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Salem Film Fest 2018


  1. Filmmaker Spotlight: Estephan Wagner LES SAUTEURS (THOSE WHO JUMP)

    Posted March 6th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    In LES SAUTEURS (THOSE WHO JUMP), over one thousand African migrants live in a makeshift camp in the forest overlooking Melilla, from where they repeatedly try to jump the high-security border fences that separate Africa from Europe. When filmmakers hand a camera over to Malian emigrant, Abou Bakar Sidibé, and step away, the result is […]

  2. Fighting for Freedom of Speech: DATELINE-SAIGON

    Posted March 5th, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    By Olga Nazarenko “But I mean, they’re impossible, aren’t they?” asks John. F Kennedy inquisitively about the press reporting news from the war in Vietnam. “Terribly difficult. Halberstam and Sheehan are the ones that are just causing a lot of trouble. They’re allowing an idealistic philosophy to color all their writing,” Secretary of Defense Robert […]

  3. WRESTLING ALLIGATORS: More from director Andrew Shea

    Posted March 5th, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    Now that WRESTLING ALLIGATORS has screened, here is the rest of of my conversation with Andrew Shea, as promised. Here he discusses an upcoming project, a recent development in the Seminole tribe’s efforts to reach an agreement with the state of Florida, as well as the origin of the film’s excellent title. Enjoy! KCS: I noticed that you are […]

  4. American Cinematographer announces Cinematography Award

    Posted March 4th, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Stephen Pizzello, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of American Cinematographer, has once again served as the jury for the American Cinematographer Award for Cinematography at Salem Film Fest.  Below is his statement regarding this year’s nominees and the winner. All of this year’s documentary contenders for Best Cinematography offer compelling visual interest and reflect excellent work by […]

  5. Filmmaker Spotlight: A Conversation with Sara Taksler

    Posted March 3rd, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    One of this year’s most topical films, TICKLING GIANTS follows Bassem Youssef, often dubbed the Egyptian Jon Stewart, as he transitions from surgeon to full-time political satirist during the tumultuous Arab Spring. The Daily Show inspired Youssef, whose work was at turns legitimately dangerous and revolutionary in a way that Jon Stewart’s work, protected by the First […]

  6. Filmmaker Spotlight: Catching up with SFF Alum Maite Alberdi

    Posted March 3rd, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Maite Alberdi‘s film TEA TIME was shown at SFF 2015, this year she returns with THE GROWN-UPS.  SFF program director Jeff Schmidt caught up with the Chilean based filmmaker to talk about her work as a documentary filmmaker. JS: How did you first get into filmmaking? MA: In film school, it was very weird to […]

  7. Finding Peace with THE PEACEMAKER

    Posted March 3rd, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Olga Nazarenko “Apostle-like immigrant” “martyr” “workaholic” Padraig O’Malley was called many things; however, one thing that everyone agreed upon was that he was a peacemaker. Patience, persistence, empathy, and occasionally using “the Irish card” aid the tall, bearded man from Dublin to do what he does best: negotiate. In the documentary film The Peacemaker, […]

  8. Salem Film Fest 2017 Schedule – Grid View

    Posted March 2nd, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    Navigating all the films and special screenings at Salem Film Fest is always a challenge. There’s gotta be an easier way! This year we have created a convenient downloadable schedule grid to help you plan your own schedule at the fest. You can download it by clicking the link below. It will also be included […]

  9. Little Moments of Glory

    Posted March 2nd, 2017 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    There are so many new things Salem Film Fest is doing for its tenth anniversary, like our opening night Gala this Thursday with the first ever Salem Film Fest Storyteller Award presented to FRONTLINE founder David Fanning! (Editor’s note: But one venture in particular makes me especially proud to be a volunteer. I am […]

  10. Filmmaker Spotlight–Catching up with Andrew Shea

    Posted March 1st, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    This year we have a new film by Salem Film Fest alum Andrew Shea, director of PORTRAIT OF WALLY, which screened in 2013. This year, we will be screening his new film, WRESTLING ALLIGATORS, which focuses on James Billie, once Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as a musician, soldier, and yes, alligator wrestler. Engaging, […]