Sunday, November 4, 5:24 PM | CLOSING NIGHT
Nov
4
5:24 PM17:24

Sunday, November 4, 5:24 PM | CLOSING NIGHT

WHIRLWIND (8 MIN)

Samantha Smith | USA | Doc | BEST SHORT DOC

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A history of black tennis in America: Dr. Johnson began playing frequently while in medical school, hungry for a physical activity that would give his body the workouts he had enjoyed as a star collegiate football player. He then began to mentor others, realizing his age and his medical practice limited his ability to reach the heights in tennis that he had attained in football, the sport that gave him the nickname he would carry for the rest of his life: “Whirlwind.”

LETTER from MASANJIA

Leon Lee, Director |China/USA | Doc| 75 min

An SOS note scrawled in desperation in a Chinese labor camp. An American woman finds it in a package from Kmart, publicizes its message: “We’re being tortured.” The letter-writer, now free, sets out to film the truth about life in China and tell his whole story. But can he outrun the secret police?

Official Selections of the Toronto Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and hotDocs Film Festival

 

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Sunday, November 4, 3:33 PM | MILES IN THE LIFE
Nov
4
3:33 PM15:33

Sunday, November 4, 3:33 PM | MILES IN THE LIFE

MILES IN THE LIFE (96 min)

Shaun Mathis and Jemonique Miller | USA | Doc | East Coast Premiere

Growing up in Brooklyn NY during the height of the crack epidemic, Jabari Hayes started trafficking drugs at the age of 6. With the help of his father, Jabari escaped that life by relocating to St. Louis where he became a track athlete, which landed him a full scholarship to prestigious Morehouse College where he trafficked guns for his cousin across state lines. Upon graduating, Jabari started a limo company and was called upon by the largest drug cartel in the US, the Black Mafia Family, known as BMF to transport large amounts of cocaine and cash nationwide until his capture in 2007.

#AIFF2018 #AIFFMILES2018 #AIFFFESTIVAL2018

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Sunday, November 4, 1:44 PM | Int'l Shorts Program IV
Nov
4
1:44 PM13:44

Sunday, November 4, 1:44 PM | Int'l Shorts Program IV

International Shorts Program IV (94 min)

NOT EVEN A LINE

Victor E.D. Somoza | Spain | Nar | USA Premiere

As they do every afternoon Encarna and Rosario meet up to have churros for an afternoon snack in their neighborhood café. However, today is a special day with a dramatic change in their usual conversation.

AFTERGLOW

Akira Kamiki | Brazil | Nar

Afterglow is a sensorial movie about repeatedly having to find the joy of living again. It is the story of a gay couple, one partner suffers with depression. It fully embraces the toll depression takes on an individual as well as a relationship.

BACHA POSH

Markus Kaatsch | Switzerland | Nar | USA Premiere

Farrukh is in a family awaiting transit to England. The young man works for his father but carries a secret. He is a Bacha Posh (a girl disguised as a young man).

THE CLEAN-OUT

Travis Wood | USA | Nar | USA Premiere

What happens when four vegans’ roommates encounter a greaassssyyyy meatball sub...

VIOLIN

Konstantin Fam | Russia | Nar | USA Premiere | BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

The film entirely revolves around a unique musical instrument. It’s a story about the amazing fate of a violin that survives all the horrors of the war. The tale begins in a violin workshop where, at the beginning of the 20th century, a violin is created, designed as a gift for a Jewish boy, and ends after many years with a concert at the Wailing Wall.

Awards: The award of the name of Vera Glagoleva, Special


#AIFF2018 #AIFFSHORTSIV2018 #AIFFFESTIVAL2018

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Sunday, November 4, 12:00 PM | The Most Dangerous Year
Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

Sunday, November 4, 12:00 PM | The Most Dangerous Year

THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR (89 min)

Vlada Knowlton | USA | Doc | Boston Premiere

In 2016, a group of Washington State families with transgender kids joined the fight against the wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation sweeping through the nation and into their home state. With the help of a coalition of state lawmakers and civil rights activists, these families embarked on an uncharted journey of fighting to protect and preserve their children's inalienable human rights and freedoms in this present-day civil rights movement.

Awards: GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST DOCUMENTARY - Third runner-up

#AIFF2018 #AIFFDANGEROUS2018 #AIFFFESTIVAL2018

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Saturday, November 3, 10:00 PM | The Best of All Worlds
Nov
3
10:00 PM22:00

Saturday, November 3, 10:00 PM | The Best of All Worlds

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Die Best E Aller Welten (THE BEST OF ALL

WORLDS) (103 min)

BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE

Adrian Goiginger | Austria | Nar | Boston Premiere

This award-winning film is a kid´s true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other. This film reminds us that people with drug addictions are not society’s throwaways.

#AIFF2018 #AIFFALLWORLDS #AIFFFESTIVAL2018

 

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Nov
3
8:35 PM20:35

Saturday, November 3, 8:35 PM | International Animation Shorts III

International Animation Shorts Program III (68 min) 

CAGE

Pengpeng Du | 5 min | USA Premiere

The life of a concubine was bound; she is consumed by her man through both dream and reality.

HAPPY

Alice Saey | 7 min | France | USA Premiere

The Egyptian goose seduces us and the flocks of geese with their desire torn between individuality and the urge toward group behavior.

WOODY & WOODY

Jaume Carrio | 13 min | Spain | USA Premiere

A modest tribute to a great filmmaker from New York, with frenetic and ironic dialogs and vibrant drawings that seem to move to the rhythm of jazz.

HEZAR AFSAN

Asghar Safar & Jalai Yekta Abbas | 7 min | Iran | USA Premiere

The white ogre attacks the city and kidnaps the king. Rostam is sent to find and return him. 

STANZAS

Alicja Jasina | USA | 7 min | USA Premiere

Based on a poem by Aldous Huxley, a stubborn narrator slowly breaks free of their limitations, allowing more fluidity into their thought process.

LOOK

Meinardas Valkevicius | 4 min | Lithuania | USA Premiere

Human activity does not always have a positive effect on our planet. Look explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals…dare to look and change the world!

CORP

Pablo Polledri | Argentina | 9 min | USA Premiere

Ambition, exploitation of labour, environmental pollution, human degradation, surplus value, corruption and much more in the amazing world of free market! 

PEARL

Patrick Osborne | 6 min | USA | Boston Premiere

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

PANIC ATTACK

Eileen O’Meara | 3 min | USA | Boston Premiere

This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality. 



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GOOD BOY

Rachel Beltran | 7 min | USA | East Coast Premiere | BEST ANIMATION SHORT

Is there a crowd on a blind date?

#AIFF2018 #AIFFSHORTSII2018 #AIFFFESTIVAL2018

 

 

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Nov
3
6:55 PM18:55

Saturday, November 3, 6:55 PM | It's Just A Gun & Circle Up

IT’S JUST A GUN (15 min)

Brian Robau | USA | Nar | Boston Premiere

Imagine the lifetime of a gun…all the hands it may pass through. This is just one chapter in a story when a young boy finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver which sets in motion a series of events that will change his life forever.

Awards: Best Narrative Film (Silver) | Students Academy Awards | Hollywood, CA | Best Student Films, Best Cinematography | Breckenridge, CO | WINNER Best Student Film | Savannah, GA | Best Student Film | Ojai, CA 

CIRCLE UP (68 min)

Julie Mallozzi | USA | Doc

After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son’s killer to offer a chance for forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. 

Q&A w/Filmmaker

Awards: Best Documentary Grand Jury Prize |Providence

#AIFF2018 #AIFFESTIVAL2018 #AIFFCIRCLEGUN

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Nov
3
5:20 PM17:20

Saturday, November 3, 5:20 PM | An Homage to Women Filmmakers

International Shorts Program II (78 min)

A Homage to Women Filmmakers

EXIT

Katharina Woll | Israel | Doc | U.S.A Premiere

We witness the painful result of two women, mothers, who divorce and leave the ultra-orthodox community. Heidi, the daughter of the chairman of the United Torah Judaism Party, finds her strength and continues to fight on behalf of women’s rights especially within the religious community.

En Autobiografi (AN AUTHOBIOGRAPHY)

Mari Mantela | Finland | Nar | Boston Premiere

Retiring from a job after 45 years is difficult enough but being replace by a young trainee is another! 

ALGORITHMS

Rosin Kearney | Ireland | Nar | U.S.A. Premiere

Two people meet while waiting for their respective dates and chat about internet dating; can love by numbers really work? Or does that rule out the notion that opposites attract? 

High Output - Local Award

YIN YU TANG – Regeneracy on Other Side of

Earth

Vivianna Yan | 12 min | USA | Doc | U.S.A. Premiere

During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a prosperous merchant surnamed Huang built a stately sixteen-bedroom house in China’s southeastern Huizhou region, calling his home Yin Yu Tang. The house was dismantled and brought to Salem by Peabody Essex Museum. Yan chronicles the rebuilding of this historic house that is on exhibition, connecting people with Chinese history, architecture and culture.

#AIFF2018 #AIFFWOMENSINFIM #AIFFFESTIVAL2018

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Nov
3
3:45 PM15:45

Saturday, November 3, 3:45 PM | MY AMSIH WORLD

MY AMISH WORLD (80 min)

Samuel Wickey | USA | Nar | New England Premiere

A celebration of one man's struggle from fear to freedom, this film was produced and directed by Amish sculptor, Samuel Wickey. In this incredible story based on true events, a mother and father are overwhelmed with emotion when their children are severely bullied in the public school; the father is compelled to take his family and leave the Amish community.

#AIFF2018 #AIFFMYWORLD #AIFFFESTIVAL

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Nov
3
2:15 PM14:15

Saturday, November 3, 2:15 | The Kiss & MADHATTAN

THE KISS (20 min)

David Priego | France | Nar | New England Premiere

A museum guard who watches over Rodin's sculpture Le Baiser (The Kiss) develops a longing to experience romantic love. The Kiss explores the magical and mystical relationship that sometimes flourishes between a work of art and the observer. 

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MADHATTAN (55 min)

Carolyn Constantine | Australia/USA | Doc | Boston Premiere

A remarkable journey from the remote red dirt of the outback in Australia to the red carpet in New York as milliner Felicity Brown takes her amazing collection of hats and fantastic headpieces to New York for Fashion Week, ready to take on the world, one hat at a time…a celebration of creativity, passion, and overcoming obstacles to follow a dream.

Reception & Gallery Talk immediately following at 13Forest Gallery w/Boston’s own ‘fine milliner’, Marie Galvin and an exhibition of her hat creations.

Marie Galvin is an award-winning Irish Milliner based in Boston.   In the late 90s, Marie discovered that Boston’s Fort Point Channel was the perfect environment to hone her passion and set out to carve her niche in New England’s largest artist communities.   At the time there were no millinery courses offered by schools in the US.  Undaunted, Marie instead chose to forge ahead and teach herself the Art of Millinery in her quest to become a true milliner.  With the aid old early edition Millinery instructional books and the deconstruction of vintage hats, Marie began an intense program of study, documentation and education.  This methodology would afford Marie the old and lost techniques that defined that art of Millinery. Marie felt that like any art form, you must understand the masters in order to hone your own craft. With that Marie found her true calling.

Sponsor the East Arlington business

#AIFF2018 #AIFFFINEMILLINER # AIFFKISSMADHATTAN



Gruvmeiners - Arlington Brass Band

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Saturday, November 3, 12:00 PM | Students Program
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

Saturday, November 3, 12:00 PM | Students Program

 ART BEAT Reception | Thomas Kim Winner of 2018 AIFF Animation Students Program

ART BEAT Reception | Thomas Kim Winner of 2018 AIFF Animation Students Program

 Thomas Kim | Student from Concord MA and Jan Whitted | Owner of Art Beat

Thomas Kim | Student from Concord MA and Jan Whitted | Owner of Art Beat

Student Filmmaker Program

  •  RULE Boston Camera -

    Nicolas Thilo-McGovern

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SPEAK TO ME (18 min)

Nicolas Thilo-McGovern | Cambridge MA | Nar | WORLD PREMIERE 

Sam was once a bestselling author. His fiancée Mia is getting promoted at her job as Sam hits a writer’s block. In an act of desperation, he stops taking his medication and is left to fixate on the question, ‘what is more important, love and his relationship with his fiancée or success’?

CALAVERA (6 min)

Adele Rankin | Austin Texas | Thriller| WORLD PREMIERE

A young woman purchases a mysterious book at a yard sale but gets more than she bargained for.

TREJUR - BEST ANIMATION Award KUMON

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Thomas Kim | Concord MA | Animation | WORLD PREMIERE

A modern woman remembers her wretched, toy-giving grandmother in this dark, hand-made, fantasy, stop motion animation. Trejur (pronounced "treasure") is a story that questions how desperation can transform us into something we never thought ourselves to be.  

HE DIDIN’T MEAN TO (6 min)

Emily Steinbomer | Austin TX | Nar | WORLD PREMIERE

A film about unhealthy relationships and the toll they take on the body and the self.

  • MICROSOFT to Karla Cortes | Somerville MA | Doc

    SCATV YOUTH PROGRAM

UNDOCUMENTARY (11 min)                                      

Karla Cortes | Somerville MA | Doc | SCATV YOUTH PROGRAM | WORLD PREMIERE

A discussion on endangered DACA and TPS programs and how the lives of many undocumented people now hang in the balance.


PALEHOUND “If You Met Her" (5 min)

Caitlin LeBlanc, Jeovana Almeida, Kiely Quinn, Michael Escobar, Rachel Newman, Sara Tesh, Tatiana Marquez, Tom Quigley | Lynn MA | Doc | Raw Arts Works | BOSTON PREMIERE

Is an empty house a home? 

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NEEDLES AND THREATS (10 min)

BOSTON PREMIERE | BEST DOCUMENTARY

Award MATV, Malden Media Center

Alyssa Abreu, Moises Vargas & Anisa Hamilton |NYC | Doc | Maysles Documentary Center

The despairing effect of one woman's addiction on two families.

AWARDS: Best Documentary DEREK FREESED YOUTH MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL 2018

  • MICROSOFT to Saoirse Loftus-Reid |

    Lexington High School MA

THE ART COLLECTOR (5 min)

Saoirse Loftus-Reid | Lexington MA | Doc

A mysterious woman uses her ability to live in paintings to influence artists for her art collection.

AWARDS: The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, Lexington MA; MA Regional Silver Key Award; A-Town Teen Video Contest, Arlington MA

  • MICROSOFT to Karla Cortes | Somerville MA | Doc

SCATV YOUTH PROGRAM

EBI SUSHI (6 min)                                                          

Karla Cortes | Somerville MA |Doc | SCATV YOUTH PROGRAM

A Latino restaurateur’s challenges of being recognized as a major player in the sushi world.

AWARDS: A-Town Teen Video Contest, Arlington MA  

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VIOLENCE IN BALTIMORE (21 min)

BEST OF FESTIVAL H.S Students

Award Arlington Community Media, Inc

Brooke Anderson, William Coles, Katia Crawford, Marc Cruise, Jayla Elliott, Joelle Faison, Kailah Hall, Michelle Hill, Eric Hunter, William Mitchell, Sama Muhammad, Ade Ogunshina, Eva Ojekwe, Brian Thompson, Ayanna White | Baltimore MD | Doc | Wide Angle Youth Media | BOSTON PREMIERE

In Spring 2017, high school students investigated the cycle of violence in Baltimore, searching for real-world strategies to prevent violence from escalating among their peers and their communities. This powerful documentary provides insight into the ways young people are challenging dominant narratives and seeking peaceful, de-escalating methods of conflict resolution.

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IRONY (8 min)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL | Award YOURARLINGTON.COM

Radheya Jegatheva | Australia | Experimental | USA PREMIERE

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology told from the perspective of a phone.

BLACK & WHITE (10 min)

Kunga Choephel, Zola Gray & Asa Spellman | NYC | Doc | Maysles Doc Center | WORLD PREMIERE

Tracie's journey through her childhood in a unique family.

  • Talamas Boston Award - Shuyi Wang 

Shuyi Wang | Boston MA | Doc

Dragon boat racing began over 2,000 years ago on the rivers of China. Today, dragon boat festivals and races are celebrated around the world. This film follows a team of cancer survivors, known as the Wellness Warriors of MA as they use this ancient sport as an unconventional path to wellness.

Official Selection: HUA International Short Film Festival

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Reception following at the Fox Library with a moderated conversation lead by Emerson College film students, Nuria Pellicer, Nicolas Thilo-McGovern, and Shuyi Wang.

Sponsored by

Arlington Center for the Arts

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#AIFF2018 #AIFFSTUDENTS2018 #AIFFFESTIVAL

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Friday, November 2, 11:02 PM | TREBLINKA
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Friday, November 2, 11:02 PM | TREBLINKA

TREBLINKA (61 min)

Sérgio Tréfaut | Portugal | Exp Doc | U.S.A. Premiere

This hypnotic relating of the past as a train crosses Eastern Europe in the 21st century, Poland, Russia, Ukraine demonstrates a cinematic courage that stiffens one's sinews with fear as well as resolve to never let this happen again. Brilliantly executed with a poetry that extends beneath any conscious subtlety, the camera's continued return to empty carriage seats convinces us that those who are no longer with us should have filled those seats with life, laughter and humanity, yet they are empty but for the two ghosts who bring their death camp horror, once again, to life.

Awards: Italy - Perugia Social Film Festival (Perso Award for Best Feature) | Portugal - Best Portuguese Feature Film

#AIFF2018 #AIFFTREBLINKA2018 #AIFFFESTIVAL

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Friday, November 2, 9:28 PM | Int'l Shorts Program I
Nov
2
9:28 PM21:28

Friday, November 2, 9:28 PM | Int'l Shorts Program I

International Shorts Program I (79 min)

CLASH OF MORALITY

Vinay Pujara | USA | Nar | BOSTON Premiere

Trapped in an elevator, two men have the opportunity to tear down preconceptions that each has fostered. 

Awards: Best Screenplay (Finalist) | Oaxaca, Mexico | Best International Short Film | Mumbai, India

CUBEMAN

Linda Dombrovsky | Hungary | Nar | New England Premiere

An elderly man being made to retire early, realizes that he cannot finish the work of his life.

LIFE AFTER GUANTANAMO

Esteban Cuevas | Argentina Doc

In 2014, after 13 years in jail, six detainees were released and landed on Uruguayan soil. Not allowed to return to

their homes or families, and not able to choose where to live, their lives are forever changed. Is this freedom?

BIKINI WORDS

Nils Clauss | S. Korea | Exp Doc | NEW ENGLAND Premiere

Factory life during the rapid industrialization of S. Korea during the 70’s and 80’s meant a major cultural shift in life…a new vocabulary evolved amongst workers to assign names to their urbanized lives.    

DANKE

Antonio Sequeria | U.K. | Nar | U.S.A. Premiere

A British soldier must decide to help or kill an injured German soldier

#AIFF2018 #AIFFFESTIVAL #AIFFSHORTSI2018

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Friday, November 2, 7:00 PM,  2018
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Friday, November 2, 7:00 PM, 2018

M.A.M.O.N. (Monitor Against Mexicans Over Nationwide) (6min)

Alejandro Damiani | Uruguay | Nar | New England Premiere

A lampoon on the politics surrounding the Mexico-US border.

 Q&A with Sally Rubin

Q&A with Sally Rubin

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HILLBILLY (87 min)

Sally Rubin & Ashley York | USA | Doc | New England Premiere

Sine the presidential election, the cultural divide in America has expanded with stereotyping and slurs rampant and finger-pointing and name-calling abounding. hillbilly goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American "hillbilly," and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, hillbilly uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, "Affrilachian" poets, and intersectional feminists -- all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region. hillbilly is a timely and urgent exploration of how we see and think about poverty and rural identity in contemporary America, offering a call for dialogue during this divisive time in U.S. history.

Q&A w/Filmmaker

#AIFF2018 #AIFFHILLBILLY2018 #M.A.M.O.N HILLBILLY

 April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF, David Sutherland, filmmaker and Sally Rubin, filmmaker

April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF, David Sutherland, filmmaker and Sally Rubin, filmmaker



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Thursday, Nov 1st, 7:00 PM | Opening Night
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday, Nov 1st, 7:00 PM | Opening Night

Are You Volleyball? (15min)

BEST OF FESTIVAL SHORT

Mohammad Bakhshi | Iran | Nar | New England Premiere

A group of Arabic speaking asylum seekers detained at a border conflict with soldiers every day until a young deaf-mute becomes the catalyst for communicating.

 

 April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF, Mark Hayes & Gabi Hayes, filmmakers and Theresa Okokon, Master of Ceremony 2018

April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF, Mark Hayes & Gabi Hayes, filmmakers and Theresa Okokon, Master of Ceremony 2018

SKID ROW MARATHON (85 min)

BEST OF FESTIVAL FEATURE

Mark Hayes & Gabrielle Hayes | USA | Doc | Boston Premiere                    

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious Skid Row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. Following four runners as they rise from the streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn, their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity. 

Q&A w/Filmmaker & Boston Running Group for the Homeless

Reception following at ZA Restaurant VIP TICKETS and Festival Pass Holders

#AIFF2018 #AIFFSKIDROW2018 #AIFFHOMELESS2018

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Oct
7
4:30 PM16:30

2018 AIFF KICK-OFF

2018 Arlington International Film Festival Kick-Off

‘An Homage to the Armenian Community in the Greater Boston Area’

 

JOIN US FOR THE BOSTON PREMIERE OF

Crows of the Desert – A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide (62 min)

Marta Houske, Award-winning Writer/Director/Producer | USA | Doc

Executive Producer, Paul G. Turpanjian

Music, John Massari

 

SUNDAY, October 7, 4:30 PM

Mosesian Center for the Arts | 321 Arsenal Street | Watertown

 

#AIFFCROWSMOSESIAN2018

 

Q&A following the screening with Levon Parian, re-nowned photographic artist and grand-son of the subject Levon Yotnakhparian. Parian’s work will be on exhibit in the lobby of the Mosesian Center.

 

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is proud to announce their first-time partnership with the Mosesian Center for the Arts to present this award-winning film in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide and an homage to our Armenian community. This event, the 2018 AIFF Kick-Off, will roll out the red carpet for the 8th annual film festival November 1 – 4 at Arlington’s Capitol Theatre.

CROWS OF THE DESERT – A HERO’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE is a documentary based on the memoirs of Levon Yotnakhparian. The film recounts the incredible true story of one man’s desperate struggle to not only stay alive but to help save his people from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide.

World War I was raging in the Middle East, as the British fought side by side with the Arabs against the Ottoman Empire. In the midst of the chaos, Levon would lead a small expeditionary group on a daring mission to rescue the scattered, destitute survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Along the way, they would risk their lives countless times, endure unimaginable hardships, and cross paths with some of the 20th century’s most legendary figures – like Prince Faisal and Lawrence of Arabia.

Extraordinarily rare film footage and photographs, as well as recently rediscovered documents, have been gathered from archives around the world to reveal a harrowing journey that is at once heart-wrenching and inspirational.

Reception and Q&A with Levon Parian following the screening

 

Tickets $15 at the door or online: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10327894

 

“The Armenian genocide was the ruthless slaughter of millions of Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. In 1915, during World War I, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country.”

 

Levon Parian has been referred to as a philosopher and poet of the camera, a renowned photographer whose work encompasses the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. His experimental style pushes the boundaries of photographic self-expression and has been collected by private individuals as well as museums, and universities. He was honored with his artistic colleagues by Foreign Policy Magazine as being “among the 100 leading global thinkers of 2015.” The award was for “preserving the history of a genocide” through the innovative, larger-than-life public installation “iwitness,” showcasing portraits of Armenian genocide survivors created in commemoration of the 100th anniversary. The installation was the first of its kind in Los Angeles’ landmark Grand Park and led to the first permanent memorial in the city of Los Angeles to the Genocide of 1915. Parian has taken his grandfather’s memoirs, editing and translating his memories to give us this first-hand account of the genocide.

 

This is a 2015 installation in the county park of Los Angeles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide :    http://iwitness1915.org/

 

About the Mosesian Center for the Arts

Located just six miles from Downtown Boston, the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts) is a vibrant multi-disciplinary community arts venue located in Watertown, Massachusetts. This 30,000 sq. ft. former US Army arsenal is home to the 380-seat Main Stage Theater, a 100-seat Black Box theater, Exhibition Galleries, 2 Rehearsal Halls, Education Classrooms, and Resident Artist Studios. Offerings include visual and performing arts productions, classes, and workshops for all ages, literary/art discussions, and world-class theatrical and musical performances. The Center is home to the award-winning Watertown Children’s Theatre as well as New Repertory Theatre, Professional Theatre Company in residence.

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 Levon Parian, writer; Roberta Miller, Executive director of the Mosesian Center for the Arts and April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF

Levon Parian, writer; Roberta Miller, Executive director of the Mosesian Center for the Arts and April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF

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Poster Contest Awards Ceremony
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Poster Contest Awards Ceremony

8th Annual AIFF Poster Competition

Promoting Cultural – Global & Artist Design

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The Poster Competition aims at promoting cultural, global, and artistic competition among students from Mass College of Art & Design's Illustration Department. It is a unique opportunity to brings students from different social backgrounds to compete for the 8th annual AIFF Award.

-- A reception will be held on Thursday, April 26th at the Arlington Friends of the Drama whereupon Arlington International Film Festival's (AIFF) organizers will celebrate the 8th annual Poster Competition. AIFF is more than a film festival …it is a celebration of the arts as this special evening promises. The reception will celebrate several art forms from an exhibition of all poster illustrations, live music, poetry, dance, and story-telling, bringing together the art students with their professor, the contest judges, artists and appreciators of the arts. We will also host a discussion with Adria Arch, the Co-Chair of the Commission for Arts & Culture in Arlington on the challenges of promoting the arts in 2018. The evening will conclude with the winning poster being unveiled and the artist awarded a cash prize of $500.

The reception will kick-off this year’s international film festival, scheduled to be held November 1 – 4, 2018 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 is the second year that the offer to participate in the Competition went out exclusively to Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class at Mass College of Art & 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. 

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Nov
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Thursday, November 1. 2018, 7:00 pm | 2018 AIFF Opening Night

FESTIVAL PASSES $85 | www.AIFFest.org

REGULAR TICKETS $12 & to buy

OPENING NIGHT

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 PM

FESTIVAL PASSES $85 | WWW.AIFFEST.ORG

REGULAR TICKETS $12

Are You Volleyball? (15min)

BEST OF FESTIAL SHORT

Mohammad Bakhshi | Iran | Nar |

New England Premiere

A group of Arabic speaking asylum seekers detained at a border conflict with soldiers every day until a young deaf-mute becomes the catalyst for communicating.

 

SKIDROW MARATHON (85min)

BEST OF FESTIAL FEATURE

Mark Hayes & Gabrielle Hayes | USA | Doc |

Boston Premiere                    

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious Skid Row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. Following four runners as they rise from the streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn, their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity. 

Q&A w/Filmmaker & Boston Running Group for the Homeless

After Party/Reception ZA Restaurant (VIP tickets & Festival Passes holders Invited) 

#AIFFopening2018

#AIFFMARATHON #AIFFHOMELESS BLACKLIVESMATTER

To buy tickets visit Capitol Theatre website http://www.capitoltheatreusa.com

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29
1:25 PM13:25

International Shorts Program II (90 MIN)

Downside Up, 15 min, Nar, 2016, Belgium

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Phil's Camino, 28 min, Doc, 2016, USA - Best Doc Short

Au Revoir Balthazar, 10 min, Animation, 2016, USA

Best Animation Short

Euna, 19 min, Nar, 2017, Germany

Just Go, 11 min, Nar, 2017, Latvia

The Typewriter Repairman, 7 min, Doc, 2017, USA

Q&A W/Director Thomas Draudt and Tom Furrier, Principle of Cambridge Typewriter

Cambridge Typewriter, 102 Mass Ave, Arlington

 

DRAUDT and Tom's last name is

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Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

International Shorts Program I (72 min)

Fist of People, 20 min, Nar, 2016, South Korea

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Johnny Express, 6 min, Animation, 2014, South Korea

A Whole World for a Little World, 15 min, Nar, 2017, France

Lunch Time, 15 min, Nar, 2017, Iran

20 Kicks, 6 min, Animation, 2016, Bulgaria

A Share of a Share, 2 min, Nar, 2016, Iran/Kurdish

Co-presenting with the Boston Irish Film Festival

No Irish Need Apply/Boston, 7 min, Doc, 2017, Ireland/USA

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Oct
29
3:10 AM03:10

International Short Program III (81 MIN)

Test of Courage, 20 min, Nar, 2017, Germany/Czech Republic

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Entre Sol y Sombra, 30 min, Doc, 2016, Spain

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

And The Moon Stands Still, 11 min, Animation, 

Belarus, Germany, United States

Sisak, 15 min, Nar, 2017, Germany - 

Best of Festival Short

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