Posted by: Drew | October 19, 2011

11th Annual Cape May Film Festival Chalfonte Hotel October 21-23 2011

Cape May Film Festival Preview

The 11th Annual Cape May Film Festival will take place at the Chalfonte Hotel October 21-23. The
festival has won the JerseyArts People’s Choice Award for favorite film festival in New Jersey three
years in a row, but it is not by any means resting on its laurels. This year the Festival is hosting executive
producers, best-selling authors, celebrated actors, writers, directors, and (of course) the region’s most
discerning film lovers.

The Friday night opening features best-selling author George Anastasia. A Philadelphia Inquirer reporter
on organized crime, Anastasia has a new book, The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies. He will lead
a panel discussion with Soprano’s star Vincent Pastore, director/producer/actor Danny Provenzano,
and film enthusiast and Film Festival President Dottie Knapp. It’s an eclectic mix of producers, actors,
writers, and film lovers that has lots to talk about—and “What’s your favorite gangster film” is only
the start! What is your favorite “whack” scene, favorite fatal romance, favorite cat-and-mouse game—
you name it. The Friday night reception and program starts at 7:00 p.m., tickets go on sale at 6:00 p.m.
exclusively at the Chalfonte Hotel lobby.

Saturday daytime at the Film Festival has always been reserved for short films, and this year is no
exception. Reviewers accepted 30% of all films submitted, which they’ve weeded through many
submissions to showcase the best. In addition, there are two guest curated programs. Returning this
year is the Black Maria Film Festival, now celebrating its 30th year, and Curator John Columbus will
be present to show a select number of short films from his program. Truly a “best of the fest” for
Columbus, these films represent the choice selections from one of New Jersey’s most renowned film

Dance on Film will return again this year, curated by independent filmmaker and dance professional
Susannah Newman. These films have been hand-selected by Newman from among an elite few featured
at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The international scope and choreography in these films is only
matched by the outstanding direction and cinematography that make these films “world class.” Also
on Saturday, there will be a screening of films featuring the “Artisans of Cape May” and will include
favorites like Stan Sperlak, Victor Grasso, Richard Samuelson, and a host of other artists and musicians in
Cape May that will provide the true local flavor for the arts right here in Cape May.

The festival’s Saturday night feature is a New Jersey premiere—but more importantly a Sundance to
Cape May exclusive! One of Cape May's favorite filmmakers Greg Henry was honored at Sundance with
an award for Best Cinematography, and his first stop in New Jersey is the Cape May Film Festival! The
film, "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," has been receiving honors all over the world, but this
will be your first chance to see it here in the garden state. Henry is Executive Producer for the film,
and says, "We've received our Sundance award because of the incredible work of Eric Strauss, Peter
Hutchens, and Ryan Hill. We are especially glad because of the importance we all place on the craft of
filmmaking as well as the stories." The documentary follows the life of a warlord-turned-preacher.

The Economics of Happiness is also a New Jersey premiere, and it will be screened on Saturday night.
The film features beautiful scenes from around the world, and a discussion of globalization versus
localization. The movie will resonate with Cape May county residents who are champions of local trade

and farming. The film is presented under a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and
it will be moderated by Marguerite Chandler, local activist and scholar with a focus on a variety of
environmental concerns. Saturday night continues with a presentation of edgy, quirky, and sometimes
controversial short films in our Late Night screenings. This year’s collection represents what New Jersey
filmmakers are creating with visions of suspense and action in tales that can only be described as
strange and unpredictable.

And where would the Cape May Film Festival be without Sunday Brunch? This year, we’ll have locally
created brunch-time delicacies to go right along with locally-produced short films. You will marvel at the
talent that resides right here in the county as we view several projects that feature your neighbors and
colleagues—the ones you didn’t know could act so well! After that, we will feature a historic look at the
gangster movies in a retrospective hosted by Dottie Knapp in keeping with our “gangster film” theme
from the beginning of the weekend.

For details or to buy weekend passes online, visit, call 609-884-6700, or email Weekend passes start at just $35!

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