2009 Online New England Film Festival

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Stephen Pace: Maine Master

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

2008 | Directed by Richard Kane

Stephen Pace: Maine Master is part of a series of documentaries about Maine artists. Pace, who spent extended summers in the fishing village of Stonington, Maine, spent 50 years as a second generation abstract expressionist in New York after WWII where he met Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso. On the GI Bill in Mexico he met and became a protégé of American painter Milton Avery. Upon moving to New York City he found himself in the swim of the art world making friends with Franz Kline, Jackson Pollack, and Hans Hofmann amongst others. The Whitney Museum accepted his work in their Biennials seven times. This film chronicles Pace and his wife Pam’s last days in Maine closing his studio and summer home while being celebrated by neighbors and the community that loved them most.

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Clam Pie

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

Clam Pie
2009 | Directed by Dan Boylan and Guy Taylor

After gorging on a classic old-fashioned seaside delicacy a curious woman finds herself launched into a radical encounter with heaven. Clam Pie was shot at the Great Island Bakery in South Yarmouth, and at other Cape locations including Chapin Beach in Dennis.

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The Five:Fifteen

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

2009 | Directed by Chris Chiusano

Inspired by director Chris Chiusano’s countless hours commuting on the train, this film began as a series of opposite-hand drawings. The animation created is a compilation of individual hand-drawn images that have been brought to life through the computer.

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December Thaw

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

December Thaw
2009 | Directed by Ken Murphy

A wintry dawn edges out the blizzard of the night. A tired, frantic father on the phone, searching everywhere, fearing the worst. Headlights. A car pulls up. A girl emerges. She weaves her way to the door. In December Thaw, a fight between a single dad and his teen daughter threatens the seasonal quest that represents their close bond.

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The Other Way Out

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

2008 | Directed by Tristan Dyer

The Other Way Out is the story of how one woman escaped a 15-year addiction to opiates. Narrated by herself, she recalls the experience of her addiction and the use of a controversial method of recovery called Ibogaine, which is illegal in the United States. Her tale is illustrated through stop-motion animation and time-lapse photography.

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Did You…

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

Did You…
2009 | Directed by Chris Record/Corbin Record

Did You… is the story of a day in the life of a high school student who seems to have everything going for him. But is everything as it seems?

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The Reality Behind Closed Doors

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

The Reality Behind Closed Doors
2009 | Directed by Curtis James Salt

Nine young gay men are interviewed in this unconventional documentary short. All nine men come from various areas across the country (Massachusetts, California, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, & New Jersey). However, none of the men are seen on screen, instead nine straight actors portray and lip-sync their appearances. The majority supports the minority in this film, as topics range from stereotypes to coming out, civil rights, and personal opinions.

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Footsteps: The Buddy Chancellor Story

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

2007 | Directed by Colin Fowler

Footsteps follows and chronicles the world of Buddy Chancellor, a well-meaning but somewhat inept Bigfoot hunter. Although Buddy’s decade plus search for the elusive creature has been fruitless, his dedication and passion remains solid.

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The Wing

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

The Wing
2009 | Directed by Seon Young Kil

When your dreams come true, what happens next? In this film an average circus performer realizes his dream of growing wings — what happens next?

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I Covered My Eyes

1 Sep , 2009 | Posted by:

I Covered My Eyes
2008 | Directed by Paul Turano

I Covered My Eyes investigates childhood notions of threat and safety by juxtaposing TV news broadcasts of tragic world events with home movie footage. The project was first conceived after seeing the televised images broadcast live on September 11 2001, and wondering what children must be feeling upon witnessing this horrific act within our own borders.

Soon after, director Paul Turano wrote a list of the tragic events he distinctly remembered witnessing on TV as a child in the 1970s and early 1980s. By adopting a child’s perspective, the film evokes his experience of learning about the outside world through news broadcasts, and the accompanying realization of threatened safety from forces outside his immediate family and community. As the sense of vulnerability grows throughout the film from abstract threats to more immediate and actual ones, the seemingly innocent and idyllic world of his childhood becomes overshadowed by an increasing awareness of its fragility and precariousness.