Salem Film Fest announces PEM programming slate at SFF 2018
Salem Film Fest has begun to unveil its programming slate for SFF 2018, revealing nine feature-length documentaries, a shorts program and the Doc-a-chusetts Pitch event – all take place at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Friday March 23 – Sunday March 25.
Friday, March 23
4pm – SHORTS BLOCK 1
A collection of short documentaries from around the world.
6pm – THE NEXT GUARDIAN
Directed by Arun Bhattarai and Dorottya Zurbó
The contrasting dreams of two generations clash within an ancient Buddhist monastery in Bhutan.
8:10pm – MR. FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END
Directed by Pablo Bryant
An outrageous editorial cartoonist tries to raise a family and maintain his defiant voice when dangerous humor has no market.
Saturday, March 24
10am – THE DOC-A-CHUSETTS PITCH
Local filmmakers pitch their upcoming documentaries to a panel of industry members in a competition before a live audience, in which you have a vote. The winner receives a $5,000 prize package from Modulus Studios. Free Admission.
12:15pm – American Experience presents INTO THE AMAZON
Directed by John Maggio
The remarkable story of the 1913 expedition by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest.
3:15pm – WAITING FOR THE SUN
Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schröder
The children of China’s death row inmates long for their imprisoned parents.
5:35pm – THE EXPERIMENTAL CITY
Directed by Chad Freidrichs
A visionary scientist, alarmed by the growing environmental crisis in 1960s America, dreams up a futuristic metropolis.
8:10pm – BEAUTY AND RUIN
Directed by Marc de Guerre
Does art matter to a city on the verge of extinction? With Detroit in bankruptcy, masterworks from the Detroit Institute of Art are in peril.
Sunday, March 25
11:30am – RAMEN HEADS
Directed by Koki Shigeno
Chef Osamu Tomita takes cameras into his kitchen, where he shares recipes, trade secrets and his thoughts on flavors.
2pm – A SUITABLE GIRL
Directed by Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra
Three young women strive to reconcile their “new India” contemporary values, identities and dreams with their ancient tradition of arranged marriages.
4:50pm – THE JUDGE
Directed by Erika Cohn
The first woman judge to sit on a West Bank Palestinian Shari’a court redefines how the law treats women.
Tickets for films screening at PEM are now available at the Peabody Essex Museum box office and online or at http://salemfilmfest.com/2018/all-films-events/films/
In addition to events scheduled at PEM, festival screenings will also take place at CinemaSalem and the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem, as well as The Cabot and Endicott College in Beverly.
More announcements and a full schedule of films will be released in the upcoming weeks – visit www.salemfilmfest.com for more information.