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3:15PM - 5:15PM



Sunday, October 23, 2016

3:15pm-5:15pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A

Hamilton Stage


Preceded by Short Film:

"City by the Sea" directed by Mu Sun (CA, USA)


Rahway International Film Festival Feature Film Presentation: "Living with the Dead" directed by Christine Vartoughian.




Sunday, October 23, 2016

3:15pm-5:15pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A

Fazioli Room


Preceded by Short Films:

  • "You Are Not Alone" directed by Izellah Montes, Kayleen Ojeda, Miguel Rodriguez & Yamileth Tepox (NJ, USA) - RFF Jr. Student Film Winner

  • "Keepin Up with the Society Hillians: Society Hill Victims Unit" directed by Cadian McGraw Jr. (NJ, USA) - RFF Jr. Student Film Audience Choice Winner

  • "Bad News Gabe" directed by Jeanpaul Isaacs (AL, USA)

Rahway International Film Festival Feature Film Presentation: "His Dying Wish" directed by Larry Rosen and written/produced by Rahway resident Drica Armstrong.

Following the films, there will be a Filmmakers Q&A with the attending Directors.  


*All festival tickets & day passes include free admission to the Opening Night After-Party & Saturday Lobby Networking Hour, which will offer a complimentary light buffet and cash bar. Come join the fun!


"Living with the Dead"


Feature Narrative |  Runtime: 1:33:00

Country of Origin: New York, USA

Language: English

Genre: Drama

Synopsis: Max McLean is eighteen years old and can't get out of bed. Since her boyfriend Adam killed himself over a year ago, Max has been using sex, drugs, and parties to ignore the pain until one day she wakes up in a hospital, haven taken a nearly lethal dose of sleeping pills. While being haunted by visions of Adam, Max runs away from home and ventures into the forest with a bizarre but curious boy named Ish. 

Director | Writer | Producer: Christine Vartoughian

(In Attendance)

Christine Vartoughian is an award winning filmmaker and native New Yorker. Her short film, The Visions of Dylan Bradley, which she wrote and directed, has screened at over twenty festivals in the U.S. and received numerous awards. Christine holds a BFA in Drama from SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Film and Television from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), where she was a recipient of The Presidential Fellowship. Living with the Dead is her first feature film and is based on events from her own life. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab and of the female filmmaker's group, The Film Fatales.

Executive Producer: Debra Markowitz

(In Attendance)

Debra Markowitz serves as Director of the Nassau County Film Office, where she presides over the Nassau County Film Advisory Board, and chairs as it's Executive Director. Ms. Markowitz also serves as Vice President of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, under which the foundation spawned the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE). 



"City by the Sea"


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 13:06

Country of Origin: California, USA

Language: English

Genre: Romantic Drama

Synopsis: A love song for the city of Los Angeles, we follow Charlie, a wide-eyed dreamer who falls into a world of cliché while experiencing love and heartbreak in this wild and enchanting dichotomy of a city. 

Director: Mu Sun (in attendance)

Born in China, but raised all around the world, Mu’s international upbringing has had a strong influence on his work, striving to tell stories that have a universal and timeless relevance. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Mu brings together a strong technical background with a diverse set of influences that include east Asian cinema, Russian literature and contemporary independent film. Along with romantic drama "City by the Sea", he is also touring the festival circuit in 2016 with musical/fantasy film “Sing For Your Supper”, which is also showing at Rahway International Film Festival 2016. He is currently developing “Sing For Your Supper” as a feature film


His Dying Wish

"His Dying Wish"


Feature Narrative |  Runtime: 1:00:00

Country of Origin: Rahway, New Jersey, USA

Language: English

Genre: Drama

Synopsis: Janet Harper thinks her life is perfect when tragedy strikes. Her husband of 20 years, Walt, dies suddenly and she is left to pick up the pieces of her life. Janet soon finds out that in order to get her inheritance she must share half and live in the same house with Walt’s long-term mistress, Meagan, or lose everything. She must make the decision to lose the precious memories that she and Walt built or comply with His Dying Wish.

Director: Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen grew up just outside New York City. He believes that “If a photo is worth a thousand words, then a minute of film is worth almost two million.” He is very active as a filmmaker and in the indie film community. His films have won nearly 60 awards and screened throughout the world.

Writer | Producer: Drica Armstrong (in attendance)

Drica Armstrong was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ. As a child Drica never thought of becoming a writer because she wanted to be a Lawyer. A homework assignment given to her by an English teacher in the 8th grade sparked her interest in writing. Currently, Drica has published several novels under her imprint, Double Take Publication and has since started her production company, Strong Chance Productions. Drica has written and produced her first movie, His Dying Wish. Also, Drica has written, produced, and directed her first stage play, When All Is Lost. Drica is currently working on her next project while living in New Jersey with her son.



"Bad News Gabe"


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 4:23

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA

Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Children

Synopsis: A boy is both the receiver and bearer of bad news.

Director | Writer: Jeanpaul Isaacs

Jeanpaul Isaacs is a filmmaker from New Jersey. He strives to create films that are personal and specific to him with the hopes that they resonate with audiences long after the credits. He is currently in the pre -production phase of his next short film.


"You Are Not Alone"

(Local H.S. Student Film & Winner of Rahway Film Festival Junior 2016)


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 6:55

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA

Language: English

Genre: Drama

Filmmakers' Statement: "Why do a video on bullying bulimic victims? Everyone should love their image and shouldn't be told they look bad which could lead to them having to hurt themselves to accomplish a 'perfect self image.' This is our message.​"

Student Filmmakers:​ Izellah Montes, Kayleen Ojeda, Miguel Rodriguez, & Yamileth Tepox

Grade 11 at Abraham Clark High School, Roselle, NJ​​

"Keepin Up with the Society Hillians: Society Hill Victims Unit"

(Local H.S. Student Film & Audience Choice Winner of Rahway Film Festival Junior 2016)


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 15:22

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA

Language: English

Genre: Police Drama Parody

Synopsis: In Jersey City's gated community, the Society Hill gang find themselves solving crimes and getting to the bottom of cases in this parody of "Law and Order". Starring Kareem Brock, Trey Sargent, and Seth Phillip.

Director: Cadian McGraw Jr.

Grade 10 at Marist High School - Bayonne, NJ

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