Tucked safely between the hectic hustle and bustle of the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival is one of my personal favorites (and I'm not just saying that because I'm on the programming committee this year): The Gen Art Film Festival. Gen Art makes it easy for us tired and hungry fest hoppers since their annual event (in its 14th year) features only seven films, seven shorts and seven hip-hoppin' after parties. That's it! No giant screening schedules to sort through; the decisions are all made for you. Just how my lazy ass likes it.
That said, a nifty press release just landed in my inbox announcing that the much buzzed-about Sundance/Toronto hit Lymelife has been chosen to open Gen Art's fest this year. Starring Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin, and Timothy Hutton, Lymelife (which we premiered the poster for last month) follows the trials and tribulations of a Long Island family during the late 70's. Variety called it a "leaner and meaner American Beauty," and I say that sounds pretty damn good to me. Cinematical will be front and center when the Gen Art Film Festival takes Manhattan from April 1-7. For more information on Gen Art and the festival, check our their spiffy new website.