MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Imagine seeing a festival-winning gem before release to the public, then the lights come up, and there in front of you are the creators of the film, ready to answer questions and discuss their work.

The Arthouse Film Festival will run for ten weeks at the AMC Mountainside starting Sept. 29. 

The festival has hosted 1,637 movie premieres with 1,050 live guest appearances over the past 23 years.
Oscar winners and nominees Danny Aiello, Alan Arkin, James Cromwell, Frank Darabont, Jesse Eisenberg, Ethan Hawke, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Melissa Leo, Viggo Mortensen, Chazz Palminteri, John Sayles, Aaron Sorkin, Fisher Stevens and David Strathairn have joined Dylan Baker, Famke Janssen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Derek Luke, Mary Stuart Masterson, David Morse, Connie Nielsen, Joe Pantoliano and Kevin Smith as guest speakers who have come to share their insights with festival participants.

“The program will always be flexible in order to take advantage of opportunities as they arise,” said festival director Chuck Rose.  “Wonderful surprises and fantastic celebrities can pop up out of nowhere, so we try to keep the schedule as fluid as possible. 

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“Even before we started 23 years ago, I began working to create an international VIP network of actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, journalists and film industry pros whose jobs involve creating and evaluating the cream of Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca and the other important film festivals.  We also work to ferret out potential hits in the development and production stages so we are ready to pounce on the best films first. 

“Three of the films we premiered before public release last year went on to receive a total of 16 Oscar nominations: “12 Years a Slave (9), “Nebraska” (6) and “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (1),” explained Rose.
For information, to see which films were screened in the past or which ones may be screened this fall, or to register, visit: or call 732-870-6012.

The festival is open to anyone, but seating is limited, so early enrollment is advised. Subscription is $139 for five weeks or $245 for all ten weeks.  Also being offered is a specially priced flex ticket so the user may choose any eight out of ten nights for their convenience.  Discounts will be available for early registration.

 Confirmed films and those under consideration for the upcoming festival include:  “Big Eyes” with Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, director Tim Burton; “Birdman” with Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; “Beyond the Lights” with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, director Gina Prince-Bythewood; “Diplomacy” with Andre Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, director Volker Schlondorff; “The Imitation Game” with Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightlley, director Morten Tyldum; “The Infinite Man” with Josh McConville, Hanna Marshall, director Hugh Sullivan; “Inherent Vice” with Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, director Paul Thomas Anderson; “Laggies” with Keira Knightly, Same Rockwell, director Lynn Shelton; “The Liberator” with Edgar Ramirez, Danny Huston, director Alberto Arvelo; “Men, Women & Children” with Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, director Jason Reitman; “Rosewater” with Gael Garcia Bernal Shohreh Aghdashloo, director Jon Stewart; “Selma” with Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, director Ava Duvernay; “St. Vincent” with Bill Murray, Naomi Watts,  Melissa McCarthy, director Theodore Melfi; “Suite Francaise” with Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, director Saul Dibb; “Unbroken” with Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, director Angelina Jolie; and “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, director Jean-Marc Vallee.


Arthouse Film Festival was founded by Chuck Rose in 1990.  Since then, Rose has curated and staged over 1,600 movie premieres, importing and interviewing over 1,000 actors and filmmakers from all over the world.  His film festivals and symposia have been sponsored by Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Rutgers University, Kean University, Caldwell College and more than a dozen other film industry, academic and arts organizations.

Inspiration for Filmmakers Symposium Arthouse Film Festival grew out of Rose’s experiences at the University of Southern California where Professor Arthur Knight screened a variety of not-yet-released movies followed by discussions with actors and filmmakers.  Specifically, the seed was planted after an evening when Professor Knight’s surprise guest was Alfred Hitchcock.  Rose remembers, “Everything changed after that.  Just being in the room with Hitchcock was life altering.  His simple, yet brilliant explanations of technique, and his droll, but hilarious anecdotes about directing Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and the rest, thrilled and motivated a pack of know-it-all film students.  Hitchcock and Knight had more than a glass of wine with dinner, so the gloves were off, and no one was spared.”

Spending time on both coasts, Rose has authored 24 screenplays, directed “Vietnam Vets” starring Danny Aiello, worked in the story department at Orion Pictures, served as a Contributing Editor at “Movies USA”, and written feature articles on the film industry for “The Hollywood Reporter”.

He has held faculty positions at Seton Hall University, Adelphi University and The New School where he developed a program in Film Script Analysis adopted by executives at HBO, ABC and many independent production companies.

Rose is an alumnus of the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop, and holds a Master of Arts in Cinema History, Criticism and Aesthetics from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from New York University.

Currently, Rose has under development a World War II drama, “Ziggy’s Only Son” and for TV, a half-hour movie talk show, “The Movie Show.”