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Salem Film Fest 2018

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  1. FOCUS ON: DAWNLAND

    Posted September 12th, 2018 by jeffschmidt in Uncategorized

    By Shelley Sackett DAWNLAND tells the story of the state of Maine’s effort to come to terms with a shockingly shameful part of its history, when state welfare workers removed Indian children from their families and placed them in foster care. The film follows the work of the state’s Truth And Reconciliation Commission, set up […]


  2. 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 […]


  3. 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 […]


  4. 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 […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. 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 […]


  7. 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, […]


  8. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Erik Ljung, Director of THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP

    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 […]


  9. 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; […]


  10. FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Lindsey Grayzel, Director of THE RELUCTANT RADICAL

    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 […]