Friday, February 26, 2010

Salem Film Festival is Coming SOON!!

Okay, if this photo doesn't pique your curiosity, what will?
Mark your calendar and check out this news tidbit from Paul VanNess regarding the upcoming all-documentary film festival that is now in its third year here in Salem, MA.


I hope you don't mind me sending out this reminder about the Salem Film Fest, which runs from this Friday, February 26 through next Thursday, March 4, presenting 34 engaging, beautiful, and challenging documentaries from all over the world. In three years, the festival has grown to be one of the largest all-documentary festivals in the country. All the details are at

If you don't know what film to attend, may I suggest the film which I'm sponsoring, MAMACHAS OF THE RING, playing on Saturday, February 27, at 11 am (that's in the morning!). It is truly a unique film which deals with Bolivian female wrestlers, and the filmmaker will be present to discuss the film afterward.

A review below, and the photo above, to entice you.
Thanks for your consideration!
Paul V.

Posted: July 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM
By Willa Paskin

After The Wrestler, Nacho Libre, Rocky, When We Were Kings, and scores of other films about hand to hand combat, you would be forgiven for thinking there's nothing that could go down in a ring you haven't seen before. You would be wrong.
Check out the awesome trailer forMamachas Del Ring, a documentary about four indigenous Bolivian women who became national sensations when they began wrestling in their country's main league, in petticoats and bowler hats, thank you very much.
Carmen Rosa, one of the wrestlers, is the star of the film, and though her moves are impressive (really, watch some of those flips), her dedication is even more so. After appearing on Peruvian television in 2006, she and her fellow female wrestlers were kicked out of the Bolivian league, despite being fan favorites and obviously, patently amazing. The four Mamachas decide to start their own league and organize their own shows ("We don't want to be managed by a man, because he exploited us too much. We want to be independent."), committing to running a fledgling business while keeping their day jobs (Rosa works as a street vendor) and taking care of their families.
"Sometimes I love wrestling more than my family," Rosa says, which makes her husband's ultimatum, to choose between wrestling and her family, all the more heart wrenching. Seriously, forget Harry Potter and all the remaining summer blockbusters; this is the only movie I really need to see this season.

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