The 2007 Hoboken International Film Festival

5/21/2007 Update:

Here’s the full schedule of films and related events and “galas”.

http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/2007schedule.php

hoboken-international-film-festival-logo-june-2007-2.jpg

Read previous announcements below.

5/15/2007 Update:

Wish they gave more notice, but I received this press release a few minutes ago. You can go meet the “stars” down at City Hall at 1:30 and learn more about this event poised to be a “top 10” festival in the world.

HOBOKEN TO HOST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FILM STARS DANNY AIELLO, ARTIE LANG AND ALEX CORRADO WILL HAM IT UP WITH HOBOKEN MAYOR DAVID ROBERTS TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THE FIRST HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, TUESDAY, MAY 15TH, 1:30 PM, CITY HALL, GROUND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM, 94 WASHINGTON STREET, HOBOKEN, NJ. THE FILM FESTIVAL WILL BECOME ONE OF THE TOP 10 SUCH EVENTS IN THE WORLD, SHOWCASING THE EDGIEST DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL MOVIES AND THEIR FILMMAKERS. THE WEEK-LONG EVENT BEGINS ON JUNE 1 WITH STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SERVING AS THE MAIN VENUE.

WHAT: Launch of the Hoboken International Film Festival with celebrities and Mayor David Roberts

WHERE: Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 15th, 1:30 pm

2/3/2007:
Directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, is famous for three things: the site where the American pasttime of baseball was invented; the birthplace of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra; and the location for the 1950s film classic ON THE WATERFRONT, directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando, in the role that won him his first Oscar. This historical waterfront town was once a bastion of working class families, visiting sailors and tough men who worked the docks. Hoboken has become considerably more genteel (and pricey), so the next logical step in its evolution was the establishment of a film festival.

So thus was born the Hoboken International Film Festival, slated to run June 1 to 7, 2007 in what has been dubbed New Jersey’s artistic capital. The festival is a week long celebration, exhibiting some of the world’s finest independent films, with personal appearences by numerous film and television stars, and offering exciting and educating seminars.

Films will be exhibited on a Hudson River pier, overlooking the majestic Manhattan skyline. All filmmakers receive two all-access passes allowing them free admission to all film exhibitions, seminars, workshops, filmmakers receptions, the day-long wine tasting, and the gala awards ceremony.

The Hoboken International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine non-studio films, TV pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers throughout the United States and internationally. The winner of the jury award for Best Feature Film will be granted a worldwide distribution offer from Echelon Studios. Cash prizes, ranging from $500 to $1000, are presented in 10 categories, and all officially selected films (features, documentaries & shorts) will receive an offer to be aired on a new national on-demand network, the Directorz Channel.

The first of several honorees who will be feted at the Festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony is veteran actor Charles Durning, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Durning is a respected character actor who has been nominated twice for the Oscar (for THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS and TO BE OR NOT TO BE), as well as a Golden Globe nomination and a National Board of Review win as Best Supporting Actor in Sidney Lumet’s urban masterpiece DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975).

See original announcement below:

10/3/2006:
A press release from Gerri Fallo, Hoboken’s Coordinator of Cultural Affairs.

WHAT: Hoboken International Film Festival Announcement

WHEN: October 5, at 2:00 PM

WHERE: Hoboken City Hall, located at Newark and Washington Streets.

Coming Soon to Hoboken . . .

The Hoboken International Film Festival
New Jersey’s Premiere Film Festival
CELEBRITIES, AWARDS & INT’L FILMS
October 5, 2006 Announcement

Hoboken, NJ… New Jersey’s largest film festival is coming to Hoboken! On Thursday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m., the City of Hoboken will be announcing the arrival of the Hoboken International Film Festival (formerly New Jersey International Film & Screenplay Festival). The announcement will be made at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street in the ground floor conference room, accessible through the Newark Street entrance.

“We are thrilled to have Hoboken host such an exciting event,” says Hoboken Mayor David Roberts. “To have such an important film event in our wonderful city is just another addition to our cultural offerings.”

Showcasing the best in independent filmmaking from around the world, Hoboken International Film Festival features a celebrity jury including Academy Award and Emmy winners. Winning filmmakers will receive cash prizes in several categories. Joining Mayor Roberts at the press conference will be festival chairman, Kenneth Del Vecchio, a critically acclaimed filmmaker, best-selling author and New Jersey attorney. Del Vecchio, a native of Hudson County, is also the East Coast Acquisitions Director of Echelon Studios—he will be announcing a special Grand Prize for this year’s “Best Feature Film” and another major prize for all officially selected films.

Every year the festival honors a star Hollywood actor with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The star personally appears at the festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony—which has been recognized as one of the best festival awards ceremonies in the country. This year’s honoree will be a legendary Hollywood actor who is a multiple Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony Award and Emmy winner and nominee, who will be announced on October 5, with many more exciting details about the 2007 festival.

“This is a great opportunity for the City of Hoboken, its residents and the film festival,” said Hoboken Film Liaison, Captain Anthony Falco. “It’s the joining of New Jersey’s cultural capital with one of the state’s greatest artistic events. I witnessed, first-hand, the enormity of a film festival chaired by Mr. Del Vecchio. Thousands of filmmakers, from dozens of countries and from nearly every state, submitted to the festival. Only the best were admitted, less than five-percent. Many had their premieres at the festival. ”

“Hoboken has always had such a rich Film history. said Geri Fallo, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Hoboken. “Academy award winning films like On the Waterfront were filmed here and Filmmaker John Sayles lived here for many years. With its proximity to Manhattan, moving the Festival to Hoboken will make it an even more spectacular event.”

Contact:
Geri Fallo, City of Hoboken
gfallo@att.net
201/420-2207

Dan Smith
dan@smithpublicity.com
212/551-3604

www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com

Leave a Reply

45 Comments on "The 2007 Hoboken International Film Festival"

Tama Murden
Member

RE #39, SWHotty: Hysterical post!
And re previous postings abt. Danny Aiello….well yes, the guy can act–tho’ a limited range & his performance in that final Louis LaRusso play at DeBaun, some yrs. back, was painful to bear witness to.

But his skill-set doesn’t trump behaving like an entitled so-&-so in town, esp. w/his tacky, vanity-plate Jag, parked into the crosswalk at Tutta Pasta, almost every weekday.

Stating the obvious: just b/c you’re a “celebrity,” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good person. And it doesn’t mean you’re entitled to special treatment, even tho’ that’s how it seems to go.
Just like the rest of us, “celebrities” have bad breath & the need for bladder elimination upon awakening….

Above remarks, perhaps more for Rant thread.

For Danny A.’s fans, my fav. film of his is a small one, written/directed by a former female Hobokenite, whose name I forget. I believe it’s called “Once Around.” Really terrific & quirky—Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfus, Danny A. playing opposite the always-incredible Gena Rowlands. Danny A. is really wonderful in this film.

And back to the Festival, Lance Greene’s film, featured in today’s “Reporter,” s/b wonderful & hope many folks will support another local—to be screened Monday.

gman
Member
gman

[quote comment=”29118″]so how many of you folks drove there?
did you join the Campos DUI club?[/quote]
Sorry to disappoint you but I walked. I saw a lot of other Hobokenites doing the same.

mcspacebar
Member

so how many of you folks drove there?
did you join the Campos DUI club?

jerkstore
Member
jerkstore

gman,

sorry for the disappointment, but i am going to whole-heartedly agree with you on your post. Me and my buddies all were wondering beforehand if it was going to be worth it. Man was it. The venue itself was a little tough to eat in (standing room for about 75%), but the food was decent, the beer was flowing, and artie absolutely killed during his short set. I especially liked when even Artie made fun of the Sheraton for such crappy accommodations for the screening.

When the kegs ran out, it seemed like the night was going to turn ugly, but then when i went back into the room i saw the bartenders with sixers of Bud Select and they were just passing them out in a frenzy. That, my friends, is coming through in the clutch. Definitely well worth my $35, probably would’ve spent close to $75 for it with all the beer that was had. At any rate, I didn’t even watch Beer League, I have seen it, didn’t think much of it, but I am a huge fan of Artie and just to have the chance to hang out at an event of his was cool enough.

Exceeded expectations, and was over with enough time to make it over to mulligan’s for car bombs.

gman
Member
gman

Here’s a brief recap on the Keg Party with Artie Lang last night over at the Sheraton in Lincoln Harbor.

The event sold out a couple weeks ago. I estimate about 200 people in attendance. 60/40 ratio of guys to girls, with the median age around 30. My highlight was meeting Charles Durning, a two-time Oscar Nominee. The low point of the night was when they temporarily ran out of Stella Artois (kicked six kegs within two hours).

The first 75 minutes were mingling, lots of beer and a decent buffet of incredibly unhealthy food. Then we all moved into a separate room where Artie delivered some killer stand-up for about 20 minutes. After that they showed the Beer Leauge movie. The venue for watching the movie was not the best setup. I didn’t really enjoy the movie and the crowd thinned out by the end of it.

All in all, my copilot and I feel we got our 35 bucks worth. It was something different.

I am now ready and waiting for the taunts about this post to begin…..

wpDiscuz