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  1. Making history at the House of the Seven Gables filmmaker reception

    Posted March 7th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge The gently falling snow seen through the windows from the intimate Hooper-Hathaway House was a special bonus for the filmmaker reception. The historic low ceilings and wide pine planks on the floor stir the imagination. The unmatchable ambiance of the centuries old space was a terrific treat, even for long time […]


  2. Branded by Salem Film Fest

    Posted March 4th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge, SFF goodies collector I love fashion. But lately I have been wondering if I am starting to look like a NASCAR driver. I surely hope my besties would point out such a fashion faux pas. My typical morning starts with me pouring coffee into my Salem Film Fest mug while I […]


  3. SFF Advice: Arrive early and stay late

    Posted March 3rd, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge Salem Film Fest 2016 marks the ninth year of an extraordinary Fest.  Here is some advice on how to make the most of your Fest experience. To put it simply: arrive early and stay late. Avoid disappointment—get your tickets early. You can get your tickets in advance at the CinemaSalem box office, thus […]


  4. Double Feature – THE THREE HIKERS and KEDI – Editor Mo Stoebe Interview

    Posted March 3rd, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Jeff Schmidt, Program Director, Salem Film Fest In what appears to be a Salem Film Fest first, a filmmaker is attending the festival representing two different feature documentary films – editor Mo Stoebe will join director Natalie Avital in the Massachusetts Premiere of THE THREE HIKERS and director Ceyda Torun in the US Premiere of KEDI.  I […]


  5. A New High – An Interview with Producer Eamon Downey

    Posted March 2nd, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Jeff Schmidt, Program Director, Salem Film Fest In A NEW HIGH, a diverse group of men and women come together to climb out of homelessness and drug addiction through an unorthodox recovery program that uses mountain climbing as a means of rehabilitation. After one year of intense physical and mental conditioning, the team attempts to […]


  6. A Winning Combination: Local artists create Salem Film Fest awards

    Posted March 1st, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By 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 […]


  7. THE ECONOMICS OF BEING SALEM FILM FEST

    Posted February 28th, 2016 by rinusoosthoek in Uncategorized

    By Joe Cultrera, Co-Founder, Salem Film Fest I’m sitting in a café in Astoria, Queens drinking strong coffee and thinking about the dollars and sense behind an event I’m quite proud of. About nine years ago in another café, in another town, a handful of us sat down to contemplate the idea of creating a […]


  8. “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck” is Pure Magic

    Posted February 27th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Shelley A. Sackett Like Alice and the rabbit-hole, viewers of director Olympia Stone’s “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination Of David Beck” know they are entering a very different world from the get-go. The film opens with whimsical jazz and a close up of “Movie Palace”, an elaborate miniature pretend movie theater that combines […]


  9. The Buttons Have Arrived!

    Posted February 26th, 2016 by paulvanness in Uncategorized

    The perennial Salem Film Fest collectable for 2016 arrived via UPS late this afternoon. The awesome 2016 button represents a type of throwback, with its classic design and stylishly-diminutive scale. They are available at CinemaSalem after 8 pm Friday night, February 26, and free for the first 500 SFF lovers.


  10. Salem Film Fest, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

    Posted February 26th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge, SFF organizer and director of Zephyr Gallery My favorite week in Salem MA is fast approaching! In case you missed it, Salem Film Fest is March 3 through March 10, 2016. As a core volunteer with the Fest, I tried to verbalize why I adore this special week-long event. One: the […]