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Ron Rollet, Festival Artistic Director
SARANDON HEADLINES CAPE MAY NJ STATE FILM FESTIVAL
16 - Academy award winner Susan Sarandon receives the
first ever New Jersey Governor's Award for Outstanding
Contribution to Jersey Arts at the Cape May NJ State
Film Festival November 15 to 17.
James McGreevey will present the award at Cape Mays
a graduate of New Jerseys Edison High School,
headlines the 2nd annual film festival in Cape May.
She'll be honored at the Film Festival Opening Night
Gala November 15th for her achievements as a New Jersey
film artist who has brought both intelligence and integrity
to every role.
her efforts as a spokesperson for the Discover Jersey
Arts initiative, Ms. Sarandon has helped improve public
awareness of the important role New Jersey has played
in the arts and that the arts play in New Jersey.
Sarandons career blossomed with her fearless portrayal
in Bull Durham and then skyrocketed with
her Oscar-nominated performances in Thelma and
Louise, Lorenzos Oil, The
Client, and Atlantic City and her
Academy Award-winning and SAG Award winning role as
Sister Helen, a nun consoling a death-row inmate, in
Dead Man Walking.
appearance by the Governor and Susan Sarandon highlight
a weekend packed with an impressive collection of New
Jersey films and filmmakers in this, the second year
of the Cape May NJ State Film Festival. The festival's
headquarters this year is the newly restored Congress
Hall, on Cape May's oceanfront.
in the film industry have been calling this the miracle
festival and the little festival that could,
said Ron Rollet, the festivals founder and artistic
director, because of the incredible growth and
attention that we have received in just a year.
The secret? Focusing on New Jersey films and filmmakers,
answered Mr. Rollet, a film writer and director who
lives in Cape May Point, thats what makes
us unique and worthwhile.
three new films, released this fall, top the film festival's
feature presentations during the day on Saturday. "The
Banger Sisters," with Goldie Hawn and Geoffrey
Rush; "Moonlight Mile" with Dustin Hoffman
and "Igby Goes Down" with Jeff Goldblum will
be screened at Hoyt's Cape May Beach 4 Cinema. It will
be the first local screening of Igby and
Mummer fans have a special treat in store for them:
the festival has chosen to present as one of its Festival
Feature Selections the New Jersey premiere of
"STRUT!" a film about the Philadelphia Mummers,
also shot in North Wildwood, the Mummers' summer home.
Also on the schedule: young New Jersey star Allison
Bertolino from Mays Landing to talk about her experiences
in making this years "The Divine Secrets
of the Ya Ya Sisterhood."
FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT FILMS
addition to the feature films, the festival will present
an all day screening of short fiction, animated and
experimental films and documentaries by over fifty New
year the festival hosts several of independent films
most important producer/distributors, among them John
Hart, of Hart-Sharp Entertainment (Boys Dont
Cry, You Can Count on Me), and Greg
Williams, CEO of Lot 47 Films (L.I.E., Fast
Runner). Each will introduce one of his films
before it is shown (Greg Williams has chosen Scotland,
PA, a comedic MacBeth in modern times) and will
appear on the panel of a workshop, Distribution
Alternatives for Independent Filmmakers, on Saturday.
CLOSING FESTIVAL BRUNCH
Cinema Cafe brunch features several short films presented
by the filmmakers themselves, including the hilarious
Escaping Jersey by Jan Marlyn Reesman, Corona
by John Columbus, a moving memory film recently
chosen by MOMA to open its Documentary Fortnight series
in December, and a tribute to New Jersey animator John
are available by calling the Cape May NJ State Film
Festival at: (609) 884-6595.
a complete schedule of events for the November 15-17
weekend, see the Cape May NJ State Film Festival's website
program is made posssible in part by funds from the
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State,
a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts,
and by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
to Cape May NJ State Film Festival