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Salem Film Fest 2017


  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]


    Posted November 12th, 2016 by rinusoosthoek in Uncategorized

    Great news! 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, will be the official media sponsor for the 10th annual Salem Film Fest. The new partnership brings together one of New England’s leading all-documentary film festivals and WBUR, known for its coverage of local, national and international news and a number of nationally syndicated radio programs. “We’re thrilled about the new […]

  5. It’s been 10 years, and the best is yet to come

    Posted November 1st, 2016 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    The 2017 Salem Film Fest is a big one for us. It all started rather quietly, as a question among a handful of people. Could we have a film festival in Salem? 10 years and nine successful festivals later, we are just a few months away from our 10th Salem Film Fest. Watch this space […]

  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 […]