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Industry News — December 2010

30 Nov , 2010  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Enjoy the holiday season with free film screenings, holiday gatherings, and ski-themed festivals, as reported in the December 2010 industry news. To report news, email


Celebrate the 9th Annual Boston Latino International Film Festival December 2–5. The festival kicks off December 2nd with an opening night reception, followed by a screening of El Ambulante. Films will screen at a few different venues; festival passes are available. Visit for a full schedule and ticket information.

Check out the Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition December 3–7. Over 30 films will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston University. Opening night takes place on December 3rd at 6 pm at the MFA, with a reception to follow. Visit to learn more.

Think like Don Draper and check out the Best American and British Commercials at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) this month. The program features the Boston premieres of “The Art and Technique of the American Commercial” and “Award-Winning British Commercials 2010.” Several screenings will be held during December in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for members, seniors, and students. Visit to learn more.

The Stowe Mountain Film Festival continues through December 4th in Stowe, Vermont. Films screen at several different venues. Visit for the festival schedule and ticket prices.

The Joey Fund hosts its 26th Annual Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere on December 5th. The fundraiser and film screening will be held at the Atrium Mall and AMC Theatres, both in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Joey Fund, along with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, works to help patients with cystic fibrosis and to fund research towards finding a cure for the disease. Visit to learn more.

Baby, it’s cold outside: Enjoy a free screening of Elf at Images Cinema in Williamstown, Massachusetts on December 4th at 1 pm. The event is part of the Williamstown Holiday Walk. Check out for more details.

ARTZ and the Coolidge Corner Theatre welcome people with memory loss and their care partners to Meet Me at the Coolidge… and make memories on December 14th from 10 am to 12 pm. The program will feature short film clips, a moderator, and discussion of how films can help people with memory loss. Admission and snacks are free with RSVP. Visit to learn more.

Check out Mystic Independent Theater’s 2010 Film & Music Festival December 4–13 in Stonington, Connecticut. Many of the featured filmmakers will host Q&As at their screenings. Visit to learn more and to purchase tickets.

West Dover, Vermont’s Mount Snow hosts their Mount Snow Film Festival December 3rd and 4th. The festival features ten ski and ride films at the resort and other nearby venues. Visit to learn more.

Celebrate the season at the 5th Annual New Hampshire Film & Television Office Holiday Gathering on December 9th from 6 pm to 10 pm. The party will be held at the Barley House (132 North Main Street in Concord, NH). RSVP by e-mailing, calling (603) 271-2220, or visiting

Salem, Massachusetts’s Peabody Essex Museum showcases selections from New York’s Mahindra-Indo American Arts Council Film Festival on December 4th and 5th. The festival is presented in partnership with the Indo-American Arts Council and will feature guest speaker Parag Amladi. Go to to learn more.

Abbot Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts hosts a screening of the documentary Gerrymandering on December 9th at 6:30 pm. Sponsored by several organizations, the film follows the process of redistricting and what it means for voters. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. A reception at the Marblehead Museum & Historical Society (170 Washington St.) will follow the screening.

Filmmaker Karen Aqua visits Somerville Community Access Television (90 Union Square in Somerville, MA) on December 11th at 1 pm to present a selection of her animated films, including the most recent, Twist of Fate. A Q&A will follow. The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. Visit for more information.

Industry Buzz

A Massachusetts story hits screens this month with the opening of David O. Russell’s film The Fighter on December 10th. Starring Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg, the film follows the life of Lowell boxer Micky Ward. The film was partially shot in Lowell last year. Also opening this month is The Company Men, which was shot in Massachusetts as well.

Boomerang Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is now open. Located at 125 Brewery Lane, the studio has a green screen facility for video and photography as well as camera rentals. Visit to learn more.


The Providence Children’s Film Festival is accepting submissions until December 1st. Selections will be made later this month. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit films that appeal to children. Visit for more information.

The Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for next year’s festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit features, documentaries, shorts, or experimental films that were made between January 1st, 2009 and December 31st, 2010. Visit for more details on how to submit.

The recently announced Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is currently accepting submissions. The fellowship was created in memory of Boston editor Karen Schmeer, who passed away earlier this year. The application deadline is December 15th. Learn more about Schmeer’s life and work, including her projects with Errol Morris, download an application, and read the submission guidelines at

501c3: Capturing Change on Camera, part of Tufts University’s Child & Family WebGuide, is sponsoring a video contest through December 15th. Filmmakers are encouraged to create a documentary under five minutes about a local non-profit organization helping families and children. Go to to learn more about entering the contest.