Teaneck International Film Festival November 14–16 has something for everyone
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, October 26, 2008, 04:50 AM EDT
This year’s films are described by executive director Ellen Rand as the most unique and outstanding that TIFF has presented. There will be documentaries, features, shorts, and foreign films from the United States and around the world plus a number of discussions and Q & A sessions with directors and producers.
Celebrity guests will include veteran actor Philip Bosco, Rolling Stone Magazine film critic Peter Travers, WCBS-TV reporter Jay Dow, WINS-Radio anchor Sandi Klein, and Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath.
Nine films will have New Jersey premieres, among them, The Exiles, a restored 1960 documentary about American Indians living in Los Angeles; Four Seasons Lodge, describing an annual Catskills vacation and celebration of life by Holocaust survivors; Jar City, a mystery based on a novel by an award-winning Icelandic author; The Order of Myths, documenting Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama, as racially segregated today as it was in 1703; and The Cake Eaters, directed by actress Mary Stuart Masterson in her directorial debut and featuring Elizabeth Ashley and Bruce Dern in leading roles.
Kid Flix Mix, for 3-8 year olds, is a continuously updated selection of the best animated and experimental shorts from the acclaimed NY International Children’s Film Festival. The program will be presented at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday - when Bob McGrath will host -and Sunday, at The Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way.
TIFF and Teaneck Festival of Arts are co-sponsoring the 1920 silent classic, The Golem, on Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m., at the Cedar Lane Cinemas, 503 Cedar Lane. Tom Nazziola, who was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of the Arts to compose an original score for the movie, will conduct the six-piece orchestra, the BQE Project. The reviews for his music have included only superlatives: fantastic musical achievement, magical, absolutely stunning, it made the weird tale come fully alive. . . Peter Travers will host the film, which has been described as one of the most extraordinary of the German silent cinema – a masterpiece that has been re-imagined time and again, and is regarded as the source of the Frankenstein myth.
Check the complete TIFF schedule online at www.teaneckfilmfestival.org, and order tickets in advance by clicking the link to brownpapertickets. Phone reservations will be accepted until November 6, when checks are due; call 1 /800/ 811-2909 and follow the prompts. Tickets ordered by phone and paid for in advance will be available at the box office 30 minutes before each show.
Tickets and passes may be purchased in Teaneck starting October 20, at the Cedar Lane Cinemas, after 6 p.m.; the Teaneck Public Library; Simply the Best, 472 Cedar Lane; and Brier Rose Books, 450 Cedar Lane. Weekend passes (Friday-Sunday) are $25; daily passes (for Saturday or Sunday) are $15, and individual tickets are $5. These prices are for all films except The Golem, which is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Through a grant from Target, there will be free admission for children under 12 (to appropriate films) all weekend. There is no reserved seating, but patrons with tickets or passes will be admitted before those who buy tickets at show time.
Check out everything that’s coming at www.teaneckfilmfestival.org. If you have questions, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-811-2909.