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Salem Film Fest 2018

Posts by Kereth


  1. 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 […]


  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. 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 […]


  5. 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, […]


  6. Meet the organizer–a conversation with selection committee member Debra Longo

    Posted February 28th, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    By far, the best part of being an organizer of the Salem Film Fest is all of the wonderful people who do the work with you. I have personally made connections with people who I would never have had a chance to meet and work with if not for this festival. One of those people […]


  7. How to get the most out of Salem Film Fest–a chat with the master

    Posted February 25th, 2017 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    As the ten-year anniversary of the Salem Film Fest fast approaches, we take a moment here to reminisce with early adopter Don Nadeau. Well-known around CinemaSalem prior to the first festival, Don showed up year one, completely prepared with his dog-eared program and well-stocked backpack. This has not been scientifically verified, but there’s a pretty […]


  8. It’s been 10 years, and the best is yet to come

    Posted November 1st, 2016 by Kereth in Uncategorized

    The 2017 Salem Film Fest is a big one for us. It all started rather quietly, as a question among a handful of people. Could we have a film festival in Salem? 10 years and nine successful festivals later, we are just a few months away from our 10th Salem Film Fest. Watch this space […]