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1 Mar , 1999  

Written by Michele Meek | Posted by:

The dish on local films & industry-related news in the New England film industry.

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Local Film Screenings
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Starring Sandi Carroll ("Next Stop, Wonderland" "The Darien Gap"), Filmmaker Alan Piper, Joe Smith ("The Talking Boston Globe Box"), and Bess Wohl, "Starving Artists" is a screwball romantic comedy about a handful of hungry artists who brave absurdity, starvation, and a barrel of monkeys in pursuit of their goals. Screening on March 5 and March 25. [Read a review in a past issue of NewEnglandFilm.]

Local filmmaker Nick Kurzon’s documentary "Super Chief" has a sneak preview screening at the Harvard Film Archive on March 6. The film will be screened later this year at the New England Film and Video Festival where it won Best Documentary.

RI independent filmmaker Don Mays screens his film "Same Difference" on March 5-6 at the John Hope Settlement House. Reception with the filmmaker follows both screenings.

Filmmaker Hilary Weisman will be present for the sneak-preview one-night-only screening of her new feature film "I Love My Movie" on March 11 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  [Read an interview with Hilary Weisman in this month’s NewEnglandFilm.]

Upcoming Film Festivals
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At its genesis, the Maine Jewish Film Festival was barely a festival. It was simply an unnamed event put on by the Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland, Maine. With little fanfare and even less money, the congregation rented a few videos and projected them on a screen in the synagogue. Now, the week-long Maine Jewish Film Festival features an Academy Award winning director, Yiddish rap & lesbian romance. [Read an article about the Maine Jewish Film Festival in this month’s NewEnglandFilm.]

The Green Mountain Film Festival, which runs from March 26 – April 1, will feature 24 films showing at two theaters, opening night festivities, and visiting actors, producers and directors. Some local highlights: Screening with the director and producers of "Mud Season," made in Central VT; discussion and screening of part-time Vermonter Nora Jacobson’s film "Delivered Vacant," and screening and talk with MA filmmaker Laurel Chitonabout her two films: "The Jew in the Lotus" and "Twitch and Shout."

This summer, the new Williamstown Film Festival will hold its first event soon after the renowned Williamstown Theater Festival raises the curtain on its 45th season.  The Williamstown Film Festival, Inc. was founded in 1998 by several Williamstown, MA residents as a way to celebrate American independent film and to honor classic films from Hollywood.  The festival will focus on the work of noted director John Frankenheimer, who will receive the WFF’s 1999 "Lifetime Achievement Award" during a celebration of his films in Williamstown on June 25 and 26.

Other Notes

As you might already know, the Filmmakers Collaborative office was in the building that recently burned down in Waltham. The Collaborative needs an office as soon as possible. They are looking for 400 to 800 square feet, good sunlight, and reasonable rent (around $600). They prefer Watertown or Waltham, but will consider Arlington, Somerville, or the Newton Area. Please call Michal Goldman @ 617-965-3496.

Jazz Vocalist Carol Akerson will sing live on WGBH Radio 89.7 FM on Friday,  March 5, 1999 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on The Jazz Songbook, hosted by Ron Della Chiesa. Carol will sing selections from past and upcoming CD’s as well as several birthday and centennial tributes, accompanied by a stellar group of renowned New England musicians (Paul Schmeling, piano; Mark Carlsen, bass; Jim Gwin, drums; and Mike Monaghan, reeds).

Boston filmmaker Richard Moos has started production for his film feature "Orphan."   His last film (where he worked as cinematographer and editor), "Squeeze" received critical acclaim and was picked up by Miramax for distribution. The co-producer/screenwriter for "Orphan," Thomas Murtagh is also the author of "Torn Asunder," a feature-length screenplay purchased by MGM Pictures.