Beginning Thursday October 10, and running for four days until October 13, the Golden Door International Film Festival will be screening over 60 independent films at five fantastic locations around the city – The Loew’s Jersey Theatre at Journal Square, Art House Productions, Parlay Studios, Panepinto Gallaries and the Brightside Tavern.

The four day event begins on Thursday, October 10 with a red carpet opening gala starting at 6 pm at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre.  Following this reception, THE FIX, starring Armand Assante, Kresh Novakovic, and Luca Pierucci will be screened. This 18 minute film was directed by Ante Novakovic and was written by Ante Novakovic, and Kresh Novakovic. – “Redemption is a bullet away as two middling underworld associates and life-long friends quickly come to realize after failing their otherworldly crime figurehead (Vincent). Not being able to accomplish what was seemingly easy, they’re offered clemency in the form of a note, redemption, but at what price?”

Armand Assante is also the Lifetime Achievement recipient this year. He will be accepting his award at the Closing Night ceremony on Sunday Armand_Assante_publicity_photo_used_by_permissionOctober 13 at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre beginning at 6 pm

Following the screening of The Fix on opening night, FALL TO GRACE, a documentary by former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey will be screened.  FALL TO GRACE, an HBO film which was directed, produced and filmed by Emmy® winner Alexandra Pelosi. This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Mr. McGreevey answering audience questions about the film from the stage.

Over the four days, over 60 films will be shown from submissions which have come from all over the globe – Germany, India, UK, California, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

AND THEN SHE WAS GONE, starring Jacqueline Pennewill followed by CHECKMATE, KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER with Federico Castlluccio, Peter Green and WilliamSadler will be shown on Saturday evening. Also, Cathy Moriarty of Raging Bull fame, will be attending opening night for a screening of her latest film, TAMMY along with Paul Sorvino in THE TROUBLE WITH CALI. The stars will be out to promote their films! Also in attendance is our first year’s Lifetime Achievement recipient, Leon Gast who won an Oscar for WHEN WE WERE KINGS.

Not to be missed, CALLOUSED HANDS from the UK, directed by Jesse Quinones, written by Jesse Quinones and starring Andre Royo, Daisy Haggard, and Indra Patel. And also, MASQUE, directed by Robert Hatch, written by Richard Losee, starring Richard Losee, Lauren Holly, and Wilford Brimley .

Student category entries include several from local Jersey City film students from NJCU as well as others from around the world.

On Sunday Oct 13, the final evening of the festival, an Awards Ceremony will take place at The Loews Jersey Theatre, where awards will be presented to the winners in each of the categories, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to Armand Assante.

Each day of screening will be followed by an after party where you can meet the filmmakers, film industry experts, The GDIFF team and like-minded film afficiandos. Please visit the website at for more information about the film schedule, admission fees and screening locations Also visit: to purchase tickets any of the film blocks on all four days- (admission includes entrance to film block purchased and the after party on that evening).



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