'Lymelife' set to open Gen Art film fest

'Finding Bliss' will close New York event

Derick Martini's "Lymelife," co-written with brother Steven Martini, will open the 14th annual Gen Art Film Festival, which runs April 1-7 in New York.

The fest, which for seven consecutive evenings showcases one feature and one short from an emerging filmmaker, followed by an afterparty, will take place at the redesigned Visual Arts Theater on West 23rd Street between 8th and 9th avenues.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Leonard Loventhal, "Lymelife" stars Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin and Timothy Hutton. It made its world premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, where it received the International Critics Award.

The fest's closing-night feature will be Julie Davis' "Finding Bliss," starring Leelee Sobieski, Denise Richards, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Davis and Kristen Johnston.

The lineup also includes the theatrical premiere of Matt Aselton's "Gigantic," starring Zooey Deschanel and Paul Dano; Jay DiPietro's "Peter and Vandy," starring Jason Ritter and Jess Weixler; David Lee Miller's "My Suicide"; Gregori Viens' "Punching the Clown"; and Ole Schell and Sara Ziff's "Picture Me: A Model's Diary."

For the full schedule, visit www.genart.org/filmfestival.
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