Essex County College will be an active participate in the 2016 Newark International Film Festival as the College will be the site of film screenings Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10. The city-wide event has attracted nearly 900 submissions from around the globe.


The College’s Mary Burch Theater will be the location for the screenings from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, with some programs in Smith Hall. Essex’s schedule is as follows:


ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE (Documentaries and Webisodes) FRIDAY
Riot 10am-11:30am
Body Games. Capoeira and Ancestry + Capoeira Demo/Q&A 11:30am-1pm
Our Mothers Voices 1:30-3pm

No Justice No Peace + Q&A

3pm – 4pm
Webisodes/Animations: 5-7pm
Money & Violence How to make a successful web series 7-8pm
Cinematography Master workshop with Alex Fernbach with Panasonic display 5-7pm



Shorts 11am-7pm shorts
Stunt Panel / Body Games Capoeira 1 hour 2-4pm

Additional information on the 2016 Newark International Film Festival, including ticket information, is available at: 


The full schedule of events throughout Newark is at:



The College’s New Media Technology students, under the direction of Professor Jennifer Wager, interned with the Festival during the Spring 2016 Semester where they received a hands-on, inside look at the rapidly growing film and television industry in Newark.


The students will film the various industry insider and VIP events associated with the Festival.  A number of Essex graduates are also featured in the Festival and will screen their work at the Newark Museum on Saturday, September 10 as part of the Newark Filmmakers Showcase.


Professor Wager said that the College’s overall involvement in the Festival is allowing students to gain invaluable knowledge in the industry. She is Essex’s coordinator of Communications, New Media Technology, and Digital Media & Electronic Publishing programs.


The event is the first international film festival hosted in Newark. A main feature of the Newark IFF will be the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark. A core component to the Festival are the various workshops, celebrity Q&A panels, and receptions that will provide access and platforms for filmmakers from all over to take advantage of the wealth of experience, resources, and opportunities available to them.


“Newark has historically had great significance on the national and international stage, particularly in the area of innovation,” said Tehsuan Glover, Newark IFF Director of Communications. “It is especially poetic that we bring this international film festival here to Newark to showcase the fact that Newark is an international city, and that Newark has so much to offer for Newarkers as well as international filmmakers, actors, entertainers, and tourists.”






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The rich tradition of Essex County College student-athletes and the Summer Olympics continued this year in Rio de Janeiro with four College alums participated in the just concluded Games, with two winning medals.


Novlene Williams-Mills (Class of 2002) captured Silver as a member of Jamaica’s 4×400 meter women’s relay team.  This was the fourth Olympics for Novlene, who had won Bronze at the three previous Games.


Demetrius Pinder (Class of 2009) followed up this year with a Bronze medal, after winning Gold four years ago. Demetrius was part of the Bahamas 4×400 meter men’s relay team that finished third in the finals.


Kenia Sinclair (Class of 2001) ran the 800 meters representing Jamaica.  Rio was her third Olympics. Kanika Beckles (Class of 2011) competed in her second Games for Grenada, running the 400 meters.


Essex was represented with 11 track athletes at both the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and 2008 Beijing Games. Novlene also participated at the 2004 Games in Athens, where she won her first Bronze medal.


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The Women’s Center at Essex County College has scheduled several classes that will begin in September. All classes are held at the Center on the main Newark campus, 303 University Avenue.


Call (973) 877-3395 to register for any Women’s Center program.


So You Want to be an Entrepreneur is a free workshop on Tuesday, September 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. This course will provide information and resources for business development, personal assessment for start-ups, and financial aspects of starting a business.


Conversational Spanish I is a five session course designed for people who want to communicate in Spanish for everyday use.  Students will learn Spanish vocabulary, develop communication skills and learn aspects of the Hispanic culture. The class will meet Saturdays, starting September 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Tuition is $130.


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