2008 Hoboken International Film Festival

5/29/2008 Bump:

Here’s a reminder that each night from May 31-June 4, the Hoboken International Film Festival will be showing FREE “star-studded” movies down at Pier A! (Hoboken411 didn’t design this flyer, FYI…)

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5/21/2008:

See additional competition screenings after the jump.

5/14/2008:

Here’s a sneak preview of this years Hoboken International Film Festival.

The festival kicks off on May 30 with a Filmmaker’s Reception, and runs week long until the Gala Awards Ceremony on June 5 (see below for more details on both). There will be screenings, music, special star-studded events, food, and more!!

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See calendar of events after the jump!

(added additional events – at the bottom)

HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

OPENING NIGHT CEREMONIES & SCREENINGS
*No charge – please contact Festival for tickets*
When: May 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm
Where: Pier A Park, First Street and Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ
This Opening Night Ceremony includes numerous Celebrity Guests and:

  • Screening of international star director Uwe Boll’s uproarious competition feature Postal, with Uwe Boll present at screening
  • Worldwide premiere screening of brand new hilarious TV pilot Three Chris’s (non-competition), with its celebrity stars, Charles Durning (2-time Academy Award/4-time Golden Globe/8-time Emmy winner and nominee) and Wilson Jermaine Heredia (lead from movie & Broadway play Rent – Tony Award Winner) present at screening
  • Special Guest Celebrities
  • Live Opening Remarks from Dignitaries, including Hoboken Mayor, Dave Roberts and Festival Chairman, Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker/Best-Selling Author, Kenneth Del Vecchio

GALA AWARDS CEREMONY TICKETS – $100
When: June 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm
Where: Pier A Park, First Street and Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ

One of the Nation’s Hottest Awards Ceremonies, this event features numerous Celebrity Guests and:

  • Mingle with the Stars at a Closed, Elegant, Extravaganza Cocktail Hour, with an array of complimentary hors d ‘oeuvres provided by The Melting Pot of Hoboken and complimentary Stella Artois beer provided by Anheuser-Busch;
  • Celebrity Award Presenters including Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees;
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Personally Accepted by legendary film star Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Batman, etc);
  • New Jersey Professional Leadership Award Personally Accepted by Hoboken Mayor David Roberts
  • Star Standup Comedian Host Mike Marino, “NJ’s Bad Boy of Comedy” who frequently appears on The Tonight Show
  • Live Award Presentations to the World’s Leading Independent Filmmakers and Actors
  • Clips from all Nominated Films in all Categories
  • All the Excitement and Glamour you see at the Oscars!

CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE FILM – iMURDERS
*No charge – please contact Festival for tickets*
When: June 4, 2008 at 8:30 pm
Where: Pier A Park, First Street and Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ
This Closing Night Event includes:

  • Worldwide premiere special screening (non-competition) of highly anticipated psychological thriller iMurders, starring William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, Deuce Bigalow), Gabrielle Anwar (The Three Musketeers, Scent of a Woman), Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), Charles Durning (Tootsie, O Brother Where Art Thou), Margaret Colin (Independence Day, The Devil’s Own), Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Rent), Frank Grillo (The Sweetest Thing, Prison Break), Terri Colombino (As the World Turns), Brooke Lewis (Kinky Killers), Justin Deas (Guiding Light), Dan Grimaldi (The Sopranos) and many more!
  • Many of the stars present at screening
  • Screening of a competition short

PRIVATE STAR-STUDDED PARTY & SCREENINGS – $35
When: June 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm
Where: The Melting Pot, 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ

This blow out event presented by The Melting Pot, features:

  • Private Cocktail Hour with Charles Durning (2-time Academy Award/4-time Golden Globe/8-time Emmy winner & nominee), Costas Mandylor (Lead – Saw 4; Beowulf ), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) ), Eileen Fulton (Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner; As the World Turns), Richard Barclay (Academy Award winner) and other stars and filmmakers from their new movie The Drum Beats Twice – with all the beer, wine, and cocktails and array of Melting Pot hors d’oeuvres that you can drink and eat for one hour
  • Special Screening of The Drum Beats Twice (non-competition)
  • Screening of Moira
  • Screening of Role Play

PRIVATE STAR-STUDDED PARTY & SCREENINGS – $35
When: June 2, 2008 at 7:00 pm
Where: The Melting Pot, 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ
This blow out event presented by The Melting Pot, features:

  • Private Cocktail Hour with Emmy winning and nominated actors Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live), James DePaiva (One Life to Live), Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful), ), Robert Clohessy (The Interpreter; Angels in the Outfield); Roy Thinnes (Broken English, Falcon Crest) and other stars and filmmakers from their movie Undone, as well as other special guests – with all the beer, wine, and cocktails and array of Melting Pot hors d’oeuvres that you can drink and eat for one hour
  • Screening of Undone
  • Screening of Fifty Cents

Added 5/21/2008

COMPETITION SCREENING – “CRAZY” – Free Admission
When: June 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm
Where: Pier A Park, First Street and Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ
This screening features:

  • Screening of Crazy, starring Ali Larter and Waylon Payne, directed by entertainment mogul Rick Bieber (former Head of Development of HBO, and co-owner of a production company with Michael Douglas).
  • Bieber and other celebs will be present at screening
  • Screening of competition short The Lucky One

COMPETITION SCREENING – “IN THE EYES OF A KILLER” – Free Admission
When: May 31, 2008 at 8:30 pm
Where: Pier A Park, First Street and Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ
This screening features:

  • Screening of competition feature In The Eyes of a Killer, directed by and starring Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
  • Costas Mandylor (lead – Saw IV; Beowulf), Louis Mandylor, and others will be present at screening
  • Screening of competition short Sovereignty

COMPETITION SCREENING – “1968 TUNNEL RATS and CHRISTMAS BREAK” -$9
When: May 31, 2008, 6:00pm
Where: Hoboken Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
This screening features:

  • Screening of competition feature1968 Tunnel Rats, directed by infamous internationally renowned director Uwe Boll, starring Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers, Hope Floats, Kinky Killers)
  • Screening of competition short Christmas Break, directed by Matthew Del Negro (The Sopranos)
  • Both Uwe Boll and Matt Del Negro will attend the screening
  • Screening of competition short Dorothy Parker’s The Sexes

To see the entire schedule of special events and over 80 screenings, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Tickets and Schedule page of the Festival website – www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com.

34 Responses

  1. hobojoe says:

    [quote comment=”85050″] how about we all meet outside your home tonight and ask you a few questions about these taxes? [/quote]

    Come on. That won’t do you any good -it’s thursday. I’m sure Dave is already down in Mantoloking.

  2. rag246 says:

    [quote comment=”85113″][quote comment=”85050″] how about we all meet outside your home tonight and ask you a few questions about these taxes? [/quote]

    Come on. That won’t do you any good -it’s thursday. I’m sure Dave is already down in Mantoloking.[/quote]
    Even better, Mantoloking is nice, and the train will get us all as far as Bay Head!

    Dave you might want to send “The Stick” out to Acme for a few extra dogs and burgers…you might have some guests this weekend to help you “prepare” for Sunday’s meeting.

  3. jscirish27 says:

    The beauty of a boycott of these places is that they are both mediocre and overpriced. There are plenty of good alternatives in town that would be happy to have your business and could probably use it more.

  4. bri777 says:

    I Billy Dee getting that award for his old Colt 45 ads? “It works everytime!”

  5. mcgato says:

    “New Jersey Professional Leadership Award Personally Accepted by Hoboken Mayor David Roberts ”

    That’s the most giggle worthy thing up there.

  6. johndoe says:

    [quote comment=”82915″]So how many films does the festival’s oganizer have in the festival year?[/quote]

    I see three:

    1. The very FIRST film shown was the television pilot the produced.

    2. Then at 3pm on Sunday he will show his film.

    3. Then the LAST film will be his also.

    The Hoboken International Film Festival? How about the Kenneth Del Vecchio Film Festival brought to you by the taxpayers of the City of Hoboken instead?

  7. hobodave says:

    johndoe and Hoboken411 were both right about this festival. Somewhat further down on the “rant list,” but still highly smells of the favoritism and administration give-away of city resources that permeates this “back-room deal” town.
    [quote comment=”85575″][quote comment=”82915″]So how many films does the festival’s oganizer have in the festival year?[/quote]

    I see three:
    1. The very FIRST film shown was the television pilot the produced.
    2. Then at 3pm on Sunday he will show his film.
    3. Then the LAST film will be his also.

    The Hoboken International Film Festival? How about the Kenneth Del Vecchio Film Festival brought to you by the taxpayers of the City of Hoboken instead?[/quote]
    Yeah, the 50-page Festival program is also predominantly self-promotional material, where throughout its pages, Del Vecchio refers to himself with phrases such as “Renaissance Man,” “Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker/Best-Selling Author,” and, oh yes, ” the illustrious Kenneth Del Vecchio”! (Oh, I forgot – these accolades were supposedly written by others.) And then, multiple times in the program, there is effusive praise for Mayor Roberts, and a self-serving welcoming statement from him (with the requisite Hoboken-government-style typo: “I am honored to support the eclectic works of so many new and innovative media artist [sic!] …”

    And Hoboken411 is correct (under the “Week in Review” section) to line-out the word “International” in the name of the Festival. Of the 80+ films and tv-pilots shown, 40 were from NJ and NYC, 20 from California, and fewer than eight were really foreign films (some films listed with another country’s name were clearly made by U.S.-based directors, but were just shot elsewhere.) It is surely fine to have a Festival with “independent” films primarily made locally and from the rest of the country, and there were probably some interesting ones among those shown here. But one of the reasons for going to a truly international festival is to get some other perspectives, fresh types of stories, and points-of-view that would be different from what you would usually find. That was sorely missing here. Instead we certainly got a gigantic dose of hype!

    Ironically, one of the main features shown on Monday night was the William Castle Story, “the last great American showman, a movie director and master of ballyhoo…” Now tonight we get treated to the ballyhoo of the “Gala Awards Ceremony” touted for its “Oscar-like class and fanfare.” It’s only $100 per person to be admitted into the tent on our Pier A! I have seen no indication that the city gets a dime out of this, but on the contrary is stuck with the costs of providing security, maintenance, cleanup and repair of the damage done to the grass by the stakes holding the tent down.

    Did anyone notice that the list of “Festival Organizers” included the following people on the city payroll: Director John Pope, Police Captain Anthony Falco, and Corporate Council Steve Kleinman(!)? How much of their participation was on city time?

    Did anyone on this board find anything interesting enough to attend any of the screenings? Was there some real benefit to the town sufficient to justify the expense and disruption of city facilities?

  8. hoboken411 says:

    Now you know why I didn’t waste my time? Billy Dee Williams or not, I just didn’t feel right about it… The same way our hospital shouldn’t be called a “university” hospital, I felt this “film festival” was was over-hyped for the benefit of only a certain few. No offense to their film-making efforts, but the whole operation stunk from a mile away.

    I only wonder if Clearview Cinemas will even allow this to be shown next year in lieu of real Hollywood movies.

  9. matt_72 says:

    [quote comment=”86558″]Now you know why I didn’t waste my time? Billy Dee Williams or not, I just didn’t feel right about it… The same way our hospital shouldn’t be called a “university” hospital, I felt this “film festival” was was over-hyped for the benefit of only a certain few. No offense to their film-making efforts, but the whole operation stunk from a mile away.

    I only wonder if Clearview Cinemas will even allow this to be shown next year in lieu of real Hollywood movies.[/quote]

    Yeah – as if Clearview will last that long w/o a bailout from the Hoboken taxpayers. No parking usually means no patrons. And if you were in the area of the festival, you would have seen that there was even less parking than usual down there all week.

  10. hoboken411 says:

    As a side note: I was sort of considering going to the “gala closing ceremonies” but KG my video cutie is under the weather. I have other videos to make anyway!

  11. hobodave says:

    The REAL obscenity on Pier A! – :mrgreen:

    At this “Festival” most of the film plots (as summarized in the program) were just variations on hackneyed themes seen countless times. If they had any claim to “pushing the envelope,” it had mostly to do with being more violent or sexually explicit than is normally seen in major films or allowed on network tv. To be clear – as far as I am concerned there is nothing generally obscene about nudity or sexual scenes, as such. What I find offensive is the portayal of women, or men, as sexual objects rather than human beings, the use of violence as an aphrodisiac, and the pushing of stereotypes as a way of funneling anger towards certain groups.

    But still, I have no objection to films catering to a wide range of tastes, being available. People’s idea of what is offensive, or their definition of obscenity, varies greatly across the board, and censorship, especially by the government, is to be avoided. Criticism, on the other hand, is not the same as censorship, and some of the attitudes encouraged in certain films shown here deserve to be criticized and combated with opposing points of view.

    WHAT’S REALLY OBSCENE is the use of our precious open space on Pier A, with a part of it covered for a week with a large, ugly tent for what has been, in many ways a private activity, and not really a community event, which I had mistakenly been led into calling it in the past. In fact, it mainly catered to an audience of people who were, as far as I could see, predominantly from out of town.

    As someone who was among those who fought to keep that land on the pier for public use, rather than filled with another private, concrete tower – it aggravates me greatly that Del Vecchio & Co. are going to get away with charging $100 a head for anyone to go into that tent tonight for the “Gala Awards Ceremony” – and Roberts happily goes along with it! The rest of us will be left with the “pleasure” of watching their mutual masturbation, from the outside.

    What incredible gall! I feel like ripping through the side of the tent and yelling, “this land belongs to the people of Hoboken, not to you x@#$zzzs (censored).”

  12. matt_72 says:

    If the lack of parking near the festival is any indication, they not only were from out of town, they drove and parked into town…….so much for mass transit. The freaking PATH is right down there! I wonder if they will be taking the bus to the Clearview Theater………NOT!

  13. hobodave says:

    [P.S. I’ll be walking over to that obscene “Awards Ceremony” on Pier A in a few minutes to see if the Mayor really shows, and to just observe the scene, but if you hear reports over the police radio of some “disorderly” person being dragged away, it may just be …]

  14. hobodave says:

    QUIMBY AT THE “GALA AWARDS CEREMONY” –
    or Roberts fiddles while Rome burns!
    – – – – – – –
    Thursday night, Mayor Roberts, arm-in-arm with his wife, walked down a “red carpet” laid down along one of the paths leading into Pier A, just north of the fountain entrance, and cordoned off for the event by the police. Since the “extravaganza cocktail hour” was slow in getting under way when they first reached the tent housing the event at a little after 7 pm, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts somehow managed to circle around and walk down that carpet at least three more times during the next half hour, probably to maximize photo op time with the handful of “celebrities” that showed up. It was pretty ludicrous.

    The Mayor did manage to get filmed with his arm around Billy Dee Williams – so I guess he is now a star by association. If you want to see some of the red carpet and closing event, the Jersey Journal, one of the Festival sponsors, has a short video at the following link:
    – – – –
    Interestingly, the story in the paperdidn’t mention that Roberts was slated to receive the NJ “Professional Leadership Award.” Maybe too embarrassing?

    By the time I left, at about 7:30, there were only a few dozen people inside the tent – mostly seemed to be those directly involved in the films that were shown, and hoping to win one of the awards. So I don’t know if Festival Chairman Del Vecchio ended up with very many $100 ticket payers. The only onlookers I saw from town were two ladies from my senior building who were trying hard to recognize any celebrities walking to the tent, and kept saying “wannabes!” I asked if they thought the event had “All the Excitement and Glamour you see at the Oscars!” as advertised. They made a sarcastic comment and walked away out of boredom.

    A couple of final thoughts: Everyone may not realize that a major venue for the Festival was the Hoboken Multi-Service Center, where films were screened in 2-hour blocks, starting from noon and ending at midnight on Saturday and Sunday, and running from 4 pm to midnight during the week. There was a $9 admission fee for each 2-hour block – usually a full-length and a short film. I happened to run into Del Vecchio in the tent early in the week, and asked him if he realized that the room being used in the Center was generally used for senior-citizen activities, and if there would be any senior discount considered. He said he knew that, but no, it was a flat charge, and it was a low admission cost for film festivals. I thought it would just be a common courtesy to extend to local seniors – and he wouldn’t be likely to lose much money that way.

    The community room at the Multi-Service Center, was set up with about 50 foldings chairs for the screening (although it didn’t look quite half filled when I looked in at one of the screening times on Wednesday), and the films were shown on a crappy, little portable screen. Del Vecchio could have pulled in a few thousand bucks from those showings. Not a lot of money – but my question is whether he got away with using that space without paying any rental fee, and if so who approved the deal.

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