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Seen on the Scene: September 20-29, 1997

29 Sep , 1997  

Written by Michele Meek | Posted by:

Boston Underground Film Festival, Independent Film Night, Local Sightings


The Carrie White Show premiered on September 16 – evoking non-stop laughter from the crowd that gathered in the conversely serious Locke-Ober. The first episode of this zany "mock talk show" centers on the topic of pre-pubescent beauty queens and contains pseudo-commercials à la Saturday Night Live. Christy Scott definitely stole the show as the self-centered host, Carrie White. According to Director Ed Slattery, the show was scheduled to air this past month in Los Angeles, but it was considered a bit too risqué for the network’s apparently religious audience.

The Boston Film and Video Foundation has begun their fall courses. For a complete listing of current courses, visit http://www.bfvf.org.

Cinema 93 is offering a Huge Video Tape Sale with over 1,000 new and used titles, covering a wide variety of categories, at discounted prices. Call 603-225-5650 for further details. 12 Loudon Rd (Arena Plaza), Concord, NH. http://newww.com/biz/cinema93/

Calls for Entries

The New England Film and Video Festival is now accepting entries for their 23rd annual festival to be held in April. Films must be in the following formats: 35mm, 16mm, S8, 3/4", 1/2", Beta, Hi8. For more information and application, contact the Boston Film and Video Foundation at 617-536-1540 or http://www.bfvf.org.

The First Boston Underground Film and Video Festival to be held on November 11-16 at the Boston BAked Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville. Films will be shown on the following formats: 16mm, VHS, Beta and Super 8 with awards for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Experimental, Festival Choice Award, and Best Student Project. Send VHS copy with name, address, phone, age, short bio and $10 to Mixed Media, 635 Boston Ave., #2, Somerville, MA 02144 by October 30 or call 776-3810.

The National Educational Media Network (NEMN) Apple Awards: Film & Video Competition offers an early bird discount to submissions before November 1. Entries should be educational media titles designed for the home market, or for classroom or corporate use. Visit http://www.nemn.org for more information.

The Massachusetts Film Office is accepting entries for its 2nd annual Locations Photo Competition. Applications and rules are available by calling 617-973-8800. The deadline is October 2. http://www.magnet.state.ma.us/film/contest.htm


Independent Film Night at the Phoenix Landing in Cambridge, MA will feature the "best of" the five months worth of screenings on September 29. Call 491-1316.

Director Carol Cassidy will screen her film Baby Love, a film in which teenage mothers sound off on girlhood, virginity, sex, love, and pregnancy and discuss the making of the film on September 27 at 1:45 pm as part of the series Women’s Perspective: On Both Sides of the Lens. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, 617-369-3306. Also showing at the MFA will be To Have (or Not), a favorite from the Boston French Film Festival on September 25-October 11.

The film The Myth of Fingerprints which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival opened on September 19. The film starring Noah Wyle and Julianne Moore was shot entirely in Maine. http://www.spe.sony.com/classics/myth/synopsis.htm

Local Sightings will host an independent film screening at the Oasis on Hancock Street in Quincy, MA on September 22. Call 975-3361 for details.

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts will screen The Watermelon Woman directed by Cheryl Dunye (617-369-3718) at Anderson Auditorium, 230 the Fenway, Boston on September 25 at 12:30 and 5:30 pm.

Real Art Ways will screen Nowhere, a film about wild LA kids in pursuit of love, from September 19-28. 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT, 860-232-1006.

The Hartford premiere of La Promesse, written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne opens on September 28. Gritty industrial cities, unemployment and racism towards immigrants, is the setting for this powerful film. http://www.trincoll.edu/~cstudio/

Events & Festivals

The Mass Media Alliance will host an event on October 14 at Filippo’s restaurant in the North End. Esther Luttrell, president of Screenwriting Partners Unlimited, who’s coming from California to Concord for a weekend workshop (October 18-19) with Anne Marie Gillen (exec.producer, "Fried Green Tomatoes"), Donald Gold (producer, "Miami Vice") and Barbara Sandy (who helped develop "Seven") will speak about her workshop and offer discounts to MMA members. Joining her will be Boston attorney Joel Shames who will speak about what to do after you’ve made the deal. Filippo’s is at 283 Causeway Street. Call 617-742-4143 for directions. http://www.mass-media.org/

Forty-seven films and videos out of the 300 submitted will be screened during the Northampton Film Festival on November 6-9, 1997. The line-up of premieres and award-winners will include features, documentaries and animations. A special Women in Film and Video celebration on November 6 will include screenings and filmmakers and actresses such as Patricia Neal, Olympia Dukakis, and Maureen Foley, who will be on hand for questions. Special discounts are available for tickets purchased before October 25 http://www.nohofilm.org

Writers and Filmmakers are invited to the 2-day intensive Midnight Oil Writers Workshop on October 18-19 led by Anne Marie Gillen, Executive Producer of Fried Green Tomatoes and Donald Gold, Viacom Producer/Writer of Miami Vice. The 18-hour workshop and workbook for $315. Special Mass Media Alliance Members Rate $215. Monument Hall, 211 Southfield Road, Concord, MA. To register call 1-800-482-9748.

The Burlington Independent Film Festival is gearing up for its big October Event. Details are forthcoming.

The DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park features an exhibit The History of Video Art in Boston: Part II: The 1980’s from September 13 – December 28. The exhibit emphasizes the continuation of WGBH’s New Television Workshop and the collaboration with Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773, 781-259-8355.

Academy Award-winning documentarian Geoffrey O’Connor hosts a screening and discussion of his book and film project Amazon Journal on September 27 at the Harvard Film Archive at 8:30 pm.24 Quincy St, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA, 617-495-4700

The Green Mountain Independent Film Festival 1997 will be held on November 7-13, 1997. If you have questions email Cindy Leung at greenr@together.net or call 802-223-7330. GMIFF ’97 is a Vermont-based, nonprofit event with support from the Vermont Film Commission, The Savoy, Green Research Inc., Watercolor Designs and New Media Factory.

The new Vermont Film Commission is working on a comprehensive production guide. They are aiming to be online in the fall. If you want to be listed in the guide or would like to receive a print copy, email vtfilmcom@gate.dca.state.vt.us. Also, Vermont will be attending ShowBiz East Expo on September 25-27at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Find them at Booth # 660.

The Providence Film Commission Annual Meeting & Party will take place on October 4, 1997. Contact provfilm@providenceri.com or call 401-273-FILM.

The Providence Film Commission will be at this year’s Show Biz East Expo on September 25-27at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Visit them at booth #636.

On September 25-28, the New England Artists Trust Congress brings together over 60 presenting artists for exhibits, presentations and discussions in Newport, NH. Representatives from the Vermont Arts Council, Maine Arts Commission, Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, and New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut State Councils on the Arts will all be present for scheduled meetings. Congress IV registration fees are $50 for Trust members and $75 for non-members. Contact Lori Dresser, Congress Coordinator, PO Box 93, Newport, New Hampshire 03773

On September 25-27, the ShowBiz Expo NY features the largest, most comprehensive exhibit of more than 200 production-related products and services, together with a highly respected professional conference. Held at the Jacobs Javits Convention Center in New York City. Contact: 800-840-5688; http://showbiz.reedexpo.com/newyork/index.html or email inquiry@showbiz.reedexpo.com