The 16th Annual Gen Art Film Festival just finished up an eventful week, which showcased the New York premieres of seven features and seven shorts from up and coming filmmakers.
Tucker Capps and Ryan Sevy won The Grand Jury Award for Best Feature for their documentary “Goold’s Gold” and Craig MacNeill received the same for Best Short for “Henley.”
The “Stargazer” Jury recognized Rachel Boston, whom was selected by a group of festival alumni actors, including Jason Ritter, Lizzy Caplan and Gabriel Sunday, as the most talented emerging actor. J.C. Khoury’s “The Pill” and Jennifer Suhr’s “Saeng-Il (Birthday)” were presented with Kodak Playtouch cameras after they were given the highly coveted Audience Award. All winners received watches courtesy of Hamilton Watches.
Jeffrey Abramson and Elizabeth Shaffer, Gen Art co-presidents, Aaron Levine, director of programming, and jurors Erik Davis and Anne Carey announced the festival winners after the final night premiere of “Salvation Boulevard,” at Hiro.
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The remaining films included Victoria Mahoney’s “Yelling to the Sky,” Jonathan Segal’s “Norman” and Matt D’Elia’s “American Animal,” which all premiered at the state-of-the-art Visual Arts Theatre in Chelsea.
Filmmaker Bao Nguyen was selected as the filmmaker for Gen Art and Disaronno’s Documentario Disaronno challenge. Nyugen must make a creative short-film about the lives of all-star mixologists.
The Brancott Estate Wines DJ Generation Competition challenged aspiring DJs from Gotham and L.A. to answer the question: “What if you had the chance to mix the soundtrack of our generation?” DJs Mr. Martell, DJ Journey and DJ Chris were selected to spin in New York and Sealy and The Royal We DJs, DJ Beau and DJ Lady Sha were chosen to spin in Los Angeles for the after-parties of the bi-coastal Gen Art Summer Screening and Premiere Series. Cody Wood finalized the festival’s last night with a performance as this year’s festival Sneak Peek at an up-and-coming musician and many celebrities were in attendence throughout the week.
Coming up for Gen Art is the bi-coastal Summer Premiere & Screening Series followed by Fresh Faces in Fashion, which will place this fall.
The festival opened with Jonathan Sobol’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” featuring Scott Caan, J.K. Simmons, Tricia Helfer, Jason Jones, Paulo Costanzo and Harvey Keitel on June 8th at Clearview’s historic Ziegfeld Theatre and concluded last night with a ceremony announcing the winners of the Grand Jury Awards, Stargazer Jury Award and the festival’s Audience Awards.