Theater alums' film screens at New Jersey Film Festival, Sept. 12

Rutgers Cast Members

It is said that the 20s are the new teens. So, it’s no surprise that today’s coming-of-age films are populated by characters with college degrees struggling to launch their careers in a sluggish economy while weathering rocky relationships in hopes of emerging as mature adults.

It’s a life that four graduates of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts know well – so well that they decided to depict it in their first feature film collaboration, Leaving Circadia. The film will be shown at the New Jersey Film Festival on September 12, 2014. It is a romantic dramedy that follows the misadventures of three tenants of a Brooklyn brownstone apartment building and their superintendent: all on the cusp of 30, striving to balance their dreams with the growing responsibilities of life, love and career.

Evan Mathew Weinstein, Drew Seltzer, Regi Huc and Zack Griffiths graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2003 and kept in touch as they relocated, always hoping someday to work together. All had experienced some acting success – enough to survive – but none of them had reached the next level.

“In the industry, they say you make your own breaks,” says Seltzer. “We decided to do just that – by collaborating on our first feature-length film and giving ourselves a chance to play great roles.” And the critics have applauded their efforts. When Leaving Circadia premiered at the Emerge Film Festival in Maine, it swept the awards, winning “Best In Festival,” “Best Director” and the “Verizon People’s Choice Award.”

When deciding on the theme, the college friends decided to make the type of film they would want to watch: One about people 10 years after graduation who realize they need to start accepting responsibilities like buying a house, getting married and having children.

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Posted September 2014