Thu, Jun 7, 2012

Arts, Entertainment

Calling All Local Film Lovers

BY Blake Turner

Calling All Local Film Lovers

A couple weeks ago, Glocally made a ton of noise about a documentary that captured the life of local artist, Jerry Gant. (see NEWARK ICON SHOWCASED ON THE SCREEN and Street Style: Jerry Gant)

“The Gantalist” successfully premiered May 18th, and pulled Gant fans from all over the Tri-state area to Newark. The local film was just officially accepted to the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. A Blake Turner prediction: This one will travel the distance. The MV Fest is just the beginning for the short.

This month kicks off the 38th annual Newark Black Film Festival, beginning June 20th at the Newark Museum, featuring a summer-long list of films for the family.

The festival will jump off with “Fold, Crumple, Crush: The Art of El Anatsui,” a documentary on acclaimed Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. The 7 p.m. opening night screening will be followed by a reception and discussion about the making of the film and Anatsui’s work with filmmaker Susan Vogel and museum curator Christa Clark.

Youth Cinema, a series of children’s features and short films, debuts July 9 at the Newark Public Library and July 11 at the museum.

Screenings, which will continue at the museum every Wednesday through August 1, are free but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration for opening night is required and can be made by calling 973-596-6550 or emailing

All screenings begin at 7 p.m. at the museum (49 Washington St.) unless otherwise noted. For the full schedule click HERE.

Lastly, support a local Kickstarter project, “The Standard for the Spring.” Led by local artist, Tara Ray Russo, this program will provide a platform for artists to show in public spaces. The project will focus on outdoor performance and video art, using a hotel on the Highline as a hub for reverse window projection, live streaming, and an internet video screening of all the works shown. With only three days left on the their kickstarter campaign, the group still needs more backers to make it happen. C’mon Newark! How cool would this be.


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