CMJ Film Festival 2010, photo by Kent Miller

…And we’re off into the first day of the 17th annual CMJ Film Festival. With five days of screenings, Q&As, parties and more, we thought we’d keep you organized with a daily play-by-play. So, what’s showing today?


Clearview Chelsea Cinema
3:00 – 5:40 p.m.
Walk-Up Tickets Available
Opening this year’s CMJ Film Festival is the first of three Cine-Mini Short Film Blocks. Catch the collective premieres of six shorts all in one sitting from Singapore, Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic and the U.S.

World Premiere: Captivus
Director: Casey Patrick Tebo, USA, 14 min
Rabidus and Vaccus have been friends for six years. All of these years, though, they’ve been cramped aboard a tiny rescue ship, The Captivus, while they search deep space for a missing transport freighter. With their equipment failing and tensions peaking, the men get a transmission from base that Rabidus is leaving the mission and going home. After this news hits the ship, things go horribly wrong.
Q&A with director Casey Tebo following screening.

New York Premiere: Blackstone
Director: George Tunis, USA, 16 min
Blackstone is a gripping psychological thriller that follows one man’s relentless investigation into a world of deceit, murder and the occult. As two young women begin to reveal their terrifying stories of a night that changed their lives forever, the man soon realizes the case may be more elaborate than he ever thought possible.

CMJ Premiere: The Double
Director: Justin Foia, USA, 28 min
Glenn Logan is an average, blue collar worker who comes across a man that appears to be his identical double – only his doppelganger is wealthy, successful and in a seemingly passionate relationship with a beautiful young woman. Drawn by an obsession to know why fate has given his mirror twin such good fortune, Glenn’s cat-and-mouse game eventually challenges his sanity, pulling him ever closer towards dangerous circumstances.
Q&A with Justin Foia following screening.

US Premiere: Tempo
Director: Chris Heffernan, Canada, 12 min
Torn from comfort. Forced to face dark and personal fears. Only instinct can survive.

New York Premiere: Quirk Of Fate
Director: Marco J. Reidl, Germany, 45 min
A quirk of fate leads Luke Hallow to violate his parole and risk losing his newly won freedom. He has to save the life of his nine-year-old daughter, Noel, who urgently needs a donor heart. Only a miracle can keep him from losing everything…forever.

World Premiere: The Wedding Ring (Snubni Prsten)
Director: Bryan Felber, Czech, 7 Min
It’s a beautiful day in the city of Prague. Romance is brewing and spirits are high. All seems perfect for Fredo, who plans to propose to his girlfriend, if not for a simple twist of fate: he accidentally drops his wedding ring into the hands of a homeless man! To make matters worse, the homeless man swallows the ring and Fredo, knowing that his marriage now depends on the bowels of this dirty beggar, is forced to have him as a third wheel on the most important date of his life.
Q&A with Bryan Felber, Štěpánka Minárová, Ronnie Rios, Ted Maroney and Christian Mortensen following screening.

World Premiere: Cartoons
Director: Ken Kwek, Singapore, 8 min
When a kindergarten principal finds a series of morbid cartoons drawn by her star pupil, she summons the child’s mother to investigate the source of the boy’s troubles.
Q&A with Eu Yen Tay following screening.


Clearview Chelsea Cinema

8:30 p.m.

Open to CMJ Badge and ShowPass Holders

Director: Cameron Crowe, USA, 119 min (CMJ Opening Night Film)

Carved from over 1,200 hours of rare and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage, Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told by award-winning director and music journalist, Cameron Crowe. The film premieres nationwide on the “American Masters” series Friday, October 21 at 9 pm EST on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival. Released in conjunction with the film, the Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack includes 29 unreleased tracks on two CDs, hand-picked by Crowe with his original liners and photos in a hardbound, 36-page book.