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    The Morning After: An Ode to SFF 2016

    Posted March 15th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge, exhausted organizer I love Salem Film Fest. The revolving door of work/fest/after-party is exhilarating. But I have to admit the week-long Fest wreaks havoc on my house. The following accurately describes the scene on Friday morning, 11 March 2016. The kitchen sink will contain exactly one unwashed coffee cup emblazoned with the SFF logo. It […]


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    Community spirit kicked off SFF 2016 at Old Town Hall

    Posted March 10th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

      By John Andrews It has the feel of a high school reunion. Dancing Don is in the house with his movie watching jacket busting some crazy moves as Brian and Jeff perform their special brand of music in the heart of Downtown Salem as anticipation builds for the 2016 Salem Film Fest. The annual […]


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    The age of discovery: ENTER THE FAUN co-director Daisy Wright at The Phoenix School

    Posted March 10th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge, explorer We love it when filmmakers can attend Salem Film Fest, and we were fortunate that Daisy Wright and Tamar Rogoff, co-directors of ENTER THE FAUN were able to make the trip to Salem to present their film. It is also wonderful when we have an opportunity to do community outreach with visiting filmmakers. Tamar led […]


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    Celebrating life with TWILIGHT OF A LIFE director Sylvain Biegeleisen

    Posted March 9th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Jeff Schmidt, Program Director, Salem Film Fest The final film of Salem Film Fest 2016, TWILIGHT OF A LIFE, is a beautiful and intimate glimpse at the relationship between director Sylvain Biegeleisen and his 95 year-old mother.  After being informed by a doctor that she doesn’t have much time left to live, mother and son […]


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    Interview with BANANA PANCAKES AND THE CHILDREN OF STICKY RICE director Daan Veldhuizen

    Posted March 8th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Jeff Schmidt, Program Director, Salem Film Fest We were first introduced to Daan Veldhuizen, when his film STORIES FROM LAKKA BEACH was awarded the first American Cinematographer Magazine Award for Cinematography at SFF 2012.  In that film, Veldhuizen explored Sierre Leone and the people of a small coastal village.  In his new film, BANANA […]


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    Making history at the House of the Seven Gables filmmaker reception

    Posted March 7th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge The gently falling snow seen through the windows from the intimate Hooper-Hathaway House was a special bonus for the filmmaker reception. The historic low ceilings and wide pine planks on the floor stir the imagination. The unmatchable ambiance of the centuries old space was a terrific treat, even for long time […]


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    Branded by Salem Film Fest

    Posted March 4th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge, SFF goodies collector I love fashion. But lately I have been wondering if I am starting to look like a NASCAR driver. I surely hope my besties would point out such a fashion faux pas. My typical morning starts with me pouring coffee into my Salem Film Fest mug while I […]


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    SFF Advice: Arrive early and stay late

    Posted March 3rd, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge Salem Film Fest 2016 marks the ninth year of an extraordinary Fest.  Here is some advice on how to make the most of your Fest experience. To put it simply: arrive early and stay late. Avoid disappointment—get your tickets early. You can get your tickets in advance at the CinemaSalem box office, thus […]


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    Double Feature – THE THREE HIKERS and KEDI – Editor Mo Stoebe Interview

    Posted March 3rd, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Jeff Schmidt, Program Director, Salem Film Fest In what appears to be a Salem Film Fest first, a filmmaker is attending the festival representing two different feature documentary films – editor Mo Stoebe will join director Natalie Avital in the Massachusetts Premiere of THE THREE HIKERS and director Ceyda Torun in the US Premiere of KEDI.  I […]


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    A New High – An Interview with Producer Eamon Downey

    Posted March 2nd, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Jeff Schmidt, Program Director, Salem Film Fest In A NEW HIGH, a diverse group of men and women come together to climb out of homelessness and drug addiction through an unorthodox recovery program that uses mountain climbing as a means of rehabilitation. After one year of intense physical and mental conditioning, the team attempts to […]