Gen Art's Unveils Seven Nights of New York Premieres and Parties
by Brian Brooks
New Yorkers will have one more excuse to let loose and kick up their heels with the upcoming Gen Art Film Festival, which opens April 14th with Brian Dannelly's "Saved!" Going on its ninth year, Gen Art's signature seven nightly New York premiere screenings followed by a party at a Manhattan nightclub has become an annual rite of spring. "Saved!" starring Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, and Macaulay Culkin is an irreverent dark comedy that had its world premiere in January at Sundance. The film, produced by Michael Stipe's Single Cell, follows a group of teens at various stages of acceptance in their ultra-conservative Christian high school. Following the screening, the opening night party will be held at Black on 56th Stree on the Westside with DJ Tommie Sunshine.
Also screening during Gen Art week is Allen Mindel's Slamdance '03 and Cannes '03 feature, "Milwaukee, Minnesota." The film, which will screen on Saturday, April 17th at the Loews 34th Street Theater, has more recently played at the Florida Film Festival and at the Sophia International Film Festival in Bulgaria. Slamdance '03 film "Dear Pillow," by Bryan Poyser, will also screen at the Loews the next day, followed by a party at The Gallery at the Gershwin Hotel.
Other slated films include: "Nobody Needs to Know" by Azazel Jacobs, party at Viscaya; Alex Holdridge's "Sexless," with the party at Blvd.; and "My Date with Drew" by Brian Herzlinger with a party at The Door immediately following. Screenings will be at the Loews 34th Street Theater aside from "Saved!" and the closing night film, which has yet to be announced. All features will be preceded by a short.
"We couldn't be happier with the diversity and quality of our compact slate," commented Gen Art Film Festival director Jeffrey Abramson in an announcement. "This year's incredibly talented filmmakers are presenting an eclectic array of films."
Gen Art is an arts and entertainment organization that showcases emerging visual artists, fashion designers and filmmakers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.
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