Gen Art Film Festival Celebrates 15th Year

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Sat, 03/27/2010 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The 15th Anniversary of the Gen Art Film Festival presented by Acura kicks off on April 7th at New York’s historic Ziegfeld Theatre. Opening the festival will be Josh Radnor’s writing/directing debut happythankyoumoreplease which was shot in New York and won the prestigious Sundance Audience Award.   Radnor (of How I Met Your Mother acting fame) stars in the film which focuses on several 20-something relationships in the city with Malin Akerman Kate Mara Tony Hale Pablo Schreiber and Zoe Kazan. 

Closing the festival is Mercy directed by celebrity photographer Patrick Hoelck and written and produced by Scott Caan who also stars along with Wendy Glenn Troy Garity and Erika Christensen with Dylan McDermott and James Caan.  The drama revolves around a cocky LA novelist who doesn’t believe in love until he meets a female literary critic named Mercy. “Our programming process uncovered perhaps the most promising batch of new films in years.  In celebration of our 15th year we have curated a slate that is perfect for our core Gen Art audience of young thoughtful tastemakers who seek to satiate their hunger for culture through support of new talent ” says film division senior vice president Jeffrey Abramson. “Furthermore the feature films share a collective theme of the exploration of relatable tales of love.  Whether it is falling in love for the first time learning to love oneself experimenting with it fighting for it or recognizing it has become obsessive or idolized we are happy to see this empathetic trend kicking off a new decade of storytelling.” “Gen Art is extremely excited to be celebrating this anniversary with our long-time film festival partner Acura - who has been our co-host for 8 years now. For Gen Art the festival marks a benchmark in our history: a great opportunity for us to both look back at our accomplishments and to look forward to what we see as a very bright future ” says Gen Art CEO/co-founder Ian Gerard. Gen Art Film Festival