Gen Art Sets Fest Slate and Announces National Screening Program
by Eugene Hernandez
A sure sign that spring is approaching (finally!) is the announcement of the lineup for the upcoming eighth-annual Gen Art Film Festival. The event, known for its signature "seven films and seven parties on seven nights" formula, will run April 2-8 in Manhattan. Additionally, Gen Art organizers have announced a program that will bring new films to a number of U.S. cities.
Vanessa Parise's "Kiss The Bride" will open the Gen Art film fest, while Austin Chick's "XX/XY" will close the annual event in New York. Parise's "Kiss" stars Alyssa Milano, Jonathon Schaech, Amanda Detmer, Sean Patrick Flanery, Brook Langton, Monet Mazur, Vanessa Parise, Talia Shire, and Burt Young. Chick's "XX/XY" features Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Robertson, and Maya Stange. It was acquired at last year's Sundance Film Festival by IFC Films and will be released in April.
Rounding out the Gen Art lineup are Brett Wagner's "Five Years," Fancois Velle's "New Suit," Jesse Moss' "Speedo," Ghazi Albuliwi's "West Bank Brooklyn," and Elliot Greenebaum's "Assisted Living." Mary Kerr joined the organization this year as its new programming director.
The new Gen Art screening program will launch in mid-April with preview screenings of Lions Gate's "Confidence" in a number of cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago. Other films will be screened approximately every six weeks. The series is sponsored by Acura, which is also on board as a Gen Art festival sponsor.
Shorts in this year's line-up will include Katie Fleischer's "Bun Bun," Patrick Downs' "Broken," Paul Cotter's "Jeff Farnsworth," Wes Justice and Mamie McCall's "On Six Mile Pond," Gerrard Naranjo's "The Last Attack of the Beast," Tom Putnam's "Tom Hits His Head," and Laura Gilkey's "Blissfield."
And last but not least, the Manhattan party venues for 2003 will be Deep NV, Taj Lounge, Show, Lobby, The Coral Room, Arshile, and Le Club Show World.
[For more information, please visit: http://www.genart.org.]