Winter Film Festival
Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street
Wednesday Evening, February 20
Doors open at 7:00 PM. Screening begins at 7:30 PM.
Free admission. Refreshments
Discussion with filmmakers at Winter Film Festival
The Winter Film Festival is an encore presentation of selected works from the preceding Summer Film Festival program, often with inclusion of works not shown during the summer. Frequently, local filmmakers are in attendance and are available for discussion after the screening.
Chairperson: Mike Evers and Laurie Stolarz
Committee: Carol McLaughlin, Phil Osborn, Jocelyne Poisson, Sandy Rhoads, Bill Smalley, Paulina Villarroel, and Caryle Anne Wildfield
Scene from Guidance
This comedy portrays the rocky relationship between three very different students and their long-suffering guidance counselor as they progress through their senior years. Mina Healey completed this film in 2011 under the auspices of the Lynn Raw Arts Film School when she was on her way from Lynn Classical High School to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Cat Lady
A J Mungo and Amie Spindigliozi-Keefe
Newburyport's ace raconteur A J Mungo tells the shaggy cat story of his sister's attempt to establish a cat rescue mission and the unintended consequences of that attempt. Note the hilarious illustrations by Marty Riskin.
Bye Bye Linden
Scene from Bye Bye Linden
While children play, Peabody city workers cut down an old Linden tree. Although an entertaining film with a light touch, there might be more at work in this piece than you think. Perry Hallinan is a North-Shore based filmmaker with directing, camera and editing credits to his name.
Cut the Lemon
Scene from Cut the Lemon
Corey Corcoran / RAW Arts
This film from the RAW Arts Real to Reel Digital Film School combines animation and live action in a story about the World’s Most Obnoxious Mother and her doormat child.
Henry Loomis Is Going to Die Tonight
Sam Celentano in Henry Loomis is Going to Die Tonight
She’s about to turn 14, and cosmic forces decree that she has to kill off her imaginary friend. But he’s acting out, and she’s not sure she can do the deed. Find out what happens! This film, by prolific filmmaker Sam Stratton, was shot in Marblehead and Swampscott; and its cast features local families.
Still from Mysterieuse
Mysterieuse is a colorful and haunting animation about a woman’s relationship with a mysterious creature and the devastating outcome of that relationship. Ms. Olschan is a filmmaker from Connecticut and her film was selected as one of the region’s best independent films by the Boston Cinema Census this year.
I Am Lynn
Oasis Film Institute
Young Lynn residents tell their moving stories about growing up in a tough environment. The Oasis Film Institute is one of the activities of Lynn’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Scene from Moonsong
Here’s another journey, an experimental music video based on Brenna Sahatjian’s Moonsong (Trash Monster):
The trees are our history
The forest is full of stories
We'll never forget even when we're in the city.
Jane Urban made this video under the auspices of the ICA Fast Forward teen production program, and it was a finalist in this year’s Salem Filmfest Five Minute Student Film Festival.
Scene from Fahisha
Fahisha (which means "abomination" in Arabic) documents what happens when kids who’ve grown up in strict Muslim families decide to come out as gay. Although the stories discussed here occurred in the Muslim community, the heartrending conflicts between parents and children, and children and peers, will be familiar to many American families. Nabila Eltantawy is a 19-year-old filmmaker living in New York.
The Fine Art of Poisoning
Scene from The Fine Art of Poisoning
Bill Domonkos and Jill Tracy
“It’s quite an elaborate scheme/The fine art of poisoning/The dose to comatose/Slyly administered…” There are dark goings on in the manor in Bill Domonkos’ animated music video of Jill Tracy’s song. Starting out as a painter, Bill Domonkos experimented with computer animation and now works in San Francisco where he has toiled in the computer game industry, directed music videos, and designed websites. The Fine Art of Poisoning has won numerous awards in the animation and experimental film categories in various film festivals around the country.
The Color of Paint
Stuck in a rut, a middle-aged suburban couple decides to repaint their bedroom. Doing so turns out to be better than years of therapy. Many improvements follow.
First and Last
This is a mordant comedy about a man who knows how to take advantage of the housing crisis. Damien Patrik is a Colorado filmmaker whose works have been shown in previous Arts Festival screenings.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Scene from Where the Sidewalk Ends
Olivia Chuba, Jamie Ember, and Marka Mayburry-Gaulke
Three students from the Harvard-Westlake school in Culver City, California, collaborated on a visual interpretation of the Shel Silverstein poem about a special place where the imagination reigns supreme. Their film was part of the 15th Annual National Video and Film Festival, which was recently screened in Cambridge.
Film Festival has been a Summer Festival event since 1996. For a listing of films screened and the filmmakers,
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