Why would a random week in March carry that kind of accolade? Because of the Salem Film Fest, that is why. If you have never attended, you will be hard-pressed to understand. But you need to take my word for it, "Juli says" it is! (Oh, and by the way, the "Juli says" special in the Tavern is going to run the entire time of the Film Fest. Say "Juli says" and receive your non-alcoholic beverage for free with the purchase of any other item on the menu. This special is good from March 1 through March 8, all day from opening until close.)
Here is CinemaSalem's weekly newsletter which explains it better than I can.
Best week of the year at CinemaSalem! Why? Because it's the Salem Film Fest, a week devoted to the world's best documentary films, fascinating discussions with the filmmakers, and the rare and unmistakeable camaraderie of being in a community of people from all over who love film as much as you do.
You cannot pick a film in the entire roster that's not excellent, balanced, beautiful, and moving. And it's not too late to buy a festival pass which are available in several stupendously affordable denominations at the CinemaSalem box office.
If you'd like to download the official festival guide, simply click here.
The fest kicks off tomorrow night with three big events: 1) an opening night reception at the National Park Service Visitor Center at 5:30 pm; 2) a screening of All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert at PEM at 7:00 pm, including live appearances by the filmmaker and Mr. Rembert himself; and 3) a free awards ceremony and celebration of young filmmakers with the Five-Minute Student Film Contest Finale at CinemaSalem.
Plus there's four incredibly intriguing panel discussions of the sort that you'd pay $20 admission fee normally, but at the Salem Film Fest, they're all free! Check them out here.
Plus, as if that's not enough, we at CinemaSalem thought we'd also show you the Oscar Best Picture winner and the best-reviewed children's movie of the past two years.
Since the Salem Film Fest films and showtimes would require an email longer than War and Peace, we'll just give you the showtimes for those features, and invite you to peruse the official fest program to plot your festival strategy.
Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who mount this great event every year, and thanks also to you for supporting CinemaSalem with your attendance.
The Artist will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:15; Saturday at (11:45 am), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:15; Sunday at (11:45 am), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00.
New this week is The Lorax, the sweet adaptation of Dr. Suess's classic book, starring Taylor Swift and Zac Ephron. Cole Smithey writes: "Beautifully animated and performed, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" fulfills yet another pitch-perfect filmic rendering of a children's classic by the late Theodor Geisel."
The Lorax will screen starting Friday at (4:00), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:45.
So there's no space for all the other showtimes. Counting the festival lineup and all the short films, we're screening 50 films in the next eight days!
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!
I hope to see you here. Or at the Film Fest!