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Salem Film Fest 2018


  1. A New High – An Interview with Producer Eamon Downey

    Posted March 2nd, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Jeff Schmidt, Program Director, Salem Film Fest In A NEW HIGH, a diverse group of men and women come together to climb out of homelessness and drug addiction through an unorthodox recovery program that uses mountain climbing as a means of rehabilitation. After one year of intense physical and mental conditioning, the team attempts to […]

  2. A Winning Combination: Local artists create Salem Film Fest awards

    Posted March 1st, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge Salem Film Fest 2016 will present six awards to filmmakers screening their films at the festival. Who will win? Stay tuned! The winning filmmaker receives an original artwork made by one of four local artists. The aesthetic of each award is as varied as the films themselves and the award artists […]


    Posted February 28th, 2016 by rinusoosthoek in Uncategorized

    By Joe Cultrera, Co-Founder, Salem Film Fest I’m sitting in a café in Astoria, Queens drinking strong coffee and thinking about the dollars and sense behind an event I’m quite proud of. About nine years ago in another café, in another town, a handful of us sat down to contemplate the idea of creating a […]

  4. “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck” is Pure Magic

    Posted February 27th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Shelley A. Sackett Like Alice and the rabbit-hole, viewers of director Olympia Stone’s “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination Of David Beck” know they are entering a very different world from the get-go. The film opens with whimsical jazz and a close up of “Movie Palace”, an elaborate miniature pretend movie theater that combines […]

  5. The Buttons Have Arrived!

    Posted February 26th, 2016 by paulvanness in Uncategorized

    The perennial Salem Film Fest collectable for 2016 arrived via UPS late this afternoon. The awesome 2016 button represents a type of throwback, with its classic design and stylishly-diminutive scale. They are available at CinemaSalem after 8 pm Friday night, February 26, and free for the first 500 SFF lovers.

  6. Salem Film Fest, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

    Posted February 26th, 2016 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Mary Beth Bainbridge, SFF organizer and director of Zephyr Gallery My favorite week in Salem MA is fast approaching! In case you missed it, Salem Film Fest is March 3 through March 10, 2016. As a core volunteer with the Fest, I tried to verbalize why I adore this special week-long event. One: the […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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? […]

  10. 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!