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Salem Film Fest 2017

February2017

  1. Meet the organizer–a conversation with selection committee member Debra Longo

    Posted February 28th, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    By far, the best part of being an organizer of the Salem Film Fest is all of the wonderful people who do the work with you. I have personally made connections with people who I would never have had a chance to meet and work with if not for this festival. One of those people […]


  2. Filmmaker Spotlight: Catching up with SFF Alum Amy Nicholson

    Posted February 28th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Amy Nicholson‘s film MUSKRAT LOVELY was shown at SFF 2009 and she also screened ZIPPER at SFF 2013. This year she returns to Salem Film Fest with the short PICKLE.  SFF program director Jeff Schmidt caught up with Amy to talk about her work as a documentary filmmaker. JS: How did you first get into […]


  3. Filmmaker Spotlight: Catching up with SFF Alum George Gittoes

    Posted February 27th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    George Gittoes‘ film THE MISCREANTS OF TALIWOOD was shown at SFF 2011 and this year he returns to Salem Film Fest with SNOW MONKEY.  SFF program director Jeff Schmidt caught up with the Australian filmmaker and artist to talk about his work as a documentary filmmaker. JS: How did you first get into filmmaking? GG: […]


  4. How to get the most out of Salem Film Fest–a chat with the master

    Posted February 25th, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    As the ten-year anniversary of the Salem Film Fest fast approaches, we take a moment here to reminisce with early adopter Don Nadeau. Well-known around CinemaSalem prior to the first festival, Don showed up year one, completely prepared with his dog-eared program and well-stocked backpack. This has not been scientifically verified, but there’s a pretty […]


  5. Filmmaker Spotlight: Catching up with SFF Alum Ben Nabors

    Posted February 24th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Ben Nabors’ film WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL was shown at SFF 2014 and this year he returns to Salem Film Fest with THE HAPPY FILM.  SFF program director Jeff Schmidt caught up with the US based filmmaker to talk about his work as a documentary filmmaker. JS: How did you first get into filmmaking? BN: […]


  6. Filmmaker Spotlight: Catching up with SFF Alum Bari Pearlman

    Posted February 22nd, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Bari Pearlman’s film DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM was shown at SFF 2009, a year later she returned as a producer with SMILE ‘TIL IT HURTS at SFF 2010, and then at SFF 2012 she shared her NANGCHEN SHORTS.   This year, Pearlman served as a producer on THE LEPRECHAUN’S WIFE, a documentary short that will be […]


  7. Salem Film Fest’s 10th Anniversary Gala with honoree David Fanning!

    Posted February 18th, 2017 by rinusoosthoek in Uncategorized

    On Thursday, March 2, 2017 the Tenth Annual Salem Film Fest kicks off its 10th Anniversary with a fabulous Gala at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. The Gala opens with a reception and then fires up with live music and a dance party.  All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the Salem Film Fest […]


  8. Salem Film Fest Turns 10!

    Posted February 18th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Shelley A. Sackett When local filmmaker Joe Cultrera, businessman Paul Van Ness and Salem Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rinus Oosthoek gathered at the fledgling CinemaSalem café in 2007, they all shared a common goal: to create an event that would be fair to documentary filmmakers and attractive to audiences. They presented a week […]