SALEM, MA – As a major venue and sponsor of the eighth-annual Salem Film Fest, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents 16 documentary films from around the world. The Salem-wide festival takes place at multiple venues fromThursday, March 5, through Thursday, March 12. Visit salemfilmfest.com for a complete schedule.
This fast-growing all-documentary film festival, run by a volunteer staff and sponsored by local businesses, invites dozens of filmmakers to Salem each year. More than half of the films screened at the Salem Film Fest feature Q&As with the filmmakers, providing audiences with a unique opportunity to learn more about the documentary filmmaking process.
In addition to the screenings, PEM will host the opening night film and the closing awards ceremony, live music, talks and art making. The films screened at PEM take audiences on a journey around the world to the Congo, New Delhi, Borneo and the Alaskan tundra.
For films shown at PEM, tickets may be purchased at the admissions desk, by calling 978-542-1511 or by visitingsalemfilmfest.com. Ticket sales at PEM will conclude each day by 4:30 pm. Tickets are also available through CinemaSalem (in-person box office or at cinemasalem.com).
SALEM FILM FEST SCREENINGS AT PEM
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, FRIDAY, MARCH 6, SATURDAY, MARCH 7, SUNDAY, MARCH 8,
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 AND THURSDAY, MARCH 12
ADULTS $11 | MEMBERS, SENIORS AND STUDENTS $9
ALL FEST PASSHOLDERS FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND MUST HAVE TICKETS IN HAND PRIOR TO SCREENING
THURSDAY, MARCH 5 | 7:30 PM | STRAY DOG *
USA, 2014, 105 minutes, Massachusetts premiere, directed by Debra Granik
Ron “Stray Dog” Hall brushes up against perilous aspects of contemporary American culture while balancing his commitments to his fellow combat veterans, family and neighbors.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 | 3 PM | MASS REALITY CHECK *
FREE, 60-90 minutes
The Mass Reality Check is a college doc shorts showcase for college and university students and recent graduates working in short documentary and experimental documentary film.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 | 5:30 PM | EVAPORATING BORDERS
Cyprus via USA, 2014, 73 minutes, directed by Iva Radivojevic
Investigate the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus through a series of vignettes that are poetically weaved themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 | 7:30 PM | 35 COWS AND A KALASHNIKOV *
Africa via Germany, 2014, 83 minutes, directed by Oswald von Richthofen
A beautifully made triptych about warrior-farmers, colorful dandies and voodoo wrestlers in Ethiopia, Congo-Brazzaville and Congo-Kinshasa. Oswald’s widow and the film’s associate producer, Catarina von Richthofen, attends this North American premiere and leads the Q&A. The Found Objects perform live music before the film, 7-7:25 pm.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | 11 AM | WANDER, WONDER, WILDERNESS *
USA, 2014, 57 minutes, directed by Paul Turano
In this multi-platform interactive documentary, chance encounters and insights are inspired by walking through Boston’s public parks and greenways -- known as urban wilds. Q&A moderated by Juliette Fritsch, PEM chief of education and interpretation.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | NOON | FILMMAKER FORUM *
FREE, 75 minutes
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presents Storytelling Skill Sets for Documentarians. Filmmakers with varied production backgrounds discuss how those skills sets have influenced their work.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | 12:45-1:25 pm | LIVE MUSIC | MACHINE 475
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | 1:30 PM | TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR
India via USA, 2014, 82 minutes, directed by Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber
When their land is sold to developers, the magicians, acrobats and puppeteers of New Delhi’s Kathputli Colony must find a way to unite -- or splinter apart forever. After the film, join artist
Chaitra Prasad to make a Kathputli-inspired puppet to take home.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | 2 PM | MUGSHOT *
CANADA/USA, 2014, 52 minutes, East Coast premiere, directed by Dennis Mohr
The film investigates the cultural significance of mug shots and explores the personal life stories of those who have been transformed by these images.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | 4 PM | AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS *
Go behind the scenes of TV’s longest-running, most-watched history series, and get to know the filmmakers, producers and series staff that make history come alive.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | 4 PM | MISS HILL: MAKING DANCE MATTER
USA, 2014, 81 minutes, directed by Greg Vander Veer
This film reveals the little-known story of Martha Hill, a visionary who fought against great odds to make contemporary and modern dance a legitimate art form in America.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | 5:30 PM | SHOULDER THE LION *
USA/France/Ireland, 2014, 74 minutes, directed by Erinnisse Rebisz and Patryk Rebisz
This film features three people who use art to overcome personal tragedy: a photographer who becomes blind; a painter/sculptor who loses half her brain in a boxing match; and a musician battling tinnitus. Out of their adversity new meanings emerge.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 | 8 PM | LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
USA, 2014, 77 minutes, English, New England premiere, directed by Thomas G. Miller
This feature documentary follows the historic 40-year struggle of Richard Adams, a gay Filipino-American, and his Australian spouse, Tony Sullivan, who remain together in spite of U.S. laws that attempt to force them apart. Amy Kucharik provides live music before the film, 7:15-7:55 pm.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 | 11 AM | THE IRON MINISTRY *
China via USA, 2014, 83 minutes, Massachusetts premiere, directed by J.P. Sniadecki
Filmed over three years on the world’s soon-to-be-largest railway, the film traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark and language and gesture.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 | NOON | FILMMAKER FORUM *
FREE, 75 minutes, moderated by Jennifer Merin, EDA Award Jury Chair, Alliance of Women Film Journalists – NYC; Film critic at Women’s eNews; Cinema Citizen blog
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presents The Obligations and Limitations of Engagement. Filmmakers often encounter people experiencing difficult life situations. How does a filmmaker balance respect and empathy while crafting the narrative of the film?
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 | 1:30 PM | BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS
USA, 2014, 86 minutes, New England premiere, directed by Cheryl Furjanic
An intimate portrait of the public triumphs and private struggles of the trailblazing, openly gay four-time Olympic champion diver.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 | 2 PM | FILMMAKER FORUM: DOC-A-CHUSETTS *
FREE, 75 minutes, moderated by Loren King, correspondent and columnist, The Boston Globe
Join a spirited discussion with local filmmakers as they talk about their upcoming films and learn more about the local documentary film community and organizations that help make their films a reality.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 | 4 PM | SHIELD AND SPEAR *
South Africa/USA, 2014, 89 minutes, directed by Petter Ringbom
This complex story of art, music and freedom present a dialogue about South Africa today. BlackDog Brother provides live music before the film, 3:15-3:55 pm.
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 | 5:30 PM | SEEDS OF TIME
Denmark/Italy/Norway/Peru/Russia/ USA, 2013, 77 minutes, directed by Sandy McLeod
The documentary follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler’s global journey to save the eroding foundation of our food supply in a new era of climate change.
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 | 7:30 PM | CHILDREN OF THE ARCTIC *
USA via Switzerland, 2014, 94 minutes, East Coast premiere, directed by Nick Brandestini
At the Arctic edge of America, Native Alaskan teenagers strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an endangered whaling culture. Merry Glosband, former cultural liaison between PEM and Native communities, offers a talk before the film.
THURSDAY, MARCH 12 | 5:30 PM | I AM BIG BIRD
USA, 2014, 87 minutes, directed by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker
The film profiles Caroll Spinney, the 80-year-old puppeteer who has been behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s first season.
THURSDAY, MARCH 12 | 8 PM | WALKING UNDER WATER
Mabul Island via Poland and Germany, 2014, 77 minutes, directed by Eliza Kubarska
The last compressor diver from the Badjao tribe in Malaysian Borneo imparts his wisdom and diving techniques to his young nephew. A reception to celebrate the closing of the festival and awards ceremony follows.
*FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE
TIckets for FREE events will be available at the Salem Film Fest table at PEM 15 minutes in advance on a first-come, first-served basis.
IMAGE Willy, one of the gentlemen of Brazzaville, an African-Dandy and star of 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov, 2014. Directed by Oswald von Richthofen.
ABOUT SALEM FILM FEST
Salem Film Fest was founded in 2008 by filmmaker Joe Cultrera (Hand of God, 2006), local businessman Paul Van Ness (CinemaSalem, Van Ness Creative), Rinus Oosthoek, executive director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and others from the Salem community. Run and operated entirely by volunteers, the weeklong festival has become a community-wide event with screenings at CinemaSalem, PEM and the National Park Service Salem Visitor Center with filmmaker parties and music events held at downtown venues. Fueled by thoughtfully chosen films, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic audiences, festival attendance has grown 15 percent to 25 percent each year.
ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. In addition to its vast holdings, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and an interactive education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructure and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am–5 pmand the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876or visit www.pem.org