Eileen is a meditation teacher, author, and psychologist. At age 82 she takes on a new identity: a “canary in a coal mine” for a society rapidly disconnecting from nature. After toxic exposure in a senior living community, Eileen has developed Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, an illness causing a severe allergy to all synthetic chemicals and fragrance. In this experimental documentary shot on the organic farm where she seeks refuge, Eileen shares her story. But is it an illness of one woman, or the aching of a planet?
The land between family and community.
The small town of Springfield, VT used to have a thriving machine tool industry. Did its outsized significance in WWII make it a target for Hitler? Three generations of Springfielders weigh in.
Imagine you can’t read this. Imagine the only way you can tell if a book is right side up is by the pictures. Imagine believing it is all your fault and you are afraid to tell anyone. You become a troublemaker. You are expelled over and over. You reach fifth grade but you have yet to read a two syllable word. You can’t spell your name. You are unteachable.
Now imagine a teacher who changes everything.
In the buildings of an abandoned military base near his home on Cape Cod, Daniel enters Mrs. Gott’s fifth-grade classroom. She is kind and gentle and allows Daniel to work at his own pace, and it becomes clear that Daniel’s struggle is not his fault. Slowly, Daniel’s shame and anxiety diminish and he begins to learn. And learns he is good at it.
Unteachable is the true story about the moment Daniel’s life changes.
Now, forty years after entering Mrs. Gott’s classroom, Daniel is a distinguished educator. He graduated from Nauset Regional High School in Eastham, MA as class President, attended Harvard University and earned his PhD from UCLA. He has never told anyone he was crippled with dyslexia until this film.
Edward Hopper & Marshall’s House is a short visit through five generations of a family’s history, focusing on the artist who captured their home one sunny Fall morning in 1932. Edward Hopper revolutionized the illustration of light for artists in the 20th century. His painting of the Marshall house in South Truro, MA., Cape Cod is perhaps the most telling instance of his technique. A meditative short film, Edward Hopper & Marshall’s House presents how the concept of family and an artist’s work can reach beyond the confines of a period.
The Longest Year represents a filmmaker’s attempt to understand and work through a personal, tragic, life-altering event through the memories of friends and loved ones who shared the experience.
New England flea market vendors reflect on their role in the subculture. Through interviews, they talk about what they sell and why, along with other various topics. The Vendors encapsulates overall flea market culture, the community, the items for sale, and most importantly, the individual vendors themselves.
2018 Online New England Film Festival | Mass Reality Film Check | Salem Film Fest | Documentary | Massachusetts | Mass Reality Check college documentary shorts program at SFF 2018 | Watch Online Now |
Eastie is a film about Cucchiello’s Bakery being pushed out of East Boston after 70 years in business. We made the film in hopes of bringing to light the effects that gentrification can have on small businesses such as this one.
After the 2017 Women’s March in Boston, professors from Northeastern University collected over 6,000 protest signs, creating a living archive of the signs. Art of the March highlights the living archive project as well as the role of protest signs and the function of protests in our democracy.