FilmFestPoster.jpg Gen Art is well underway with its decadent parties and premieres. The good news is there are still five more nights of revelry. What makes Gen Art unique is that it only screens seven features and seven shorts, while other fests screen tens of hundreds of films. And each night’s film is followed by an afterparty at some hot spot with 2-hour open bar. Also unlike other festivals, this one is more audience-driven and accessible.

Tonight’s film, On the Outs is worth checking out. Staring Judy Marte (Raising Victor Vargas), the film is about three girls growing up in the same Latino community in New Jersey. They each have their own "storyline" but their lives intersect in juvenile hall. The film premiered at Toronto and picked up the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature and the Audience Award at Slamdance. If you can’t catch it tonight in all its glory, look out for it in July when it plays at the Film Forum.

And, the festival’s Saturday night feature sounds pretty fun, Up For Grabs. It’s a documentary about the court case that ensued between the two men that were fighting over Barry Bond’s record-breaking homerun ball.

For details on the rest of the festival, check out the Gen Art website.

Ed note: Forgot to mention the two free panels happening this weekend in conjunction with the festival - another way to get up close and personal with the filmmakers. Saturday at 5pm is a panel with the filmmakers, cast and crew of On the Outs. And, on Sunday at 5pm is a panel called The Independent Minds and features a range of directors including ex-State performer Michael Showalter. Both panels are at the Chelsea Clearview West, 333 West 23rd St.