Come to Salem, See the World, indeed! The seventh annual Salem Film Fest is here and it’s looking better than ever. Running March 6 – 13, the all documentary fest will screen 40 films covering a range of topics from around the world. Better yet, the fest provides a truly immersive experience into the world of documentary filmmaking. Nearly 25 filmmakers are set to attend screenings to discuss their films and answer audience questions. They will also participate in filmmaker forums, mingle in the streets, and attend a growing number of parties. The kickoff party is set for Salem’s Old Town Hall (Thursday night) and after parties at The Village Tavern and Finz are set for Friday and Saturday nights, respectively.
Check out the Salem Film Fest website for film descriptions, show times, locations, and more. Tickets are $10 per screening, but special packages are also available for the Weekend, All Access, and more.
While we wish we could see every film, there are a few we are very excited to see. Check out the previews below*, then head to the theaters and experience first hand the power of documentary film.
The Human Scale
Fifty percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, it will be eighty percent. THE HUMAN SCALE delves into the work being done to prepare for the coming population growth and the many intricacies of life in a mega city. (Talk about our kind of documentary.)
The film captures the world of Al Cargee, an 88 year old reclusive outsider artist who spends all his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art – most of it featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate diorama.
Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton
If you love music but not the music industry, this is a film for you. Telling the story of Stone’s Throw records, a leading underground label, this fascinating doc uses concert footage, never-before-see archival material, inner-circle home video, photographs, and in-depth interviews to tell the tale of a label founded and built by musicians, for musicians.
Derby Crazy Love
Derby Crazy Love chronicles not only the birth and evolution of modern Flat Track Roller Dervy, but also shows the people who are changing how we look at women in sport and femininity, one booty block at a time.
A Fragile Trust
A Fragile Trust tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism.
*Film summaries courtesy of Salem Film Fest website.
Details: Salem Film Fest | Salem, MA | March 6-13 | website