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1 Mar , 2001  

Written by Allison Twomey and Matthew Evan Scher | Posted by:

A report of news & events in the local industry for March 2001.

Film Festivals 

The 26th Annual New England Film and Video Festival will run March 26-29. The festival has established itself as a major annual event for screenings and awards honoring the region’s top film and video talents. This year the festival will showcase more work than ever before, 33 new films shown in six days. Much of the festival is at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Additional screenings of the NEFVF will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts. For more information please visit http://www.bfvf.org/festival/2001/general.htm 

The Boston Turkish Film Festival, a new annual festival, will premiere several films March 1-14 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Featured will be a nine-film series, of recent dramas and documentaries representing some of Turkey’s most influential filmmakers. For more information please visit http://www.mfa.org or call 617-369-3770.

The Maine Jewish Film Festival, one of the leading small Jewish film festivals in the country, will run March 29 – April 5. It will feature 20 films from nationally and internationally acclaimed directors, and a new women filmmakers’ forum. For more information please visit http://www.filmfestivals.com or call 207-831-3313.

Screenings 

The Boston theatrical run of the Sundance 2000 hit "Could Be Worse" continues on Monday March 5th, 2001 as the filmmakers join the Mass Media Alliance in a salute to filmmaking in Massachusetts. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Each show features live entertainment, the film, and a post-show mixer in the Theater Cafe. Admission is $15. On-site validated parking $5. Visit http://www.couldbeworsethemovie.com/premiere.html for more info.

PBS will air "Juliet of the Herbs," a documentary portrait of world renowned herbalist, author, and pioneer of holistic animal care, Juliette de Bairacli Levy. It will be shown Saturday, March 10th at 7pm on WGBH – Boston; Sunday, March 11th at 4pm on Vermont Public Television; Thursday, March 15th at 7:30pm on WMHT – Albany, NY. For more information please visit http://www.pbs.org.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre has begun the spring season of Balagan, which includes works by local artists and film/videomakers. For screening information please visit http://www.coolidge.org/balagan or call 617-734-2501.

Other News 

The Coolidge Corner Theatre presents its annual fundraiser event Oscar’s Shorts on Sunday, March 18th at 7:30 pm. The screening features the virtually unseen selected finalists in the Academy Awards Live Action Short, Animated Short, and Documentary Short Subject categories. Tickets $10 members; $15 general (or donate $50 or more per person to the Coolidge, and attend a special 5:30 pm "Meet the Directors" champagne reception. Call the theatre for details.) Tickets available now via telephone with Visa or Mastercard at (617) 734-2500, or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre Box Office beginning Monday, March 12. For more information, visit http://www.coolidge.org 

On Sunday, March 18th filmmakers from all over Greater Boston will open their studios to the public for the second annual Filmmakers’ Open Studios. Attendants will be able to meet a wide variety of the community’s acclaimed filmmakers in person and see how they work. To see the full schedule of participants please visit http://www.filmmakerscollab.org, http://www.bfvf.org, or http://www.NewEnglandFilm.com/events.

In last month’s article on Sundance 2001, we overlooked a local film featured at the fest. "Goulash" was featured in the shorts program and directed by Mimi Zora who grew up in Marblehead, MA and attended Boston University.

The US cable premiere of Charles Koppelman’s award-winning independent feature film, "Dumbarton Bridge" will take place on March 7th on the BET Movies (Starz/Encore) at 8:00 p.m. The film has it’s East Coast Premiere with the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 1999. For more information about Dumbarton Bridge, go to the website at www.dumbartonbridge.com for details and links.  The Rhode Island International Film Festival, presented by Brooks Pharmacy, will take place this year from August 8-13th. For more details, go to their website at www.film-festival.org 

The Wolfe Literacy Agency & Associates announced the launch of TheScriptAgency.com, a web site designed for industry professionals looking for pre-screened screenplays. The Script Agency is also a resource for un-represented and represented screenwriters, assessing screenplays’ marketability, and in some cases, marketing them through their exclusive web-based services. For more information please visit their web site at http://www.thescriptagency.com