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Salem Film Fest 2017

A Winning Combination: Local artists create Salem Film Fest awards

Posted March 1st, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

hammer award 2016-webBy Mary Beth Bainbridge

Salem Film Fest 2016 will present six awards to filmmakers screening their films at the festival. Who will win? Stay tuned! The winning filmmaker receives an original artwork made by one of four local artists.

The aesthetic of each award is as varied as the films themselves and the award artists are a diverse group. Creating an original work of art is no easy task. But these artists tackle it with great gusto. Each one enjoys the challenge of developing a new concept every year.

Mik Augustine has created our Audience award and the Special Jury award since the first year of Salem Film Fest. Many know Mik for his spoken word, but he is also a sculptor. Arlene Browne is making our Editing award and has been expanding on her ugly dolls. The Hammer was drawn to the Mass Reality Check Best Short award. The Hammer is never without a Sharpie and notebook; his playful illustrations are readily recognized for their strong outlining and graphic quality. Jack Walsh gets the longest named awards and is blasting the Michael Sullivan FRONTLINE Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film and the American Cinematographer Magazine Award for Cinematography. Jack etches glass, bottles, and stone.

Want to see what they did? These unique awards will be displayed at the CinemaSalem box office until the winner is announced.