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1 Feb , 2002  

Written by Allison Walton | Posted by:

A report of news & events in the local industry for February 2002.

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Film Festivals

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) will host the first annual African American Film Festival in February. The festival will be co-presented by SL Entertainment. This year’s festival focuses on films from 1966-1975 depicting the African-American experience from before the civil war to modern times. The MFA will also present a Children’s Film Festival this month. For more details on both of these festivals please visit their Web site at www.mfa.org

The Found Film Festival II, will take place February 2-8, 2002 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA. The return of last summer’s popular Found Footage Festival features two big screen shows of the strangest 16mm classroom and industrial films. Also, each day special video shows of found footage from cable access, classic ephemera, unbelievable music videos, and straight-to-video footage will be shown. For more information please visit www.avgeeks.com, www.coolidge.org or call 617-734-2501.

The Boston Faith and Film Festival will take place February 7-9, 2002, at The Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA. The 2002 festival will focus on the theme of "Welcoming the Stranger." Films screened will provoke discussion about how we welcome and include people who are considered "outsiders" or "different." After each screening, there will be a discussion on how religious faith provides resources for welcoming the stranger. For more information visit www.bostonfaithandfilm.org or call 617-527-4880.

Now in its fourth year, the Boston Underground Film Festival will run February 20-25, 2002. Independent films are screened in a variety of formats, from short experimental films to features and documentaries, allowing viewers to see different facets of the independent Boston film scene. For more information please visit their Web site at www.bostonundergroundfilmfestival.com or call 617-975-3361.

In the News

Local filmmaker Lucia Small received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature, and Karen Schmeer won Best Editing for the film "My Father, the Genius," at the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Another Boston filmmaker, Pamela Corkey won the Most Original Promotion Award at Slamdance for handing out 45’s (a vinyl record single) with songs from her film "Easy Listening." For more information on these films please visit the Slamdance Web site at www.slamdance.com.

Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold’s documentary "Blue Vinyl" was awarded the "Excellence in Cinematography Award," at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This award honors exceptional photography in a documentary feature. For more information on the film please visit the Sundance Film Festival Web site at www.sundance.org

Screenings

The Moondance Film Festival has selected 4 of Documentary Educational Resource’s New Releases as Finalists to be screened at the festival. Award winners will be announced on January 26th, 2002. The Finalists include: Feature Documentary: "Herdsmen" by Chen Jianjun; Documentary Shorts: "Divided Loyalties" by Sophia Constantinou; "Earl’s Canoe" by Tom Vennum; and "The Time When Dreams Melt" by Aleksei Vakhrushev.  The full program with screening times is available at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Past Forward, is a film series that celebrates art by bringing together filmmakers, indie bands, and contemporary art exhibitions, under one roof. Past Forward is held on the first Saturday of every month at the Oni Gallery in Boston’s Chinatown. February 2, 2002, at 8p.m., will be an evening of local animation with Bryan Papciak and Jeff Sias with music by Blake Hazard and Jack Drag. Refreshments, fresh popcorn, and home baked goods are provided — there is a five dollar suggested donation. For more information please call the Oni Gallery at 617-542-6983 or visit www.onigallery.org

The Connecticut Independent Film Forum will be held on Saturday February 9, 2002 in Stamford, CT. This is an opportunity for local actors, directors, writers, producers, and crew personnel to meet one another and share their experiences. For more information please contact Phil Garner at 203-323-8630 or email philtheactor@juno.com

On February 13, 2002 Jay Brenchick of the New Hampshire Film Office will be the special guest at The Granite State Filmmakers Forum. The Forum is made possible by UNH Manchester and the New Hampshire Film Expo. For more information please visit www.unh.edu/unhm or www.nhfilmexpo.com