It’s going to be an interesting weekend, as two festivals in MetroBoston and three in outlying areas are all happening and all have their strong points.
First up, The Arlington International Film Festival gets underway tonight at Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge (um…wait a minute…why is the Arlington fest in Cambridge…oh never mind, the same thing happens in the springtime…heh heh). They will be showing a mix of shorts and feature length narratives beginning tonight and running through next Thursday, October 23.
The Boston Palestine Film Festival begins tomorrow, October 24th, with most screenings being held at the Museum of Fine Arts (although Cambridge Public Library and and Arts Emerson Paramount Center have at least one screening each). Their opening night selection, Eyes Of A Thief, is officially SOLD OUT. But there are plenty of tickets left for the rest of the features coming over the next few days.
Now, heading north, The Cape Ann Documentary Film Festival, this year titled “Doctoberfest”, is being held at the Cape Ann Cinema and Stage in Gloucester. Each year, the festival brings in some real gems for screening, and this year is no exception. Headlined by Sundance (and IFFB) favorite Finders Keepers, there are additional films playing with it each night over the next week or so.
Crossing the border, the New Hampshire Film Festival gets underway in Portsmouth tonight, running through Sunday. They have a TON of the big name films from the fall festival circuit, including Charlie Kaufman’s must talked about animated film “Anomalisa“, the U.S. PREMIERE of “Boy Upside Down“, and a “work-in-progress” screening of a film we’re Kickstarter backers on, Food Fight: Inside The Battle for “Market Basket”. And that’s not even scratching the surface, folks – how they’re gonna cram as many films as they plan into five days is beyond me…but they always do!
Finally, go northwest to Williamstown and the Wind Up Fest, which begins tonight and runs through Sunday. Previously known as the Williamstown Film Festival, this year they’re combining their efforts with that of North Adams and plan four days of films, music, and events around the area.
And these five…well, they’re just the start of the Metro Boston Fall Fethival season. Next week, two more fests in the Metro will happen, and then in November, two more – one in Metro Boston, the other in New Hampshire. We’ll have more on these next week! In the meantime, be sure to check eCinemaBoston for all the latest area film news and events!