With their tagline of “7 Premieres, 7 Parties” and festival line up filled with emerging directors, New York City’s GenArt Film Festival feels like Tribeca’s hip younger sibling.
One of the seven films will win the festival’s jury prize. This year’s festival jury will consist of director Jay Duplass, TV correspondent Ben Lyons, and Indiewire’s very own Matt Singer. Each film featured in the festival has a night, and a party, all to themselves, allowing the filmmakers exclusive attention from the GenArt audiences.
The festival takes place from August 8th-14th. Tickets are still available through their website.
Director: Martin Snyder
(Comedy) In a city of 19 million people, love at first sight happens every instant. But if you fail to act in the moment, how can you find each other again? ‘MISSED CONNECTIONS’ is a dynamic, new independent comedy about the lengths New Yorkers will go to find love.
Cast: Jon Abrahams, Mickey Sumner, Malcolm Barrett, Waris Ahluwalia
Director: Jorg Ihle
(Thriller) When a young programmer creates a spy app and accidentally hacks into all the smart phones across NYC, he gets way more than he ever expected and soon becomes entangled in a web of romance, crime and murder. Cast: John Shephard, Gina Busch
The Magic Life
Director: Nelson Cheng
(Documentary) “The Magic Life” is a new documentary following three aspiring magicians as they try to pull off the biggest trick of their lives by turning their passion into a profession.
Leave Me Like You Found Me
Director: Adele Romanski
(Drama) After a year of heartbreak and loneliness, Erin and Cal have forgotten enough of each other’s flaws to get back together. Cracks start to show and each is left wondering whether the other has changed enough to make it work this time. Cast: Megan Boone, Patrick Kack-Brice
The Silent Thief
Director: Jennifer Clary
(Thriller) “The Silent Thief” is a fast paced examination of tenuous familial bonds, the human to belong and the thin line between sanity and insanity. Brennan Marley is an outcast drifter who descends upon a family in crisis and attempts to remedy their problems with an odd solution: he will take their biological son’s place in the family unit.
Cast: Toby Hemingway, Cody Longo, Frances Fisher, Kurt Fuller
A Zellner Brother Film
(Drama) Annie is a rebellious ten-year-old girl. She lives on the outskirts of town with her father Marvin, who, when not herding goats, mostly sleeps the day away. Virtually devoid of parental guidance, Annie is left to fend for herself and do as she pleases until her routine is broken one day while playing in the woods; she hears an old woman calling from deep within an abandoned well, asking for help. Cast: Sydney Aguirre, David Wingo, Nathan & David Zellner
Director: Ishai Setton
(Comedy) Jennifer (Laura Prepon) is turning 30 and her best friend Stan (Matt Bush) is throwing her a party. But she’s in no mood to celebrate. She just left her job as well as her cheating boyfriend, Paul (Bryan Greenberg). Her sardonic little sister Penny (Dreama Walker) has shown up with a life-changing decision to make and she’s definitely sure she’s too old to be living with her creepy roommate still.
Cast: Laura Prepon, Bryan Greenberg, Dreama Walker (World Premiere)