MASS REALITY CHECK
FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE 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. Every student whose film is selected to screen at Salem Film Fest 2016 will receive an all-access pass to the festival and a jury of our sponsors will award one filmmaker “Best Short” with a software prize provided by Boris FX. Programming staff from Salem Film Fest and representatives from LEF Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources and The Independent, will meet individually with the Mass Reality Check winner after the festival to give them advice about filmmaking as a career and provide insights into funding, distribution as well as other professional considerations.
STAY IN TROUBLE, LOOK SHARP
Directed by Dino Rowan Traite, Montserrat College of Art, 4 minutes
To Beverly native and barbershop owner Jay Mower, relationships are the most important aspect of his small town.
MIGHTIER THAN A WRECKING BALL
Directed by Daniel Callahan, Emerson College, 6 minutes
The story of how architecture critic Ada Louis Huxtable’s landmark 1965 article in the New York Times helped save downtown Salem from the destructive Urban Redevelopment plans of the 1960’s.
UNDERGROUND: THE BASEMENT BANDS OF ALLSTON
Directed by Annie Melden, Boston University, 15 minutes
The local musicians of Allston, Massachusetts fight to keep their underground music scene alive and thriving.
A LIVING WAGE
Directed by Dan Albright and Andy Keyes, Emerson College, 21 minutes
Two Boston fast food workers fight for the $15 per hour they say is the minimum they need to support themselves and their families.
Directed by Oliver Shahery, Boston University, 8 min
Director Oliver Shahery chronicles his relationship with Matt Portle, from their starting as strangers to their ending as friends.
PAST THE BREAKWATER
Directed by Anthony Farenwald, Gordon College, 18 minutes
The town of Gloucester faces an unprecedented cultural shift as legislators crack down on its most enduring tradition – fishing.