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Town's first international film festival held at Regent in 2011

Films reflecting the cultures of native America, Armenia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sweden and Ireland are among those presented by April L. Ranck and J. Alberto Guzman, organizers of Arlington’s first international film festival, opens at noon and closes tonight at the Regent Theatre.

"Our festival will offer a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town," they said. "The festival is a means for demonstrating that such diversity enriches our community. We believe that our annual international film festival will highlight core values and aspirations we share in common with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the human family."

See the full program here >> (large .PDF) | Who composed festival theme?

Tickets and all-event passes for the festival are on sale online >> You may also call the Regent Theatre at 781-646-4849.

Short-film winners offer tastes of October festival

From depression to love to adventure, the winning short films in the High School Division of the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) show a range of subjects for you filmmakers. Judges considered 13 submissions from Boston, Arlington, Concord and Lexington.

Gaby Bruce of Concord took first place with her "Nowhere Now Here," which focuses on depression.

"Notes of Life" by Alex Van Thong, an Arlington High School student, took second.

Jasper Hamilton took of Arlington took third place with "The Bird."

The judges said they were pleased with the high quality of submissions received in terms of technical proficiency, artistic merit and imaginative use of the medium. They made these comments are the winner's works:

-- "Nowhere Now Here": The judges were impressed by the visual and thematic choices as well as the directorial stand Bruce took. The film "took difficult subject matter and made a clear artistic statement," they said. "The key to impact from techniques like 'trailing images' and the rapid cuts of the subject against a constant background is that they be used sparingly. Ms. Bruce showed a maturity of command of the medium."

-- "Notes of Life: They were particularly impressed by the technical qualities of the film.”The cinematography and editing were of consistently high quality," they said "with good pacing, and believable acting ... a pleasure to watch."

-- "The Bird": Stop-motion animation and Claymation are challenging media, and the judges found the film both endearing and interesting. "Artistic choices, for example the backgrounds, worked very well and the judges congratulate Jasper on his submission," they wrote.

Honorable mentions were works by Montgomery Alcott, Tuyen Nguyen and Jacob Sussman.

Judges said they loved the lyricism of Montgomery's "Carthage" and Tuyen's "Idea Explosion," as well as the technical work and verve of Jacob's "Monomyth."

Eight submissions were Boston, two from AHS, two from Concord and one from Lexington.

The short-film program is always a vibrant part of any festival, offering a glimpse of talented new voices in filmmaking and providing opportunities to push cinematic boundaries. This year’s program showcases some truly bold and original works, with the most exciting aspect being the level of talent emerging from local film students and first-time directors.

"The future of filmmaking," festival founder Alberto Guzman said in a news release, "is in good hands."

Film festival supporters include Yourarlington.com, GateHouse Media, Lexington Montessori School, MIRA –Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Coalition Advocacy, Tango Restaurant, and Zhen Ren Chuan, Arlington Community Media Inc. (ACMi.TV).

Arlington International Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

AHS senior named to festival selection committee

The Arlington International Film Festival has announced that Michael Mahin, a senior at Arlington High School, has accepted a position on the AIFF's Selection Committee. This young man will be part of the group of judges that will review and select films that will be screened at the festival.

The organizers believe that building community and providing opportunities for the next generation of talented filmmakers and critics will assist in increasing social and civic consciousness as well as promoting creativity.

AHS senior to aid international film festival

Mahin has been regularly writing film reviews for The Arlington Advocate and has contributed additional articles, including interviews with local filmmakers Lance Greene and David McLaughlin. He serves as coeditor of the school's newspaper, The Ponder Report.

For the past three years, he has been involved with the paper and the school's literary magazine. He has had a lifelong interest in film and is an aspiring screenwriter.

The festival’s mission is to foster an increased appreciation for all cultures by showcasing the real lives of people all over the globe through independent film and to nurture the next generation of talented filmmakers in our community.

Those involved will be screening narrative and documentary features and shorts plus a special category of short submissions by local high school filmmakers. Organizers will be framing provocative conversations with filmmakers/producers, academics, and the business community after special festival screenings. 

Nonprofit immigrant-rights coalition supports international festival

The Arlington International Film Festival has announced its nonprofit fiscal agent for the 2011 film festival, set for Oct. 6 to 9 at the Regent Theatre.

It is the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. It serves the commonwealth’s one million foreign-born residents with policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, and strategic communications.

The alliance with MIRA is especially appropriate because the theme of the 2011 festival is multiculturalism. All donations made to AIFF via MIRA will be tax-deductible.

The film festival’s mission is to foster an increased appreciation for all cultures by showcasing the real lives of people all over the globe through independent film and to nurture the next generation of talented filmmakers in our community.

Organizers will be screening narrative and documentary features and shorts plus a special category of short submissions by local high school filmmakers.

Those involved are framing provocative conversations with filmmakers/producers, academics, as well as the business community after special screenings.

Chiropractor donates first sculpture to film fest The Arlington International

 

Film Festival has announced its first sculpture donation, by Elisa Adams, a Lexington chiropractor. The mission of the festival is to bring great independent films to Arlington as well as to showcase our local artists.

AIFF has put out a call for sculptors to craft individual and unique awards that will be given out to the winners of the five categories of films screened and juried.

Adams has been in private practice in Lexington Center since 1984.

Maintaining a holistic view of life as well as health, she has an ultimate goal to guide patients to understanding and achieving their health potential. Not only is a good diet and exercise, rest and decreasing stress, healthful, but she believes that having art in one’s life is a great contributor and balancer to health.

Adams donates her time and energy often to support the growth of the arts in her community. As a budding artist later in life, she has discovered stone sculpting. She has created more than 70 pieces during the past six years and has entered her works in local juried shows and galleries. Last year, she won Best in Show at the Concord Art Association.


Video contest for Arlington teens; deadline was Aug. 15

The Arlington International Film Festival will be giving away a $50 iTunes gift card to an Arlington teenager with the winning two- to four-minute video.

Orgnaizers will feature winning videos made with smart phones and flip-style cameras on most any topic related to Arlington where the subject matter is interactive and entertaining. Arlington teens are invited to register for the contest at www.AIFFest.org.

The contest continued until Monday, Aug. 15.

Have fun, be creative and submit now.

Selected videos will be featured on the festival website until Thursday, Oct. 6.

The iTunes gift card will be presented to the winner on the festival’s opening night.

For more information, visit www.AIFFest.org and download the contest announcement and entry form.

The mission of the festival, set for Oct. 6 to 9 at the Regent Theatre, is to foster an increased appreciation for all cultures by showcasing the real lives of people all over the globe through independent film and to nurture the next generation of talented filmmakers in our community.

Those involved will be screening narrative and documentary features and shorts plus a special category of short submissions by local high school filmmakers. Organizers will be framing provocative conversations with filmmakers/producers, academics, and the business community after special screenings.

Arlington film festival partners with YourArlington

The Arlington International Film Festival, set for Oct. 6-9 at the Regent Theatre, has included YourArlington as a partner, one way to provide an interactive information link between the festival and the Arlington community.

Bob Sprague, former Town of Arlington webmaster and current publisher of YourArlington.com, has teamed up with festival organizers to keep town residents, organizations, and businesses informed about the ongoing progress of Arlington’s first film festival.

The festival aims to foster an increased appreciation for all cultures by showcasing the real lives of people all over the globe through independent film and to nurture the next generation of talented filmmakers in our community.

Those involved will be screening narrative and documentary features and shorts plus a special category of short submissions by local high school filmmakers. Organizers will be framing provocative conversations with filmmakers /producers, academics, and the Arlington business community after special screenings.

Join in the fun and help make Arlington’s first ever international film festival all it can be AIFF news by going to its website at www.AIFFest.org.

"We are delighted by this opportunity for AIFF to introduce the festival and the upcoming activities leading to its October 6 opening night to those who live and work in Arlington," AIFF founding organizer Alberto J. Guzman said.

Festival Director April Ranck added, "The partnership with Sprague and YourArlington.com also provides a way of attracting those in Arlington who would like to be part of the excitement by involving themselves as volunteers in the project."

GateHouse Media, owner of The Arlington Advocate, was also named as a partner in late August.

Those interested in knowing more about the festival may contact Ranck, executive director (857-209- 1122 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Sprague (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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