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Trenton Film Festival

  • March 25, 2018 - March 25, 2018
  • Times: 2pm & 4:30pm
  • 205 E Front St., Trenton, NJ 08605
  • Phone:609-331-9599
  • Admission: $8 - regular price. $25 - all access pass
  • Handicapped Accessible: Yes
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An exploration of all things cinematic awaits at this year’s festival — featuring 53 films from 16 countries, including documentaries, narrative films, spoken word, animation and music videos by filmmakers from as close as Trenton, Bradley Beach, and other parts of NJ to as far away as Kosovo, Spain, and Iran. A great opportunity to connect with fellow film lovers and filmmakers! Trenton Film Festival Sunday 25, at 2pm - Sunday Feature Documentary The Best Little Coffeehouse in Maryland (dir. Cory Choy, US, documentary, 18 minutes) Inwood House, the only apartment building in the US that is both Section 8 and dedicated to people with disabilities, is home to a monthly musical coffeehouse like no other. The Organizer (dir. Nick Taylor, US, documentary, 100 minutes) A portrait of Wade Rathke, the controversial founder of ACORN, which had been the largest community organization in the US before its infamous demise following several highly publicized scandals. Through archival footage and interviews, the film follows how ACORN grew to be a national powerhouse and how internal and external pressures led to its downfall. Trenton Film Society Sunday, March 25 at 4:30pm - Sunday Afternoon Shorts The Ballad of Craig Kelly (dir. Jeff Stewart, US, narrative, 8 minutes) Based on the life of actor Craig Kelly, this semi-autobiographical short is a stream of consciousness narrative of a lonely man coming to terms with past, present and future mistakes. The Poet (dir. Adam Cushman, US, spoken word, 6 minutes) An inspired Beat-era poet takes the stage. North & Nowhere (dir. Scott Ballard, US, narrative, 12 minutes) A girl, a gun, and a last chance. Devan moves back home to care for her father, who has suffered a stroke. When her sister puts him in a care facility, it’s up to Devan and her friend Kyle to get him out by any means necessary. PHAT Girl (dir. Rosemarie Wilson, US, spoken word, 8 minutes) PHAT Girl is a testament to women becoming comfortable in their own skin, flaws and all, and owning it. Alpha Fish (dir. Roger An, US, animation, 9 minutes) Rodrigo, a charismatic talking goldfish, has had enough of his hapless owner Conner. Tired of performing tricks for snacks, Rodrigo has his sights on Bianca, a beautiful marine biologist. The Dinner Scene (dir. Nicholas Thurkettle, US, narrative, 10 minutes) A solitary screenwriter in a café battles frustration and self-doubt to craft the most dramatically juicy scene between a couple at dinner that she can. Expiration Date (dir. Shunya Chang, US, animation, 4 minutes) A poetic animated story about searching for an unexpired romance. Jimmy Scalia: An Honest Portrait (dir. Anthony Scalia, US, documentary, 6 minutes) School janitor and Bobby Darin archivist, Jimmy Scalia, reflects on his life as he approaches a milestone transition. Talk (dir. Fred Zara, US, narrative, 16 minutes) Eight lives intersect at a typical coffee shop one afternoon. Some are enjoying a fresh new start, some are at a crossroads, and others may be in the midst of a painful ending. Frieda and Eddie, A Jersey Shore Love Story (dir. Jennifer Suwak & Stephen Abruzzese, US, documentary, 24 minutes) Frieda and Eddie met at the Jersey Shore in 1942 and dated until Eddie was drafted into the service for World War II. Separated for 50 years, they married other people and had families of their own. After both of their spouses died, they reconnected and found it’s never too late for love.



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