BY JON CRONIN
The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema released the lineup this week for its inaugural 10-day film festival, which will run from Aug. 4 to 13 at Kew Gardens Cinemas, Maple Grove Cemetery and the Queens Museum.
Out of 400 submissions, the festival has chosen 150 films from 24 countries that will compete under the categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation and Experimental Film.
The festival’s kick-off party will be held on Aug. 4 at Austin’s Ale House’s outdoor Trackside Cafe in Kew Gardens at 8 p.m. The party is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP and is on a first come, first-serve basis.
Movie goers might recognize some familiar faces of the silver screen in the festival’s lineup, such as Dee Wallace—of “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” and “The Howling”—in “Red Christmas” or Campbell Scott—from “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Singles”—in the world premiere of “A Lotus Til Reckoning.” Cannes Film Festival fans can spot Timothy Spall, the best actor winner for “Mr. Turner” at 2014’s Cannes festival, in the East Coast premiere of “Stanley, a Man of Variety.”
Festival goers will also be treated to the world premiere of Forest Hills filmmaker Louie Cortes’ “Good Day,” Kew Gardens’ Jermaine Manigault’s narrative short “Language is Dead,” Woodhaven resident Robert Vornkahal’s feature “Nowhere, Michigan” and Long Island City denizen Rick Hamilton’s short “Choices” as well as other works by Queens filmmakers.
The festival’s screenings begin on Aug. 5 with the premiere of Zachary Raines’ comedy “Accidents,” which will be accompanied by “A Man Full of Trouble,” a short film that was directed by Michael Johnston.
The festival’s Narrative Feature program boasts the world premieres of Pierre St-Jacques’s “36 Steps on a Curved Road,” Manuel Mira’s “Genero (Gender)” and Heather Fink’s “Inside You” as well as the North American premiere of Rankin Hickman’s “Dark Meridian” and the East Coast premieres of West Liang’s “All I Want,” David Ray’s “Grand Unified Theory,” Alexander Gutterman and Aboubacar Camara’s “In Winter” and films by Julia Butler and Daniel Mentz Slipaway.
Francesco Calogero’s “Second Spring” will close the festival on Aug. 12 and be shown with the short “This Way To Wonderland,” which was directed by Zenas Cao.
There will also be panels at Maple Grove Cemetery’s The Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, including “Wonder Women: The Challenges and Importance of Women in Independent Film,” “Film Distribution in This Modern Day and Age” featuring sponsor Synimatica and other distribution professionals and “Production Resources—Making the Best of Your Low Budget.”
The panels are on a first come, first serve basis.
Check out http://www.kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com/shop/ for tickets and festival passes. For the screenings at Kew Gardens Cinemas, tickets can also be purchased at the box office as of Aug. 4.
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