New Jersey Film Festival launches with two rock ‘n’ roll movies

The rather non-exotic exterior of the Trenton nightclub, City Gardens.

The rather non-exotic exterior of the Trenton rock club, City Gardens, whose history is explored in the documentary, “Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens.”

There is a rock ‘n’ roll theme to the launch of the Spring 2015 New Jersey Film Festival, Saturday at Voorhees Hall at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

At 7 p.m., “​Fur Peace Ranch: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This,” a short documentary about the Ohio guitar camp run by Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, will be shown, along with “Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens,” a documentary about the now-defunct Trenton rock club, City Gardens. “Riot” director Steve Tozzi, producer Peter Tabbot and City Garden promoter Randy Now will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

The film festival continues through March 1. Some of the upcoming offerings include:

Feb. 5 at Rutgers’ Ruth Adams Building: “Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer,” a film about Muybridge’s pioneering work in the early days of cinema.

Feb. 6 at Voorhees Hall: “El Mar ye Él,” a comedy about a man’s attempt to leave Cuba during the Mariel Boatlift of 1980; and “Tian Zheng,” a documentary about Chinese fishermen and their families.

Feb. 7 at Voorhees Hall: “The Mural,” a short documentary about artists with developmental disabilities; and “Girls’ Show,” about an annual competition in categories such as cheerleading and dance at Passaic Valley High School.

For more information, and a complete listing of films, visit

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Diann Bowe February 8, 2015 - 9:58 am

Girls Show feb 7, 2015
I have several friend that would love to see the film! We didn’t know about the date until last night! Will you be showing the film at another time? Bonnie Minery and myself have children who graduated from Rutgers and would also like to see the film!
Thank you so much, Diann

Reply February 8, 2015 - 10:03 am

I don’t know if there are any other showings but there is a web site through which you can stay updated: – Jay


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