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Salem Film Fest 2018


Directed by Various

Germany, USA / 70 mins / English


PEM Morse Auditorium
Friday, March 23, 4:00pm


LOREM IPSUM (PAIN ITSELF) directed by Gabrielle Kash (USA, 2 min., 2017)

A handmade look at why artists hate making, and keep making art.


PHOTOTAXIS directed by Melissa Ferrari (USA, 7 min., 2017)

Rooted in nonfiction, “Phototaxis” connects Mothman, a prophetic demon in West Virginia folklore, and Narcotics Anonymous, the primary treatment program in West Virginia’s addiction epidemic.


FIND FIX FINISH directed by Sylvain Cruiziat and Mila Zhluktenko (Germany, 20 min., 2017)

The accounts of three military drone pilots as they tell the intimate story of the lives they observe on a day-to-day basis. The voyeuristic ocular perspective from a military drone can reduce people to pixels on a screen and a certain decontextualisation is almost necessary to deal with the fact that people can be killed on a push of a button. “Have you ever stepped on an anthill and not given it a second thought?”


THE DRIVER IS RED directed by Randall Christopher (USA, 15 min., 2017)

Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he searches for a mysterious man named Ricardo Klement. What he discovered in the remote outskirts of Buenos Aires would send shock waves around the world.


HOW TO MAKE A PEARL directed by Jason Hanasik (USA, 22 min., 2017)

For 53 years, John Kapellas frolicked underneath the bright sky of the American West. Without warning, he started breaking out in rashes and feeling as if his entire body was on fire whenever he was exposed to light. Diagnosed with a rare photosensitivity to the entire spectrum of light, Kapellas (now 63) has lived the last decade in darkness. “How To Make A Pearl” explores Kapellas’ current reality, his coping mechanisms, and the shadows in his past.


Dates & Times


PEM Morse Auditorium
Friday, March 23, 4:00pm


Kereth Cowe-Spigai