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Industry News: April 2015

3 Apr , 2015  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

News about the Massachusetts film tax incentive, a new production begins in RI, plus industry buzz, opportunities, happenings and film festivals.


The Roving Eye Film Festival will take place April 12–19 at Rhode Island’s Roger Williams University. The festival celebrates global cinema, and this year’s event is dedicated to Anthony Quinn. Read more about the festival and screenings here.

The Boston LGBT Film Festival runs April 2–12. Films will screen at the Brattle Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, and Emerson College. The festival kicks off with a screening of Eat with Me, with director David Au in attendance. Learn more at

Maine hosts the Emerge Film Festival April 9–12. Screenings will be held at several different venues in Lewiston and Auburn, featuring documentary, feature, and short films from Maine and beyond. Learn more at

The Somerville Theatre hosts the 13th annual Boston Cinema Census on April 2nd. The event celebrates regional filmmakers in narrative, documentary, and experimental film. Visit to learn more.

The Woodstock Vermont Film Series concludes on April 4th with a screening of Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. The screening will be held at 5:00 pm at Billings Farm & Museum. For tickets and more information, click here.

The SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival runs April 20–25 in Rhode Island. Film screenings include Wildlike, Bread and Butter, and many filmmaker Q&As. For a full festival schedule and venue information, visit

Camden International Film Festival, Camden Opera House, and SundanceNow Doc Club present CIFF Selects starting this spring. Camden Opera House will host a documentary screening once a month through August. Read more here.

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art hosts “New Directions in Chinese Animation” on April 24th at 7:00 pm. Presented by Boston film series Balagan and Crows & Sparrows, the event will feature filmmakers Lei Lei and Chai Mi. Learn more at the ICA website.

Check out the Independent Film Festival Boston April 22–29. Get updates and more festival information at

The University of Massachusetts Boston Winter/Spring Film Series finishes this month with screenings of Lily on April 2nd, the Independent Film Festival Boston on April 23rd and 24th, and Prophet’s Play on April 30th. Screenings are free, open to the public, and include filmmaker Q&As. For more details, click here.

What a glorious feeling! Chase away what’s left of winter with the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s screening of Singin’ in the Rain on April 6th at 7:00 pm. The event is part of the Coolidge’s Cinema Jukebox series. Learn more at the Coolidge website.

Industry Buzz

According to the Massachusetts Production Coalition, the recent hearing about H.62 regarding film incentives in Massachusetts had one positive outcome: the Earned Income Tax Credit and Film Tax Credit are finally clearly being considered separately by the legislature, rather than linked together as the Governor’s proposal does. MPC reported that the committee hearing generated over 3,500 emails to Senators and House Representatives, and over 1,200 additional emails in the campaign on the day of the hearing. For more information, visit the MPC website. Post your story at

The film November Criminals (pictured) starring Chloe Grace Moretz has started principal photography in Rhode Island. For more information, read the Providence Journal article.

Director David O. Russell has been filming his new feature Joy in Massachusetts over the past several weeks. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. Read more here.

ABC is currently filming the pilot Broad Squad in Massachusetts, with locations including Lynn and South Boston. The drama follows women graduates of Boston’s Police Academy in the late 1970s, starring Lauren Ambrose and Rutina Wesley, and produced by Dorchester native Alexandra Lydon. Read more from The Boston Globe here.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition sheds light on how the state’s film industry and tax incentives are helping local businesses in a series of videos on its Vimeo page. Check out the videos here.

Based on the life of boxer Vinny Pazienza, upcoming feature Bleed for This recently filmed in Rhode Island. Filmmakers have released the first image from the film, which stars Miles Teller as Pazienza. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Feature Astraea recently premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival, where it received the New Vision Award. Shot in Maine, the film is a sci-fi story that follows a girl with telepathic abilities. Learn more at the film’s website.


The Arlington International Film Festival is open for submissions for this fall’s festival. Learn more at

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit entries for this summer’s Bluestocking Film Series in Maine. Films must pass the Bechdel Test and have a female protagonist. Late deadline May 1st, WAB extended May 22nd. Learn more here.

Rhode Island law firm Marasco & Nesselbush LLP is currently accepting applications for an upcoming scholarship. High school seniors and students enrolled in a two- or four-year university in Rhode Island, Connecticut, or Massachusetts are encouraged to create a 30-second PSA to raise brain injury awareness. First place winners will receive $1000; second-place winners $500. Deadline is April 15th. To learn more and apply, click here.

Maine Film & Video Association is accepting submissions for the Maine Short Film Festival. MFVA members are encouraged to submit short films made in Maine or by Maine residents. Submission deadline is June 15th. For more information, click here.

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.