Gen Art fest tied up in ‘Knots’

Lombardo laffer to close event

The ninth Gen Art Film Festival will close with Greg Lombardo’s relationship comedy “Knots,” starring Tara Reid, John Stamos and Annabeth Gish and co-written by previous fest honoree Neil Turitz.

Pic examines from a distinctly male perspective the ties that bind — and sometime undo — modern couples following the romantic crash and burn of three buddies as they struggle to find love and a lasting connection with women.

Scott Cohen, Paulina Porizkova and Michael Leydon Campbell also star. Turitz, Lombardo and Dan Abrams produced. Gen Art alum Turitz directed “Two Ninas,” starring Amanda Peet and Ron Livingston, which won the fest’s audience award in 1999.

A showcase for emerging American independent filmmakers, Gen Art runs April 14-20 in New York but kicks off with a pre-fest launch party tonight at downtown club Cielo.

Sponsor Acura will provide prize money for a $10,000 feature award and $5,000 for best short. Event will include two panel discussions, “The Intersection of Art and Film” and “The Blurring Lines Between Reality and Fiction.”

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