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Salem Film Fest 2017

Posts by jeffschmidt


  1. 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 […]


  2. 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: […]


  3. 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: […]


  4. 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 […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. 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 […]


  7. 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 […]


  8. 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 […]


  9. 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 […]


  10. 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 […]