Winter Short Film Festival News

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 (Marblehead) Spring is still months away, but the Long Winter Short Film Festival, presented by the Marblehead Festival of Arts, is just around the corner. For a night of fun, come see some great films. Eleven short works will be shown at Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street, in their Lower Meeting Room on Wednesday, February 8th at 7 pm.

The films—comedies, animations, documentaries, essayistic reflections—were chosen for their uniquely personal qualities. The filmmakers include both adults and teenagers from the North Shore and elsewhere. The evening’s lineup includes, but is not limited to, pieces that were screened during last year’s Summer Short Film Festival. Below find descriptions of just a few.

In “Going the Distance,” documentary filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman shares the story of the most unlikely, but popular race at the Penn Relays. Featured are the feats and words of older runners—much older than average. This film won the Grand Jury Award for documentary shorts at the Independent Film Festival of Boston as well as the Best of Show in the Adult Category in last year’s Arts Festival Film Festival.

More serious are Adam J. Hardy’s “Drop It,” and Chris King’s “Birthday.”  In “Drop It,” a young, inexperienced police officer makes the wrong decision at the wrong time and has trouble living with the consequences. “Birthday,” depicts a young military wife who receives news her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat.  Their lives become a difficult, yet amazing journey.  This work won the Outstanding Work category in last years MFoA Film Festival. 

The light-hearted “One Year Lease,” by Brian Bolster, told almost entirely through visuals and voice messages, documents the travails of two men and their cat as they endure a year sentence with the odd Rita, the cat loving landlady. This film won the award for Best Documentary Short at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

For a complete printable Long Winter Short Film Festival Program Bill click here

Film Festival works are intended to show the many ways film and video can be used as an art form to inform and express. Children can certainly enjoy some of these works, but not all of the films may be understood by them. For more information about the works to be shown, visit the Festival’s website, www.marbleheadfestival.org. Also visit the website for information on submitting works for the 2017 Summer Short Film Festival.

Film Committee members include co-chairs Mike Evers and Laurie Stolarz as well as Steve Krom, James Maroney, Bill Smalley, and Paulina Villarroel.  To contact the committee or any member send an email to FilmFestival@marbleheadfestival.org.