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1 Nov , 2001  

Written by Allison Twomey | Posted by:

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

Film Festivals

The 13th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival will take place November 1-11, 2001 in Boston, Massachusetts, with screenings at both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The festival will also be holding screenings at other venues outside Boston. This year’s festival will include 45 films from 15 countries, including many U.S. and Boston premieres. For more information on the festival, visit, or email  to join the mailing list.

The Festival of Films from Iran continues at the Museum of Fine Arts through November 11, 2001. For more information, including screening times and film descriptions, please visit the Museum of Fine Arts Web site at

In the News

LEF New England has established the Moving Image Fund (MIF), a fund specifically for film and video artists and organizations that offer media-based programming. Grants are available to artists with a non-profit fiscal sponsor and to non-profit organizations.  For further details on the MIF Program and information on how to apply, please visit the LEF Foundation Web site or call 617-492-5333.

The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, under new ownership and now with non-profit status, has recently completed extensive renovations.  For more information (including photographs of the renovated theatre) and calendar of events, please visit the Brattle Theatre Web site at, or call 617-876-6837.

Abigail Harmon is the new director of development and special programs at the Boston Film/Video Foundation. She will be taking over Rough Cuts, Meet the Directors, and for now, the New England Film and Video Festival.  However, former director of development and special programs, Devon Damonte will continue to be an unofficial advisor. You can reach Abigail at or 617-536-1540 x21, or visit the Boston Film/Video Foundation Web site for more information at


Newfoundland film "The Rare Birds" starring William Hurt will screen on November 7, 20001 at 6:30 pm at the New Loews Theater on the Boston Common. In addition to the film, there will be a Q&A with the producers from Plain Sight Pictures, Red Ochre Productions, and Rink Rat Productions. After the film, everyone will be invited to a networking reception at the Back Lot Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Free admission. Please RSVP to

The Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman will present her films, "Jeanne Dielman" and "La Captive" during a special visit to Brandeis University November 1 – 2, 2001. "La Captive" was part of the 32nd Directors’ Fortnight Cannes International Film Festival (May 2000) and a selection of the Rotterdam and Toronto film festivals. Panel discussions and receptions with the filmmaker will accompany the screenings. Screenings and related events take place at the Wasserman Cinematheque, located on the Brandeis University campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. Admission is free. For more information, call (781) 736-2130.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Video Balagan, which showcases the work of local experimental film and video makers, will take place alternate Thursdays. "Poetry in Motion," on November 1, 2001 includes films inspired by poetry or literature. On November 15th, "Women’s Perspectives II" will feature experimental work by women film/video makers. For more information, please visit the Coolidge Web site at

Future Animators of the Future (FAF) will be screening a program of offbeat animated shorts at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on November 3 – 4, 2001. In addition to work by FAF independent animators, the screenings will include works from all over the U.S. For more information, please visit the FAF Web site at, or the Coolidge Corner Theatre Web site at

"Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands" by local filmmaker Andrea Torrice will be broadcast to 110 countries throughout the world via National Geographic’s new global television channel starting on November 5, 2001. Listings of dates and times in each country are available at: