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1 Sep , 2001  

Written by Justin Ordman | Posted by:

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

Film Festivals

The Boston Film Festival will take place September 7 – 16, 2001, in Boston, Massachusetts. Now in its 17th year, the Boston Film Festival has become one of the events that launch the fall film season. This year, 50 feature films will have their debut in Boston during a 10-day period. Visit www.bostonfilmfestival.org for more information.

The New Hampshire Film Expo will run September 14 – 16, 2001, at the Adams Memorial Opera House in Derry, New Hampshire. Please visit www.nhfilmexpo.com for further details.

A Russian Film Festival will take place at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from September 5 – 22, 2001. These films, which emerged during the Post-Stalin thaw period, are defining films of the Russian 1960s generation.  For more information, please contact 617-369-3770 or visit www.mfa.org.

In The News

Local filmmaker Mark Wilkinson was awarded Grand Prize Best Director for "Dischord" at this year’s Rhode Island International Film Festival. Other local award-winners included: "Working Stiff" – Grand Prize Best Screenplay; "G-Spots?" Grand Prize Providence Film Festival Award; and "Machine on the Sides" – First Providence Film Festival Award .

Donlin Teleproduction Engineering, Ltd., a full-service audio and video equipment rental and production engineering company in Watertown, MA, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.  Donlin is giving away a free one-day camera rental, with your choice of dockable VTR, in a sweepstakes in connection with their anniversary and revamped Web sites, www.DonlinTE.com and www.BuyDonlin.com. For more information please email jan@donlinte.com or call 1-800-4-DONLIN.

Profeta Pictures recently launched a Web site called Independent Force to serve independent filmmakers nation-wide. It’s a community site where filmmakers, actors, and musicians can get together to share resources. The website is www.IndependentForce.com.

Screenings

The Sundance 2001 film "Lift" will screen at the Boston Film Festival on Friday, September 7th (Opening Night) at 7:15 pm and 9:50 pm; and Saturday, September 8th at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:45 pm. All screenings will take place at the new Loews Boston Common Theater across the street from the Boston Commons on Tremont Street. Tickets on sale now through either the Copley Theater or the Boston Common Theater and they may be available online at the Boston Film Festival website: www.bostonfilmfestival.org.

The Museum of Fine Arts will be showing a range of films from director, Frederick Wiseman. "Welfare," is about the nature and complexity of the welfare system, and will be screened September 8th at 10:30 a.m. "Juvenile Court," shows the complex variety of the cases that come before the Memphis Juvenile Court: foster home placement, drug abuse, armed robbery, child abuse and sexual offenses. This film will be shown September 15th at 10:30 a.m.

"Lumumba" opens Friday, September 7th, 2001 at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The story is about Patrice Lumumba, a young self-taught nationalist who, at 36, became the first head of government of the new independent state and only lasted in office for two months. Please call 617-494-9800 for more details.