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The 43rd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

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Heralded by top film submission site FilmFreeway as “One of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals,” the 43rd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival lifts off again on February 9 for 11 days. For years, thousands have flocked to the historic Somerville Theatre in February to enjoy the world’s best science fiction cinema—independent and award-winning films, World, US and New England premieres, short subject films, speakers, workshops, kids’ sci-fi programming, and a marathon 24-hour finale spanning more than 100 years of cinema that annually fills the house (sometimes in pajamas and sleeping bags).

This year, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival will recognize woman filmmakers through independent works, panel discussions, and workshops. Programming will be announced shortly. The Festival also will include Night of the Living Dead, midnight zombie-themed films and events, and a special screening of James Whale’s 1931 film Frankenstein, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking sci-fi novel, and more! Stay tuned for announcements.

Festival Director Garen Daly has run the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival for more than thirty years. The Festival began at the legendary Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge, boasting such illustrious alumni as Tommy Lee Jones, the Welles’ first manager, Peter Bogdanovich, Neil Young, and Errol Morris. Over the years, the Festival has screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, the Dedham Community Theatre, and West Newton Cinema before landing for its present long-term gig at the landmark Somerville Theatre in Davis Square.

Daly is a recognized film commentator and his expertise in the field has been featured on WGBH, WBUR, and New England Cable News. In addition, Daly was recently named director of England’s Newcastle Film Festival, which will feature director and producer John Landis, Joe Dante, Neal Marshal, Mike Hodges, and Mike Figgs.


The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is the nation’s oldest genre film festival. This year’s 43rd edition screens at the historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square from Friday, February 9 through Monday, February 19, concluding with the annual 24-hour science fiction film marathon. See for a full schedule of events and films and additional details.

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MFA Launches Boston Festival of Films from Japan

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), announces the inaugural edition of the Boston Festival of Films from Japan, made possible through a 10-year partnership with UNIQLO USA that supports a variety of new programs highlighting Japanese art and culture.

The BFFJ will bring a wide range of the best films from Japan to Boston. The 2018 selections, screening February 1–28, include the live-action manga adaptation Blade of the Immortal (2017), the 100th feature film from provocative director Takashi Miike; the timely documentary Resistance at Tule Lake (2017), which chronicles a 1943 uprising at a Japanese concentration camp in California; and Jellyfish Eyes (2013), the debut film by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, whose works are on view in the MFA’s exhibition Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The festival kicks off February 1 with a free screening of Your Name (2016), an anime feature with gorgeous imagery and deep emotional resonance that quickly became one of the most popular films of all time in Japan. The 7:30 pm screening will be preceded by a celebration in the MFA’s Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, starting at 6 pm and featuring live music by DJ Ian Condry, art-making activities and Japanese candies and confections at Taste Café. Free tickets for the event can be reserved starting at 10 am on January 30 and will grant attendees free admission to Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics before and after the film screening. This Japanese Program at the MFA is generously supported by a 10-year partnership with UNIQLO USA.


With the exception of the opening night screening of Your Name on February 1, tickets for BFFJ films are $9 for MFA members and $11 for nonmembers, and will be available starting January 18. Showtimes will be published on on January 11. 

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On the Fringe: Indie Film in the 90s

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The late 80s and early 90s brought explosive change to the world of American independent film. New video technology meant that suddenly anyone could be a filmmaker, resulting in innovative micro-budget masterpieces like Kids, Clerks, and El Mariachi. Major movie studios got hip to the indie craze, producing Hollywood movies that borrowed elements from low budget art films (American Beauty) and buying up small films to be marketed to mainstream audiences (Welcome to the Dollhouse). This intermingling of Hollywood and “indiewood” has made it difficult to determine what “independent film” even means. Must an indie film have a tiny budget, or is the presence of artistic imagery and social critique enough to qualify? The 2018 reboot of our popular On the Fringe series presents a wide range of films from the 90s that capture the spirit of independent film, each posing the question: what makes a film “independent?”


On the Fringe: Indie Film in the 90s will be at the Museum of Fine Arts January 5, 2018 – December 7, 2018.


Iran is renowned for producing some of the most splendid and cerebral films in the world, but there are few opportunities to see these films in the United States. With this in mind, film curators from the MFA, the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, work together to curate this compelling annual festival offering a range of perspectives by contemporary Iranian filmmakers. This year’s lineup for the The Boston Festival of Films from Iran includes Narges Abyar’s Breath, which is Iran’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and Ali Soozandeh’s Tehran Taboo, an artfully animated film that tells the interlocking stories of four residents of the Iranian metropolis.





Directed by Abed Abest (2017, 84 min.). Digital.

This innovative thriller from Abed Abest (Fish and Cat) follows three bored young men who decide to pay a visit to an older man they barely know. When their host becomes convinced that his visitors have come to rob him, he turns a gun on them and phones the police. The three friends are taken into custody.

This simple story is pared down ever more as the film progresses. Filmed entirely in a black box, Simulation turns green-screen technology on its head. In addition to the green studio walls, the props are green and act as projection screens themselves. The cars are white. The male characters all wear jeans and T-shirts and the same blue plastic shoes. The synthetic space breeds anxiety as the real world becomes increasingly remote. In Simulation, abstraction becomes a place of exile.



Directed by Mohsen Gharaie (Iran, 2017, 90 min.). Digital.

This tense social drama follows Ghasem, a government employee in Tehran, who is charged with preventing vendors from selling their wares on the sidewalk. When Ghasem is caught taking bribes from vendors in exchange for turning a blind eye, he loses his job and hatches a plan to make a living as a truck driver. He’s counting on his wife’s inheritance to buy the truck, but she wants to use it to buy a house so they can stop living with Ghasem’s parents. As tensions mount at home, Ghasem’s problems come to a head when he’s accused of assaulting a street vendor.



Directed by Ali Asgari (2017, 89 min.). Digital.

In an Iranian culture that operates within strict social mores, Sara, a university student, and her boyfriend Hamed allow their youthful naïveté to get the best of them. Sara is injured unexpectedly and needs surgery—but because the young couple has a secret to hide, none of the hospitals, whether public or private, will give Sara more than the most basic medical attention. As the night wears on, Sara’s medical requirements become more urgent, solutions become increasingly farfetched, and the pair’s relationship teeters on the brink of collapse.

As the troubled couple at the center of the film, first-time actors Sadaf Asgari and Amir Reza Ranjbaran shine in remarkably natural performances that capture all the awkwardness of early adulthood—somewhere in between bewilderment and indignation—when faced with restrictive social norms. While director Ali Asgari’s film criticizes to some extent the highly regimented and perhaps invasive nature of the Iranian state, it also asks pointed questions of the lack of compassion of individuals who hold authority within the system—whether they are following the rules or exploiting the need to break them. Disappearance is an exploration of what hangs in the balance when bleakness overpowers hope.



Directed by Narges Abyar (2017, 112 min.). Digital.

Little Bahar lives a life spun from folklore and stories, always with her head in a book. But growing up in Yazd in the 1970s and 80s, she’s at the center of a country in turmoil: the Shah is overthrown, Ayatollah Khomeini rises to power, and the first shots are fired in a bitter and protracted war with Iraq. Over the span of several years, Bahar finds daydreaming in her own fantasy world is the only way she can make sense of the pain and suffering warring humans inflict on one another. Breath was selected as the Iranian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.



Directed by Janvan Rambod (2017, 110 min.). Digital.

The long-awaited third feature by Javan Rambod (Melbourne) follows a young woman named Negar whose formerly wealthy family recently declared bankruptcy. When her father is found dead, the police call it a suicide—but Negar rejects this conclusion, insisting that her father was a happy man. She starts uncovering the truth through an unconventional investigation.


Tehran Taboo

Directed by Ali Soozandeh (2017, 90 min.). Digital.

Artfully animated with a rotoscope technique, Tehran Taboo tells the interlocking stories of four residents of the Iranian metropolis. Pari is a young mother who resorts to prostitution to support her son while her husband is in jail. She divulges her secret to her pregnant neighbor Sara, who is dealing with struggles of her own: she wants to get a job so her family can move out of her in-laws’ house, but her husband insists that she stay home with the baby. Meanwhile, a young musician named Babak has a one-night stand with a girl who is about to get married and must come up with some fast cash to get her out of trouble. These characters are bound by a shared search for sexual and personal freedom in a city where tradition writes the rules.



When God Sleeps

Directed by Till Schauder (2017, 88 min.). Digital.

When God Sleeps tells the story of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focuses on the oppression of women, sexism, and human rights abuses. As Najafi juggles a budding romance in Cologne, far from loved ones, with a professional career that may ultimately cost him his life, he spars with bandmates who are ambivalent about the risks posed by his high profile, and battles German police who refuse to see the death threat on his head as a legitimate danger. With camerawork that underlines the intimate aspect of this film, When God Sleeps bears witness to the life of an outspoken artist defying powerful men intent on silencing him.


24 Frames

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami (2017, 120 min.). Digital.

The last film by master director Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, Certified Copy) consists of twenty-four still images that have been expanded into live-action tableaux, creating a series of mesmerizing vignettes.


Now in its 24th year, MFA Film presents a vibrant slate of films from emerging and established contemporary Iranian filmmakers. The Boston Festival of Films from Iran will be held at the MFA January 4—17. Tickets may be purchased starting December 21, online at, by calling the MFA Ticketing Line at 800.440.6975, or in person at any MFA ticket desk. Tickets are $9 for MFA members, $11 for nonmembers, $5 for students at local universities. The films will screen in the MFA’s Remis Auditorium. Those who wish to see three or more films in a calendar month can save by purchasing a 3-film pass.

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Yuletide Terror, Nude Vampires at The Brattle

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On Saturday, December 9th at 9:30 PM Spectacular Optical returns to the Brattle to launch their highly anticipated Christmas release, Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television with a screening of JACK FROST (Michael Cooney, 1997). Yuletide Terror delves into the world of festive fright favorites and obscurities, from American Santa Slashers (and the ensuing controversies) to the quintessentially-English A Ghost Story for Christmas series, providing insight on these subversive film and television presentations that allow viewers to engage in different ways with the complicated cultural history of the Christmas season.

Accompanied by a screening of new Christmas horror short WE ALWAYS FIND OURSELVES IN THE SEA, written and directed by Sean Hogan!

Full event details and ticket link can be found HERE


The night before, on Friday, December 8th at 10 PM Spectacular Optical launches Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin at the Brattle, along with a digitally restored screening of Rollin's THE NUDE VAMPIRE. Lost Girls is edited by Diabolique Magazine's Samm Deighan and penned by all women critics, scholars and film historians, with a foreword by Françoise Pascal, the star of Rollin's beloved LA ROSE DE FER. This collection of essays covers the wide range of Rollin’s career from 1968’s LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE through his 2010 swansong, LE MASQUE DE LA MÉDUSE, touching upon his horror, fantasy, crime and sex films—including many lesser-seen titles. The book closely examines Rollin’s core themes: his focus on overwhelmingly female protagonists, his use of horror genre and exploitation tropes, his reinterpretations of the fairy tale and fantastique, the influence of crime serials, Gothic literature and the occult, as well as much more.

Full event details and ticket link can be found HERE


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Amadeus Live

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Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, “Amadeus” is universally acclaimed as the best movie about classical music ever made. Enjoy this spectacular marriage of sight, sound, and epic movie-making in a thrilling new way—with the film projected on a vast HD screen as the soundtrack is performed live by the H+H orchestra and chorus. And, with the music played on the period instruments Mozart himself heard and wrote for, the experience takes on new authenticity and power.

Amadeus Live, the complete film with soundtrack performed live by the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus will be performed at Symphony Hall on:

Friday, Nov 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 at 3 PM                                                

For tickets and information, click HERE.


Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres announced that, on October 26, up to 10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service—at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide.  Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening.


From the writer of American Sniper and the studio that brought you Lone Survivor, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.  Thank You for Your Service arrives in theatres nationwide on October 27.


The promotion will be available at all AMC Theatres playing Thank You for Your Service.  Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the AMC box office on October 26.  Each guest must present a valid government-issued military ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each military ID presented, while supplies last.  This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on October 26, only.


“Once we began a discussion with AMC about how we could embody the spirit and message of Thank You for Your Service, they stepped up to the plate in a major way,” said Jim Orr, Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager, Universal Pictures.  “We are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active servicemembers will be among the first to experience this riveting film from our partners at DreamWorks.”


“Thank You for Your Service reminds us all of the tremendous sacrifice made by America’s servicemembers and their families,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer, AMC Theatres.  “AMC is pleased to partner with Universal Pictures to offer veterans and active servicemembers the opportunity to attend this preview screening at no charge.”


For more information and a list of AMC Theatres participating, please visit  

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Free Sita

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“I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other.”


This was film critic Roger Ebert’s reaction to Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues (2008), an animated film that follows two parallel stories. The first is the ancient tale of Sita, the heroine of the Hindu mythological story of the Ramayana, and the second is the modern biographical tale of Nina, the filmmaker herself.


Originally a short that Paley expanded almost single-handedly into a feature film, Sita Sings the Blues incorporates multiple styles of animation: from the 18th-century tradition of Rajput painting and traditional Indian shadow puppets to modern vector graphic animation and lo-fi “squigglevision.” Each aspect comes together to unfold Paley’s retelling of the Ramayana in a form sympathetic to Sita, alongside the exploration of events from Paley’s own life. Paley’s take on the Ramayana was not uncontroversial; her shifting of the focus from Prince Rama to Sita drew strong reactions upon release. But ultimately, the film’s brightness, humor, color, and exuberance make it the perfect event to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival celebrating the victory of light, goodness, knowledge, and hope over darkness, evil, ignorance, and despair—aspirations that feel more pressing than ever at this particular moment.


The screening will take place at the Harvard Art Museums in Menschel Hall, Lower Level on Oct. 20. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Showtime is 2 PM. Free admission

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DoctoberFest at The Cape Ann

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From October 13-19, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage and three other downtown Gloucester venues will host The 8th Annual DoctoberFest Documentary film festival, featuring over 30 films and guests.

“The idea for DoctoberFest came to me a dozen years ago,” explains Festival curator Rob Newton of Cape Ann Cinema & Stage. “It was October of 2005,” and I was on a week-long, craft-brew-fueled documentary binge, which was capped by German director Werner Herzog's 'Grizzly Man.' My love of film and my love of wordplay met, and the idea for DoctoberFest was born.”

Four special guests will be a part of the festivities:

“California Typewriter” opens the Festival on Friday, October 13 at 7:30pm. This portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse features the likes of Tom Hanks, David McCullough, and the late Sam Shepard. The film will be followed by a live performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, which is featured in the film.

“When The Witches Came To Town” plays on Saturday, October 14 at 2:30pm, and is about how, in the summer of 1986, Warner Bros. took over the town of Cohasset, Mass. to film the movie "The Witches Of Eastwick.” Director/producer David Fresina will present the film personally and host a Q&A after.

“The Peacemaker” plays on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30pm, and chronicles five years in the life of international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. Director James Demo will present the film personally, and will host a Q&A after.

“Tab Hunter Confidential” closes out DoctoberFest on Thursday, October 19. Throughout his years of stardom, 1950s matinee idol Tab Hunter had a secret––he was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. The tell-all biopic will be hosted by Hunter himself and producer Allan Glaser.

In addition to the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (and its new 15-seat The Magic Lantern Community Screening Room), films will run at three other downtown Gloucester venues:

The Gloucester Meetinghouse at 10 Church Street will host “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” on Saturday, October 14. In this one, music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others illustrates how these talented Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

The Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant Street will host “Atlantic” on Sunday, October 15 at 1:30pm. In it, director Richard O'Donnell follows the struggles of three fishing communities in Ireland, Norway, and Newfoundland, as they battle for control of the resources in their waters.

The Sawyer Free Library at 2 Dale Avenue will host a free screening of “Sense The Wind” on Monday, October 16 at 7:00pm. The film is about blind sailors who race across open water learning not to fear what they cannot see, on boats or on land. Life turns unpredictable as the wind when one of them gains something far more valuable than a trophy and must learn to live and to sail with a new sensibility.

The rest of the line-up will screen at The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage at 21 Main Street:


“24 X 36: A Movie About Movie Posters” - Mon. Oct. 16 @ 7:30pm

This fascinating look at the birth, death, and resurrection of illustrated movie poster art uses interviews with a number of key art personalities from the past four decades.


“30 Years Of Garbage” - Fri. Oct. 13 @ 10:00pm

Explore the ghoulish, grossed-out goodness that was The Garbage Pail Kids collector's cards, the Cabbage Patch Kids parody that became a 1980s kiddie sensation.


“Bella Vita” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 6:30pm

Preserved like a Roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast now carries surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland.


“Check It” - Wed. Oct. 18 @ 7:30pm

Beneath the tragic tales of woe and abuse, an LGBTQ+ gang struggling to survive in one Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods has an underlying story of hope and resilience.


“Chicken Hawk” – Tues. Oct. 17 @ 7:30pm

Director Adi Sideman gets uncomfortably close to some members of N.A.M.B.L.A., the North American Man-Boy Love Association, in this no-budget 1994 classic whammy.


“Dina” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 5:00pm

An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story, winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at this year's Sundance.


“Flight Of The Butterfies” - Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16–Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 11:00am

It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth in this beautiful 3D experience.


“Food Evolution” - Tues. Oct. 17 @ 7:30pm

Esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates this brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. This night is hosted by Cape Ann Skeptics.


“Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 1:30pm

In preparation for a 2016 exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of the late-medieval artist's work.


“An Inconvenient Sequel” - Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16–Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 2:30pm

Over a decade after Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary, the former Vice President of the United States gets angry that his climate change call-to-arms has not been properly answered.


“Just Desserts: The Making Of 'Creepshow'” - Fri. Oct. 13 @ 10pm

In 1982, author Stephen King, and late director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the controversial EC comics of the 1950s, and now, the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told. Followed by “Creepshow.” Also part of the Cinema's month-long “This Is Halloween” line-up.


“The Land” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 2:30pm

This short about the nature of play, risk, and hazard is set in The Land, a Welsh "adventure” playground in which children climb trees, light fires, and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.


“Leviathan” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 4:00pm

This thrilling, immersive documentary takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing, set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast... the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick.


“Lives Well Lived” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 12:00pm

Sky Bergman celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of 40 adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest, whos experience encompasses over 3000 years.


“Martha & Niki” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 7:30pm

In 2010, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever two women became World Champions in Hip Hop.


“The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble” - Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16-Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 12:00pm

Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar-winning “20 Feet From Stardom,” profiles cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, an eclectic group of musicians who tour worldwide.


“One Big Home” - Mon. Oct. 16 @ 7:30pm

A carpenter in Martha's Vineyard takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera to document homeowners and builders who look the other way as he works with his community to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.


“Point Of Order” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 5:00pm

Leftist filmmaker Emile de Antonio compiled this documentary out of 187 hours' worth of kinescopes recorded during the 1954 Senate Army-McCarthy Hearings. Presented without narration, the film shows both McCarthy and his claims crumbling under scrutiny.


“Re-Animator Resurrectus” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 10:00pm

This in-depth behind-the-scenes look at Stuart Gordon's 1985 cult hit, “Re-Animator,” spills everything you've ever wanted to know about the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horror show. Followed by “Re-Animator.” Also part of the Cinema's month-long “This Is Halloween” line-up.


“Served Like A Girl” - Wed. Oct. 18 @ 7:30pm

Follow several American women who were wounded in action and are now transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.


“Swim Team” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 6:30pm

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity.


“Teaserama” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 10:00pm

This plotless time capsule from 1955 features several 1950s burlesque acts, strippers, some stand-up comics (of the take-my-wife-please variety) and most notably, cult favorite Bettie Page, who introduces the acts and frames the film by strutting her stuff.


“Titicut Follies” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 4pm

This 1967 hallmark was banned for 24 years, and was the result of Fred Wiseman spending a month inside Bridgewater State Hospital (a human storehouse for the criminally insane) with unprecedented access.


“The Tulip Bubble” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 1:30pm

It was the first big bust in the history of booms--the burst of the tulip bubble in Holland in 1637. Once, tulip bulbs were worth their weight in gold and became the object of fantastic financial speculation. But, then...


“The Year We Thought About Love” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 12:00pm

The Boston-based LGBTQ theater troupe True Colors: OUT Youth Theater transforms daily struggles into performance for social change. With wit, candor, and attitude, this cast of characters captivates audiences surprised to hear such stories in school settings.


Tickets for all DoctoberFest features (except the Closing Night event with Tab Hunter) are $11.50 adults, $10.00 students and senior, and $8.50 for Cinema Members, and are available in advance at or at the Cinema.


The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (21 Main Street in Gloucester) is a living-room-style community cinema in Gloucester's historic West End, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Learn more about the Cinema at

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Liberty & Justice Theme fr BAAFF 17

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The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), announces a provocative and entertaining program of independent cinema highlighting recent, significant works by and/or about Asian and the Asian diaspora. The festival theme this year is Liberty & Justice, a showcase of inspiring stories about the challenges and victories of self-empowerment and civic responsibility as individuals and community leaders.

The theme of Liberty & Justice is especially relevant in our changing world–locally, nationally, and globally. The anchor films for the festival commemorates the 135th anniversary of the passing of The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066–led to the mass incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent in 1942, and the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising following the Rodney King verdict in 1992.

BAAFF’s hope is to reflect, learn from, and move towards a more free and just society for all Americans, regardless of race, background, citizenship status, gender, class, and/or other intersecting identities. Together, as friends, citizens, and neighbors, we are calling to protect and preserve liberty and justice for all.

This year, the festival takes place October 19-22, 2017 in Boston at ArtsEmerson’s Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center and in Cambridge at the Brattle Theatre.


For more information, a full festival lineup, and tickets, visit: or

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