New Jersey Film Festival

Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please call before attending any community events to make sure they aren’t postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus. You can find CDC coronavirus information at; AARP has additional resources at

Saturday, February 18, 2023 – Online for 24 hours and In-Person at 5PM!

2023 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival

Day 1-Program 1

Emoticon – Padrick Ritch (Boston, Massachusetts)

An experimental film examining the impact and influence of media. 2022; 2 min.

Achilles – Adam Morris (Southend-on-sea, England)

Even the legendary Achilles has moments of self-doubt. Achilles explores the Achilles syndrome, known as the fear of failure. An experimental micro drama shot on Super 8mm film with no editing. 2022, 3 min.

Teething Problems - Kristian Fitsall (London, England)

Tired of her housemate stealing her toiletries, Darcy takes a twisted revenge in this darkly comic parody of a 'How To' video. A dark, absurd comedy micro short shot on Super 8mm film with no editing. 2022, 3 min.

Exponentials - Khalil Charif and Cristina Amiran (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Through different languages, this experimental work uses sound and visual poetry, presenting images with a non-linear flow of words in a context of exponential equations, making integrated use of the word, the meaning of the word, and the sound of the word. 2021; 3 min.

broken home movies - Heidi Van Horne (Buda, Texas)

A B&W experimental, avant-garde short film reflecting on the choice of motherhood. 2022; 4 min.

Reclamation - Jennifer M Hardacker (Forest Grove, Oregon)

A stark, experimental film. A mood. Exploring our fears of Armageddon, our lived isolation, and the haunting beauty of nature's persistence. 2022; 4 min.

From Above - John Heins (Broomfield, Colorado)

A woman encounters a UFO which ejects some material, including an odd crystal. She fashions it into a necklace which leads to a strange turn of events.2022; 4 min.

Triboro – Nate Dorr (Brooklyn, New York)

A trip behind and beneath the street-level skin of the city on the hidden paths of industrial history and once-and-future transit. The Triboro Line is a 24-mile freight rail spanning New York City from the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, to Co-Op City in the Bronx. Once largely a passenger line, then serving only reduced intermittent industrial use for decades, the rails have again become the focus of efforts to restore crosstown commuter service to the lower eleven miles of track. Spanning seasons, hours, and changing weather in gliding tracking shots composed of thousands of still photographs, Triboro collapses time and space just as new transit options, inscribed into the ever-changing urban landscape, bring distant parts of the boroughs closer together. (Caution: contains flicker effects) 2021; 7 min.

The Winter Fern – Gwen Gottlieb (Alpine, New Jersey)

When a woman in 18th century Colonial America can no longer endure her husband's abuse she will stop at nothing to save her daughter from his wrath. 2022; 9 min.

Once I passed – Martin Gerigk (Krefeld, Germany)Egypt – Erik Jacobsen (San Francisco, California)

A lovely collage animation film based on Walt Whitman’s poem Once I Passed Through a Populous City which features the collage work of Serbian artist Nikola Gocić. 2022; 10 min

Egypt – Erik Jacobsen (San Francisco, California)Egypt is a travel documentary written and narrated by Erik Jacobsen. It features photos from his two trips to Egypt, local indigenous music, and fascinating historical facts from research into this amazing and long, lived civilization. It includes some of the most iconic artistic works and monumental structures of ancient Egypt. 2022; 10 min.

Place in Eden – Ruth Weil (Tel Aviv, Israel)

A young actress embarks on a turbulent journey with an autistic girl, breaching limitations of right and wrong, and discovering new aspects of her personality. In Hebrew, subtitled. 2022; 15 min.

A Potter’s Field – Zev Aaron (New York, New York)

Documenting the suppressed and repressed death network of New York City's COVID-19 emergency, A Potter's Field uses natural and technological imagery and sound to reveal a taboo: pandemic corpses stored in refrigerated trailers are transported by truck and ferry to Hart Island, a beautiful natural landscape and mass grave run by Department of Correction (employees and) inmates enacting a process that has entombed one million New Yorkers in the largest single, spatially considered, gravesite in the world. Shot amidst a city lockdown, the film immanently creates a memento mori by avoiding the live human form and seizing in invisibility thousands of vir(tu)al pandemic corpses. 2022; 16 min.

Saturday, February 18, 2023 – Online for 24 hours and In-Person at 7PM!

2023 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival

Day 1-Program 2


Sam Now – Reed Harkness (Seattle, Washington)

Filmed over 25 years, two brothers go on a 2,000-mile road trip to solve a family mystery. Shooting on nearly every camera format imaginable, from hand-developed Super-8 film to Arri 4K, Sam Harkness and his older half-brother Reed use their creative world of fiction filmmaking to dive headfirst into dealing with the issue at hand: Sam’s mom is missing. Sam’s wetsuit and mask wearing alter ego, The Blue Panther, bounds into frame with youthful energy and a heroic spirit of adventure. But can The Blue Panther save the day? And are these fun-loving brothers actually ready for what lies ahead? Solving the mystery of his mom’s disappearance is only the beginning of their story. The documentary uses a hybrid narrative approach, drawing from a vast archive of fictional films, home videos, intimate family interviews and vérité scenes from over the decades. Sobering revelations blend with playful home movies and vibrant experimental filmmaking by brother and director Reed Harkness. The brothers take a spontaneous road trip in search of answers. We learn of Sam’s mother Jois’ complicated adoption history from Japan. We experience the ripple effects on the Harkness family including Sam’s brother Jared, father Randy and grandma Doris. And we are there with Sam coming of age from 11 to 36. Sam Now is about growth. The film balances heavy themes and emotional reckonings with buoyant energy and lighthearted spirit. The optimistic teenage Sam we get to know, with his heart set on finding his mom, grows into a man whose new hope is to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma. 2022; 86 min.


General Admission Ticket= $15 Per Program

Festival All Access Pass=$100

In-Person Show Student Tickets=$10 Per Program.

Click here to buy Tickets

Clilk here for More Information

This event listing provided for the New Brunswick community events calendar. Community events are not associated with or sponsored by AARP, but may be of interest to you. We want to hear from you if you have an event to share or updates to this event.

Images provided by, Ticketmaster

More from AARP in New Brunswick

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in New Brunswick
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner