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Industry News – December 2011

30 Nov , 2011  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Whether you're feeling festive enough to head to Vermont's Stowe Mountain Film Festival, or you're feeling like the Brattle's Alt-Xmas might be more your style, New England has plenty of holiday screenings to offer this month. Check out the news from local films, upcoming festivals, and filmmaker opportunities. To submit news, e-mail


Make like a newspaper and celebrate the Rhode Island Film Collaborative’s Annual Black and White Fundraising Party on December 3rd at the Pawtucket Visitor Center (175 Main Street). Guests are requested to wear black and white at the event. Tickets are $20; visit for tickets and more details.

Love-ins and sit-ins, the ‘back to the earth’ movement, nude beaches, and the ‘New Age’ quest for spirituality — Peter Simon has documented the world through photography. Camera Company will host an event on December 10 with Peter Simon ‘I and Eye, Images of My Generation’ as he takes you through his images of one of this country’s most polarizing decades. See Camera Company for more information.

Let it snow! The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum hosts the 9th Annual Stowe Mountain Film Festival through December 3rd. Films screen at the museum (One South Main Street, Stowe, VT); tickets are $7 each or $25 for a festival pass. For more information, visit

Get in the holiday spirit at the Brattle Theatre this month. Enjoy several viewings of It’s a Wonderful Life December 16–20. If you’re feeling less traditional, check out the “Alt-Xmas” repertory series with screenings of Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and City of Lost Children. Finally, if the season has you feeling sluggish, get inspired with “Backwards & in High Heels: A Tribute to Ginger Rogers” December 25–30. For tickets and showtimes, visit

Made in Connecticut, feature film The Green screens at the Guilford Free Library (67 Park Street, Guilford, CT) on December 8th at 6:30 p.m. and December 10th at 2:00pm. Q&A with screenwriter and Connecticut native Paul Marcarelli will follow each screening. For tickets, visit

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study hosts documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman on December 1st at 4 pm at Radcliffe Gymnasium (10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA). “Shooting, Editing, and Reading a Documentary Film,” a Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in Art and the Humanities, is free and open to the public. Learn more at

Rockland, Maine’s Strand Theatre presents a screening of White Christmas on December 17th at 3 pm. Tickets are $5. If you’re still in a festive mood, check out a free screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on December 23rd at 3 pm. For more information, visit

The Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts presents a ‘Dinner-and-a-Movie’ event of the documentary I Am on December 4th at 5 pm. Director Tom Shadyac will conduct a live Skype Q&A following the film. Tickets are $25 and include dinner, film, and gift bag; proceeds benefit the 222 Arts & Wellness Center, also in Gloucester. Visit for tickets and more details.

Industry Buzz

The Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenwriting Competition has announced its four finalists: The Ashes of Albion by Peter D. Spameni; The Garden Gate by Amy Kalif and Jennifer Eaton; Old Hoss by Kevin Faria and Duncan Putney; and Ultra Light by David Eliet. The competition is sponsored by The Rhode Island Film & Television Office and FLICKERS. Check for competition updates.

Vermont’s Kingdom County Productions is in pre-production on the feature film Northern Borders. Based on the Howard Frank Mosher novel, the film is a collaboration with Marlboro College and will shoot next spring. Learn more at

Realeyez Independent Cinema of Cambridge, Massachusetts recently wrapped production on the thriller Good Fences. Filming took place in Roxbury and Brighton. Read more about the film at

Massachusetts’s 7 Fluid Oz. Productions is celebrating ten years. Their upcoming short film is The Commitment. Read more at


It’s your last chance to submit to the Margot George Short Film Competition, part of Vermont’s Green Mountain Film Festival. Films must be under ten minutes and celebrate “Vermont’s historical and culturally significant places.” Submission deadline is December 1st. For official rules and to submit a film, visit http://

The Community Art Center of Cambridge, Massachusetts welcomes submissions for its 15th annual Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Video and Film Festival. Filmmakers ages 13–19 (DIYDS) or 6–12 (DIYDS Jr.) are encouraged to submit by December 25th. For guidelines and more details, go to http://

LEF New England’s Moving Image Fund is currently accepting Production & Post-Production Letters of Inquiry. Letters are due by January 27, 2012. For guidelines and more information, visit

Early birds can get started on their submissions for next summer’s Rhode Island International Film Festival. Early deadline is January 15, 2012. Visit to learn more.

Early submissions are also being accepted for the 2012 Nantucket Film Festival. For deadlines and further details, check out