'Capacity' to open Gen Art

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The 13th annual Gen Art Film Festival will kick off this year's event with the Matthew Broderick starrer "Diminished Capacity."

The comedy, which in February had its North American rights picked up by IFC Entertainment, was directed by Terry Kinney and also stars Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen. It's one of the seven features and seven short films that comprise what's designed to be one of the year's more intimate festivals, where young professional filmmakers take part in screening committees and consumers are encouraged to connect with the filmmakers.

Closing this year's festival, which runs April 3-8 in New York, is "The Take," directed by Brad Furman and starring John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson, Bobby Cannavale and Rosie Perez.

Other movies premiering include the short-film "Nosebleed," directed by Jeff Vespa and starring David Arquette; and "Frost," starring Jason Behr, Krysten Ritter and Monet Mazur.

"The slate represents a common theme: of overcoming adversity and finding inner peace in a complicated world through humor, action and exploration," said Jeff Abramson, film division vp at Gen Art.

This year, the Acura Grand Jury Award will award a feature film and a short with $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, while the Star Gazer Award will honor breakout talent for excellence in acting. The Film Festival Audience Award will be bestowed in the categories of best feature and best short.
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