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  1. Let the Season Begin! Launch Party at Koto Grill Kicks off SFF 2016

    Posted February 25th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Shelley A. Sackett About fifty volunteers and sponsors of Salem Film Fest 2016 schmoozed, boozed and snacked at Koto Grill on Washington Street at the traditional launch party that signals the festival’s imminent arrival. A large screen projected a continuous loop of trailers from all 35 feature documentaries that make up this year’s line […]


  2. Best job at SFF: Picking up filmmakers at the airport!

    Posted February 16th, 2016 by rinusoosthoek in Uncategorized

    I Would Have Paid THEM!!!! Little did Salem Film Fest realize in 2014, when I volunteered to be a driver to pick up filmmakers, that I would have paid them for the thrill and honor of having an hour alone with a filmmaker whose film I made sure I saw before meeting them. That was […]


  3. Salem Film Fest returns in March

    Posted February 16th, 2016 by rinusoosthoek in Uncategorized

    To see a great general background article on Salem Film fest that was published Friday, February 12, 2016, written by Shelley A. Sackett of the Wicked Local Media group, please click here. Excerpts: “What do local filmmaker Joe Cultrera, businessman Paul Van Ness, and Salem Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rinus Oosthoek have in common? […]


  4. Getting ready to assign sponsors to films

    Posted January 30th, 2016 by rinusoosthoek in Uncategorized

    It’s that time of the year! The selection committee has finalized the 35 docs that will screen at Salem Film Fest 2016, the schedule is almost done, and now all sponsors will get an opportunity to be matched with a film!


  5. Salem Film Fest 2016 – Opportunities to sponsor and underwrite

    Posted November 14th, 2015 by rinusoosthoek in Uncategorized

    Salem Film Fest 2016 will take place March 3-10, 2016, and if you have been a sponsor in the past, or would like to become a sponsor, we are looking forward to hearing from you. There are a great number of ways in which you can get involved, from helping underwrite a documentary film, or […]


  6. WALKING UNDER WATER: An interview with Director Eliza Kubarska

    Posted March 12th, 2015 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

      By Sarah Wolfe Once upon a time, there was a tribe of people who lived on the sea. Known as the Badjao, their children learned to swim before they could walk. As adults, they could free dive to great depths and hold their breaths for five minutes while hunting along the ocean floor. And, […]


  7. WILD HOME : An Interview with Filmmaker Jack Schurman

    Posted March 8th, 2015 by debralongo in Uncategorized

    By Kali Platt In the Northern Woods of Maine, Vietnam veteran, Bob Miner and wife, Julie, help rehabilitate over 200 species of abused and abandoned animals from their home zoo, DEW Haven.  WILD HOME, directed by brothers Jack and Robert Schurman, tells the story of a man and the companionship with animals that helps set […]


  8. WANDER, WONDER, WILDERNESS: An interview with Director Paul Turano

    Posted March 7th, 2015 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Sarah Wolfe When filmmaker Paul Turano was growing up in rural Connecticut, he spent endless hours playing in forests, lying in fields gazing at the clouds above, and looking for signs of the land’s history in weathered stone walls. Years later, he moved to Boston’s urban environment with its tall buildings and bustling crowds—a […]


  9. MUGSHOT with Filmmaker Dennis Mohr

    Posted March 6th, 2015 by debralongo in Uncategorized

    By Candice Seplow In 2010 at a rest stop in New York, Dennis Mohr discovered the nation’s hottest weekly crime newspaper, The Slammer, which would stay in his possession for an entire year until he picked it up again. The newspaper’s theme, which was dedicated to presenting the most entertaining mug shots to the public, […]


  10. 10 Reasons to Check Out Salem Film Fest 2015

    Posted March 5th, 2015 by debralongo in Uncategorized

    By Nicholas Papa The 8th annual Salem Film Fest has begun! Here are 10 reasons why you should make your way to downtown Salem and check it out: 1. It is among ‘the best.’ Last fall, Boston Globe Magazine named Salem Film Fest one of the “35 Ways to Love a New England Winter” and North […]