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Salem Film Fest 2018


  1. 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, […]


    Posted March 20th, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Erik Ljung is a freelance Producer and Director of Photography currently based in the midwest. He has produced content and short documentaries for the New York Times, VICE News, Al Jazeera, PBS and the Wall Street Journal. Salem Film Fest program director Jeff Schmidt caught up Ljung ahead of THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP’s […]

  3. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Marc de Guerre, Director of BEAUTY AND RUIN

    Posted March 20th, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Marc de Guerre is a documentary writer and director who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He has been making films since 2000. His films are reflective of his broad interests in the areas of popular culture, art; sexuality, and science and technology. From the murder of John Lennon, to Christian rock musicians in Nashville; […]


    Posted March 19th, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? THE RELUCTANT RADICAL explores these questions by following activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law […]


    Posted March 19th, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    MINDING THE GAP is the directorial debut for Bing Liu, who will be attending both the Salem Film Fest opening night screening at CinemaSalem on Thursday, March 22 at 8pm, as well as a special encore screening at Endicott College’s Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Rose Performance Hall on Saturday, March 24 at 4:30pm.  […]

  6. Salem Film Fest announces PEM programming slate at SFF 2018

    Posted February 21st, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

      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 […]

  7. Salem Film Fest presents FOR AHKEEM

    Posted November 15th, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

              The Salem Film Fest selection committee is already hard at work programming for 2018. As usual, we are looking for films that tell compelling and thought-provoking stories–films that introduce fresh perspectives and ways of looking at and understanding the world. But March is pretty far off still. The good news […]

  8. Filmmaker Spotlight: Daniel Cross, director of I AM THE BLUES

    Posted March 9th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Daniel Cross is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, producer, and social justice activist. He is the co-founder of the Montreal-based cinema production company EyeSteelFilm and is also the founder of Homeless Nation, a non-profit online-based organization that aims to build and strengthen homeless communities across Canada by spreading awareness on homelessness and helping homeless populations transition […]

  9. I AM THE BLUES: A Look into the Lives of the Last Blues Legends

    Posted March 9th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Olga Nazarenko The pungent odor of boiling crawdads mixes in the air with the aroma of cigarette smoke. The hazy, blistering sun encourages drops of sweat to trickle down the back. Cold Bud Light soothes the aching thirst that accompanies an afternoon of raspy singing. The distant sound of croaking bullfrogs and crickets in […]

  10. Filmmaker Spotlight: Catching up with SFF Alum Jay Cheel

    Posted March 7th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Jay Cheels’ film BEAUTY DAY was shown at SFF 2013 and this year he returns to Salem Film Fest with HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE.  SFF program director Jeff Schmidt caught up with the Canadian based filmmaker to talk about his work as a documentary filmmaker. JS: How did you first get into filmmaking? […]