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January 14: PopUp Trenton Part Two


PopUp Anthology at Trenton Film Society: Local Film Night

January 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

If you enjoyed our September event with PopUp Anthology, you won’t want to miss this new line-up of short films by local filmmakers! Stay for a Q&A and meet the filmmakers at a reception following the screening. $10 for both screening and reception.

Doors at 6:30 | Program at 7:00




(16m) A young woman imagines herself as the hero in some of her favorite movies in order to recover from a recent traumatic event.

Producer/Actress: Erin Zapcic
If you can’t figure out where you know Erin Zapcic from, chances are you’ve got a picture of her in your home as Princess Catalina at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. You may also have seen her in the critically acclaimed web series CASTERS (remastered and slated for re-release online in 2016), which introduced her to a creative team with whom she has collaborated on several projects. In addition to producing her first short film DAYDREAMER, she has two web series in the works, including TRENDING with Rosalie Tenseth.



(4m 30s) A father and son must overcome the monster that’s tearing them apart.

Director: Evan Maron
Evan Maron is an animator, visual storyteller, and part-time oak tree. It is his goal to express complex emotions by experimenting with the boundaries of design and narrative in animation. His work has been shown in local galleries and auditoriums around Philadelphia and Wilmington. He recently received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Animation at the the University of the Arts, and works as a Software Engineer at JPMorganChase.



(11m) Ready to confront her darkest memories, Jacqui finds herself in the office of Dr. Barnes, a man who may have dark memories of his own. Though heavily scarred, Jacqui will face her history at any cost. The hardest part will be deciding what she must do after confronting her demons. Can she and her doctor accept the consequences, as the sins of the past erupt into the present?

Producer: Melissa De Leon
Melissa De Leon is an independent filmmaker based in the East Coast who earned a degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She began producing in 2010, starting with a senior thesis project called The Journey. She has now produced 7 projects, including Therapy, which won The Viewers’ Choice Award from Xfinity OnDemand, an Honorable Mention from Bucks Fever FilmFest, and recently won Best Actress in a Narrative Short Film from the WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival. She is currently producing a documentary called A Bird Without Wings and is developing a web series called Lies by Omission.



(8m) A wayward selkie (a seal that can turn itself into a human) has followed a school of herring up the Delaware river when her seal skin is captured by a man from the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Writer/Director: Amy Frear
Amy Frear is a filmmaker and theatre artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. Her work explores journey, connection, getting lost, time travel, the occasional historic figure or marine mammal, and always a bit of magic. Her films include Another Time and Selkie.



“Frame of Reference” focuses on Alex and her best friend Lauren as they recount Alex’s latest failed relationship. But are they even talking about the same thing? Alex tends to wear a romanticized 1940s filter on her memories and Lauren, well, Lauren doesn’t remember it quite so nicely. Who’s right and who’s wrong? It all depends on your frame of reference.

Writer/Producer/Actress: Gina Marie Rodriguez
A graduate of Rutgers University, Gina Marie Rodriguez holds a B.A in Theater Arts and Communication. She bides her time blogging, scriptwriting, filmmaking, acting and modeling. She has three independent films under her belt and is the Founder and Director of the Rahway International Film Festival.


PopUp Anthology is an initiative to promote local films to local audiences. This program was curated by filmmakers Katherine Clark & Adrian Colon. Learn more at

All proceeds benefit the initiatives of Trenton Film Society. Learn more at

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Tickets for 2017 Oscar Shorts on Sale January 25! Comments Off on Tickets for 2017 Oscar Shorts on Sale January 25!

Tickets for 2017 Oscar Shorts on Sale January 25!

2017 Oscar Shorts Weekend

Thursday, February 23 – Saturday, February 25, 2017


Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, January 25!

Our ever popular screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, animated, and live action short films in the run-up to the Sunday 2/26 Academy Awards ceremony. Social gatherings and the opportunity to make your own Oscar predictions make this a must-attend event! Sign-up for our e-mail list to receive advance notice and avoid sell-outs!



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Submissions Now Open for 2017 Trenton Film Festival


Submissions Now Open for 2017

The Trenton Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit their work for our 2017 festival, running March 29 through April 2.

Located half-way between New York City and Philadelphia, Trenton is a small city with easy access to one of the largest film markets in the world, yet intimate enough to give new film exposure that might be hard to achieve in a larger place or festival.

To be considered, films must have been completed after 9/1/2015. Categories include Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Animation, and Experimental, Music Video, or Spoken Word. Deadlines are as follows:

Early Bird Deadline: October 7
Regular Deadline: November 1
Late Deadline: December 1

Trenton Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.


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PopUp Anthology at Trenton Film Society


Local Films by Local Filmmakers. Join us for a special evening of select short films by NJ and PA filmmakers curated with our friends at PopUp Anthology. All filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A and reception following the screening.

$10 admission includes screening and reception.
Proceeds benefit the Trenton Film Society.

Friday, September 16: 7:00 pm – BUY TICKETS

PACO (12m, 2016) by Philadelphia-based filmmaker Catalina Jordan Alvarez is an experimental comedy about a cat caller. Alvarez, who describes herself as a “global Southern Latina writer and director,” holds degrees in acting and film from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Temple University.

Music video I CAN’T BREATHE (3m, 2015), a poignant critique of racial disparity, was created as part of Trenton native Rihki Kennebrew’s scholarly thesis at Cheyney University. The video won an Honorable Mention, Best New Media award at the 2016 Trenton Film Festival.

Documentary short THE JOKE’S ON YOU (25m, 2014) follows Adrian Colon, and up-and-coming comedian from Hamilton, NJ as he struggles with anxiety, family, and a troubled past in an effort to return to the stage after a 2-year hiatus. The film won the Audience Favorite award at the 2015 Trenton Film Festival.

Comedy series trailer TRENDING (7m, 2016) by writer/director/actor and Morris County resident Rosalie Tenseth follows the office politics of a social media PR firm. Tenseth’s acting work has been seen in numerous television and stage productions.

ONE LOVE (5m, 2014), a music video produced by Trenton filmmaker Jeff Stewart for community-conscious Trenton rapper Black Collar Biz, shares a message of unity and hope. Educated at NYU and Temple University, Stewart is Board Chair of the Trenton visual arts center Artworks.

Fiction short ANOTHER TIME (24m, 2015), directed by film and theater artist Amy Frear, tells the story of a twenty-something woman dealing with life and loneliness in the City of Brotherly Love. The film was inspired by Frear’s job as a tour guide in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia.


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2016-17 Season – Dates Announced!

The Trenton Film Society is pleased to present the following events during our 2016-17 season:

Pop Up Anthology at TFS

Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:00 pm
Local Films by Local Filmmakers. Join us for a special evening of select short films by NJ and PA filmmakers curated with our friends at Pop Up Anthology. All filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A and reception following the screening.

$10 admission includes screening and reception. Proceeds benefit the Trenton Film Society.

Oscar Shorts Festival

February 23-25, 2017
Our ever popular screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, animated, and live action short films in the run-up to the Sunday 2/26 Academy Awards ceremony. Social gatherings and the opportunity to make your own Oscar predictions make this a must-attend event!

Trenton Film Festival

March 30-April 2, 2017
Our signature film festival is an exploration of all things cinematic. Unparalleled in its diversity, the festival ranges from narrative and documentary shorts and features to music video and experimental media. A great opportunity to explore a wide breadth of film and engage in lively discussions with filmmakers!

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Trenton World Cinefest 2016


2016 Trenton World Cinefest

Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11, 2016

Compelling, poignant, sometimes funny stories — both true and fiction — from around the world are screened at our festival of world cinema. Experience some exquisitely beautiful and thought-provoking films. The World Makes, Trenton Screens.

Thanks for a great festival!


See as many films as you’d like for just $25!
With an all-access pass, you’ll be able to pick up one ticket for each film in the festival.
To see details and buy pass

Regular price tickets: $8 individual, $15 double feature


The Apostate

(Federico Veiroj, 2015, Spain/France/Uruguay, 80 mins)
In this Kafkaesque absurdist comedy, Gonzalo is a confused thirty-something who is failing out of university, in love with his cousin, and running shady errands for his crooked father. To make a break with his conservative family, he decides to apostatize: to formally withdraw his name from the Catholic Church and renounce his faith. Soon, however, he finds himself trapped in a bureaucratic struggle with the church. The film has played at the Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival and many others.

Thursday, June 9, 7:00 pm



Neither Heaven Nor Earth

(Clément Cogitore, 2015, France/Belgium, 100 mins)
In this dark contemporary ghost story, a group of French NATO mission soldiers are trying to secure the Wakhan valley of Afghanistan on the border of Pakistan. One night, the captain notices that soldiers are beginning to disappear mysteriously from their posts when they fall asleep. The twist comes when the captain realizes the Taliban have also been losing their men. The French Union of Critics voted “Neither Heaven nor Earth” 2015’s Best French Debut Feature. The film has screened at New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Film Festival.

Friday, June 10, 7:00 pm




(Hansal Mehta, 2015, India, 114 mins)
Milestone Indian film “Aligarh” is a biopic of a gay Indian professor who dies mysteriously after being suspended from his university for his homosexuality. Based on events that took place in 2010 at Aligarh Muslim University, the film follows the professor and the journalist who investigated his case. This heartbreaking film opened the 2015 Mumbai Film Festival.

Saturday, June 11, 11:00 am



Lampedusa in Winter

(Jakob Brossmann, 2015, Austria/Italy/Switzerland, 93 mins)
A hard-hitting documentary film about life and death on the border of Europe. The tiny island of Lampedusa, Italy, is the first port of call for African migrants seeking haven in Europe. It’s winter, the tourists have left, and the remaining refugees and local fisherman struggle to carry on with their daily lives. This debut film by young Austrian director Jakob Brossman played as part of the Critics’ Week at the Locarno Film Festival.

Saturday, June 11, 1:30 pm




(Zhao Liang, 2015, China/France, 91 mins)
In this stunningly shot documentary, filmmaker Zhao Liang takes a look at toxic mining in Inner Mongolia and the destructive effects on the workers and on the landscape. Winner of the Golden Firebird Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Stockholm Film Festival, and nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this moving work shows both the human and environmental toll of heavy mining.

Saturday, June 11, 4:00 pm


Double Feature: La Belle at the Movies and Short Stay

with reception and Q&A with “Short Stay” director Ted Fendt and Jed Rapfogel, Curator Trenton World Cinefest


La Belle at the Movies

(Cecilia Zoppelletto, 2015, UK/Belgium/Congo, 67 mins)
Kinshasa (also known as “Kin la Belle”), the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a city of 10 million people without a single movie theater. “La Belle At the Movies” documents the disappearance of Kinshasa’s entire cinema industry over the past decade through interviews with filmmakers, cinema owners, and government officials. The story of the demise is woven with the history of the apartheid era and neo-colonialism under Mobutu through powerful poetic imagery of a city and a population nostalgic for the magic and the social tissue cinema once provided.

Please join us for a reception between the two films!


Short Stay

(Ted Fendt, 2016, USA, 61 mins)
From Haddonfield, NJ native Ted Fendt comes a mumblecore comedy about Mike, a man who’s always wandering but hardly on the move. His stomping ground is modest, the strip of suburbia between his mom’s house in New Jersey and the pizza place where he works. One day, Mike bumps into an old school friend Mark, who asks Mike to take over his walking tour job and Philadelphia apartment, despite the fact that Mike can barely keep up a conversation. This debut feature showed at the Berlin International Film Festival and New Directors/New Films.

Followed by Q&A with “Short Stay” director Ted Fendt and Jed Rapfogel, Curator Trenton World Cinefest.

Saturday, June 11, 6:00 pm


From the 2015 Festival:

2015 International Film Festival

Five Questions with Festival Curator Jed Rapfogel

2015 International Film Festival on Fistful of Popcorn

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