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1 Dec , 2002  

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Sundance 2003, a new film festival for Boston, and more... A report of news & events in the local industry for December 2002.

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Film Festivals

The third edition of the Sundance Online Film Festival will begin December 16, 2002. To view this year’s films made for the web, please visit

The first annual Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFB) announced its Call for Entries for its first annual film festival, to be held May 1-4, 2003. The Independent Film Festival of Boston was created to discover films that are life changing, thought provoking, deal with real emotion, or expose an aspect of life in a new way from unknown filmmakers. For additional information and to receive a call for entry form, visit, email, or call the festival headquarters 1-857-891-8693.

The third Boston Cyberarts Festival is scheduled for April 26 – May 11, 2003 at galleries, theaters, and other spaces all around the Eastern New England area. Due to budget cuts, the organization is seeking donations from individuals in the community. For more information, visit

Typically hosted in the winter, this year’s Boston Underground Film Festival has been postponed until April 23, 2003. Details will be posted closer to the festival on

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In the News

Emerson graduate Roberto Carminati’s film "A Fronteira" will be shown at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film features two couples that leave Brazil in search of a better life in America, but encounter many obstacles along the way. Please visit for more information.

Audience members participated in the first ever audience awards at the 2002 Boston Jewish Film Festival. The best feature film was awarded to Gerard Jugnot for "Monsieur Batignole"; and Joel Katz won best documentary for "Strange Fruit." "Strange Fruit" will be screened on public television in April as part of the "Independent Lens" series produced by ITVS. Please visit for further information.

Boston writer/director/producer Andrew Mudge recently accepted the Best American Short Film Award at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival — for his short comedy "The Perfect Gooseys," qualifying the film for an Academy Award nomination.


On December 8, 2002, The New Milford Film Commission’s Screening Room Presents: "A Collection of Short Films with the Filmmakers." Award winning filmmakers Andrew Mudge, Don Phillips, Angie Day, Patrick Halpine, and Harvey Hubbell will be present to discuss their films after the screening. Admission is free and reservations are encouraged. Call the New Milford Film Commission office at 860-210-2099 for more details.

Rachel Clift’s film "Take It From Me" will screen on December 23 at The Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA. For more information visit or call 617-734-2501.

On December 20-26, 2002, the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA will screen "It’s A Wonderful Life," the classic film by Frank Capra & starring James Stewart and Lionel Barrymore. For more information please visit

Lucia Small’s film "My Father the Genius" will return to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston through December 26, 2002. In addition, the film will be screened at the Santa Fe Film Festival in Santa Fe, NM. For more information please visit, or

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) New England Film Artists Presents series will screen two films in December: "Go the Distance" by Bill Holloway and "Celtic Waves: Irish Emigration" by John J. Michalczyk. Visit to learn more about the films and screening times.

"You Shouldn’t Worry!" which recently had it’s U.S. Premiere at the Boston Jewish Film Festival will be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston December 19-January 12, 2003. For further details please visit or

Balagan will showcase Arab film and video artists at the Coolidge Corner Theater on December 5. For more information, visit  This program features experimental films and videos by the filmmakers from the Arabic countries. Among the filmmakers featured are: Walid Ra’ad (Lebannon), Souheil Bachar (Lebannon), Tawfik Abu Wa’el (Palestine), Hakim Belabbes (Morocco), Saeed Tarazi (Iran) – tenative, Afif Arabi, Akram Zaatari (Lebannon) and others. In addition, the annual Big Balagan in Coolidge’s larger 259-seat theatre on December 18 will feature several premieres by local filmmakers, including Abraham Ravett, Rob Todd, Abigail Child, Mark LaPore, Louise Bourque, Alfred Guzzetti and Joe Gibbons. 

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