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  1. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Olga Delane, Director of SIBERIAN LOVE

    Posted March 27th, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

      What does a woman need to be happy and fulfilled? After 20 years of living in Berlin, director Olga Delane journeys back to her roots in a small Siberian village, where she is confronted with traditional views of relationships, life and love. SFF Selection Committee member Shelley Sackett caught up with Delane ahead of […]


  2. FOCUS ON: THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING

    Posted March 26th, 2018 by rebeccadelucia in Uncategorized

    Documentaries of love are the best kind. They foster critical thought without tearing down their subjects. They are capable of inducing good-humored nose-twitching even as the bickering between family members resumes. They take behemoth abstractions like national identity and show you their blood pulse. THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING emerges in slow-motion from a fog. […]


  3. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Mark Hayes, Director of SKID ROW MARATHON

    Posted March 26th, 2018 by rebeccadelucia in Uncategorized

    Despite its excursions abroad, SKID ROW MARATHON is rooted to place. It names a neighborhood in its title; this neighborhood becomes a metonymy for rock bottom. There are beautiful aerial shots that follow the gridded street patterns on the runners’ routes. We may leave momentarily or, better yet, for good, but Skid Row remains with […]


  4. FOCUS ON: THE RELUCTANT RADICAL

    Posted March 25th, 2018 by rebeccadelucia in Uncategorized

      THE RELUCTANT RADICAL posits documentary as an extension of activism. It creates from its opening scene an inexorable trajectory towards its climax: climate activist Ken Ward’s boldest direct action yet, in which he and a coordinated group of environmentalists shut down the TransMountain pipeline in 2016. As a result of this action, activists and […]


  5. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Erika Cohn, Director of THE JUDGE

    Posted March 24th, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    The religious Shari’a courts of Islam ban women from adjudicating domestic and family matters. Kholoud Al-Faqih, a criminal lawyer who has drawn the support of a progressive Sheik, challenges over 1,000 years of tradition with her appointment as the first woman judge to sit on a West Bank Palestinian Shari’a court. THE JUDGE follows Kholoud […]


  6. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Beth Cloutier, Director of LAST STAND AT DODGE

    Posted March 23rd, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    SFF program director Jeff Schmidt caught up with Beth Cloutier, director of LAST STAND AT DODGE ahead of her film’s World Premiere at The Cabot on Friday night at 9:20pm. JS: We’re excited to host the World Premiere your film and present it as our inaugural North Shore Spotlight – how does it feel to […]


  7. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Ali Weinstein, Director of MERMAIDS

    Posted March 23rd, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Kereth Cowe-Spigai MERMAIDS is my favorite kind of documentary–the kind that surprises me. When I sat down to watch this film, my interest level was fair to middling, and it was difficult to imagine connecting with the subject matter. But I did. In a pretty big way. That’s the beauty of a great documentary–it […]


  8. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Weiss and Bradley Berman, Directors of NAT BATES FOR MAYOR

    Posted March 22nd, 2018 by rebeccadelucia in Uncategorized

    NAT BATES FOR MAYOR is a straightforward, compelling portrayal of mayoral candidates vying for the vote in Richmond, CA. Directors Bradley Berman and Eric Weiss go in for the extensive, intensive coverage of the sparring city council, candidates pounding the pavement, and public figures outside of their local haunts, at times dreaming and seething. What […]


  9. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Dave O’Leske, Director of DIRTBAG

    Posted March 21st, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Dave O’Leske, the director of DIRTBAG: The Legend of Fred Beckey, has a degree in Biology and was on the road to medical school when he changed direction and followed his desire to explore the world and document what he had experienced through still photography and eventually video.  He started his company Through a Child’s […]


  10. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Lindsey Megrue, Producer THIS IS HOME

    Posted March 21st, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    THIS IS HOME premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary.  Salem Film Fest Selection Committee member Shelley Sackett had a chance to talk with producer Lindsey Megrue, ahead of THIS IS HOME’s New England premiere, which will take place at The Cabot in Beverly on Friday, […]