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Industry News - September 2010

More festivals than you can point a camera at, local vampires, workshops, and funding for your documentary in this month's industry news. To report news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

By Casey Stirling

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Catch The Secret in Their Eyes at this year's Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival.

Happenings

The 2nd Annual Online New England Film Festival launches September 1 with an online showcase of 19 local films that have screened at regional film festivals. See the line-up of films and watch them right online.

Women in Film And Video/New England will celebrate the winners of their 8th Annual Screenwriting Competition, and to network with industry professionals on September 26 at the Stuart Street Playhouse from 4-8 pm. The panel includes: Groundhog’s Day screenwriter, Danny Rubin, Lulu in Berlin’s writer, Susan Steinberg, and Marc Weinberg, writer for USA network and A&E. Screenwriting finalists will share excerpts from their screenplays and sponsor organizations will host tables and offer door prizes. Appetizers and cash bar. Tickets available September 1st at www.wifvne.org at $25 for the general public, $20 for students and $15 for WIFVNE members.

The Camden International Film Festival runs September 30th through October 3rd in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland, Maine. Highlights include the Points North Documentary Film Forum and the Made in Maine showcase. Special passes are available. Visit http://camdenfilmfest.org/ to learn more.

The Boston Film Festival celebrates its 26th year September 17–23rd. This year’s festival takes place at the Stuart Street Playhouse. Awards will be given out for feature, documentary, short, and animated films. Keep checking the festival website ( http://www.bostonfilmfestival.org/) for updates.

The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival runs September 9–12th. Highlights include a new International Short Film competition, opening night reception with live music, and a screening of Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes. Festival passes are available. Visit http://mvfilmfest.com/ for ticket information and the full film schedule.

Check out the Boston premiere of Arlington-based filmmaker Alice Dungan Bouvrie’s Thy Will Be Done at the Museum of Fine Arts this month. The documentary follows the transgendered Sara Herwig’s efforts to become an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. The film screens several times during September. Visit the MFA’s website ( http://www.mfa.org/calendar/sub.asp?key=12&subkey=1) to learn more.

Flock to the Flickers North Country Film Festival September 30th to October 3rd at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in New Hampshire. In partnership with the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the festival features winning selections from last month’s Rhode Island festival, the world premiere of Indian Stream Schoolhouse, and a black-tie gala benefit. Visit http://northcountryfilmfestival.org/ to learn more.

Check out the New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema September 18–25th in Providence, Rhode Island. The festival celebrates Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese cinema and filmmakers. Additional screenings will be presented at Harvard University, Yale University, and College of William & Mary. Visit http://www.nefiac.com/ for more details.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird on September 18th at the Boston Public Library. Following a panel discussion with authors Katherine Hall Page and Brunonia Barry, the library will screen the 1962 Academy Award-winning film adaptation. Discussion starts at 1:00 pm, with film screening at 2:30 pm. Check out the BPL’s calendar http://www.bpl.org/news/calendar.htm to learn more.

If you’re sure you won’t be going in the ocean again this season, visit the Coolidge Corner Theatre for a 35th-anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on September 13th at 7:00 pm. Visit http://coolidge.org/node/2374 for more details.

Images Cinema in Williamstown, Massachusetts launches its International Family Film series on September 18th with an Aardman Animations Retrospective, including the Wallace and Gromit episode A Matter of Loaf and Death. The series continues every third Saturday of the month through next May. Tickets are $5. Family Subscriptions are available for $100. For a full list of screenings and to learn more, visit the series at http://imagescinema.org/internationalfamily.php .

As the warm weather winds down, enjoy Providence, Rhode Island’s Movies on the Block at Grant’s Block (corner of Westminster St. and Union St.) every Thursday through September 30th. All films begin at dusk and are free and open to the public. This month, catch The Usual Suspects on September 2nd, Airplane on September 9th, Kill Bill Vol. 1 on September 16th, Bonnie and Clyde on September 23rd, and The Outsiders on September 30th.

Industry Buzz

Massachusetts native Dan Hannon picked up the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at last month’s Rhode Island International Film Festival for The Pond, which he also wrote. The film was shot in New Hampshire and stars Alicia Witt, Todd Rotondi, and David Morse. Visit the film’s website ( http://www.thepondmovie.com/) to learn more.

Made in Rhode Island, ABC’s new show Body of Proof premieres September 24th. The show stars Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan.

The Boston Globe recently chatted with Boston University grad Jenn Proske about her starring role in the new film spoof Vampires Suck. Check out the interview at http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2010/08/15/bu_grad_jenn_proske_discusses_her_big_screen_debut_in_vampires_suck/here.

Opportunities

Register now for producer Tom Kane’s three-day workshop next month in New Haven, Connecticut. The workshop will cover the planning and execution of film and video production. Discounts are available. The New Haven workshop runs October 1–3rd. Visit http://filmtvworkshops.com/ to learn more.

The LEF Foundation’s Moving Image Fund next deadline for pre-production grants is September 17th. Grants are awarded to documentary filmmakers. Visit http://www.lef-foundation.org/NewEngland/MovingImageFundGrants/tabid/160/Default.aspx for guidelines and more information on how to apply.

Interested in volunteering at one of this month’s film festivals? Learn more about volunteering at the Camden International Film Festival (http://camdenfilmfest.org/support/) and the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival (http://mvfilmfest.com/volunteer).