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Industry News: February 2015

9 Feb , 2015  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Oscar parties abound across New England this month. In addition, find some great films at the Providence Children's Film Festival, see Director Robert Greene's film Actress followed by a Q&A, and check out a new Screenwriting Lab retreat launching in Vermont.


The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosts its Fifteenth Anniversary Oscar Party on February 22nd. Party and fundraiser begins at 5:30 pm, with ceremony viewing at 8:00 pm. Party admission requires minimum $50 donation; ceremony viewing is for members only. For more details and to RSVP, click here.

Celebrate the Academy Awards at the Red Carpet Experience: Providence on February 22nd starting at 6:00 pm at the Vets. The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival presents an evening that includes music, food, drinks, a silent auction, viewing party, and more. Tickets are $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut hosts a Red Carpet Oscar Night Party on February 22nd at 6:30 pm. The party will include cocktails, dinner, and costume prizes. To purchase tickets, visit the Avon website.

Images Cinema and Hops & Vines present a Red Carpet Party 2015 on February 22nd at 8:00 pm at Hops & Vines Beer Garden & Brasserie (16 Water Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts). Cash bar; viewing party is free to attend. Learn more here.

The Red Carpet Experience Hartford will be held on February 22nd at Spotlight Theatres (39 Front Street, Hartford, Connecticut). Reception begins at 6:00 pm. Proceeds benefit AIDS Connecticut. To purchase tickets and learn more, click here.

The Ellie Fund hosts its 19th annual Red Carpet Gala on February 22nd at 6:30 pm at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza. Individual tickets and tables available for purchase. Click here to learn more.

The Providence Children’s Film Festival takes place at several Rhode Island venues this month. Highlights include shorts collections, youth filmmaker showcases, and an opening night party and screening. Learn more at

Chris Pratt will receive the Man of the Year Award from Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals on February 6th. For more information about the event, visit the Hasty Pudding website.

The University of Massachusetts Boston Film Series kicks off this month with a screening of The Possibilities Are Endless on February 26th at 7:00 pm. Screenings are free, open to the public, and include filmmaker Q&As. For the full festival schedule, click here.

Magic Lantern Cinema presents ‘Masses and Swarms’ on February 5th at 7:00 pm at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, Rhode Island. The event will feature works focusing on crowds and masses through several short films. Tickets are $5. To learn more, click here.

The Reel Abilities Disabilities Film Festival comes to Boston February 19th to March 2nd. The festival highlights the lives and artistic works of people with disabilities. For a list of films and festival venues, visit

The DocYard presents a screening of Actress (pictured above) at the Brattle Theatre on February 9th at 7:00 pm. Director Robert Greene will be in attendance for a Q&A. To read more about the film and purchase tickets, visit the DocYard website.

Brown University presents the 2015 French Film Festival February 25th to March 3rd. Screenings will be held at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. Festival passes are available. For more information, visit the festival website.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival tours New England this winter. Screenings will take place this month in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. For a list of venues and more information about the festival, click here.

The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival runs February 6–14. Films screen at the Somerville Theatre. For a festival schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

Industry Buzz

Massachusetts filmmakers Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk have finished filming their feature documentary The Guys Next Door, which follows a gay couple raising their two daughters. To read more about the film and make a donation, visit

Building Wonders of the World, a series of three films produced by Providence Pictures, airs on PBS’s NOVA this month. Check out Colosseum: Roman Death Trap, Petra: Lost City of Stone, and Hagia Sophia: Istanbul’s Ancient Mystery. For more information, visit Providence Pictures’ website.

Amy Poehler was at Harvard University on January 29th to receive the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year Award. Read more about the parade and event from the Boston Globe.

The documentary 100: Head/Heart/Feet, produced by New Hampshire’s Hammer & Saw Films, will hold several screenings around the country, including New England, this winter and spring. Read more about the film and screenings here.

First Run Features will distribute the feature documentary Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, the Road is All, directed by Mark Blottner, Ilko Davidov, and Vermont filmmaker Denis Mueller. Read more about the project at the film’s website.

Filmmaker and Rhode Island native Joe Guarneri will soon begin shooting his feature film Alone in Bristol. Read more about the independent thriller, produced by Guarneri’s G-Films, here.

Nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were recently announced. New England connections include Massachusetts native Steve Carell for Best Actor and Robert Duvall for Best Supporting Actor for The Judge, filmed in Massachusetts. The Oscars will be held on February 22nd. Read the list of nominations here.


The Nantucket Film Festival is now accepting submissions in several categories. Regular deadline is February 9th; late deadline is February 20th. For submission guidelines, click here.

The Salem Film Fest is now accepting submissions for this year’s event, which will take place in March. College students and recent graduates working in short and experimental documentary film are encouraged to submit to the festival’s Mass Reality Check, a college documentary shorts showcase. Selected students will receive all access passes to the festival. Submission deadline is February 13th. To learn more, visit

Submit now to the Berkshire International Film Festival. Deadline to enter is March 1st. Learn more here.

The New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is currently open for submissions. Students enrolled in a New Hampshire high school grades 9–12 or homeschooled students ages 14–18 may submit. For rules and guidelines and to submit a film, visit

Submissions are open for the Woods Hole Film Festival. This year’s festival will take place in July. For more details and to submit a film, click here.

The First Annual Stowe Story Labs Writers’ Retreat will be held in Stowe, Vermont on May 15-19, 2015. Sixteen screenwriters with strong narrative scripts will gather and benefit from industry mentoring, peer networking and dedicated writing time in Stowe, Vermont. For more information or to apply please visit or contact