At a reception held on April 28th at the Old Schwamb Mill Museum, Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) organizers celebrated the seventh annual Poster Contest Competition. Not just a film festival…the reception was a celebration of many art forms from an exhibition of the poster illustrations, live music, poetry and story-telling, bringing together the art students with their professor, the contest judges, artists and appreciators of the arts. The chosen poster was unveiled, the winner, Joshua Chace was announced and awarded a cash prize of $500 by the festival’s sponsor, Watertown Savings Bank. The reception was the launch of this year’s international film festival, scheduled to be held October 26-29 at the Capitol Theatre.
With the founding of AIFF in 2010, the first project to spin-off connecting film with the arts was the Poster Contest. This year the offer to participate in the Competition went out exclusively to Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class at Mass College of Art and Design. It has been a successful partnership where junior and senior level students have had the opportunity to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them in launching their careers.
Professor Robert Maloney was the guest speaker at the reception. A Massachusetts native, Robert has a Masters of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 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, Art Revolution and Art scope Magazine. Maloney’s work is held in the collection of Wellington Management, Liberty Mutual and private collections with his exhibitions, commissions and publications being numerous.
MEET the WINNNER: Joshua Chace is a senior at Mass College of Art and Design. His artist statement for his submission is: “The imagery of the film reel and flags over a colorful painted surface lets the viewer know about the art and creativity that happens at this international film show”. Joshua said he is better at computer art than drawing, and leaned on his Photoshop skills to create the final product. Surprised to be named the winner, he thinks producing another poster would be fun.
MEET the STUDENTS and READ THEIR REMARKS:
BAILEY BURGESS: “I wanted to try to convey both the subject of the festival (film) while simultaneously nodding to the international element and keeping it graphic and simple.”
TYLER BETTENCOURT: “I decided to create an image that related to the festival but also had my own personal spin on it. I centered my image around the façade of the Capitol Theatre itself and then added a UFO-like ship above in the shape of a film reel, bringing a fun and unique approach to the scene.”
KIEL EVINS: “My approach was to depict the Capitol Theatre in Arlington as if it was a set of a production. Using a laser cutter, I created a miniature model that I later photographed to make this small world come to life.”
KARA MACKIE: “I wanted to depict the global nature of the festival very literally, and the marquee was a fun way to incorporate both type and cinema.”
ERIN McCARTHY: “I really wanted to illustrate the diversity that this event holds so close to their hearts. Showing a diverse garden of flowers from around the world flourishing together with creativity and passion!”
MICHELLE NUTTER: “With this poster, I wanted to highlight the celebratory nature of the Arlington International Film Festival. Bringing all different cultures and countries together through film.”
V. OLIVEIRA: “Using video components as experimental material, I collaged a “backstage scene” while utilizing the element of surprise by channeling unexpected art making.”
ERIC SORENSEN: “This piece was meant to explore the concept of intercontinental connection by personifying an amalgam of different landscapes from all over the world. I used cut book board to build up a multi-layered surface and give the work a three-dimensional quality.”
JACK TURNBULL: “This poster borrows heavily from the Newspaper Illustrations of Nell Brinkley, who focused on female protagonists in various settings. To put an emphasis on the International element of the festival, I depicted my figures in a variety of races and genders. it is an homage to movie romance; sensual, passionate, elegant.”
2017 AIFF Judges Statements
“There were several very outstanding concepts, which speaks very highly of the thoughtfulness with which the artists approached the project. In addition, all of the pieces showed sophistication of technical ability in each artist’s chosen media. I placed strong weight on the way each design potentially fulfills its purpose: To be displayed ‘on the street’ to motivate the general public to learn more about AIFF and buy tickets. Because of this, I looked for a clear concept that could be interpreted from a viewing distance ranging from about 5 feet to across a street. I also judged the entries at face value. Other than typography, I assumed (as in previous years) that each submission must be evaluated as-is, rather than for their potential. In other words, although a design could be altered to improve upon it, reworking the design is not an option, even if the concept is strong and the image is intriguing.”
“This year’s work was very enjoyable to review. The conceptual abstraction of the illustrations from Mass Art students was exciting to consider, and the different stylistic applications made it is a spirited judging process!”
Nilou Moochhala – Principal – NYMDesign - www.nymdesign.com
“I appreciated the obvious effort that all students gave to this poster design contest. The challenge was really three-fold: to create an impactful design, to communicate specific information about the AIFF and to underscore the international aspect of the film festival.
The discussion included weighing the literal against the more abstract and the design’s “readability” up close vs. from a distance. It was difficult to choose just one winner. Congratulations to all students for their creative effort. It was a pleasure working with the other judges. The give and take during the judging was robust and deliberative”.
David Ardito - K-12 Director of Visual Art, Arlington Public Schools - Visual Artist and Former recent member of the Art Education Faculty at Mass College of Art and Design
Music, Storytelling and Poetry:
Carl Romeo, originally from Chile moved to San Francisco, CA and in 1979, he joined the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood, CA, now the Musicians Institute. For many years, Romeo worked with a Latin promoter that managed famous Latin singers among them Armando Manzanero and Paloma San Basilio. His career has included working with orchestras as well as lead electric guitar and rhythm guitar player for big bands and groups as well as a session studio musician.
Brendyn Schneider, Storyteller extraordinaire! Professional story spinner, published writer, performance instructor, and TedX Coach, Brendyn Schneider has been a featured storyteller at Emerson College, Coolidge Corner Theater, Improv Boston and other fine venues across New England. Making frequent appearances with Mass Mouth and the Moth, Brendyn takes his audiences on story-trips of wit through the follies of growing-up and the everyday slog.
Shirley Gerald Ware is the author of eight books and the publisher of a worldwide magazine that publishes teens and adults locally and worldwide. She is widely known for her engaging poems and short stories; many of her poems have been nominated for awards. Ware was recently named Author of the Month by “Eye on Magazine.”
Planning to attend the Arlington International Film Festival October 26th – 29th?
Now is the time to buy your discounted Festival Pass!
AIFF invites you to purchase your Festival Pass ($85), now discounted to $65 through August 31st. Visit our website, www.aiffest.org to purchase your pass now!
A Festival Pass entitles you to all film screenings and after-parties as well as the Special Opening Night Screening and Reception.
*Please note that passes will not be mailed but available for pick-up at the
Capitol Theatre Lobby AIFF table on October 26th at 5pm and through-out the Festival.
The Arlington International Film Festival is much more than just a film festival; it is a celebration of cultures as well as being a platform for recognizing the common global human experience. Please come and share these experiences with us.
So what are you waiting for? Buy your Festival Pass now and
we’ll see you at the Capitol Theatre in October!
Arlington International Film Festival
October 26-29 | Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | East Arlington
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) today marks the formal launch of the international partnership between AIFF and PURPLE ARROW FILMS. We are proud to announce this partnership and celebrate the joint effort of ‘connecting filmmakers to the world’. www.purplearrowfilms.com
Established in 2016, Purple Arrow is a company that holds down the forte for film festival consultancy as well as distribution of films across the world. A name that symbolizes progress and prosperity with a touch of royalty, Purple Arrow is built on the philosophy of progression and creativity through human intervention.
Founded on the principles of technological advancements, human effort and dedication, Purple Arrow is a brand which enforces the traditional forms of film making along with the importance of a film festival in the overall cycle of a film.
From traditional film making reels to digitization of the shoot, from single screen showcase to film festival showcase, Purple Arrow has been striving to achieve a great feat in imbibing the art of film making from all around the world and impart this valuable knowledge to film makers.
Purple Arrow Films is a film festival consultancy agency with a knowledge base of the best film festivals that take place across the globe with every intricate detail taken care with utmost dedication. Their team is driven to provide meaningful and beneficial consultancy solutions to help films flourish on screen, holding fast to their mission to empower filmmakers.
AIFF is an award-winning Festival 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 an annual poster contest competition, kick-off and various events through-out the year, AIFF includes numerous expressions of the arts from fine art exhibits, international dance and musicians.
AIFF not only celebrates the arts but 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 special category of shorts by High School Filmmakers.
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is exceptionally pleased to partner with IMAGINE Magazine. In its 19th year of publication, IMAGINE is a magazine 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. www.imaginenews.com
IMAGINE Magazine, in print and online, covers the business of Film, Television and New Media Production in New England. Introducing Film Tax Credits to New England in 2002, it has heralded the passage of tax credit initiatives passed in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, bringing major motion picture, television and commercial projects to our region. IMAGINE is more than a magazine; it is a movement that has developed an economic engine creating a new industry for our states and towns, and spawned job creation and industry business incubation that could not have been perceived before the magazine’s inception in 1998.
Each month IMAGINE distributes its copies in New England, New York, LA, and at major Industry Events. The electronic edition is available online immediately and is archived. IMAGINE attends Sundance/Slamdance Film Festivals, NATPE, AFM, NAB, AFCI’s Locations Trade Show, Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival & Market, The Nantucket Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and almost every film festival in and around New England.
Alberto Guzman, Organizer of AIFF, and Carol Patton, Publisher of Imagine Magazine, have been working together for more than 5 years to bring an intimate and personal experience to readers that feature conversations with independent filmmakers, 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 Festival 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 art 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.
IMAGINE Magazine shares a common vision with AIFF, supporting the work of independent filmmakers, bringing industry to our region, thereby enriching our community. IMAGINE is about new processes for the new business world. AIFF is about fostering appreciation for diversity through films that are brought to Boston and adding value to their viewing through Q&As and/or panel discussions, providing an opportunity for a multi-dimensional experience.
AIFF 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.
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) today marks the formal launch of the local and national partnership between AIFF and Original Living Magazine. We are proud to celebrate this as our first media partnership with a Hispanic magazine.
Original Living Magazine, in print and online, is a lifestyle publication, showcasing a world of talent domestically and internationally. Printed quarterly, Original Living is distributed in Boston, New York and Miami, providing the ultimate insider experience, an original provocative approach to fashion, beauty, society, art, culture travel and entertainment. Original Living is a high-quality and ready for consumption magazine that welcomes readers of all races and cultures to enjoy what the magazine offers.
“La misión es rescatar y promover artistas en todos los campos y estilos de vida resaltando el arte y el talento con apoyo mutuo el cual nos permite alcanzar y
mantener la calidad de imagen y producción en cada edición”, Isabel Lopez directora y editora.
AIFF’s special partnership with Original Living will provide wide distribution to the Latin American people in the Greater Boston Area, New York and Miami, reporting on news and events related to the Festival, including the films selected for screening in October at the Arlington’s Capitol Theatre, as well as related pre-festival events.
AIFF takes great pride in its collaborations and its commitment to building vibrant partnerships with organizations, businesses, education, arts, and cultural institutions in New England, building community to bring an artistic experience that is unforgettable. The Festival is honored to serve the town of Arlington, living up to its name as a true cultural destination. The combination of nationally recognized and home-grown independent filmmakers presented during the Festival is establishing Arlington as not only a dining destination, but as a place for a uniquely fun, informative and stimulating movie-going experience.
AIFF is a creative and cutting edge boutique film festival offering 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.
Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce the addition of several new colleagues joining the team for the 2017 Festival.
John Dellanno is a senior at Arlington Catholic High School and has taken on the role of Social Media Manager/Guru. His bright future is ready to be written.
Carolina Marion joins this year’s team as the Submissions Coordinator. Having graduated from Northeastern University in 2013, earning a degree in Communications/Cinema Studies, she recently accepted a position with Spotify in New York City. Carolina has a background in IT and Project Management which makes her a perfect fit for the administration of this year’s film submissions. Jordan Michael joins this year’s Selection Committee. Having been in the industry for over ten years, Jordan has worked in roles such as consumer products, motion picture literary, production and development with industry brands; i.e. the Weinstein Company, Focus Features, New Line Cinema, Gersh Agency, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, and TalentWorks. He completed his undergraduate education at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and earned a Master’s Degree in Producing for Film from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He joins veteran judges: Lawrence Benedict, Rick Beyer, Alice Bouvrie, Barbara Costa, Paul Dervis, Elizabeth DiNolfo, Charles Schuerhoff, Sophie Seifried, Eric Stage, Marga Varea, and Brynmore Williams in the selection and awards of films that will be screened in the upcoming Festival, October 26 - 29.
We welcome Rachael Sullivan and her creativity as the Festival’s Graphic Designer. Rachael hails from New England and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from University of Connecticut. Over the last fifteen years, she has enjoyed working in an industry that continuously marries creativity and constructs whilst living in the amazing cities of Boston and Chicago. A Visual Designer with a passion for clean, fresh and interesting design, Rachael continuously showcases strong creativity, meticulous design prowess and technical savvy resulting in a varied and substantial portfolio. She possesses a talent for creative problem solving, a strong desire to maintain client identity and brand integrity. Her clients include Rounder Records, Bela Fleck, and Berklee School of Music.
As part of its mission of nurturing the next generation, AIFF screens a category of shorts by High School Filmmakers. Gonzalo Veloz will join Michael Mahan and Kevin Wetmore on the Selection Committee that reviews all student submissions, and decides on official selections and awards that will be screened in the Student Program. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Gonzalo studied communications and film in Venezuela, Colombia and the U.S. Gonzalo has worked on various projects for film and TV, documentaries and music videos to name a few. Recently working close with startups of industries from around the world, Gonzalo has participated in roles direction, production, editing, and photography. His resume includes working for CNN, Forbes, and NBC's "The Today Show". Besides his freelance work, he manages video production for U.S. based initiatives for Mass Challenge.
The AIFF Organizers are extremely proud to be working with such a professional team that is dedicated to our mission of offering 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 all believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family.
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) proudly announces its 2017 partnership with BISTRO DUET Restaurant where the French culinary experience comes alive in Arlington, home of many of the best restaurants in greater Boston.
The Arlington International Film Festival is readying the red carpet for Opening Night on October 26th at the Capitol Theatre. Festival Pass and VIP ticket-holders will receive priority seating at the Capitol Theatre and are invited to attend the After-Party hosted at Bistro Duet restaurant. Mark your calendar for the event that promises to be enjoyable from start to finish… quality film, stimulating conversation followed by delicious hors d’oeuvres inspired by the many regions in France… and more conversation at Bistro Duet.
A native of Dracut, Massachusetts, Wayne Duprey is Bistro Duet’s General Manager. Duprey has managed restaurant and bar operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was the Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at the Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Previously, he was Director of Bars at the InterContinental Boston.
Executive Chef, Cyrille Couet, is a native of the Loire Valley who started cooking in his uncle’s restaurant at the age of 13. Since then, he has worked behind stoves in Europe, the West Indies and the U.S. Chef Cyrille was inaugural chef of Miel Brasserie at the InterContinental Boston and, most recently, was Executive Chef of the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Couet will oversee all aspects of Bistro Duet’s culinary operation, including catering.
We welcome Bistro Duet to Arlington and as a sponsor of the Arlington International Film Festival!
190 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA | http://www.bistroduet.com/#modern-french-cuisine
AIFF will be screening narrative and documentary features and shorts plus a special category of short submissions by local and international high school students. There will be provocative conversations with filmmakers/producers, academics, and the business community after special Festival screenings. Join in the fun and keep abreast of the Festival developments by visiting the website, AIFFest.org