louis XVI and holed up inside the elegant walls of Versailles. Shooting on-site and given unprecedented access to the private rooms of the Versailles palace, Coppola gives this doomed queen's life an exuberant twist, capturing the superficiality of l8th-century court life with breathtaking costumes, props, and with the deliberately anachronistic use of early 80's pop music.   The film transforms an18 th -century tale into a sly vision of the cocoon that is 21 st -century celebrity, where the rich and famous spend their time shopping and indulging every desire, blissfully oblivious to outside reality. 2006, 123 min.
Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Office of Student Involvement, Leadership and Programs and the Rutgers University Study Abroad Programs.   

Friday 2/16 2007 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 2/17 2007 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival    Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 2/18 2007 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival   Scott 123-7PM

2007 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival
View the winning films and videos of the International U.S. Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, selected by a jury of students, film/videomakers and media professionals. The festival--now in its 19th year—will feature finalist works by independent film/videomakers from the United States and around the world. A different program of films and videos will be offered each night of the festival.   Prize winners will be announced on the last night of the festival when the film/video makers will be competing for $3000 in cash and prizes, along with the Audience Favorite Prize. 2007; 120 min. A complete festival line-up will be listed on our website by February 1, 2007. Special Admission Price $10/$9/$8 each evening.

Thursday 2/22 Drowning By Numbers Loree 024-7PM

Drowning By Numbers - Peter Greenaway  
An ironic black comedy that celebrates the English obsession with game-playing and with serial murder-- expressed with wit, verve, and the multi-layered pictorial style that characterizes the brilliant work of director Peter Greenaway. In addition, audience members become active viewers, invited to follow the film's count-up from 1 to 100. Come join us in the fun of hunting down each elusive number. 1991; 119 min. Part of our Puzzle Films-Cinema 101 course!

Friday 2/23 When I Came Home Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 2/24 When I Came Home Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 2/25 When I Came Home Scott 123-7PM

When I Came Home
– Dan Lohaus
Framed by the poignant recollections and reflections of Herold Noel, an Iraq War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who lives out of his car in Brooklyn, When I Came Home reveals a failing system through one veteran's struggle to survive. The film extends its scope to the recurring plight of homeless veterans in America--from those who served in Vietnam to those returning from the current Iraq war—and the battles many must fight for the benefits promised to them by a nation that repeatedly prefers to forget the disturbing legacy of its foreign wars.   2006;   80 min. With Special Guest Appearance by Director Dan Lohaus on Fr-2/23/07! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Office of Student Involvement, Leadership and Programs, the Rutgers University American Studies Department, The Rutgers University Paul Robeson Center and the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences.

Thursday 3/1 El Topo Loree 024-7PM

El Topo -  Alejandro Jodorowsky                        
A fascinating collision of Sixties avant-garde theater, Latin American symbolism, European radical cinema and the furthest reaches of the movie western, El Topo chronicles the exploits of a master gunfighter and mystic as he sets out to do battle with four si nister, sharp-shooting rivals. John Lennon declared the film a masterpiece, and the rest was history: El Topo became an international cult classic.   Recently restored, El Topo feels no less provocative than when it was first released, but today it also evidences a multi-cultural fusion that puts it far ahead of its time. 1970; 125 min. Part of our Puzzle Films-Cinema 101 class!

Friday 3/2 Fast Food Nation Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 3/3 Fast Food Nation Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 3/4 Fast Food Nation Scott 123-7PM

Fast Food Nation
– Richard Linklater  

When it was published in 2001, Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal quickly became a bestseller, with its incendiary expose of the crass commercialization of children, the abuse of animals in factory farms, the union-busting tactics, the heart-clogging and nutritionally-barren cuisine, and the stultifying uniformity that characterize America's fast food industry—a post-World War II system of industrial food production that now has been exported to nearly all of the globe. Collaborating on this feature film, Schlosser and co-writer/director Richard Linklater weave together stories from Fast Food Nation , and thereby trace both the hidden and dire effects of fast food on our health and on the environment, and give voice to the anonymous workers who produce food on such a vast scale.   Moving from the potato fields and the cattle slaughterhouses to the grease-laden fryers, from the laboratories just off the New Jersey Turnpike that concoct artificial flavors to Disney World, where a McDonald's can be found on nearly every imaginary street, the film makes it impossible to look at fast-food in the same way again. Starring Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, and Avril Lavigne. 2006; 106 min.

Thursday 3/29 Last Year at Marienbad Loree 024-7PM

Last Year at Marienbad
– Alain Resnais                    
A masterpiece of French cinema, and a key film in the development of cinematic modernism, Last Year at Marienbad sets up a puzzle that is never resolved:   a man meets a woman in a grand hotel and believes he had an affair with her the previous year in Marienbad—or was it somewhere else? Or did it never happen at all? Deliberately scrambling chronology to the point where past, present, and future become meaningless, director Alain Resnais creates an unsettling mood with stylish composition, long, smooth tracking shots along the hotel's deserted corridors, and alluring performances. In French, subtitled. 93 min.
Part of our Puzzle Films-Cinema 101 class!

Friday 3/30 Hair High Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 3/31 Hair High Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 4/1 Hair High Scott 123-7PM

Hair High – Bill Plympton
Hair High is a gothic comedy from a modern master of animation that hilariously dredges up all of the repressed horrors of high school in the ‘burbs.   Cherri and Rod, the queen and king of their high school, rule their domain, until Spud, the new kid in town, makes a faux pas and is forced to become Cherri's slave.   Naturally, Cherri and Spud fall in love but, quite unnaturally, their entwined bodies soon sink to the bottom of the local lake as they share a fatal last kiss. Who doomed them to a watery grave?   Fast forward to next year's prom night: just as the spurned Rod is about to crown himself the new king of the prom, Cherri and Spud enter the ballroom in an advanced state of decomposition and begin to dance. . .78 min; 2006 With Special Guest Appearance and Q+A by Director/Animator Bill Plympton on Fr-March 30, 2006!

Friday 4/6 Gulf War: Syndrome: Killing Our Own + Prescription for Disaster Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 4/7 Gulf War: Syndrome: Killing Our Own + Prescription for Disaster Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 4/8 Gulf War: Syndrome: Killing Our Own + Prescription for Disaster Scott 123-7PM

Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own–
Gary Null
Join Gary Null as he explores the real truth about Gulf War Syndrome and the secrets about chemical and germ warfare that the U.S. government is hiding from its veterans and the public. Dr. Null uncovers the hidden truths about Gulf War Syndrome, including the deadly and toxic effects of armor-piercing radioactive depleted uranium, the use of experimental and risky vaccines on over 1,100,000 U.S. troops, and the indescribable chemical contamination and environmental devastation that the military caused during the Persian Gulf Wars. In this film, Dr. Null relies on compelling testimony from eyewitnesses who served in the military, leading doctors and scientists who specialize in chemical exposure, and those veterans still suffering from the effects of their tours of duty. This film is also a scathing indictment of the practices and policies of modern warfare, and how they are causing massive illnesses that have never been seen before and which do not recognize political or geographic boundaries. Updated version of Friendly Fire. 2007; 110 min.

Prescription for Disaster
– Gary Null
In Prescription for Disaster  Gary Null leads viewers through an in-depth critique of the symbiotic relationships that exist between the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA, lobbyists, lawmakers, medical schools, and researchers, as he investigates why Americans have become so heavily dependent upon prescription drugs. Taking a critical look at the ways drugs are patented, Null examines the marketing and public relations efforts of the pharmaceutical companies, and the complicity of doctors in pushing onto their patients the latest products of these corporate giants. Further, Null considers alternatives to traditional pharmacology and drug therapy, such as vitamins and nutritional supplements and why they are typically defined as a competitive threat to the drug manufacturers. 2006; 98 min. With Special Guest Appearance and Q+A by Director Gary Null on Fr-4/6/07! Special Double Bill Admission Prices: $10=General; $9=Students/ Seniors; $8=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers Students For Environmental Awareness!

Friday 4/13 Wildwood Days
+ Ford's Toxic Legacy
+ The Ultimate Betrayal
Scott 123-7PM
Saturday 4/14 Wildwood Days
+ Ford's Toxic Legacy
+ The Ultimate Betrayal
Scott 123-7PM
Sunday 4/15 Wildwood Days
+ Ford's Toxic Legacy
+ The Ultimate Betrayal
Scott 123-7PM

Wildwood Days
– Carolyn Travis
Wildwood Days affectionately and deftly documents the rise, fall, and revival of New Jersey's great beachtown, featuring the world's longest boardwalk and a newly-restored neighborhood of neon-lit “doo-wop” motels -- as told by Bruce Willis, Dick Clark, Tom Verica, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Jerry “The Geater with the Heater” Blavat and others who made the beach and boardwalk scene. 2004; 54 min.
Ford's Toxic Legacy
– Tom Franklin

For 25 years, the Ford Motor Company's factory in Mahwah, New Jersey was one of the most productive manufacturing plants in history. Before it closed in 1980, it also generated tons of hazardous waste.This riveting investigative documentary exposes how Ford dealt with this waste with payoffs and kickbacks. Much of that waste remains where it was illegally dumped, including an area in Ringwood, NJ, that is home tothe Ramapough Mountains Indians. Long unaware of the dangers of the sludge spread across their ancestral lands, the Ramapoughs are now confronting rampant illnesses in their community. Who will hold Ford to account for this toxic legacy? 2006; 40 min.
The Ultimate Betrayal: A Survivor's Journey
- D. R. Hernandez
In this edgy and empowering documentary, a veteran female cop who grew up in Newark, NJ in the 1950s, D. R. Hernandez, exposes her family's 40-year secret of physical and emotional violence which had life-altering consequences for herself, her mother,   and other siblings.   For the first time, Hernandez breaks her silence after the premature death of her mother, as she comes forward and speaks about a lifetime of domestic violence her mother endured and the 32 years of abuse that she herself suffered at the hands of her father, a highly decorated WWII veteran. 2006; 49 min.
Special Double Bill Admission Prices: $10=General Admission; $9=Students/Seniors; $8=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.

General Information


All Scott Hall and all Loree Building film programs begin at 7:00 PM except where noted. Films are screened in the order listed with a 10-minute intermission for double-bills.


Locations are indicated by the codes listed below. Directions are also listed below.

Loree 024

Loree Building #024 (Near the corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street), 70-72 Lipman Drive Douglass College Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Scott 123

Scott Hall #123, 43 College Avenue (Near the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street), College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey


Scott and Loree   Programs:$7=General; $5=Students+Seniors; $4=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.    Except: 1/19-7PM=Free; 1/20+21=$10/$7/$6; 2/17-19=$10/$9/$8; 4/6-8=$10/$9/$8; and 4/13=$10/$9/$8.   All films are subject to change. Call our information number the week of the show to confirm titles.



Tickets are available on a “first-come-first-served” basis only and can be purchased at the door beginning a half-hour before the start time.   Registration for the Puzzle Films-Cinema 101 course programs – which feature screenings and commentary by Rutgers University Cinema Studies Professor and NJ Film Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin -- is on a “first-come-first-served” basis only and can only be obtained in advance by using the registration form on the hard copy of our schedule or on the NJMAC Workshop Registration Page on this website (Cost for the entire course is $45 =General; $35=Students+Seniors; $30=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends) or at the door beginning for individual programs a half-hour before the start time if seats are available. Seating is limited.  


Scott Hall #123
Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9 and then take Route 18N (New Brunswick direction) and go for 2 1/2 miles to the Rutgers University/George Street exit (immediately after the Route 27S exit; don't take the earlier George Street exit) and make a left at the light at the end of the exit ramp onto George Street, then go to the next light and make a right onto Hamilton Street, then go to the next light and make a right onto College Avenue. Almost immediately on your right hand side there is an University Parking Lot (#9) which is made available for our patrons to park in. Scott Hall is adjacent to the parking lot on the right. Patrons can also park in Rutgers Lots #1 (next to Kirkpatrick Chapel) and #16 (next to Murray Hall).

Loree Bldg. #024
Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9 and then take Route 18N (New Brunswick direction) and go for 1 mile and take the first George Street exit. The exit ramp becomes George Street which you continue on for two lights. At the second light make a left onto Nichol Ave., then make a left at the first street (Lipman Drive) and go about 500 yards up a little hill and park in the university parking lot on the left hand side (lot 78). The Loree Bldg. is a adjacent to this parking lot.  


Rutgers Film Co-Op/New Jersey Media Arts Center
Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies
72 Lipman Drive (#018 Loree Hall - Douglass Campus)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901-8525 U.S.A.
(732) 932-8482 phone (732) 932-1935 fax; e-mail;
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The New Jersey Film Festival sm Spring 2007 is funded and sponsored in part by The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center;   The Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies/Faculty of Arts and Sciences; The Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State - a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Eastman Kodak; Johnson & Johnson; New Jersey Books; WCTC/WMGQ; The New Jersey Motion Picture Commission; The Home News Tribune ;   The Rutgers College Office of the Dean; the Rutgers College Student Affairs and College Development Department; The Rutgers University Office of Student Involvement, Leadership and Programs; The Rutgers University World Language Institute; The Rutgers University Spanish Department; The Rutgers University American Studies Department; The Rutgers University Center For Latino Arts and Culture; Albus Cavus Gallery; Synergy Group; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Pro 8mm; Film and Video Services; PAC Labs; Frame Discreet; Jungle Software; International Center For 8mm Film; The Rutgers University Paul Robeson Center;   New Brunswick City Market; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; Rutgers University Presentation Services; The Rutgers University Study Abroad Programs; The Rutgers University Enhanced Classroom Support Department; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; and Share and Harris.

The New Jersey Film Festivalsm Spring 2007 is curated by Albert Gabriel Nigrin. Schedule Editor: Irene Fizer. Schedule compiler: Vic Fern. Schedule Designer: Victoria Connor/Design Ideas. Schedule printed by Advanced Printing.   Cover Art: Cold War Blues by Albert Gabriel Nigrin ©2006.

Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC 2007 Staff
Executive Director/Curator: Albert Gabriel Nigrin  
Office and House Managers
: Stephen Dovidas, Michael Grace, Liz Nadybal, Juan Arancibia, Dana Howze,
Jon Dugan, Christina Entcheva
Volunteers/Interns: Juan Arancibia, Keith Carne, Julia Dennebaum, Jessica Ding, Bao Hoa Do, Jon Dugan, Christina Entcheva, Vic Fern, Kenji Fujishima, Dana Howze, Nicole Jaeger, Keith Carne, Robert Luzhak, Rachel Poloski, Shaun Seneviratne, Rita Marie Stapleton, Dave Szarejko, Kolleen Whitley,
Advisors :   Bob Brodsky, Pam Blake, Victoria Connor, Helen DeMichiel, Dennis Doros, Steve Garfinkel, Steve Gorelick, Charlie Humphrey, Isabel Nazario, Dr. Daniel Nigrin, Toni Treadway, Dr. Alan Williams
Board of Trustees: Dr. John Belton, Dr. Irene Fizer, Michael Hajduk, Bill Harris, Albert Gabriel Nigrin, Rosemary Passantino, Steven C. Schechter, Esq.