ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Press Releases
Conversation with Indie Filmmakers
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) for the first time ever AIFF introduces Conversations with Indie Filmmakers, a collaboration with Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMI). Conversations is a bi-monthly series of interviews with Indie Filmmakers. The purpose of this series is to offer insight into the creative world of film making and share the personal journey of a filmmaker in making and producing a film.
These conversations are intended to empower the indie film making community, create platform for sharing experience and knowledge… the insider’s world of the do’s and don’ts of producing a film about scripting, writing, casting, directing, lighting, etc.
AIFF is pleased to announce the first of these Conversations will be with filmmaker, Rick Beyer hosted by John Rule, of Rule Boston Camera.
Rick Beyer is a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning documentary producer, and a long-time history enthusiast. His new book Rivals Unto Death: Hamilton and Burr will be published in February 2017 by Hachette books. His independent documentary The Ghost Army, premiered on PBS in 2013, and won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. It tells the story of an extraordinary WWII unit that used creativity and illusion to fool the Germans. He also has co-authored a bestselling book on the unit. Rick has produced numerous other documentaries and is the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series. of history books. He has curated museum exhibits relating to World War II and the American Revolution. He has also made numerous media appearances, and frequently speaks to audiences on subjects that include innovation, filmmaking, and the quirky tales that make history come alive. He is an adjunct faculty member in the communications department of Lasell College.
John Rule is CEO of Rule Boston Camera. Founded in 1990, Rule Boston Camera provides production companies, broadcast and cable networks, and independent producers with the film, video, and audio equipment and know-how they need for their most critical projects. Their stellar reputation reflects the expertise of its staff; comprehensive service, which extends from equipment-related production planning through installation and tech support; and the quality and capabilities of the professional-grade equipment we rent and sell.
Film making is more than just getting a camera rolling and capturing a subject. It embraces many aspects of the arts and can include music, dance, theater, staging/carpentry, storytelling/poetry, the fine arts, photography, drawing/animation and puppetry. Our goal with Conversations is to engage the arts across all spectrum's. We hope you tune-in to this program, whether you are a seasoned filmmaker, an aspiring filmmaker or an appreciative audience of creative film!
2017 AIFF Call for Entries Open
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s Call for Entries. Submission information can be found on the website, Aiffest.org and entries posted on FilmFreeway.com. AIFF continues to unearth some of the best independent storytellers in all genres and presents a diverse array of local, national, and international narrative and documentary features, shorts, and student films. Award sponsors include RCN, Glidecam Industries, Inc., High Output, Cyber Link, Engine Room Edit, Rule Camera, Talamas Boston, WGBH, Irving House, AARP, Tartufo restaurant, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Arlington Community Media, Inc,(ACMi), KUMON. By State Banner, Imagine Magazine, Movie-blogger.com...
Each year, the festival hosts more than 2,000 cinema fans and presents 50 plus screenings. Filmmakers, producers, students, and media outlets from across the United States regularly converge at this festival and exit Arlington infused with big ideas and extraordinary new connections. Director, April Ranck says of the Festival, "the enthusiasm that culminates in Arlington around the film screenings, visiting directors, and conversations is exciting; people come together infused with energy and ideas because of the stories shared by amazing indie filmmakers. It is wonderful to see the interaction among community organizations, businesses/corporations, educational institutions, and audience members. The Arlington International Film Festival is an annual event not to be missed!”
Recognized for drawing an impressive lineup of premieres as well as identifying talented filmmakers early in their careers, AIFF is proud to have screened films that have been recognized world-wide, chosen to tour internationally with the State Department, official selections of the Cannes Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival in Italy, Berlin Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, purchased by HBO and PBS and nominated for Academy Awards.
As AIFF opens its Call for Entries, we look forward to another year of exceptional films that foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film and nurturing the next generation of filmmakers.
STUDENT FILMMAKERS SUBMIT AT http://www.festivalfocus.org/submit/267/
Illustration + diversity a New Era for AIFF Poster Contest
Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) kicks off its seventh annual Poster Competition with an exclusive invitation to collaborate with an illustration class at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to create the poster that will become the face of the 2017 International Film Festival.
After five years of high school student competitions, AIFF took a different path last year, inviting Mt. Ida College students in Steven Jurgensmeyer’s graphic design class to participate exclusively in the competition; it was a huge success. In keeping with the vision and mission of promoting the next generation of designers, it was decided this year to offer the opportunity to Massachusetts College of Art and Design and work exclusively with Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class.
Founded in 1873, MassArt is the nation’s first independent public institution of higher education dedicated to the training of artists. It is one of the oldest art schools, the only publicly funded free-standing art school in the United States, and was the first art college in the United States to grant an artistic degree.
Robert Maloney, Assistant Professor of the Illustration Department at Massachusetts College of Art has partnered with the AIFF to bring junior and senior level students from the Illustration Department into the Poster Competition. When Professor Maloney was approached about his students entering a poster competition for the AIFF, the answer was a very quick, “I’m always looking for projects to engage and challenge my students. Not only would this be an excellent opportunity for students to get a glimpse into the industry, but it would offer a chance to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them launch their careers.”
Robert Maloney, a Massachusetts native, has a Masters of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art. His recent work focuses on the connections between the temporary materials of our man-made, urban structures and how these fragile forms relate to the erosion of memory. His work has been featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, The Pulse of Mixed Media (North Light Books), Art Revolution (North Light Books) and Artscope Magazine and his work is held in the collection of Wellington Management, Liberty Mutual and private collections. His exhibitions, commissions and publications include the following:
Exhibitions: Gridwork: Copley Society of Art, Boston MA. I...You...We... Space 242, Boston MA. On the Street: Kingston Gallery, Boston MA. On the Grid: The Copley Society of Art, Boston MA. Spin: CVB Space, New York, NY. Contours: Dimensional Art Exhibit: Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA. Solo show Prudential Maxfield, Boston, MA. New Work: Boon Gallery, Salem, MA. Trinity Inspires: Trinity Church, Boston, MA. Big Dig Art Exhibition at the Onyx Hotel, Boston, MA. Maloney & Sons: The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA. Manifest: The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA.
Collections/Commission Work: Liberty Mutual, Slone Epidemiology Center, Post Office Square Dental, Acambis Biotech, Wellington Management and Private Collections in US, Germany, and Luxembourg.
Publications: The Artists Pulse: North Light Books, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators: North Light Books.
The illustration program at Mass Art emphasizes the importance of drawing from observation, exploring a wide range of media and acquiring the skills in developing a variety of visual narrative concepts. Professor Maloney's Experimental Illustration Techniques course explores a variety of mixed media techniques that push the boundaries of the 2D/3D plane. Using contemporary mixed media artists as a jumping off point, the class investigates the possibilities of alternative image making over the course of the semester.
Poster entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges with expertise in composition, design, public relations and marketing and evaluated based on visual appeal, content and marketability. The selected poster design will appear locally, nationally and internationally in various forms; i.e. print, TV, and web promotions. The winning artist will be announced in April 2017 at a Press Conference/Reception, open to the public, and awarded a cash prize of $500.
The Arlington International Film Festival
October 26 - 29, 2017
Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | East Arlington, MA
Mission Statement: To foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers
YOUTH AIFF Call for Students Entries Open
2016 DTG Annual Report https://arlingtonmadtg.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/arlington-diversity-annual-report.pdf
Conversation with Arthur Musah|Director of Naija Beta & Local Director's Awards
Conversation with Richard Kane, Melody Kane-Lewis, director and producer of Imber's Left hand and Rebecca Nemser Art and Film Critic | 13Forest Gallery
Q&A/Reception at 13Forest Gallery
BOSTONES from Boston University to Arlington MA
The Boston University BosTones, a Cappella Group
Take to the Streets of Capitol Square in Arlington MA
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is proud to host The BosTones, an a cappella group from Boston University who will be singing in Capitol Square on Saturday, October 29, 1:45 PM in front of the Capitol Theatre.
Founded in 1996, The BosTones bring a new dimension of soul, sweetness, and sass to the a cappella scene. They make sure to sweat the small details to deliver stellar and unique renditions of our favorite music, from Stevie Wonder to Queen Beyonce.
They have had quite an exciting year, earning the title of "Best a Cappella Group in the Northeast", and being finalists and semi final champions at the 2016 International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella. And they are just getting started
If you are shopping, dining, gallery hopping or coming to the 6th annual Arlington International Film Festival in Capitol Square on Saturday make sure you stop-by the Theatre to hear this amazing group of singers!
BOSTON PREMIERE THIS WEEK of a shocking new documentary, “Death By Design,” about the damaged lives and environmental destruction that are caused by smart phones, tablets, and all the digital devices we love so much. First showing at the Environmental Film Festival (Thursday, Sept 29 at 6:00 pm, Kendall Square Cinema), and repeat showing at the GlobeDocs Film Festival (Friday, Sept 30 at 5:30 pm, Brattle Theatre). Tickets are available at http://dceff.org/film/death-by-design/ and http://filmfest.bostonglobe.com/film/ death-by-design/. Filmmaker Sue Williams will attend both screenings.
Co-presenting with the Boston Latino International Film Festival
La Buena Vida (The Good Life)
Documentary, 98 mins, Frauke Knappke, Germany/Colombia, 2015
The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, young and charismatic leader Jairo Fuentes sets out to negotiate with the mine’s operators. They’re backed by powerful global resources companies such as Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on modern, electrified houses – on the so-called “better life.” Instead, they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon becomes a fight to survive. “La Buena Vida” is the story of the Wayúu community, set against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence. www.bliff.org
09/29 @5:45pm – Tsai Auditorium @David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
10/01 @4:15 pm – Northeastern University
Co-presenting with the Boston Palestine Film Festival
The Curve (81 min)
Rifqi Adnan Assaf, Director | Palestine | 2015 | Drama
Three displaced souls—a reclusive Palestinian, a talkative Palestinian divorcee heading to Syria, and a Lebanese TV director—meet by chance and embark on a road trip across Jordan in a VW minivan while discussing their troubled pasts, fears, nostalgic reminiscences, and hopes for the future.
The most recent entry in a long catalogue of films from the Middle East on the experience of displacement, Rifqi Assaf’s impressive debut feature is part road trip movie, part lyrical meditation on the perpetual journey that is exile.
Thursday, October 20, 7:30 pm - Museum of Fine Arts
Co-presenting with the Boston Jewish Film Festival
AKA Nadia (115 min)
Tova Ascher, Director | Israel | 2016 | Narrative Massachusetts Premiere
Maya Goldwasser is a mom, a successful choreographer, and the wife of an Israeli official of the Ministry of Justice. But Maya was born as Nadia, to a Palestinian family. After getting involved with Nimer, a PLO activist, in her youth, Nadia had to abandon her roots and secretly take up a new identity as an Israeli Jew. When Nimer reappears, Nadia is forced to confront her past. In Hebrew, English, and Arabic with subtitles.
Winner of The Israel Critics’ Forum Award for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.
Thursday, Nov 17, 2016, 7 pm - Arlington Capitol Theatre
2016 AIFF Kick-Off Program @ The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Arlington, 2016 ---The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), now in its 6th year, is committed to building vibrant partnerships with organizations, businesses, educational, arts and cultural institutions in New England, fostering appreciation for different cultures while engaging communities through the art of film. This year’s Festival KICK-OFF, a collaboration with The Rose Kennedy Greenway, is the screening of a special program of international shorts. We hope you join us for the evening Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm in Dewey Square, Boston!
International Shorts Program
Sensorium (5 min) / Perpetual Motion (5 min)
Karen Aqua, Director | Ken Field, Composer | 2007 | Experimental Animation | USA
Sensorium, a hand-drawn experimental animation exploring the relationship between music and image.
Perpetual Motion celebrates the cyclical nature of time, and the symbols and rites which have been created to mark and honor its passage.
Wedding Cake (9 min)
Viola Baier, Director | 2013 | Animation | Germany
Two marzipan figures come to life on top of a wedding cake and begin to sculpt the perfect marriage out of cake icing. As time passes this perfect marriage is hijacked.
The Baby (15 min)
Ali Asgari, Director | 2014 | Narrative | Iran/Italy
Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival
Stress mounts as Narges and her friend have just a few hours to find someone to take care of her baby for a few days as her parents are paying an unexpected visit.
Mee (4 min)
Letty Felgendreher, Director | 2014 | Animation | Germany
A special story of an international adoption.
Fallt (3 min)
C. Whitehead, Director | 2014 | Animation | USA
A farmer struggles to keep his land when Mr. Fallt’s fault finding goes too far. Gravity must be found and a judge must question his judgement. A humorous commentary on the law.
Yo Presidenta (18 min)
Arantxa Echevarria, Director | 2015 | Narrative | Spain
A comedic parody on the social issues of our time. Chaos reigns as elections take place in Europe…they need to elect a leader quickly. Through a psychological study, it is determined that the most gifted to lead the nation is a person who has the most friends on Facebook.
The Missing Scarf (7 min )
Eoin Duf, Director | 2013 | Animation | Ireland
A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears…of the unknown, failure, rejection and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei and short listed for the 2014 Oscar Short Animation award.
O Atelier (14 min)
Edgar Duvivier, Director | 2014 | Narrative | Brazil
A witty narrative about art…the value, legitimacy, creativity, ethics and appropriation of art. The creative experience meets the temptation of fraud.
Arlington High School Student, Gayatri Sundar Rajan
Master of Ceremonies for AIFF Student Filmmaker’s Program/Awards
The Arlington International Film Festival is extremely proud to announce Gayatri Sundar Rajan as Master of Ceremonies for the 6th annual AIFF Student Filmmaker’s Program.
In addition to highlighting the best of student filmmakers, AIFF is delighted to provide a platform for students with speaking skills like Ms Sundar Rajan. “We are honored that Gayatri has accepted our invitation to host this year’s Student Program and we look forward to the addition of her magic that she will bring to the stage”, said April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF.
Ms Sundar Rajan is a multi-talented Arlington High School student. She describes herself as a digital storyteller. Since 6th grade Gayatri has volunteered at Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi) producing shows, documentaries, and news segments in addition to taking part in youth productions. Gayatri is currently a Junior at Arlington High School, a member of the Cross Country Team, a leader of the Speech & Debate Team, a member of the Mock Trial Team, and plays the carnatic violin.
Over the years, her most favorite productions have been a documentary - originally for National History Day - about women in the workforce and an Arlington Public News series about how body image affects teenagers and what mechanisms they can use to cope with the issue. When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Gayatri says, “I enjoy hearing the stories of Arlingtonians and translating their emotions, actions, and work into videos that we can all learn from and enjoy.”
“The ability to express myself and expand my horizons through simply working with and for amazing people has truly shaped me into the person I am today. I am truly honored and ecstatic to be hosting the Youth Awards at the Arlington International Film Festival and hope to gain yet another unique perspective into the field of media arts”, said Gayatri Sundar Rajan.
ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CAPITOL THEATRE | ARLINGTON
Arlington… a Cultural Destination
The ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF), now in its 6th year, proudly announces the upcoming annual Festival October 27 - 30 at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington, MA… home of the Festival.
Executive Director, April Ranck said that AIFF is extremely excited to return to Arlington, especially to the Capitol Theatre for this year’s festival. “Our growth has been exponential, evidenced with the number and quality of film submissions received as well in audience attendance. Last year was a tremendous success at the Kendall Square Cinema. We are delighted to be welcomed home by the Capitol Theatre management and hope to bring along the audience we garnered in Cambridge.”
Collaboration is about process, about bringing the best of what people and organizations have to offer and working together to realize mutual goals. AIFF takes great pride in its collaborations and its commitment to building vibrant partnerships with organizations, businesses, educational, arts and cultural institutions in New England. It is an honor for AIFF to partner with The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for the official KICK-OFF of this year’s Festival featuring a special screening of international shorts. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Friday evening, September 23, 7:30 PM.
For five years AIFF has screened films submitted by Wapikoni Mobile of Quebec, Canada. The Harvard University Native American Program, the Harvard University Canada Program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard Art Museum, the Institute for New England Native American Studies at UMASS Boston, together with the Arlington International Film Festival are proposing to host a series of film screenings and panel presentations, course presentations, and networking events with Wapikoni Mobile’s director Manon Barbeau and Wapikoni Mobile’s filmmakers. Stay tuned for an update on this proposed event.
The mission of AIFF is to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers. In keeping with the mission, AIFF has three distinct components, one being the annual poster contest where the winning poster becomes the face of the Festival and the graphic design artist receives a $500 cash prize. After five years of high school student competitions, it was decided to offer this design opportunity to college students. Graphic design students at Mount Ida College were invited exclusively to participate in this year’s Poster Design Contest. Tyler Wood was chosen as the winner of the 2016 AIFF Poster Contest; the press announcement and reception was held on April 21st at the Arlington Center for the Arts.
The second component of AIFF is the high school filmmaker’s competition that was registered this year with UNESCO. After viewing submissions from countries as far away as Russia, Italy and Canada and as close as New York, Arlington, Lynn, Boston and Dorchester, the judges recently released the Best of Festival winner to be Attached At The Soul by William Leon, a 15 year old from Los Angles who wrote and directed this winning short.
AIFF’s master component is that of the film festival that showcases some of the finest and most creative cinematic works in the world, those of independent filmmakers. We are proud to have showcased films that have been recognized world-wide, chosen to tour internationally with the State Department, participants of the Cannes Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival in Italy, Berlin Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, purchased by HBO and PBS and nominated for Academy Awards.
The jury is preparing to announce this year’s program. A taste of the films that will be screened this year are Armenia by M.A. Littler, a cinematic interweaving of film, literature and history – a motion picture that deliberately refuses to adhere to the rules of the traditional film genres tracing the Armenian diaspora; Fiddlesticks a comedy by German filmmaker, Veit Helmer that chronicles a group of kindergartener’s that set out to free their grandfather from an old folks home; Home Care, Slavek Horak’s award-winning film set in a southern Moravian village blends drama with gentle humor and chosen as the Czech Republic’s nomination for best foreign Oscar.
As the Festival continues to grow so does our Jury. We would like to introduce two of our distinguished graphic design judges that have joined us this year: Jeannet Leendertse who relocated to Boston from the Netherlands, owner of jldesign and mooizeg providing services to the publishing industry and those who look to publish independently and Ingrid de Aguiar Sanchez, a native of Brazil and Community Arts Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts. Film festival judges that have joined us this year are: Paul Dervis, writer and director of theatre and acclaimed film critic, Lawrence Benedict, actor and film critic, Rick Beyer, professor of film and filmmaker and Sophie Siefried with Epic Pictures Group in LA.
Please join us this year for our KICK-OFF on the Greenway September 23rd and for the Festival at the Capitol Theatre October 27-30 as we explore cultures from around the world. THE ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL… your cultural destination for the best in independent local, national and international films!
October 27 – 30, 2016 | Capitol Theatre | Arlington MA | 204 Mass Ave |
Lights, Camera, Action
AIFF Announces the Winners of the
Student Filmmakers Competition 2016
Arlington, MA — The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is proud to announce the High School Student Award Winners of the 6th annual Festival that will be held at the Capitol Theatre, October 27-30. The awarded shorts were chosen by a jury that reviewed the 85 film submissions that competed in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation and experimental.
This year’s festival will feature great films produced by talented High School filmmakers from Massachusetts, New York, California, South Africa, Italy, Iran, Russia and Canada. AIFF is thrilled to share with you the winners of the 2016 Arlington International Film Festival Competition and Official Selections.
Best of Festival: ”Attached At The Soul”
A film about the bond between two kind souls of different backgrounds. It begins when they first met, charts their meaningful journey, and ends with their departure from this world, together. The film promotes friendship, diversity, equal rights, compassion, love and acceptance. Director - William Leon
Best Documentary: “Todo tiene su tiempo”/”Everything Has Its Time”
A woman opens up about her struggles and how her hard work manifested into her life’s accomplishments. According to AIFF Judge, Michael Mahin, "Todo tiene su tiempo" has been chosen as Best Doc for its simplicity, its technical efficiency, and its pertinent message. “In an age of growing anti-immigrant sentiment, the film acts as an important reminder that these are people, families, human beings who we are discussing. Without pretension or artifice, "Todo tiene su tiempo" explores what it means to make a new home in a new place with those closest to us.” Director - Marylys Merida
Best Narrative: “Teach Me Fish”
A lonely boy obsessed with geology gets more than he asks for when he goes out on one of his daily rock hunts. Kevin Wetmore, AIFF Judge, speaks about the film; “It tells a cohesive visual story and is also very funny and likable. All of the performances work well, especially that of the alien visitor. The sound production, sound editing, and music choices all work wonderfully. The cinematography is also a highlight. All the shots seem carefully composed and there is a consistent style throughout the film. Overall this film is an accomplishment to be proud of, and the filmmakers should not hesitate to create new work.” Director - Asa Minter
Best Experimental: “I Don’t Need U”
A girl who grew up without her father writes a letter about her deepest and most sincere feelings about him. "With simple but elegant camerawork and effective voice-over narration, 'I Don't Need U' subtly but powerfully underscores the primordial bond between parent and child - and the pain that can be caused by the absence of this bond," said Michael Mahin. Director - Alyssa Peguero
Additional highlights of this year’s festival screenings:
A Way Out (3 min)
Ayanna Marte, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Massachusetts
The way dance makes your heart go boom, boom, boom.
Breath (3 min)
Sara Test, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Massachusetts & Group POV Massachusetts
Drowning in the stress of a busy life, a girl remembers the beauty of her experiences to keep herself above water in this visual poem.
Colour (2 min)
Taryn Birkett, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Canada
Self-portrait of a young woman of mixed race.
Dancing Machine (3 min)
Linwood Giles III, Director | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts
A dancer tells his story through motion against the background of Boston.
Electric Love (3 min)
Isaac Eliot, Megan Faretta, Micah Richardson, Ethan Crain and Akai Fitzpatrick, Directors | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts
A man has a great relationship with his IPhone. What happens when he gets too close?
Fruition to Frustration (2 min)
Angaer Arop, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Canada
Self-exploration of color expressed poetically.
The Great Robbing of Randall Cobb (15 min)
Lorenzo Rugerio, Director | Narrative | 2016 | Massachusetts
Two high schoolers attempt to rob the school teacher's pet when they discover he's selling illegal substances. However, like all great heists, it does not go as planned...
Livin the Lies (11 min)
Annmarie Soba, Director | Narrative | 2015 | Maysles Doc Center NY
An unflinching portrait of a conflicted Jamaican teenager struggling to be true to himself.
Magical (8 min)
Jack Kelly, Liam Mulcahy, Lizzy Embick, Alayna D'Amico, Taryn Osborne, Directors | Narrative | 2015 | Canada
When Will can't seem to get a girlfriend, his fairy godmother decides to help. Sure enough, wacky hijinks follow. But, when push comes to shove, can Will manage to win the heart of Anna while keeping his friendship with his fairy godmother intact?
Park Bench (3 min)
Thaisha Belis, Jack Eliot, Beatrice Jackson, Danajae Jones, Paul Vekiarides and Johnathan Yannis, Directors | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts
A man with a special gift finds a piece of himself in one the strangest places.
The Tree of Me (2 min)
Elee Stalker, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Canada
Self-portrait expressed metaphorically.
AIFF is pleased to feature a film from this year’s Harvard College Film Festival that will be screened at the Student Filmmaker’s Program, The Flag by American director Tyler Parker.
In the summer of 2015, a gunman killed nine black parishioners in a Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, blowing open the doors to conversations of race, rage, and reconciliation across the state. The Flag, made during the director's junior year of undergraduate studies, documents those conversations under the shadow of the Confederate Flag flying high in front of the South Carolina State Capitol Building in Columbia, SC.
The Arlington International Film Festival would like to thank the Judges for jurying this year’s High School Filmmakers Competition. They are Michael Mahin (Writer, Film Critic, and Marketing Coordinator for special events at the Arlington Center for the Arts), Kevin Wetmore (Filmmaker & Youth Coordinator at ACMi), Jonathan Barbato (Production Manager at ACMi), and Naythen Lowe (Editor and creator of the DIYDS).
On behalf of the Organizers and Judges of AIFF, we congratulate all those who submitted their films this year. The Judges were incredibly impressed with the breadth and diversity of material submitted. Each film combined technical excellence with a strong sense of place and character and each filmmaker should be proud of the film they submitted. We encourage you to keep on making films!
Partners: ACMi, Kumon, Glidecam Industries, Inc, WGBH, CyberLink, CineSend, iPitch.tv, MB movie-blogger.com
The Arlington International Film Festival’s mission is to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film - and to nurture the next generation of filmmakers. We screen narrative and documentary features and shorts, plus a special category of short films by High School Student Filmmakers. Panel discussions and/or Q&A’s follow many special screenings, offering provocative conversations with filmmakers/producers, academics, and the business community. www.AIFFest.org
Arlington International Film Festival
October 27-30 | Capitol Theatre | Arlington M
2016 AIFF Kick-Off Friday, September 23, 7:30 pm
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The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), now in its 6th year, is committed to building vibrant partnerships with organizations, businesses, arts and social organizations in New England, fostering appreciation for different cultures while engaging communities through the art of film. This year’s Festival kick-off, a collaboration with The Rose Kennedy Greenway, is the screening of a special program of international shorts. We hope you join us for the evening Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm in Dewey Square, Boston!
AIFF and the Latino International Film Festival Partner for the 2016
La Buena Vida (The Good Life)
Documentary, 98 mins, Frauke Knappke, Germany/Colombia, 2015
The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, young and charismatic leader Jairo Fuentes sets out to negotiate with the mine’s operators. They’re backed by powerful global resources companies such as Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on modern, electrified houses – on the so-called “better life.” Instead, they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon becomes a fight to survive. “La Buena Vida” is the story of the Wayúu community, set against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence.
GLIDECAM Industries, Inc: Proud Sponsor of the 2016 Student Film Competition
Glidecam Industries Inc. offers a wide variety of camera stabilizers (camera stabilization systems) for use with motion picture cameras, video cameras, and video camcorders. These hand-held and body-mounted camera stabilizers create super smooth shots, and allow the operator to walk, run, go up and down stairs, shoot from moving vehicles, and travel over uneven terrain without any camera instability or shake.
The winner of "Best of Festival" in the 2016 AIFF High School Competition will receive an HD 2000 from our sponsor, Glidecam Industries, Inc.
Arlington International Film Festival to Honor Longtime Sponsor RCN
Arlington, Mass. -( August 1, 2016) The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) announced today that it is honoring longtime sponsor, RCN, for their support of the film festival for the past six years. RCN will be recognized for its commitment to the AIFF at the film festival’s opening night on October 27, 2016.
“RCN has been more than a sponsor; they have welcomed the AIFF into the business community. Many of our patrons came through the RCN channels that ran the promotion of the festival that has grown every year.” said April Ranck the executive director of the AIFF.
RCN Boston’s headquarters is located on 956 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington. RCN Boston is an industry-leading provider of high speed internet, digital TV and phone service with
Internet speeds, secure fiber optic network and reliability second to none. For film buffs, RCN’s movie channels encompass a wide array of newly released films as well as classics, available on TV’s, tablets and mobile devices.
About RCN Boston
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AIFF: Announces AARP Massachusetts as a sponsor
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce that AARP Massachusetts has signed on to sponsor the 2016 film festival.
AARP is a nonprofit, non-partisan membership organization for people 50 and over. They have more than 800,000 members in Massachusetts and nearly 38 million nationwide. Their 2016 state legislative priorities focus on recognizing and supporting the critical role of the family caregiver, protecting and improving in-home and community-based long term services and supports, strengthening the financial security of 50+ residents, improving health care access and quality. In Massachusetts, AARP offers a variety of community-based programs such as Tax-Aide, Driver Safety, Fraud Watch Network, Home Fit, and Life Reimagined.
AIFF continues its commitment of bringing films to Arlington produced both locally and internationally that foster appreciation for different cultures. In doing this, we are also committed to building bridges, relationships with the Arlington Community and national organizations that serve its citizens.
The Arlington International Film Festival’s mission is to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers within our community. We screen narrative and documentary features and shorts plus a special category of short films by High School Student Filmmakers. Panel discussions and/or Q&A’s follow many special screenings, framing provocative conversations with filmmakers/producers, academics, as well as the business community.
The Power of Collaboration & Contribution: AIFF Celebrates its Partnership with Rose Kennedy GREENWAY
AIFF Welcomes ZA Restaurant Sponsor of the 2016 Opening Night After-Party
Arlington, MA -- The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is proud to announce its partnership with ZA Restaurant.
AIFF is readying the red carpet for Opening Night at Arlington’s Capitol Theatre on October 27th. Join in the excitement as you mingle with visiting filmmakers, community leaders, and other film lovers at this year’s After-Party hosted at ZA Restaurant, 138 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. Filmmakers and panelists will be in attendance. VIP Ticket and Festival Pass-holders will receive priority seating at the theater and are invited to the After-Party. Come and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres while engaging in stimulating conversation at the ZA Restaurant!
The Arlington International Film Festival’s mission is to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers. We screen narrative and documentary features and shorts plus a special category of short films by High School Student Filmmakers. Panel discussions and/or Q&A’s follow many special screenings, framing provocative conversations with filmmakers/producers, academics, as well as the business community.
October 27-30 | Capitol Theatre | Arlington MA
Design and Diversity – a Great Combination
Mount Ida Students compete in Poster Competition for Arlington International Film Festival
When Alison Poor-Donahue, Chair of the Design & Digital Media department at Mount Ida College was approached about her students entering a poster design competition for the Arlington International Film Festival, the answer was a very quick “of course, my students would love the challenge.”
Not only would this be an excellent opportunity for students to get a glimpse into the industry, but it would offer a chance to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them launch their careers.
“Our graphic design program provides a solid skills-based foundation for visual communication including typography, branding, and digital production. At the same time it is very hands-on, giving the students as much real-world experience as possible,” says Poor-Donahue.
Involvement in exciting competitions such as this is at the core of the School of Design and Mount Ida College’s mission to provide career-relevant education. “We strive to have every student graduate with several examples of real-world projects in their portfolio. In fact, prospective employers see the value of hiring a Mount Ida College graduate because of these unique experiences and their understanding of how to produce a successful product from concept to execution,” says Poor-Donahue.
“The parents of our students are drawn to our curriculum due to its focus on preparing our students to compete for entry-level industry positions,” says Poor-Donahue.
As part of those real-world requirements to gain their degrees, students must not only complete internships, but they also are required to enter two competitions per year.
The Arlington International Film Festival knew of Mount Ida as one of their Advisors, Steven Jurgensmeyer is an adjunct faculty member at the Newton-based college. “The Arlington International Film Festival’s mission is to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film,” says festival organizer Alberto Guzman. “We knew that Mount Ida shared our mission, having one of the most diverse campuses and providing opportunities to many, many first-generation students. We knew it would be a perfect match.”
2016 AIFF Poster Contest Press Announcement & Reception
Embrace diversity and celebrate individuality
This year the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) has taken a different path with its annual Poster Contest Competition. After five years of high school student competitions, and in keeping with the vision and mission of promoting the next generation, it was decided to offer this design opportunity to college students. Graphic Design students at Mount Ida College have been exclusively chosen by AIFF to participate in this year’s Poster Design Contest.
Please join us for the 2016 AIFF Poster Contest Press Announcement & Reception on Thursday, April 21, 7 PM at the Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, Arlington for an evening of music by Slow Boat Home, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. All poster submissions will be on display and the winning poster will be unveiled.
The competition seeks a creative vision that expresses the multi-cultural nature of the film festival, embracing diversity as well as celebrating individuality. The winner of the contest will receive a $500 USD award and the winning poster will be featured on all materials; i.e. newspapers, magazines, TV, website, social media, film boards locally, nationally and internationally. www.AIFFest.org
About Mount Ida College
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, MA, just minutes from Boston. Mount Ida provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare students for success in their chosen fields of endeavor. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. www.mountida.edu
Slow Boat Home: Jug, Country and Blues Music
Slow Boat Home plays the music your great-grandfather might have enjoyed - if he had truly eclectic tastes and traveled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Louisville to Memphis and on down to New Orleans… a mixture of jug band, country and blues music spanning the first half of the 20th century and stretching into some classic country of the 1950s and 60s. www.SlowBoatHome.com
C. "Bo" Dacius - Vocals, Mandolin, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Banjo-Mandolin
Michael Smith - Vocals, Acoustic and National guitar, kazoo
Stephen Born - Vocals, Harmonica, Jug, Percussion
Scott Southgate - Vocals, Bass
About the Arlington Center for the Arts
The Arlington Center for the Arts is a community arts center devoted to the mission of "transforming lives and building community through the arts." ACA was established in 1988 by a visionary group of artists, writers, musicians and educators as a place where artists could share their work with the community through educational and outreach programs. Today, ACA is a vibrant community arts center and a cornerstone for the creative community in Arlington. ACA offers opportunities for people of all ages to discover and express their own creativity and to appreciate the creativity of others through a dynamic mix of classes, workshops, exhibits, performances and special events. www.acarts.org
The Gibbs Gallery at ACA: The Gibbs Gallery features over 250 local artists each year in open and juried exhibits. Next up in the Gibbs Gallery: “Humans of Arlington,” ACA’s 13th annual Images of Arlington show featuring work by local emerging and established artists, with an accompanying 5th grade exhibit, featuring artwork by more than 400 Arlington public school students.
From the Passim School of Music to
AIFF Poster Contest Award Reception
Slow Boat Home: Jug, Country and Blues Music
As always the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), celebrates the arts and this year SLOW BOAT HOME, will play for this year’s Poster Contest Press Announcement & Reception.
Slow Boat Home plays the music your great-grandfather might have enjoyed - if he had truly eclectic tastes and traveled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Louisville to Memphis and on down to New Orleans. A mixture of jug band, country and blues music that spans the first half of the 20th century, stretching into some classic country of the 1950s and 60s such as the Louvin Brothers and Hank Snow. All four members share the lead vocals, accompanied by harmonica, mandolin, bass, acoustic and National resonator guitars and a 1915 antique banjo-mandolin that survived WWI with the US Army in France.
Formed in 2011 as an outgrowth of Blues, Folk, Honky Tonk, and Jug Band ensembles from the renowned Passim School of Music, Slow Boat Home blends original song writing with creative song interpretations. Their distinctive sounds are blended from a wide array of inspiring songsters – from Cab Calloway to The Inks Spots; from Big Bill Broonzy to Lightnin’ Hopkins; from George Brassens to Bola de Nieve; from the Memphis Jug Band to the Kweskin Jug Band; and many others.
Whether original tunes or original interpretations this is a band that likes to have fun celebrating the essence of the songs, sometimes rowdy, often freewheeling, and always engaged with each other and the audience. The camaraderie and musical craftsmanship of the band provides for an infectious musical adventure on that slow boat home. www.SlowBoatHome.com
Michael Smith - Vocals, Acoustic and National guitar, kazoo
Stephen Born - Vocals, Harmonica, Jug, Percussion
Scott Southgate - Vocals, Bass
C. "Bo" Dacius - Vocals, Mandolin, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Banjo-Mandolin
We invite you to join AIFF and the administration, faculty and students of Mount Ida College on Thursday, April 21, 7:00 PM hosted by the Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, Arlington. Come and enjoy an evening of creative poster art, motivating music and great hors d’oeuvres… an evening that promises to be entertaining!
Judges Join 2016 AIFF Selection Committee
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce four judges that will join this year’s Selection Committee. Joining the existing 9 judges, they will view and evaluate film submissions and decide on films that meet the criteria to be screened in the 2016 Festival scheduled for October 27 – 30 as well as those films that will receive awards. We welcome them to the AIFF team and are extremely honored to have such luminaries working with us. They join our esteemed Selection Committee members: Alice Bouvrie, Barbara Costa, Elizabeth DiNolfo, John Kusiak, Bob Nesson, Charles Scheurhoff, Eric Stange, Marga Varea, Brynmore Williams.
Lawrence Benedict, a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, and is a veteran of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. He has performed on stage in over 42 full Equity productions, as well as in TV and film, in both United States and Canada, starring in the Canadian Police series, The Collaborators, seen world-wide. Lawrence is also an accomplished precision driver for movies and TV and did his own driving in “The Collaborators.” He recently acted in the short film by Jorge S. Pallás, “In Girum Imus Nocte” which is a 2016 Festival de Cannes Court Métrage Corner Selection, and is gathering accolades from a variety of film festivals.
In Los Angeles, while continuing to perform in movies and TV, he moved behind the camera and started his own company “Angus Lake Productions.” In this capacity he learned most behind-the-camera disciplines while producing promotional video for major Hollywood studios such as Universal and for directors such as Steven Spielberg. He has edited Disney trailers, is a movie editor and an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Trainer. A full-length feature he edited, "Forgiving the Franklins," by filmmaker Jay Floyd, became a Sundance Selection in 2006. Lawrence has taught at Banff School of Fine Arts, UCLA Extension, Learning Tree University, and Screen Actors Guild.
Continuing to act on stage and in film, he has been doing “physical theatre” at MiMoDa Jazzo Dance Studio in Los Angeles and currently performs with the improv company “The Playground” which is supported by The Stuntmen’s Association under the guidance of Vice President, John Moio and director Janiece Jary.
He is the author of “The Video Demo Tape” – published by Focal Press, and “How to Shoot Better Camcorder Videos; Help from the Hollywood Pros,” available on Barnes&Noble.com, etc.
He is very proud to be a member of the Arlington International Film Festival’s Selection Committee.
Rick Beyer is an award winning documentary filmmaker, a best-selling author, and a lifelong history enthusiast. His documentaries have appeared on PBS, The History Channel, A&E, and National Geographic. His 2013 film The Ghost Army premiered on PBS, was broadcast in more than 25 countries, and is the winner of a CINE Golden Eagle. Other notable credits include Expedition Apocalypse, The Wright Challenge, First Shot, and Secrets of Jamestown. He is the co-author (with Liz Sayles) of the 2015 book The Ghost Army of World War II, published by Princeton Architectural Press. It is now being developed as a Hollywood movie. Rick is also the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books, published by Harper Collins. When not working, Beyer can sometimes be found sculling on the Charles River. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Marilyn Rea Beyer.
Paul Dervis has written over two dozen plays. His MAKING TRACKS won the 1986 New York One Act Play Festival at the Nat Horne Theatre on Manhattan's Theatre Row. In 1990 his play POKEY had an extended run Off -Broadway at the Paul Mazur Theatre and subsequently was turned into a film in 2003 by Canada's Dream Weaver Studios. In 2000, his play ...ON ANY MONDAY NIGHT was listed as Best Play of the Year from Dennis Armstrong in the Ottawa Sun. In the 1990's he had three plays, A HARMLESS LITTLE KISS, YOUNG ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER, and CLARE PAST MIDNIGHT honored as Hit of the Festival in Halifax Nova Scotia's Atlantic Fringe Festival. In 2014, his play THE LAST DISCIPLE OF ABRAHAM was performed at New York's Hudson Warehouse Theatre and SO FAR AWAY was workshopped this past summer in Manhattan's Urban Stages.
Paul has been teaching drama in Canada at Algonquin College as well as the Theatre Conservatory Ottawa School of Speech & Drama for the past 15 years. Previously, he ran theatre companies in Boston, New York, and Montreal. He has directed over 150 stage productions, receiving two dozen awards for his work. Paul has also directed six films, the most recent being 2011′s The Righteous Tithe.
Sophie Seifried started her career in Berlin, Germany at MTV Networks’ development and acquisition department, where she was involved in bringing shows like South Park, Family Guy and Futurama to the German market. Seifried moved on to work in international distribution, sales and marketing at Inferno Entertainment where she worked on films like KILLING THEM SOFTLY, directed by Andrew Dominik, starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins; THE GREY, directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Liam Neeson; the academy award nominated THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, directed by Lisa Cholodenko, starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo; BROKEN CITY, directed by Allen Hughes, starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones to name just a few. Sophie currently works at Epic Pictures Group, an independent studio based in Hollywood, where she works on titles such as the British Independent Award Winning Comedy NINA FOREVER, directed by Ben and Chris Blaine, starring Fiona O’Shaughnessy and Abigail Hardingham. Jerusalem Film Festival winning thriller JERUZALEM, directed by Doron and Yoav Paz, starring Yael Grobglas, Yon Tumarkin and Danielle Jadelyn. Fantasia Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival winning action adventure TURBO KID, directed by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoan-Karl Whissell, starring Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf and Michael Ironside. Sundance Premiere and Locarno Film Festival Winning Comedy ENTERTAINMENT, directed by Rick Alverson, starring Gregg Turkington.
Judges Join the 2016 AIFF Poster Contest Selection Committee
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce two judges that will join this year’s Poster Contest Selection Committee. Joining the existing 5 judges, they will review poster entries, evaluating the work based on visual appeal, content and marketability and will choose the winning poster that will become the face of the 2016 Arlington International Film Festival. We welcome them to the AIFF team and are exceptionally honored to have such accomplished artists working with us. They join our esteemed Selection Committee members: Larry Blumsack, Jennifer Cheng DesAutels, Marc Gurton, Steven Jurgensmeyer and Niloufer Moochhala.
Jeannet Leendertse is the owner of jldesign and mooizeg. jldesign provides services to the publishing industry and those who look to publish independently. Jeannet has created books and covers for a wide variety of clients, among which are The ICA Boston, the Peabody Museum Press, and filmmaker Robert Gardner. Previously she was senior designer at The MIT Press. Her work was recognized by the Leipzig International Book Competition, has appeared in PRINT, and is in the AIGA archives. Jeannet is Dutch and received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, at Academie St. Joost, The Netherlands. Recently she has turned her attention to fiber design. mooizeg products are in the gift collection of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and can be found at the Society of Arts and Crafts. You can view her work at www.jlbookdesign.com and www.mooizeg.com.
Ingrid de Aguiar Sanchez creates prints, drawings and installations that examine cultural and linguistic hybridism as a method of adaption and survival. In her ongoing project Fragmentos, she intervenes walls with graphic and organic imagery arranged in mosaic-like collages. Reminiscent of a building façade in her native Brazil, the work references different forms of visual expression that transpire in public space such as contemporary graffiti and colonial-era baroque design. Ingrid received her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and her MFA from Tufts University in 2011. She received The Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Grant to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Ingrid currently is a Community Arts Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
MOVIE-BLOGGER.COM…a Proud Partner of the 2016 AIFF
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), a small international film festival, but… perhaps not so small on the festival circuit is recognized nationally and internationally. Today AIFF is announcing that MOVIE-BLOGGER.COM is a proud partner of the 2016 Festival.
Proof that AIFF is not marginalized to Arlington, Massachusetts, it is receiving global market attention reinforcing its persistency to bring the best of Independent films to Arlington and the Greater Boston area.
Public relations, communication and reaching out to community comprise the implemented offensive strategy of bringing together movie goers, students, businesses, colleges and universities with sponsors and media to promote AIFF’s mission, “to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film”.
UK based, Movie-Blogger.com started life in 2012 as a movie review community website allowing members to post and share movie reviews and blogs online. The site was created to help build a directory of movie reviews in one place and allow reviewers and bloggers to share their passion for movies.
In February 2016 everything changed. After a number of years being a place for users to post and share reviews online the decision was made to change the format of the website, giving reviewers and readers more of what they wanted and less of what they did not want.
The website has evolved into the first place to visit for the latest movie news, reviews, trailers, vlogs and indie movies. Now featuring a Film Festival Diary page, Movie-Blogger.com is recognizing the work of independent film makers and the festivals that promote them. Movie-Bloggers.com, keeping the same community based ethos, but building that platform to become a ‘fully-loaded’ website, giving reviewers and vloggers more flexibility on what they can do while ensuring the delivery of quality content on a daily basis at the touch of a button!
AIFF & iPitch.tv: 2016 Partners
A Connection with Creators and Buyers of Original Projects for Film, TV & Web/Digital Media
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is building local, national and international partnerships with its goal of reaching out to independent filmmakers. As a part of this engagement, AIFF proudly announces that iPitch.TV is on board, intensifying the reach to domestic and international filmmakers and opening the market and public relations efforts with audiences all over the world. There is no doubt that iPitch.tv will provide AIFF with the opportunity to create a national presence and continue the success that AIFF is looking to attain. “We’re particularly excited to be working with iPitch.tv” said Alberto Guzman founder of AIFF.
According to Guzman, “in today’s hype-ridden marketing environment it’s refreshing to be working with a qualified and credentialed professional agency dedicated to serving as a platform to TV, producers, independent filmmakers, creators in the industry and to providing them with high quality service. Going into AIFF’s sixth year of production, we need to have fresh ideas and some new approaches to introduce a reimagined brand identity. One of the biggest challenges in this industry is perception and this is a perfect time for global recognition and this particular partnership. iPitch.tv and AIFF are moving in the same direction and command commitment on both sides to tell the story in an inspiring and engaging way.
iPitch.tv is the Film and Television Industry's newest marketplace for direct connection of Creators and Buyers of original projects for Film, TV & Web/Digital Media. iPitch.tv delivers a next generation platform for creators of both video produced and written pitches and is founded on the core belief that if a highly original pitch can meet the mind and eyes of the right Entertainment Industry Professional, there is no "gatekeeper" or “closed door” that can prevent that pitch from meeting its destiny as a produced film, television show or streaming media program.
With broadcasters and exhibitors of all kinds clamoring for new and original content, and fierce competition amongst producers to provide it, there has never been a bigger market for media pitches.
iPitch.tv bridges the gap between creators with new undiscovered pitches and entertainment industry professionals scouting for new ideas. iPitch.tv offers creators and filmmakers the opportunity to directly access Entertainment Industry Executives and gives those Executives an unparalleled sourcing tool for fresh material.
iPitch.tv is the brainchild of TV/Film industry veterans Erik Adams and Scott Manville who bring a combined 35 years of experience in tv/film development and production.
Erik Adams brings two decades of industry experience in physical production and in long-form television development. Erik has contributed to dozens of hit TV shows and blockbuster feature films with experience ranging from production services to Developing and Producing original unscripted television to branded digital media for uber brands such as Acura, Hyundai, Mazda, and Suzuki. Erik’s experience in searching for original unscripted TV concepts and producing pitch reels has helped shape iPitch.tv’s user experience. Erik co-developed all aspects of iPitch.tv’s functionality for what is quickly becoming the "standard" sourcing tool for the Industry. “iPitch was conceived by Scott and I to level the playing field in terms of Pitching Media Concepts. Historically the Entertainment business has been a CLOSED DOOR to anyone outside the industry trying to contribute ideas yet we in this industry are constantly stepping outside that same closed door to look for fresh new ideas. We created iPitch as a form of wish fulfillment. We created a sourcing tool that we as Entertainment Industry Executives wanted.”
Scott Manville forged a new method of sourcing concepts for producers and executives when he developed and founded the Television Writers Vault, delivering concepts from everyday people to production and global broadcast on networks including Lifetime TV, A&E, Discovery Channel, SyFy, Velocity, OLN, UKTV, and others. Collaborating with Adams in launching iPitch.tv, they've answered the call of the industry for a video-centric marketplace where industry buyers can connect with creators and filmmakers. Manville is a former lead development executive for Merv Griffin Entertainment, and served as Producer for two seasons of Lifetime TV's "Kim of Queen" series. "I view myself as a champion for the new producer and creator. Educating and facilitating with a service like iPitch.tv gives creators the opportunity and success that their projects deserve. And that's equally beneficial for the industry."
iPitch.tv is a Free Service for qualified TV/Film Professionals, delivering an unparalleled sourcing tool that is both dynamic and convenient, connecting you with Creators of video-taped and written pitches for your consideration. Scout video, sizzle reels and pitches in all genres. Discovering your next hit movie or tv show is just a few clicks away.
AIFF partners with artscope: New England’s Premiere Cultural Magazine
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is exceptionally pleased to partner with artscope Magazine, New England’s premiere cultural magazine now in its 10th year of publication, and is emphatic about taking art to the public and providing readers with an understanding of the process, while also reviewing local and international artists exhibiting/screening throughout the Northeast.
Artscope is a media company that promotes the exchange of information and ideas, and believes in being approachable, inclusive and relevant. Its content brings to the forefront an understanding of the arts as it reflects artists’ work. artscope also works in a timely and informative manner with its bi-monthly issue, as well as bi-weekly email Blasts!, a weekly online zine, an up-to-date mobile app, and a tablet Newsstand edition, available in iOS. These editions also include various features, reviews, and listings of art in all kinds of mediums. artscope Magazine works to remain objective, while including a variety of work that has a balanced flow and significance to the arts, academia, and extended community.
Alberto Guzman, Organizer of AIFF, and Kaveh Mojtabai, Publisher of artscope Magazine, will be working together to bring an intimate and personal experience to readers that feature conversations with independent filmmakers, both local and international, as well as reaching out to producers, actors, writers, students, professors and business leaders in the film industry who are creating a market place for ideas in visual communication.
AIFF is an award winning organization with its mission being to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film. With its annual festival in October, AIFF takes movie-goers on cinematic journeys, transporting them to lands far away and back home again. Featuring a poster contest competition, kick-off and closing events with fine arts exhibits, international dance companies and musicians, AIFF celebrates the arts and believes that the arts are here to connect us, to communicate across boundaries and touch our common humanity. As part of its mission of nurturing the next generation, AIFF screens a category of shorts by High School Filmmakers.
For both AIFF and artscope, it is about effectively staging the product. Beyond the decisions of what to publish, artscope is about new processes for the new business world. AIFF also has a converging number of factors that influence not only what films are brought to Boston, but adding value to viewing a film. The packaging of Q&A’s and/or panel discussions provide an opportunity for a multi-dimensional experience, interacting with filmmakers and experts on topics of major interest to us today. he festival offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town and beyond, recognizing that such diversity enriches our community. We believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share in common with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family.
Mount Ida College Students Vie to Create Poster for Arlington International Film Festival
(Newton, MA) – February 22, 2016 - Graphic Design students at Mount Ida College have been chosen by the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) to be this year’s participants in the Film Festival’s annual Poster Design contest.
The posters, done under the auspices of Mount Ida’s School of Design are to capture the essence of the Film Festival – to promote cultural understanding by exploring diversity through independent film. The poster selected by an expert panel of judges will be used to promote the Festival locally, nationally and internationally.
“We are very excited to have been chosen by the good folks at the Arlington International Film Festival and know that our students will present them with some very difficult choices to make,” says Alison Poor-Donahue, Design and Digital Media Department Chair.
“It was a logical choice for our festival,” says Alberto Guzman, founder and organizer of AIFF. “We look for fresh eyes, exciting design and an affinity to what we are trying to accomplish with our annual Festival. Knowing the strong diversity on the Mount Ida College campus, we knew it would instantly resonate.”
Butler Whittemore House - Jason House Russell House & Smith Museum - Jefferson Cutter House/Cyrus E. Dallin Museum - Whittemore Robbins House - Calvary Methodist Church - Capitol Theater - St Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church - Historic marker at Bike path and Lake - Battle marker at Bike path Gas Station - Battle marker near entrance to East Arlington - Civil War Memorial - Uncle Sam Statue - Old Burial Ground - Regent Theatre - Old Schwamb Mill Museum
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ACMi - The Minds behind “The Secret Life…”
Art Fuse Online Magazine
NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists to Open the Fifth Annual Arlington International Film Festival
NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists LIVE -- An Entertaining Evening with some of Our Country’s Most Compelling Scientists and Engineers. Presented by NOVA and Winton Capital Management.
A rock star hanging out with a beauty pageant winner isn't surprising. But it is surprising when they're both also MIT-trained scientists. Meet them - and more fascinating scientists and engineers.
Secret Life of Scientists Executive Producer Joshua Seftel and Producer Tom Miller will lead a “talk show” style presentation featuring short films and live interviews with notable scientists featured in the Emmy-nominated series including:
• Engineer/Classic Rock God Tom Scholz from the band Boston
• Biologist/Miss Massachusetts Pageant Winner Erika Ebbel
• Experimental Psychologist/Late-Night TV Foil Steven Pinker
• Psycholinguist/Highway Speed Demon Jean Berko Gleason
• Roboticist/Adventure Sportsman Colin Angle
• String Theorist/Science-Faith Navigator Jim Gates
• Alzheimer's Researcher/Aerosmith Sideman Rudy Tanzi
After Party at Cambridge Brewing Co.