Film Nights

Artworks Presents:

Film Nights


"Web Series Night"

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Film Starts: 7pm

Come join PopUp Anthology and Artworks Trenton for a "Web Series Night"! A selection of web series will screen, followed by a Q&A and reception. Admission is free (though donations to Artworks Trenton are always appreciated!), so bring a few friends!

Arrive at 7 pm for opening music from local artist Izzy Banna!

The Program Includes:
Jeff Stewart | VELOCITY
Jennaffer Walker | MY NATURAL LIFE
Melissa De Leon | SAM AND SAAH
Keith Chamberlain | HERRINGS
BREAK Web Series

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 Artworks will be accepting donations during the event in an ongoing effort to provide free and affordable programs for the community.



Films Featured at Past Film Nights:

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Film Starts: 7pm

Come join PopUp Anthology and Artworks Trenton for a night of short films! A selection of local films will screen, followed by a filmmaker Q&A and reception. Admission is free (though donations to Artworks Trenton are always appreciated!), so bring a few friends!

The lineup of films will be announced soon!

For more information, visit

 Artworks will be accepting donations during the event in an ongoing effort to provide free and affordable programs for the community.


List of Shorts & Filmmakers:
The Cursed Road - Chris Cullen
Drop-Off - Shawn Cortel
Wicked Conclusions - Chloe Carroll and Phillip G. Carroll
Slipstream - Lowell Boston
Breakfast - Aleksandra Svetlichnaya


Love Local Film: PopUp Vol. 11

Friday, February 17th, 7-10pm

Enjoy a night of local film at PopUp Anthology vol. 11! A Q&A with the filmmakers and reception will follow the screening.

Films & Bios

John Harris

Love Potion - John Harris

John Harris has been inspired to work in the film industry when he went to film camp his sophomore year of high school. He graduated college from Academy of Art University majoring in Directing. John still continues to create films and works as a Production Assistant.


Turtleface - Cast Members Naomi Warner and Swann Gruen (Attending)

1980s, Darlington, South Carolina -- On a quest of fatherly duty, mechanic Troy brings socially backward Gary on a silent trek through the rural back woods for an unannounced visit: two misfits thrown together in a forced rite of passage find an unexpected connection.

Swann Gruen _ Turtleface

Cast member Swann Gruen is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and proud member of The Collective Ensemble. Film: Turtleface, Rocket Sex, Organs of Opportunity, Diwal'oween, Blink: The Observer, A Long Road. TV: Inside Amy Schumer. Theater: 360, Warning: May Contain Nuts, Turtleface, Schadenfreude, May First Twenty Eleven, Criminally Dumb, Watertown, Mass., In Wake of Yesterday.

Namoi Warner_Turtleface

Cast member Naomi Warner is a graduate of the William Esper Studio, where she studied under Bill Esper, and is an Ensemble Member of The Collective, where she works as both actress and producer. Film: LARA (Cobbler Shop Entertainment), The End of Something (Vintage Youth Productions), Brew Of The Dead PSA (Dysfunctional Films). Television: Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central). Theater: Shut Ins (C:10 Festival 2016), The Audience (C:10 Festival 2015), Turtleface (C:10 Festival 2013), 360 (Center Stage), The Trojan Women (Foundation Theater), The Tempest (Westwind Repertory), Twelfth Night (Westwind Repertory), Right As Ron (Bank Street Theater) BITE (John Montgomery Theater Company), Happy Hour (45th Street Theater), Asking For Trouble (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Love and gratitude to CMB and her Collective family.


Mr. Reilly

When a mortgage broker is burdened by the death of his dying daughter, an unexpected visitor appears in attempt to help him.

Joe Blute is the director, writer, executive producer, and supporting actor in the film, Mr. Reilly. This is his second short film and his directorial debut. From New York, Joe has studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. After a long process to get this film made, he is ecstatic to share it with the world. To learn more, please visit OR



A Box Came to Brooklyn

It’s a quiet Sunday morning in an up-and-coming Brooklyn neighborhood. Naïve manchild Johnny (Johnny H. McMahon) stumbles upon an anonymous box in the middle of his dead-end block. The other residents of Schenectady Street gather to nervously investigate. What’s in it, and who left it? Good-natured. Steve (Anthony DeVito) struggles to be the voice of reason as local loudmouth Charlie (Jack Haley) fans the flames of post-9/11 paranoia. Speculation turns to accusation as prejudices and crackpot theories turn neighbor against neighbor. Is Johnny’s farfetched story about the box correct, or is there an even more fiendish plot behind it all?



Local Film Night:

Thursday, December 8th, 7-10pm

 Local Film Night at Artworks Trenton! Q&A with the filmmakers and a reception to follow the screening!

Featuring live music by the extraordinary Mike Rossi:!

Films & Bios


Melissa De Leon is an independent filmmaker based in the East Coast who earned a degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She had a lot of things she wanted to study as she was growing up, including forensic psychology, but she finally decided to study film in college the summer before beginning her senior year in high school.

She began producing in 2010, starting with a senior thesis project called The Journey. Originally she had only been interested in directing, but after taking a producing class, she became interested in producing as well. Now she has produced 7 projects, including Therapy, which won The Viewers’ Choice Award from Xfinity OnDemand, won an Honorable Mention from Bucks Fever FilmFest, and recently won Best Actress in a Narrative Short Film from the WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival.

She is currently producing a documentary called A Bird Without Wings and is developing a web series called Lies by Omission.


Evan Maron is an animator, visual storyteller, and part-time oak tree. It is his goal to express complex emotions by experimenting with the boundaries of design and narrative in animation. His work has been shown in local galleries and auditoriums around Philadelphia and Wilmington. He recently received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Animation at the the University of the Arts, and works as a Software Engineer at JPMorganChase.


Amy Frear will be joining PopUp at Artworks Trenton Film Night with her film Selkie.
Amy Frear is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker and theatre artist. Between independent film projects and creating devised theater, Amy works as a tour guide in the old city section of Philadelphia. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.



Gina Marie Rodriguez (Writer/Producer/Lead Actress) - Gina is an old soul desperately trying to navigate her way around the 21st Century.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Gina holds a B.A in Theater Arts and Communication.

She bides her time blogging, scriptwriting, filmmaking, acting and modeling. She's a true Renaissance woman (but don't ask her to cook or sew- it will not end well).

She has three independent films under her belt and is the Founder and Director of the Rahway International Film Festival. Learn more about Gina at or follow her on Facebook @Gina Marie Rodriguez or Twitter @NotThatGina.



Erin Zapcic

My grandmother used to tell me I was born to be a Princess. She was right about a lot of things.

If you can't figure out where you know me from, chances are you've got a picture of me in your home as Princess Catalina at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. You may also have seen me in the critically acclaimed web series "CASTERS" (remastered and slated for re-release online in 2016), which introduced me to a creative team with whom I have collaborated on several projects.

As a friend, I am frequently found with a glass of wine in my hand and lots of advice to dispense. I'm a lover of all things Disney, a proud cat-mommy, and have recently discovered my passion for pirate metal music. (It's a thing, and it's awesome.)

Self-producing has become a source of tremendous creative fulfillment for me. I produced my first short film, Daydreamer, in 2015 and I've got two web series in the works for 2016, including "TRENDING", which starts crowdfunding on February 29th! Busy times ahead!

I pride myself on my professionalism. When you see my name on the call sheet, you know you're going to have an easy day.


Artworks Trenton Kickoff!

November 18, 2016, 7pm

Artworks is excited to announce that we will be partnering with the amazing and talented filmmakers of PopUp Anthology who will be bringing live music, food, and films together for monthly Film Nights at Artworks Trenton. PopUp Anthology is a community organization created to promote local films and to encourage audiences to support local storytelling. PopUp's mission to create interactivity with the community environment continues as we invite you to join us for a night of local films, food and live music performed by Mike Rossi. A Q&A will follow the screening.

Your local film obsession starts now in what used to be a 1920s parking garage amidst exposed brick walls, industrial steel beams, and over 100 feet of skylight that serves as Trenton’s downtown visual art center.

Films & Bios


 "Catching Up" - Bill Crossland

Bill Crossland is a writer, director, producer, and actor. Bill studied film at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he wrote and directed several short films and worked as an editor on independent productions including the Neil Patrick Harris comedy "The Best and the Brightest" and on pieces for NBC Sports Network. After graduating, he wrote, directed, an


d starred in Catching Up, a short film based on his feature screenplay about a physically disabled man who falls in love with an able-bodied woman.

To date, the film has screened at festivals across the country including FirstGlance Philadelphia, New Jersey, Breckenridge, Las Vegas, and Sundance.  His feature version of Catching Up is currently in development.
Twitter: @Just_Plain_Bill
"Portrait of a Circus" - Greg Lassik
Greg Lassik is a filmmaker who has owned Endless Wave Studios since 2001, when he was only 19 years old. His accomplishments include a cinematographer credit on Back In Time, and Producer, DP, and Editor on Running The 184, two documentaries he is extremely proud of. Greg is a father of two boys, and a husband. His goal with Endless Wave is to make his father, who's was his biggest fan before losing his battle with cancer in 2011, proud every day.
"The Burning Tree" - Keith Chamberlain
Keith Chamberlain is a writer and director currently living in southern New Jersey. Over the past several years, he has written and directed four short films including the award-winning comedy, "The Friend of my Friend is Apparently Not My Friend&". His films have screened at the Golden Door International Film Festival, Pittsburgh Uncut Film Festival and Hang Onto Your Short Film Festival among other venues. He is currently in production of his first web series, Herrings, which airs bi-monthly on YouTube. You can view his production company website, along with all current projects at as well as follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Herrings_Series

"Frieda and Eddie: A Jersey Shore Love Story" - Jennifer Suwak & Steve Abruzzese

Jennifer Suwak is a local filmmaker working in documentary, narrative and animation. Her filmmaking deals with issues about memory, loss, animal communication and animal/human relationships. She is currently working on a new documentary and animation film.

Steve Abruzzese is a local filmmaker from Bangor, Pennsylvania that focuses primarily on documentary style of filmmaking. He is working with Jen Suwak on several new documentaries and animations that they hope to release by the end of the year.

"The Audition" - Adam Cardenas

(Coming soon)

Organizer Bios

Katherine Elisabeth Clark is a writer-director and co-founder of PopUp Anthology. She received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Katherine is currently developing her first feature, Pololia, a magical realist drama set in Hawaii and the Pacific, and attended Creative Lab Hawaii's Writers Immersive Lab to develop the screenplay in March 2016. Her short film, Beta Persei, is currently on the festival circuit. | Instagram @pololiafilm.

Adrian Colon is a NJ based comic, writer, producer and filmmaker. Apart from being a stand up comic, Adrian has written and produced an award winning short film and commercial. Adrian produced and starred in the award-winning short, The Joke's On You. He is currently writing and producing a television series pilot.


Friday, August 19th, 2016 Features:

"The Best of the Fest"

Artworks' Film Night is back and fully loaded with an amazing line up! Join us on August 19th from 7 to 10pm in celebrating the “Crème de la crème”, "Il meglio del meglio", "Lo mejor de lo mejor", the "Best of the Fest". That's right, August's Film Night at Artworks will feature a compilation of over ten shorts from Art All Night's Film Festival. Don't miss the opportunity to properly start your weekend by kicking back after a long week at work and viewing the talent of some pretty incredible filmmakers and crews. This isn't your standard Disney experience so be prepared to travel to alternate realities and challenge the mundane movie experience. Your indie film obsession starts now in what used to be a 1920s parking garage amidst exposed brick walls, industrial steel beams, and over 100 feet of skylight that serves as Trenton’s downtown visual art center.

Tickets for this event are free but must be reserved. This is an exclusive opportunity and seats are limited so be sure to pre-register to reserve your spot. Artworks will be accepting donations during the event in an ongoing effort to provide free and affordable programs for the community.

Reserve your seat: Click Here!

List of Shorts & Filmmakers:

"A King’s Betrayal" - David Bornstein

 "Bewilderness" - Brain Jones

"Brown Bag " - Patrick Wirtz

"Chains" - Roshon Tyson

"Creepy Walking" - Lokomtiv Studio

"Doomed" - Alexander Kinter

"Eat My Shit" - Hermanos Prada

 "False Allegory" - Greg Doble

"Fantastic" - Tomas Sposato

"How I Become You" -  Ivana Zivkovic

"Muscle Face" - Conor Reed

"My Mother Only Had One Eye" - Joe Nason

"Oblivion Season" - Masoud Farjam

"Savant: Kali 47" - Trip Hope

"Shotgun" - Maverick Moore

"Tailypo" - Cameron McCasland

"Triangles" - Galya Shiyan

"Vessel" - Stephanie Yuhas

Friday, April 15th, 2016:



Road Rage (2016)

ROAD RAGE is a great new feature length bleak comedy about two people falling in hate. Starring Adam Roth and Kristin Jann-Fischer, it is written & directed by Brad Mays. Marti Davis, Lawrence R. Greenberg and Brad Mays produced. Cinematography by Lawrence R. Greenberg, edited by Brad Mays, with an original musical score by Charles Roth.

50% of the proceeds collected at the door will be given to Adam Roth's family. There will be a Q&A with the director of this film following the screening.


Friday, March 18th, 2016:



The Backseat (2014)

A feature length coming of age story about high school love, punk rock, and hemorrhoids. High school social outcasts Roy Offerman and Larry DiMarco struggle to find a drummer for their new punk rock band, Witness My Jehovah. As Roy will learn, sometimes finding the answer to one problem only brings about a host of others. Immediately after finding a drummer, Roy is plagued by a raging case of hemorrhoids. This causes his parents to be confused about his sexuality, and starts up all sorts of new rumors at school. In the most unexpected place, Roy meets his dream girl Samantha. As Roy and Sam’s relationship develops, Witness My Jehovah lands their first big gig at a local music venue. When things don’t go as planned, Roy is faced with some of the biggest decisions he’ll ever have to make.
*There will be a Q&A with the director following this screening.
Directed  & Written by: Ryan O'Leary (



Friday, February 19th, 2016:



Velvet Elvis  (2012)

A black Elvis impersonator/demon hunter is forced to put down his guitar and pick up his gun when a string of murders threatens to unleash hell on earth.

Featuring a remastered fight scene!


Starring: Kirk Ponton, Kacie Marie, Kevin Ridgeway, Michael Markiewicz, Jensen Bucher

Director: Jeff Stewart

Written By: Brenton Lonkey and Jeff Stewart

Produced By: Jeff Stewart, C. B. Kaczor, and Kelsey Magaskie


Friday, January 15th, 2016:

Advisory: This film contains graphic sexual content and situations.


Whatever You Do Don't Fuck the Dead Chick (2005)

A very dark "romantic" comedy about two strangers (Lane and Paul) who are stick together for what they think is going to be another boring night at the Laundromate. They soon learn that the their night will be anything from boring when they discover a dead body. Thinking he killed the young woman Paul sinks into despair and guilt, while the only thing on Lanes mind is having relations with the girl. Tensions rise and comedy ensues as everyone from laundromat clientele to the local authorities interfere -- all on the way to discovering who the real killer is.

Black and white

90 minutes

Made in 2005

Featuring music from:


Moot Davis

The Cryptkeeper Five

Found on the floor

The Betty Fords

A horse of a different color

First/lost film of Anthony Catanese

10 year anniversary

Friday, December 18th, 2015:


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B.F.E. (2014)

Four stories converge in a small town dominated by guns, drugs, sex and violence.

Director: Shawn Telford

Writer: Shawn Telford

Stars:Hans Altwies, Mark Carr, Will Cowles Meyer

BFE trailer from Shawn Telford on Vimeo.

Be sure to check out Telford's latest project "10 Little Larpers" at: