Gen Art Fest sets stage for indie pix

NEW YORK — Seven American independent pics will make their Gotham preems at the second Gen Art Film Festival, which runs April 22-28.

Founded by Stefan and Ian Gerard, the Gen Art fest is programmed by Graham Leggat. Deena Juras is director and Lauren Mansfield is producer.

Tim Blake Nelson’s “Eye of God” will open the fest. Adapted by Nelson from his play of the same name, “Eye” is the story of a waitress who hopes to start a new life with a paroled prisoner who she knows only through corre-spondence.

Pic stars Martha Plimpton, Kevin Anderson, Hal Holbrook and Richard Jenkins. It was produced by Mike Nelson and Wendy Ettinger and co-produced by Dolly Hall.

Last year’s inaugural Gen Art fest attracted more than 7,000 people. Following the opening-night screening at the Sony Lincoln Square, this year’s festival will move to the Angelika 57. One short and one feature will be presented each evening, followed by a party at a Gotham nightspot.

The rest of the Gen Art lineup includes:

* Arthur Borman’s “Shooting Lily,” the story of an abandoned husband who dissects his failed marriage by review-ing homevideos that recently won the top prize at the South by Southwest film and music fest;

* Dan Zukovic’s “The Last Big Thing,” about a misanthrope who starts a new Los Angeles magazine as a cover for spewing venom at models, rock bands and other hipsters;

* Frank Grow’s “The Love God,” a sci-fi love story that is the first film to be entirely shot with a digital camera;

* Nick Veronis’ “Day at the Beach,” featuring an ensemble cast on a journey from a Manhattan ravioli factory to a Long Island mansion and back;

* Ewan Brenner’s “The Riddle,” a Russian-language film by an American director that follows the struggles of a 10-year-old in an unnamed post-Communist city;

* Brian Fleming’s study of a quintet of West Coast misfits in search of a runaway friend in the desert.

A pass for the entire Gen Art fest costs $100, opening night is $30 and a single evening ticket is $15. For more information, call (212) 352-4333 or visit the Gen Art web site (

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