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1 Nov , 2005  

Written by Michele Meek | Posted by:

A report of news & happenings in the local industry for November 2005.

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Elizabeth Puccini’s feature film "Four Corners of Suburbia" will have its world premiere this month at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival on Wednesday, November 9, immediately followed by the film’s New York Premiere at the Avignon/New York Film Festival on Saturday, November 12.. For more information, visit For information about AFI FEST 2005, go to For information about the 11th Avignon/New York Film Festival, go to

Cambridge Health Alliance is co-sponsoring Boston-area appearances November 7 and 8 by the Tony-award winning actor, Eli Wallach, who will talk about and sign copies of  his new autobiography, The Good, The Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage. The 95-year-old actor, still working (“Mystic River”), recalls his childhood in the only Jewish family in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, and later working with giants of the stage and major Hollywood stars including Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, and Marilyn Monroe.  Wallach’s talks take place at Shapiro Campus Center at Brandeis Monday November 7 beginning at 6 pm and at the Rogers and Stratton Room at The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge on Tuesday, November 8th from 8:30 to 10 am. 

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) has awarded $5,000 to Art Ventures Funding for the research and scripting of "An American Jewel," a documentary film about the jewelry industry in Rhode Island and around the world.  To learn more or to help fund the arts through Arts Ventures Funding, please call (401) 738 – 6600.

Massachusetts filmmaker D. W. Kann will begin directing his second feature film, "Prison of the Damned," November 2nd at the Buffalo Central Terminal. Producer David Williams and Red Scream Magazine are producing this psychological/horror. For more information, visit or,

The new 3CCD camera CanonXL H1 will be released this December.  The camera marks Canon’s entrance into the HD camcorder market and features uncompressed HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M) and SD-SDI (SMPTE 259M) output, as well as Genlock input and SMPTE time code input and output for multi-camera shoots. For more information, visit: their web site

"Goodbye Baby," premieres at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at 6 pm on Thursday, November 3 and 1 PM on Saturday, November 5. Filmmaker Patricia Goudvis will be present at both showings.  Informed by the filmmaker’s own experiences (she’s the mother of two children adopted from Guatemala), where she’s lived on and off during the past 25 years, the film provides a rare glimpse into the sometimes difficult and dramatic world of inter-country adoption.

Massachusetts Senator Jack Hart and State Representative Eric Turkington, announced that the Committee will hold a statewide series of public forums this fall. The forums are meant to solicit ideas from the cultural and tourism communities, and the general public, to help the Committee develop policies that strengthen arts, culture, and tourism in Massachusetts.  The Committee also announced the release of over $6.5 million in Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) grants for arts, humanities, and science organizations and schools statewide.  Officials from MCC, the Massachusetts office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), and the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH) will take part in the forums.

In October, the Brattle Film Foundation, the non-profit organization that programs and operates the Brattle Theatre, announced the most important fundraising effort in its 52-year history. The Preserve The Brattle Legacy campaign is a critical fundraiser that is necessary to continue repertory film programming at the Brattle.  For more information, visit

Boston University hosts a BU Alumni Film Festival with screenings on November 5 & 6 and and Awards on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 7:30 pm.  The Annual Boston University Alumni Film Festival helps BU graduates showcase their films to the public. For more information, visit

The Wilton Film Festival was cancelled due to the low quantity of films submitted. For more information, visit This year would have marked the 11th annual town-wide festival of all the arts, including fine arts, visual arts, musical arts, performing arts, and literary arts.

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