2012 Online New England Film Festival
In Boston, the city that brought us Cheers, there really is a place where the staff know all the regulars by name. But it’s not a bar, it’s a downtown diner that’s been there since the 1940s and has become a historical and cultural icon. 24 Hours At The South Street Diner introduces a diverse group of waiters, regulars, late-night revelers and local celebrities who call Boston’s only 24/7 restaurant home. They share stories of why this tiny diner means so much to the neighborhood and the city of Boston and how it’s survived fires, bankruptcies and even an attempt to revoke its late night license.
In 1962 a group of young men, who are stationed at a remote Air Force base in Greenland, band together to undergo a dangerous mission to retrieve mail lost in a frozen landscape of darkness.
In this musical re-imagining of Hansel and Gretel, the witch serves as a mother figure to Gretel. But when Gretel discovers that the Witch plans to eat Hansel, she has to decide between her old family and her new one.
After a pleading phone call from his dad, an estranged son returns home where he meets with his childhood friend and a former “employee.” Meanwhile, Fred’s father awaits him with a family secret that will soon show him how sometimes our choices in life can turnaround our destiny.
Talking sausages. Flying nachos. Evil burgers. When Mike tries to maintain his new diet at a Super Bowl party full of food, all hell breaks loose.
Elementary school children from Massachusetts and Alabama describe what they know about gays and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they’d like teachers to do. This 13 minute film was produced by Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. What do you know? has played in festivals and schools around the world. To order you own DVD, which is closed-captioned, Spanish subtitled, and comes with a teacher’s guide on the DVD, please click here, where you can also learn more about the Welcoming Schools program and their nationwide trainers.
In Danger of Being Discovered takes a retrospective look at the rise of the music scene in the picturesque seacoast city of Portsmouth, NH during its Seattle-like musical peak in the mid 90’s. This was a time when local bands were king, live music venues flourished and it wasn’t a question of if you were going out to see a band, but rather which local band you were seeing and where. Portsmouth, NH was being hailed by the Boston media as the next Seattle musical sensation, where at least 5 of the 55+ local bands were being courted by major record labels, consistently selling out shows, out-requesting national acts on the radio and some even selling over 60,000 copies of their demo CD. This was a time when the music seemed like it was on the verge of exploding and catapulting the bands, and the scene that spawned them, to legendary success… but somehow the scene never managed to get the notoriety it deserved.
A modern day contemporary movie musical with a completely original score, It Is What It Is explores the lives of seven young New Yorkers during a twenty-four hour period of near misses, tattered relationships and crumbling dreams.
With the snap of her fingers, Binto can defy the laws of nature. She can do everything from transporting her friends to instantly commanding a thunderstorm. Okay… maybe that’s just her imagination. But in Kennedy Park, kids are not constrained by the conventions of reality. Kids of the World features 11 young people who once lived in Africa, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere in the United States, who now find themselves in Lewiston, Maine, sharing one communal park. The kids were invited to make up stories – some based on their personal lives, some completely fictional – and then discuss, reenact, and perform these stories on the big screen. 11 Kids, 4 Stories, 1 Park. Part documentary and part fantasy, Kids of the World is all fun.
Have you ever been in a competition with a friend or neighbor? Well Timothy Longshanks has been for years. And now he’s on a mission to win that competition no matter what the cost. But his unaware, gentle-giant of a neighbor, Big Al, always has what Tim just got, or better. A journey of one-upmanship ensues, leading Tim to the far corners of the world and back again. His mania ultimately leads him down a path of no return, ending in hilariously disastrous results. Heard the expression “Keeping up with the Joneses”? For Tim, it’s “The Joneses can suck it.”