NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A North Brunswick filmmaker will be among the first directors showing his short feature during the opening weekend of the New Jersey International Film Festival.  .

The festival will run every weekend, beginning Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 19, with most screenings shown in room 105, Voorhees Hall, 71 Hamilton St., Rutgers University.  All showings are set for 7 p.m.

The festival features auteurs from around the world.

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Among the first local directors to be showcased on Sunday, June 5, will be Ariel Frenkel of North Brunswick, whose film “Pluto” is described as a “quirky black comedy” in which the title character is blessed with wealth but lacking in purpose, leading to ultimate disaster. Frenkel, who is also an actor, will make an appearance at the screening.

Opening the festival on June 3 will be a 10-minute short, “Melt,” directed by Noemie Lafrance of Brooklyn, N.Y., featuring an experimental dance performance.

Festival tickets are priced between $8 and $10. A full schedule of screenings is available at Call 732-932-8482 the day of show to confirm titles.