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1 Jul , 2002  

Written by Allison Walton | Posted by:

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

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Upcoming Film Festivals

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Film Program will present the seventh consecutive Boston French Film Festival, July 11-28, 2002. The festival features 24 programs, all Boston premieres, including the opening night film, Étienne Chatiliez’s black comedy "Tanguy" — one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films. For more details, visit, or call 617-369-3306.

The Maine International Film Festival will be held July 12-21, 2002 in Waterville, Maine. The festival is a 10-day celebration featuring American independent and international films, visiting filmmakers, and special events. For more information, visit, call 207-861-8138, or email

The 11th annual Woods Hole Film Festival will run July 27, 2002 – August 3, 2002 in Woods Hole, MA on Cape Cod. The festival is an eight-day showcase of independent film featuring daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, special events, parties, awards ceremony and more. Visit or email for further details.

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In the News

The Boston City Council signed off on Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s $1.8 billion budget for 2003 on June 26. The functions of the city’s film office, which was eliminated, will be incorporated into the tourism bureau.  For more details see the complete story on the Boston Globe.

Velveteen Films, Inc. has sold the rights to its first independent feature film "The Chester Story" starring Teri Hatcher. Outrider Films will be handling the U.S. release and Porchlight Entertainment will handle the international release. The film is expected to be released in theaters in Boston and New York City in the fall 2002. For more information on the film, visit 

Lucia Small’s film "My Father, The Genius," has garnered more top awards at two recent film festivals. The film received the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and "Best Documentary" at the Newport International Film Festival. The film will screen in the upcoming Woods Hole Film Festival ( or call 508-495-FILM).  Multiple screenings of the film will also be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in August and September. For further details about the film please visit

"Divining Mom," a homespun DV documentary by 62 Knots Productions was awarded "Best Documentary" and the "Audience Choice Award" at Harrisburg’s ArtsFest (

Filmmaker and former BV/VF programming director Devon Damonte is hosting free weekly workshops in Providence and Waltham on the mysterious and marvelous direct animation techniques to make movies by hand without cameras. All participants contribute to a group film to be premiered July 29 and 30. Space limited, to register contact

Local Screenings

The Coolidge Corner Theater will screen many films from the Provincetown Film Festival in July. Also, on July 24, 2002 Brookline resident Leib Cohen presents his film "Advice & Disent," a comedic adaptation of a classic Hasidic folk tale. For screening times and ticket information please visit or call 617-734-2501.

Real Art Ways will showcase a series on Academy Award-nominated short films on July 5-8.  The films include the wonderfully wry winning film "For the Birds" from Pixar; the Irish schoolgirl’s version of the story of John the Baptist in the animated "Give Up Yer Aul Sins"; "The Accountant," a funny tale (and live action winner) about two farming brothers who consult a highly unconventional accountant; "A Man Thing"; and an exclusive Connecticut premiere of "Speed for Thespians" in which actors extemporaneously performing Chekhov on a New York City bus. For more details, visit

Boston Film/Video Foundation will host a Meet the Director screening and talk with local filmmaker Ben Powell on July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Small Screening Room.  For more details, visit or  As well, Boston Film/Video Foundation continues its Rough Cuts screening series on July 18 with a screening of "Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land" produced by Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally.  For more details, visit

"Yellow Asphalt," a New Israeli film will be shown at the MFA July 3-11, 2002. The film is co-presented by The Boston Jewish Film Festival and presented with support from The Consulate General of Israel to New England. For more details please visit, or call 617-369-3770 or 617-369-3306.

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