The Second Annual Nassau Film Festival will return to the Garden Theatre (160 Nassau Street) on Sunday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Lew Goldstein, who co-founded the festival with Dan Bauer, got the idea to start the festival after noticing a gap in the Princeton film scene. Last year’s inaugural Nassau Film Festival received approximately 45 submissions. This year that number has grown exponentially, with over 250 films being submitted by students and non-students from all over the world. “The response has been overwhelming,” says Bauer. “We have received films from every continent with the exception of Antarctica.”
In addition to independent films from Iran, France, Greece, Italy, and India, the Nassau Film Festival will also celebrate filmmakers from the U.S., including Princeton and Central New Jersey.
Kicking off the festival will be two documentary with local connections Fabric of Opportunity, which highlights the mission of Princeton Community Housing and George McCollough’s Image & Faith: The Art of Charles McCollough. In addition, there is a film that traces Eamon Foley on his year-long journey of creating an original theater-dance work, Hero, for his senior thesis from Princeton,” Katherine Azaro’s Everyday Magic – Transforming Young Dancers Into Artists, and Tatianna Sims’ Portrait of a Sand Dancer, which tells the story of her grandfather, the legendary hoofer and philanthropist Howard “Sandman” Sims. Plus, works by filmmakers Talia Zinder, Marvin Cheiten, Steven and Sheila Halpern, all from Princeton; Maria Katsamanis of Lambertville; Brian Kissig of Lansdale, PA; Adam McGill of Princeton Junction; and Jake Roseman, a 2016 graduate of Rutgers University.
Other highlights of this year’s festival include The Ground is Breathing by Iranian filmmaker Ali Pour Issa, CrISIS by Baghdad filmmaker Ali Kareen Obaid, the U.S. premiere of Children’s Allowance by Irish filmmaker Brian Stynes, and Powerful Medicine, Simply Magic by renowned illusionist, educator and humanitarian Kevin Spencer.