NJ Film Fest begins this weekend (watch trailers here)

“Knights of New Jersey,” set at a Garden State Renaissance Faire, will be shown at the New Jersey Film Festi

More than 30 films will screen — many in conjunction with discussions with their directors, producers andstars — at the Spring edition of the 35th annual New Jersey Film Festival, taking place from Jan. 28 to March 31 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Films with local themes include “Knights of New Jersey” (Jan. 28), a comedy set at a Garden State Renaissance Faire; “Craving Cuba” (Feb. 3), a documentary about the Cuban-American experience made by a Cuban-American woman from Elizabeth; and “Bad Tidings” (Feb. 12), about the effect of climate change on the Jersey shore.

The schedule includes the 29th annual United States Super 8 Film &Digital Video Festival, Feb. 18-19; andfree screenings of threehighly acclaimed Chinesefilms, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Rutgers: “In the Mood for Love” (2000), Feb. 17; “Chungking Express” (1994), March 3; and “Old Stone” (2016), March 31.

For information, visit njfilmfest.com.

Here is the festival’s schedule, with trailers for some of the offerings.

Jan. 28, 7 p.m.: “Knights of New Jersey” (with an introduction by and Q&A sessionwith director Michael Hadley) and “The Northlander” at Voorhees Hall.

Jan.29, 7 p.m.: “Art of the Prank” (introduction and Q&A session with documentary subject Joey Skaggs) and “Cavities” at Voorhees Hall.

Feb. 2, 6 p.m.: “Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer” (with commentary byfestival director Albert G. Nigrin) at the Ruth Adams Building.

Feb. 3, 7 p.m.: “Craving Cuba” (with an introduction by and Q&A session with director Zuzelin Martin Lynch ) and“Solo” (with an introduction by and Q&A session with director Matthew Puccini)at Voorhees Hall.

Feb. 4, 7 p.m.: “Gelo,” “Doggie” (with an introduction by and Q&A session with director Charles de Agustin) and “Schizophrenia” at Voorhees Hall.

Feb. 11, 7 p.m.: “…With God Against Man …” (withan introduction by and Q&A session with director Semyon Pinkhasov),“The Sara Spencer Washington Story” (with an introduction by and Q&A session with director Royston Scott) andSt. Louis Cemetery Number One” (with an introduction by and Q&A session with director Lewis Goldstein) at Voorhees Hall.

Feb. 12, 7 p.m.: “RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?” (with an introduction by and Q&A session with director Roger Williams) and “Bad Tidings” (with an introduction by and Q&A session with director Daniel Natale)

Feb. 17, 7 p.m.: “In the Mood for Love” at Voorhees Hall.

Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.:United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival at Voorhees Hall with “Eat Some Food, Ride Your Bike,” “Scenes from Exodus, Part 1,” “Sunflowers,” “Fledgling”,” Angel,” “War, OneAfternoon” and “This Is a History of New York.”

Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.:United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival at Voorhees Hall withSan Guerrero,” “Ms. Brown,” “Long Departure,” “Pick” and “Moon Hoax Now.”

Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.: “American Experimental Films, Part 2” (with commentary by festival director Albert G. Nigrin) at Ruth Adams Building.

March 3, 7 p.m.: “Chungking Express” at Voorhees Hall.

March 31, 7 p.m.: “Old Stone” at Voorhees Hall.

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