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Salem Film Fest 2017

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  1. Finding Peace with THE PEACEMAKER

    Posted March 3rd, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Olga Nazarenko “Apostle-like immigrant” “martyr” “workaholic” Padraig O’Malley was called many things; however, one thing that everyone agreed upon was that he was a peacemaker. Patience, persistence, empathy, and occasionally using “the Irish card” aid the tall, bearded man from Dublin to do what he does best: negotiate. In the documentary film The Peacemaker, […]


  2. Salem Film Fest 2017 Schedule – Grid View

    Posted March 2nd, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Navigating all the films and special screenings at Salem Film Fest is always a challenge. There’s gotta be an easier way! This year we have created a convenient downloadable schedule grid to help you plan your own schedule at the fest. You can download it by clicking the link below. It will also be included […]


  3. Little Moments of Glory

    Posted March 2nd, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    There are so many new things Salem Film Fest is doing for its tenth anniversary, like our opening night Gala this Thursday with the first ever Salem Film Fest Storyteller Award presented to FRONTLINE founder David Fanning! (Editor’s note: http://salemfilmfest.com/2017/gala-tickets/) But one venture in particular makes me especially proud to be a volunteer. I am […]


  4. Filmmaker Spotlight–Catching up with Andrew Shea

    Posted March 1st, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    This year we have a new film by Salem Film Fest alum Andrew Shea, director of PORTRAIT OF WALLY, which screened in 2013. This year, we will be screening his new film, WRESTLING ALLIGATORS, which focuses on James Billie, once Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as a musician, soldier, and yes, alligator wrestler. Engaging, […]


  5. Filmmaker Spotlight: Catching up with SFF Alum Michael Collins

    Posted March 1st, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Michael Collins‘ film GIVE UP TOMORROW was shown at SFF 2012 and this year he returns to Salem Film Fest with ALMOST SUNRISE.  SFF program director Jeff Schmidt caught up with the Michael to talk about his work as a documentary filmmaker. JS: How did you first get into filmmaking? I stumbled into filmmaking sort […]


  6. 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 […]


  7. 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 […]


  8. 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: […]


  9. 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 […]


  10. 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: […]