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Two film festivals cross cinematic paths


Two film festivals cross cinematic paths

APRIL 20, 2014, 3:40 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014, 3:40 PM

Two festivals at the same time? Not so good if you’re a kid, and your birthday comes on Christmas. Very good, if you’re a movie fan in North Jersey, and you have two events to choose from.

The Ridgewood Guild Film Festival ( tickets ), on Wednesday and Thursday, this year coincides with a special presentation by the Northeast Film Festival on Thursday.

Expect movies, personal appearances and a chance to see work by Hollywood’s future Scorseses and Spike Lees.

“They’re previewing films by unknown filmmakers who in a couple of years may be very well known,” says Tony Damiano, president of the Ridgewood Guild. “These are films that people would never ordinarily see.”

Two screens, on two nights running, will be given over to the 4th annual Ridgewood Guild Film Festival at the Bow Tie Cinemas. On Wednesday, student filmmakers from Allendale, Bergenfield, Ho-Ho-Kus, Ridgewood, Cresskill and New York will see their work on the big screen for the first time. There will also be a reprise of winning student films from previous years, and a new film, “Shutterflies,” from past winners Spencer Muhlstock and Hayes Walsh of Ridgewood. “It’s about a boy’s adventures, through his love of film and camera,” Damiano says.

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