BSAF 2019: Salem Film Fest, Day Three

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! Boston Springs A Fethival 2019 is officially underway, and we’ll have info for all the various festivals and their schedules every day, so be sure to keep your browser turned to for all the latest info!

The wonderful all-documentary Salem Film Fest continues in high gear today, with screenings at all three of its Salem locations as well as several outlying areas. Lots of difficult choices to make as many of today’s screenings are happening concurrently with others. Today’s schedule is below: click on the links for film info and ticket purchase links:.

10:00 AM – Shorts Block D – Salem Visitors Center (free admission)
10:00 AM – Shorts Block E – Black Box Theatre, Peabody (Free admission)
10:00 AM – Filmmakers Breakfast – Flying Saucer Pizza Company (public welcome, cash breakfast)
10:30 AM – Ethiopiques: Revolt Of The Soul – Peabody Essex Museum
11:45 AM – Buddy – The Cabot, Beverly
12:00 PM – 16 Bars – Black Box Theatre, Peabody
12:00 PM – Dive:Rituals In Water – CinemaSalem
12:15 PM – General Magic – Salem Visitors Center
12:30 PM – China Love – Peabody Essex Museum
2:00 PM – Home + Away – The Cabot, Beverly
2:30 PM – Grit – CinemaSalem
3:00 PM – The Silver Branch – Peabody Essex Museum
3:00 PM – Care To Laugh – Black Box Theater, Peabody
4:30 PM – Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You – The Cabot, Beverly
5:00 PM – The Money Stone – Black Box Theater, Peabody
5:00 PM – Balian (The Healer) – CinemaSalem
7:15 PM – Hail Satan? – The Cabot, Beverly
7:30 PM – False Confessions – CinemaSalem

And… there’s also ANOTHER party tonight – the Sunday Night Social kicks off at 9PM at Tavern On The Green @ The Hawthorne Hotel. The social is open to the public, and there will be a cash bar.

VENUE INFO: The three primary venues are all within two blocks of each other. CinemaSalem is located in the Witch City Mall, One East India Square, in Salem. National Park Service’s Salem Visitors Center is at 7 Liberty Street in Salem, right across the street from Peabody Essex Museum, which is at 166 Essex Street in Salem.  Black Box Theater is part of the ArcWorks Community Art Center at 22 Foster Street in Peabody.  And  The Cabot Theater, 286 Cabot Street in Beverly.

Films showing at SFF always begin with a three or four minute short from the “Salem Sketches” series, celebrating the history of the city and its many inhabitants, many of whom own unique businesses that help to make Salem the wonderful tourist destination it has become. They are a delightful slice of life. And another little perk – there’s almost always a musical performance before and between the shows, local musicians showcasing their work for everyone, so be sure to spread them some love as well! Also, don’t forget that many screenings at SFF have special guests in attendance for discussion and Q&A sessions afterward.

We had a very long and fun day at the fest yesterday, taking in three films – The End Of Fear, Witkin And Witkin, and Kate Nash:Underestimate The Girl, and all were absolutely awesome! The nice thing about SFF is that they offer such a varied group of subjects, there are docs for EVERYONE!  And also, having already seen Hail Satan?, I can highly recommend it – if you can get to the Cabot to see it, by all means do – it’s a provocative look at how one group chooses to take on socitial norms in a variety of ways, and is an excellent case study.

For complete information on the festival and its upcoming offerings, be sure to visit the official website at! We have attended this wonderful festival all but one year since 2012 and we have NEVER been disappointed. You will find that SFF is truly a unique experience and is a great fest to cut your festival teeth on if you’ve never been to one before.

COURTESY ADVISORY  – if you drive and park in the Witch City Mall Garage, where CinemaSalem is located, and are attending a late screening, you will not be able to access the garage through the mall after it closes. You will need to go out the venue’s main street entrance, turn right and walk 1/2 block to the garage exit, then walk to your vehicle from there. It’s a bit of pain, but not that difficult.

We’ll have your schedule every morning during SFF’s run, and links to film and ticket information. We’ll also be covering this and the other NINE festivals and film series that happen in greater Boston between March 1 and May 1 every year coming up in late May on our two part “Boston Springs A Fethival” episodes of eCinemaOne‘s Subject:CINEMA podcast! And be sure to keep connected with our Instagram for pix of the festival!

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