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August 9, 2012
GenArt, the arts and entertainment organization dedicated to supporting emerging talent, celebrates the 17th annual GenArt Film Festival (GAFF) this month. GAFF has long established its reputation as one of New York’s most celebrated film festivals showcasing emerging filmmakers and actors. The festival’s unique format premieres one feature film and one short film for seven consecutive nights, each followed by a Q&A with the cast and after-party. GAFF uniquely allows film lovers to experience a movie premiere like a true insider. The 17th Annual GenArt Film Festival is supported by Brancott Estate Wines and in partnership with Thompson Hotels, Jet Blue, Observer Media Group and Über.
The 14 selected films include performances from actors such as Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Kathy Bates, Dreama Walker, and Mickey Sumner, with directorial debuts from Ryan Eggold and Jaime King.
Opening the festival will be the comedy “Missed Connections,” directed by Martin Snyder and starring Jon Abrahams, Mickey Sumner, Julia Jones, and Malcolm Barrett. Closing this year’s festival will be the world premiere of “The Kitchen,” directed by Isai Shetton and starring Laura Prepon, Dreama Walker, and Bryan Greenberg.
Follow updates regarding the GenArt Film Festival on Twitter (@GenArt) and through the festival’s hashtag: #genartfilmfest.
Confirmed notable attendees include Leighton Meester, Bryan Greenberg, Phillip Lim, Laura Prepon, Mickey Sumner, Toby Hemingway, Julia Jones, Jon Abrahams, Waris Ahluwalia, Greta Gerwig, Chris Benz, Annabelle Dexter Jones, Martin Snyder (“Missed Connections” director), John Shepard, Gina Busch, Nelson Cheng (“The Magic Life” director), Michael Friedland, Megan Boone, Jennifer Clary (“The Silent Thief” director), Josh Pence, Nathan and Marc Zellner, Tate Ellington, Pepper Binkley, Adam Chambers, Jillian Clare, Vito Cottone, Ishai Setton (“The Kitchen” director), Ryan Eggold (“Literally, Right Before Aaron” director), Adam Rose, and members of the band MGMT.
Jury members include award-winning writer, director, and producer, Jay Duplass; entertainment journalist, Ben Lyons; Webby-Award winning critic and host, Matt Singer; and ABC News Radio host, David Blaustein.
WHEN: August 8-14, 2012
6:30 – cocktail reception
7:30 – screening begins followed by Q&A with cast and after-party
Wednesday, August 8:
Feature film: “Missed Connections” directed by Martin Snyder; starring Jon Abrahams, Mickey Sumner – Comedy
Short film: “Old Man” directed by Leah Shore – Animated Documentary
Thursday, August 9:
Feature film: “Privacy” directed by Jorg Ihle; starring John Shepard, Gina Busch – Thriller
Short film: “Rolling on the Floor Laughing” directed by Russell Harbaugh– Drama
Friday, August 10:
Feature film: “The Magic Life” directed by Nelson Cheng – Documentary
Short film: “Cadaver” directed by Jonah Ansell; starring Christopher Lloyd, Kathy Bates, Tavi Gevinson – Animation
Saturday, August 11:
Feature film: “Leave Me Like You Found Me” directed by Adele Romanski; starring Megan Boone, David Nordstrom – Drama
Short film: “Latch Key” directorial debut from Jaime King; starring Spencer Susser, Kyle Newman – Drama
Sunday, August 12:
Feature film: “The Silent Thief” directed by Jennifer Clary; starring Toby Hemingway, Cody Longo, Scout Taylor-Compton, Kurt Fuller, John Billingsley – Thriller
Short film: “Reform” directed by Jamal Caesar; starring Jake Hoffman – Drama
Monday, August 13:
Feature film: “Kid-Thing,” A Zellner Brothers film; starring Sydney Aguirre, David Wingo, Nathan, David Zellner – Drama
Short film: “Carbon for Water” directed by Evan Abramson and Carmen Lopez Abramson – Documentary
Tuesday, August 14:
Feature film: “The Kitchen” directed by Ishai Shetton; starring Laura Prepon, Dreama Walker, Bryan Greenberg – Comedy – *World Premiere
Short film: “Literally, Right Before Aaron” directorial debut from Ryan Eggold; starring Adam Rose, Lindsey Kraft – Comedy
WHERE: School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
August 8-13 after-parties:
190 Allen St
Lower East Side
Closing night party, August 14:
120 Orchar St
Lower East Side
Page Jeter at Rogers & Cowan, 310-854-8146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Moore at Rogers & Cowan, 310-854-8166 or email@example.com
About GenArt Film Festival
The GenArt Film Festival is a week of premieres that spotlight some of the most talented emerging filmmakers in North America. GenArt’s roster of events and programs are tailored to give up-and-coming filmmakers a platform to propel them into the spotlight. GenArt has helped launch the careers of countless influential filmmakers including Brad Anderson, Richard Shepard, George Ratliff, Jesse Peretz, Adrienne Shelly, Tim Blake Nelson, Cary Fukunaga, Drake Doremus, as well as actors such as Rooney Mara, Malin Ackerman, Krysten Ritter, Adrien Grenier, Josh Radnor, Adrien Brody who have all made debuts with GenArt.
Be sure to follow IZZE on twitter for updates about the event throughout the week. We hope to see you guys there!