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Salem Film Fest 2016




Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, March 5, 10:00am


Massachusetts has a long and storied tradition of documentary filmmaking. Are you curious about what documentaries are currently in production in the Bay State and the surrounding area? Join us for a spirited discussion with local filmmakers as they pitch their upcoming documentary films to a panel of industry members in a competition before a live audience, in which you have a vote!

The winner of The Doc-a-chusetts Pitch receives a $5000 post-production grant from The OutPost at WGBH.

Free admission.


Scheduled to participate:


THE CLEMENTE PROJECT directed by James Rutenbeck

The Clemente Course in Humanities, hosted by a community center in Dorchester, is a surprising educational haven for a group of adults who have had to defer college. Their vigorous debates and serious intellectual commitment lead to unexpected life changes.


IF SHE LEAVES directed by Sally Wu (SFF 2013 THE MOSUO SISTERS)

A young Vietnamese woman enters a brokered marriage with a disabled Taiwanese garlic farmer 20 years her senior, and the family struggles with poverty and social stigma. When she receives Taiwanese citizenship, she must confront options for the first time in her life. Will she leave her daughters and start anew, or recommit to her imperfect life?

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LIFE WITHOUT BASKETBALL directed by Jon Mercer and Tim O’Donnell

Basketball star Bilgis Abdul-Qaadir’s school years as a record-breaking high school star and NCAA Division I athlete gave her life structure and goals. Will a controversial ruling prevent her from following her path and playing the sport she loves after her college career ends?

Release from Reason images ©Gabriel Polonsky

RELEASE FROM REASON directed by Gabriel Polonsky

For over 75 years, an immigrant tailor’s son from Lynn has devoted his life to art, becoming one of the most important Boston painters of the 20th century and helping to create a major movement in art history.

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Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, March 5, 10:00am