Thursday, February 18, 2010

CinemaSalem's Line Up Is Terrific!!

If you read this blog often, you might think I'm on the payroll of CinemaSalem. However, I am simply a raving fan. I love what they do there and want to see them continue to be able to do it. So I SHARE!!!

This week we get the opportunity to see something quite unusual -- a number of the cool 'short films' that have been nominated for Academy Awards. I don't know about you, but every time I watch that awards show, I am momentarily sad when they show clips of the 'shorts' because I haven't even had the opportunity to see them.

This week, CinemaSalem is fixing that (I'd like to think they read my mind and are doing this just for me, but that is way too self-agrandizing) and they are showing them in a kind of mini-film festival.

So, you will certainly see me there, if you plan to go.

Wow -- real butter on popcorn, great hot tea, Fresca, yummy treats from the Cafe AND a terrific line-up of short films!! I can't wait!!!


Now Playing: Les Blank Short Films; Oscar Nominated Short Films; Five-Minute Student Film Contest Awards Show; Valentine's Day (PG13); and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG)!

Dear Juli,

As you can see from the headline above, this is a busy week at CinemaSalem, full of rich and diverse programming -- an appropriate lead-in to next week's Salem Film Fest!

An especially good ramp-up to that leading American documentary film festival is our presentation of three Les Blank documentary shorts in the Screening Room this week, which will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:00; Saturday at (12:30), (2:30), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:00; Sunday at (12:30), (2:30), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00. Les will be attending the Salem Film Fest in person between February 26 and March 1, participating in discussions before and after the presentation of his films. He's also participating in an event at Harvard next Wednesday, February 24, if you happen to be in Cambridge that evening.

Les Blank is arguably the most accomplished living American documentary maker, winner of numerous prizes including a British Academy Award for this masterpiece, BURDEN OF DREAMS, which will be presented during the festival. His accomplishments are especially noteworthy considering the fact that his personality and production approach are low-key, self-effacing, and devoted to his subjects, who are often gifted artists who live and create on the edges of society.

Since the Oscars are only a couple weeks away, this is a perfect time to screen the 2010 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS, which often represent a glimpse into the future of commercial filmmaking. We'll be presenting the full lineup of nominated films in both the "Live Action" and "Animated" categories, screening separately.

The Oscar Shorts will screen on the following schedule. Friday: Animated at 5:30 and 9:45 and Live Action at 3:30 and 7:45. Saturday: Animated at 1:30, 5:30, and 9:45 and Live Action and 11:30, 3:30, and 7:45. Sunday: Animated at 1:30 and 5:30 and Live Action at 11:30, 3:30 and 7:45. Monday-Wednesday: Animated at 4:40 and Live Action at 7:00. Thursday: Live Action at 4:40.

Rounding out the rich slate of independent films this week is the award ceremony for the Five-Minute Student Film Contest of 2010, showcasing some of the best young filmmakers in Massachusetts. The free event will begin at 7:00 pm next Thursday, February 25 at CinemaSalem. Many of the winning filmmakers will be attending in person.

Also screening this week is VALENTINE'S DAY, this week's current box office champ, which stars everyone you've ever heard of in Hollywood, and which will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:20 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (2:00), (4:45), 7:20 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (2:00), (4:45) and 7:20; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:20.

In serious competition for best young adult movie of the year as well as longest title in history is Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which will screen on Friday at (5:00), 7:30 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 9:50; Sunday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:30.

Don't forget to start planning now for the Salem Film Fest, a celebration of documentary film which will run from February 26 through March 4, and will feature more than a dozen appearances by directors and producers who will be accompanying their films to Salem and enjoying the bracing discussions and sophisticated perspective of North Shore filmlovers. All the details about the films and about how to purchase indidvidual tickets and Festival Passes are readily available at

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

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