Camden International Film Festival 2013

camden-logoThe Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced its slate of feature films taking place September 26 – 29, 2013 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. CIFF will present over 65 features and short films from all across the globe and from Maine.

Now in its ninth year, the Camden International Film Festival has established a reputation for presenting a snapshot of the cultural landscape through the year’s best non-fiction storytelling. The festival is recognized as one of the top 25 documentary film festivals in the world, and one of the 12 best small town film festivals in the US. In addition to the festival’s inaugural Engagement Summit: Aging in Maine, new partnership with The New York Times to bring the Op-Docs live pitch to North America, CIFF announces the main slate of films, including two programs with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a panel on the all-too-timely topic of internet privacy.

“This year’s festival program is extremely diverse, showing the range of artistry and craftsmanship behind documentary filmmaking from both emerging and established artists,” says Ben Fowlie, Founder and Executive Director of the Camden International Film Festival. “Within each and every one of these films there’s a unique story that is being told, and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with our audiences.”

CIFF will introduce two new programs thanks to a grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. “Then and Now” pairs classic documentary films and filmmakers with new, visionary work from emerging non-fiction filmmakers. This program celebrates the current state of the documentary form by honoring its exceptional past and affirming its connections to the future. Additionally, CIFF will present “Process” a curated program of documentaries from the past and present focusing on artists, their work and the creative process.

In CUTIE AND THE BOXER Director Zachary explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.
In CUTIE AND THE BOXER Director Zachary explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

“Thanks to support from the Academy, we’ve been able to expand on our tradition of examining the creative process through nonfiction storytelling, while also building on our repertory programming by screening work from artists who have laid the foundation for the current wave of documentary filmmakers” adds Fowlie.

Following a screening of the feature documentary TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY, CIFF will feature an extended panel discussion with some of the nation’s leading thinkers and activists on the issue of internet privacy – including corporate data collection, government surveillance and what internet users can do to achieve greater control over their personal data. Panelists will include Ben Wizner (ACLU), Shahid Buttar (Bill of Rights Defense Committee) and Amie Stepanovich (Electronic Privacy Information Center).

“One of the themes running through this year’s festival and forum is the power of documentary storytelling to generate public dialogue about the social issues that matter most,” says panel organizer and Points North Director Sean Flynn. “We believe internet privacy and security is one of the most critical issues facing our society today – for both media makers and the general public – so we are truly honored to be bringing this timely conversation to Camden.”

CIFF has unveiled the lineup for its Points North Documentary Forum. In its fifth year, the Forum has quickly become the largest gathering in New England of filmmakers, key decision makers and thought leaders in the documentary field. The three-day conference program runs concurrently with the festival from September 27 – 29, 2013 at the historic Camden Opera House in Camden, Maine, and Union Hall in Rockport, Maine. This year’s program will feature a wide range of panel discussions, workshops, case studies, networking events and two public pitch sessions. Points North is dedicated to providing independent documentary filmmakers with unique opportunities for both professional development and creative inspiration, helping build a vibrant regional filmmaking community while sustaining a conversation about new directions in nonfiction storytelling.

This year, some of the documentary industry’s leading broadcasters, distributors, funding organizations and executive producers will convene at the Points North Pitch, a public pitch session held during the Forum on September 28. Seven filmmakers will be given an opportunity to pitch their works-in-progress and receive critical feedback from industry delegates before a live audience. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to secure vital support for their projects and audience members to see how documentaries are developed in their early stages. This year’s panel will include representatives from PBS, Sundance Institute, POV, Al Jazeera America, Cinereach, LEF Foundation, DirecTV, Naked Edge Films, LEF Foundation, Fledgling Fund and Documentary Educational Resources.

One project will receive the Points North Pitch Award and Modulus Finishing Fund, which comes with a $1000 cash prize from Documentary Educational Resources, a $10,000 post-production package from Boston-based Modulus Studios, a $3000 tuition scholarship to Maine Media Workshops and three consultations with the Tribeca Film Institute. Last year’s winner, IN COUNTRY, has gone on to receive the Garret Scott grant and has been selected by the Hot Docs Forum and IFP Labs, while being recognized by indieWIRE as one of the “50 indie films to look out for in 2013.”

“We’re honored and very excited to have the opportunity to continue to develop a platform for filmmakers to introduce their projects to some of the most influential decision-makers in the documentary industry,” says Ben Fowlie, Founder and Executive Director of the Camden International Film Festival.

On September 28, the Forum will host the inaugural Points North Engagement Summit: Aging in Maine, in which approximately 15 Maine-based nonprofit leaders and healthcare professionals in the field of aging will converge in Camden for a daylong closed-door strategic summit meeting with documentary filmmakers focused on aging issues. The purpose of the meeting is to explore how their work can be supported and enhanced through the use of powerful documentary films focused on the experiences of older adults, their loved ones and caretakers. The summit agenda will be designed and facilitated by Working Films, an organization that specializes in connecting storytelling with community engagement and action.

Scenes from NIGHT LABOR directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin tells the story of Sherman. He lives in a remote and unknown place. By day, he digs for clams; by night, he works alone in a factory that we find hard to imagine is ever empty. A moment, as commonplace as it is lyrical and mysterious, unfolds through a combination of the powerful image and sound, minimal use of narration and a personality with exceptional traits. War approaches; but some people have already lost.
Scenes from NIGHT LABOR directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin tells the story of Sherman. He lives in a remote and unknown place. By day, he digs for clams; by night, he works alone in a factory that we find hard to imagine is ever empty. A moment, as commonplace as it is lyrical and mysterious, unfolds through a combination of the powerful image and sound, minimal use of narration and a personality with exceptional traits. War approaches; but some people have already lost.

During the festival, there will also be an Aging in Maine sidebar of film screenings, including a highlighted screening of Banker White and Anna Fitch’s THE GENIUS OF MARIAN. Following the festival, CIFF will work with participating organizations to implement the ideas developed at the summit and spearhead a screening tour of selected films in 8 -10 communities across Maine. The Aging in Maine program is made possible by support from The Fledgling Fund, Camden National Bank, Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation and The Bingham Program, as well as partnerships with the University of Maine Center on Aging, the Portland Press Herald and The Conversation Project.

This year, the Forum will debut a speaker series called Doc/Tech, featuring innovators and thought leaders working at the intersections between storytelling, technology and social activism. Confirmed speakers include Alexander Reben (Creator of the BlabDroid documentary filmmaking robots), Elaine McMillion (Director of the groundbreaking interactive documentary HOLLOW), Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT Professor and transmedia activist) and Nonny de la Pena (Creator of Gone Gitmo and Hunger in Los Angeles virtual reality journalism projects). The session is made possible by support from the Maine Technology Institute, and will be hosted by the MIT Open Documentary Lab’s William Uricchio.

The opportunity to meet one-on-one with visiting industry delegates is another important part of the Points North experience. The 2013 program includes a session called Social Media Audit, in which filmmakers have a chance to spend twenty minutes receiving tailored feedback on their film’s online presence from social media and audience engagement gurus Kristin McCracken (former VP of Digital Media at Tribeca Enterprises) and Christie Marchese (Founder/Executive Director, Picture Motion).

William Kamkwamba scales “The Green Machine”, a windmill that both generates electricity and pumps water, to make minor adjustments to his invention in Ben Nabors WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL, a feature length documentary about a young windmill inventor from Malawi , which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2013.
William Kamkwamba scales “The Green Machine”, a windmill that both generates electricity and pumps water, to make minor adjustments to his invention in Ben Nabors WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL, a feature length documentary about a young windmill inventor from Malawi , which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2013.

For filmmakers interested in strengthening their storytelling craft, Points North will feature an editing masterclass led by Jonathan Oppenheim, editor of “Paris is Burning”, “The Oath” and the 2013 CIFF selection, “William and the Windmill”.  For those who want to delve into the history of documentary film, filmmaker and Harvard professor Robb Moss (“The Same River Twice”, “Secrecy”) will lead a masterclass on the of nonfiction storytelling techniques and the ethical and aesthetic issues that have shaped documentary filmmaking since the 1950s.

“We’re really honored to be bringing in such a diverse, talented and inspiring group of participants to Camden for this year’s Forum,” says Points North Director Sean Flynn. “Whether you’re developing a feature, producing a short for the web, getting into interactive media, using media as a tool for social change, curious about film history or interested in craft of documentary storytelling – there’s something here for everyone.

The Points North Documentary Forum is made possible by the generous support of the LEF Foundation, Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, The Fledgling Fund, Camden National Bank, the Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, The Bingham Program, Maine Technology Institute, Modulus Studios, Documentary Educational Resources, Maine Media Workshops and the Tribeca Film Institute.

A full conference schedule and list of industry delegates is available online at http://camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth

 

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National Center for Jewish Film’s Jewishfilm.2013

NCJF-Logo-horizontalJewishfilm.2013 The National Center for Jewish Film’s 16th Annual Film Festival presents a vibrant program of new independent films and classic cinematic treasures from around the world. Please visit www.jewishfilm.org for complete festival information.

The National Center for Jewish Film is a unique independent nonprofit film archive, distributor, resource center, and exhibitor. The Center’s collection of 15,000 reels of film is the world’s largest outside of Israel. Since 1976, NCJF has rescued, restored, and distributed films that document the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish life. To date, NCJF has restored 100 “orphan” films, including 44 Yiddish and silent feature films. Long recognized as a world leader in the collection and exhibition of Jewish film and culture, NCJF provides programming consultation to 7,000 educators and programmers each year. NCJF is also a major distributor of new films with Jewish content, representing 100 filmmakers from around the world.

Jewishfilm.2013 is directed and curated by NCJF’s co-directors Sharon Pucker Rivo and Lisa Rivo.

Start/End date: April 10, 2013/April 21, 2013
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Kendall Sq.
Cinema, West Newton Cinema
Webiste: www.jewishfilm.org

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Massachusetts Independent Film Festival

As fellow filmmakers we at the Mass Indie Film Fest understand the importance of reaching the right audience. Our goal since starting the festival has been to give filmmakers the exposure they need to help their films find a wide and appreciative audience. We want to present a diverse group of films and filmmakers, and showcase the best in independent film. The Mass Indie Film Fest, a festival by filmmakers for filmmakers!

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Buzzards Bay Film Festival

The Buzzards Bay Film Festival is a celebration of Buzzards Bay, a 233-square mile estuary in Southeastern Massachusetts nestled between the mainland shore, western Cape Cod, and the Elizabeth Islands. The Buzzards Bay Film Festival will focus on the Bay, its watershed, and the 360,000
people who live in its surrounding towns and cities.

The Festival will take place on the evening of November 9, 2012 at the First Congregational Church, Falmouth, Massachusetts; the evening of November 10, at Gallery X, New Bedford, Massachusetts, and November 11 at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford.

The Festival will present films that have been shot in whole or part on the Bay or in its watershed, have the Bay as their subject, or promote the Bay’s preservation and restoration. The Festival welcomes narrative films, documentaries, animation, features, shorts and cellphone videos.

All proceeds from the Festival will be dedicated to the Buzzards Bay Coalition, a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its watershed.

Deadline for entries is October 10.

Website: buzzardsbayfilmfestival.org

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Woods Hole Film Festival

Title: Woods Hole Film Festival
Location: Woods Hole Film Festival PO Box 624 Woods Hole, MA 02543
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Description: The 21st Woods Hole Film Festival is an eight day event
featuring daily screenings, workshops, special events, music, parties and
more in the beautiful village of Woods Hole located on Cape Cod, MA.
Tickets are on sale now.
Start Date: 2012-07-28
End Date: 2012-08-04

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Nantucket Film Festival

Title: Nantucket Film Festival
Location: Nantucket, MA
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Description: The Nantucket Film Festival was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996 to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the fine art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. These days, NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience the preview screenings, unique signature programs, and stand out hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. The
17th Annual Nantucket Film Festival will take place this year, June 20-24.
Start Date: 2012-06-20
End Date: 2012-06-24

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Rhode Island International Film Festival

Title: Rhode Island International Film Festival

Location: 83 Park Street Providence, RI 02903

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Description: Flickers 30th Anniversary Year:

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and

empowers filmmakers. Held in Providence, Newport and locations throughout

the state of Rhode Island, RIIFF is one of only a handful of festivals

worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards (i.e. “Oscars.”

In 2011, five films were nominated for OscarsR from the Festival.) RIIFF

incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry

seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong

extravaganza. Cited as one of the “Best International and Short Film

Festivals in the United States,” RIIFF is New England’s largest film

festival, screening a record 200 films. Its innovative programming,

cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences have made the Festival a

strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of

independent filmmakers from around the globe.

Start Date: 2012-08-07

End Date: 2012-08-12

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12th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival

The New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF) takes place each fall the weekend after Columbus Day in Portsmouth, NH and celebrates its 12th anniversary in 2012. The Festival’s mission is to support the art of filmmaking and to present the best in recent independent cinema from the region, nation and world. NHFF unites professional filmmakers and screenwriters with industry experts, students, educators, and film lovers for an inspiring, four-day celebration of independent film through panels, workshops, screenings, and networking events. Founded in 2001, NHFF began as a small, grassroots organization to support local, regional, and student filmmakers. It now holds a place as a viable and recognized festival that showcases the brightest talent on the international film festival scene.

Start/End date: 10/11/2012/10/14/2012
Location: Portsmouth, NH
Webiste: www.nhfilmfestival.com

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