The 2022 Spring New Jersey Film Festival has unveiled its exciting film lineup. Curated from more than 633 entries from independent filmmakers around the world and selected by an exclusive jury of media professionals, academics, journalists and students, the films encompass a multitude of genres and span experimental and short films from the Festival.

The films will be screened in a hybrid in-person and online festival here at Rutgers.

Spring Festival 2022 also marks the 40th anniversary of the New Jersey Film Festival – an incredible milestone for its founder, a Rutgers film studies professor, Albert Nigrin. Nigrin has been the festival’s executive director since its inception in 1982.

Dedicated to a non-commercial presentation of different films – independent, experimental and classic films from around the world – the festival is an integral part of the New Brunswick and Rutgers communities and has even welcomed artists like Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker and Todd Solondz to the over the years.

The 2022 festival will take place on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between January 28 and February 20. All films will be virtually available on demand for 24 hours on their screening date, while select live screenings will take place at 7 p.m. at Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue campus. The experimental and short film programs start on January 28 and 30, respectively.

Here are some of the most exciting offerings from the vast and diverse selection of 40 films:

“Battle” (2021) dir. Hüseyin Mert Erverdi (Istanbul, Turkey)

Erverdi’s film is one of the experimental animated films selected for this year’s Spring Festival, and it’s also a visual expression of the battles we face – both implicit and explicit.

“Battle” is a cinematic ode to the works of the legendary Stan Brakhage and his latest film, titled “Chinese Series”, as it features Zen-like visual imagery and a mesh of East and West. Just 3 minutes long, it’s a simple yet profound work of cinematic art that expands the horizons of animated films as we embrace them.

“Mise en abyme” (2021) dir. Charly Santagado (Metuchen, New Jersey)

An exploration of the intimate relationship between an artist and her muse, Santagado’s “mise en abyme” is a nuanced and abstract depiction of the complexities that exist when the artist projects herself into her work. Santagado’s film is all the more anticipated as she is a recent graduate of Rutgers, and “mise en abyme” is a painstakingly constructed film that is a unique visual treat for audiences.

“When Claude got shot” (2021) dir. Brad Lichtenstein (Milwaukee)

Lichtenstein’s feature film is a harrowing fictional drama that traces five years in the life of Claude Motley, a survivor and victim of a tragic gunshot wound following a carjacking incident orchestrated by a teenager named Nathan King.

After recovering from the physical and mental toll of his trauma and reviving his legal career, Claude is faced with the news of Nathan’s paralysis after the boy failed to rob another victim.

Overwhelmed by the prospect of deciding Nathan’s fate through criminal proceedings and the injustice suffered towards young black men, Claude reflects on the parallels between himself and Nathan as he finds his way to healing at a crossroads with that of Nathan.

“When Claude Got Shot” appears to be a deeply engaging and moving film that contains strong relevance to the status quo and will provide meditative insight into the grieving and healing process.

“Just like water” (2021) dir. Manos Triantafillakis (Athens, Greece)

This intriguing short film from Greece follows the enchanting and magical journey of Spyros, the father of director Manos Triantafillakis, through the narration of his life experiences. “Just Like Water” is described as a commentary on the cyclical nature of life and time as a whole while tracing the life of Spyros on the island of Crete through stunning visual imagery.

“¡Llamame Chinita!” real. Stacy Chu (Los Angeles)

A 30-year-old woman named Lulu embarks on a lonely journey to Mexico from China during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in a bid to escape the pressures of her life. But she comes to find that she cannot easily leave her troubles behind.

In Chinese and Spanish, “¡Llámame Chinita!” is an intimate film about the personal life of filmmaker Chu, who quickly became a leading figure in the independent scene after completing her undergraduate and graduate studies in film at the School of Visual Arts and American Film Institute, respectively.

One of the main creative forces behind the film (Chu writes, directs and stars in the film), it promises an emotionally charged and breathtaking film in its cinematography as it is currently becoming one of the most acclaimed works on the festival circuit. of movies.

The lineup of films shown at the 2022 Spring Festival is one of the most diverse yet, with submissions from the heartland of the United States to Greece to Turkey that contain an incredible range of genres and topics.

For more information about the festival, to purchase tickets, or to learn more about the festival lineup in addition to these films, you can visit the New Jersey Film Festival website.

The Spring 2022 season will also host the 34th anniversary of the United States Super 8 Film and + Digital Video Festival on February 19-20, when the festival winners will be announced.

Tickets are available for $15 per program, while a festival pass is available for $100.

Whether you’re an ardent moviegoer, someone who enjoys watching great cinema, or just want to interact with some of the hottest names in the independent film scene, the New Jersey Film Festival promises a remarkable lineup of movies nothing only for you into some of the best cinematic storytellers in the world. Don’t miss it!