The 14th Annual Gen Art Film Festival will kick off on April 1, 2009 in New York City with Derick Martini's "Lymelife," which previously screened in Sundance and Toronto. The festival, which has a unique format that showcases seven features and seven shorts from emerging filmmakers which are followed by seven premiere parties, will be taking place at SVA; the completely redesigned Visual Arts Theater on West 23rd Street between 8-9th Avenue.
Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Leonard Loventhal, "Lymelife" stars Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin, and Timothy Hutton. It recieved the Prize of International Critics Award in Toronto, and the GAFF opening will serve as its official New York premiere. The film is being released by Screen Media Films in New York on Wednesday, April 8th and in Los Angeles on April 17th, with additional markets to follow.
"It is incredibly exciting to continue to support our alumni filmmakers as they grow in their careers and as artists," said Film Division Vice President, Jeffrey Abramson in a statement. "We are not only thrilled to have the Martini's back as our opening night filmmakers, but their film 'Lymelife,' which is set in New York, strikes a deep chord with audiences who are seeking honesty and reflection on core values during these difficult times."
Entering its 14th year, GAFF introduces audiences to films by emerging North American filmmakers, awarding prestigious Grand Jury Prizes for Best Feature and Best Short, as well as presenting audience awards for Best Feature, Best Short and the "Stargazer Award" honoring breakout talent for excellence in acting.
Gen Art's 2009 Programming Committee includes: Celine Rattray (Plum Pictures), Erik Davis (Cinematical.com), Liz Berger (42 West), David Pomes (Alumnus Director - Cook County), Julia Nickson (Alumnus Actor - Half-Life), Kenny Goodman (Good Management), Mike Jones (writer), Brian Chirls (chirls.com), and Deborah McIntosh (William Morris Independent).