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6th Arlington International Film Festival held at Capitol

UPDATED, Oct. 29: The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) returns to Arlington on Thursday, Oct. 27, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Capitol Theatre in East Arlington. Some of the Sunday, Oct. 30, programs are below.

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Executive Director April Ranck said in a release that the festival is excited to be back to town after one year in Cambridge. J. Alberto Guzman and she have organized the festival since 2010.

"Our growth has been exponential, evidenced with the number and quality of film submissions received as well in audience attendance," she said. " Last year was a tremendous success at the Kendall Square Cinema. We are delighted to be welcomed home by the Capitol Theatre management and hope to bring along the audience we garnered in Cambridge." 

beyond popular culture and animation
 
 
 
Capitol theatre
204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474 Phone: (781) 648-4340
 
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Sunday, Oct. 30, noon 
 
Fiddlesticks (80 min)
Veit Helmer, Director | Germany | 2014 | Narrative
 
A colorful children's adventure opened the “New German Films” section at the Marche du Film of the Cannes Festival in 2015. Director Veit Helmer says of his film, “it is a classic live-action adventure for young and older children between the ages of four and 144,” who grew up with the Little Rascals by Hal Roach and the adventures of Pippi Longstocking. “Nowadays, the majority of movies for young children are animated films. I wanted to do something different.” In fact, Helmer would like children to question authority. “It is important that kids have a healthy suspicion because adults are not always inthe right.”
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Sunday, Oct 30, 1:30 PM
Wapikoni Mobile Shorts (40 min)
 
Wapikoni Mobile …a project by and for indigenous is a traveling studio created in 2004 by filmmaker, Manon Barbeau and co-founded by the Council of the Nation Atikamekw and the Youth Council of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. While encouraging the emergence of talent, it facilitates interaction and communication between young people and contributes to their openness to the world as well as their influence in their communities. These youths become ambassadors of a rich contemporary culture that is too often overlooked.
Q&A following with Cassandre Pérusse and Widia Lariviére. 
Co-sponsor by Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) andBoston-Quebec Delegation
 
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Sunday, Oct 30th, 2:20 PM
Between Allah and Me (and Everyone Else) (60 min)
Kyoko Yokomad, Writer/Director | Canada | 2014 | Doc
The film explores the challenges of four Canadian Muslim women making decisions either to start or stop wearing hijab, unveiling how the hijab carries many diverse meanings and messages, and its intricate and complex effects on Muslim women, their families and communities, and the larger multicultural society.
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Sunday, Oct 30th, 3:30 PM                
International Shorts Program III 
 
4 Houses (5 min)
Mayumi Nishijima, Director | Japan | 2014 | Animation | World Premiere
A metaphor for no one knows what to expect in life.
 
Allegory of the Jam Jar (18 min)
Boris Kuijpers & Ruth Mellaerts, Directors | Belgium | 2015 | Nar
Hans is a 50-year old businessman. He has a challenging job, a wonderful collection of ties and a pristine apartment. One day, when a crack appears on the perfect walls of his home, Hans slowly starts losing control of his seemingly perfect life.
 
Sexteen (25 min)
Santiago Samaniego, Director | Spain | 2016 | USA PREMIERE
A family crisis breaks out when the daughter is caught sexting with a guy named Omar. More than a coming of age story and the social mores of sending nude photos over the internet, it captures the difficult dynamics of a divorced family and how it translates to parenting.
 
Mystic Jungfraujoch (4 min)
Markus Eichenberger, | Switzerland | 2015 | Doc | New England Premiere 
Markus Eichenberger received permission to stay at the Jungfraujoch station high in the Swiss Alps, usually off-limits to tourists, and recorded a time-lapse view from the top of Europe, shot over 48 hours. Breathtaking
Best Cinematography (Documentary) Award at Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival; Official Selection at the Vienna International Film Festival and the Madrid International Film Festival.
 
Tandem (14 min)
Leandro Alastuey, Writer/Director | Spain | 2016 | Nar
A young couple suffers a hard economic situation. They have incurred lots of debt, spent all their savings and cannot find jobs. Their love and hope are the only things that keep them together, but will it be enough?
 
 
Cassandre Pérusse | Wapikoni Mobile
 
Widia Lariviére | Wapikoni Mobile 
Between Allah and Me | Co-presented with Center for Arabic Culture in Sommerville
 
 
 
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October 27 – 30 | Capitol Theatre | Arlington MA
 
 
 
 
350 Massachusetts #160 | Arlington MA  02474  |  857. 209. 1122 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Capitol Theatre
694 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 - (617) 876-2414
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Sunday, Oct. 30 , 4:50 p.m. 
 
Fish (4 min)
Saman Hosseinpuor, Director | Iran | 2016 | Narrative
 
An old couple living in an apartment, the man is sleeping and the woman is doing housework. The woman wants to change the fish tank’s water but it slips out of her hands and falls on the ground. They’ve run out of water and there’s no water for the fish. But with the help of the man they find water for it.
 
Home Care (92)
Slávek Horák, Director | Czech Republic | 2015 | Nar
 
Karlovy Vary, tells a story of a selfless home care nurse Vlasta who is indefatigable in a concern for her family and capricious patients, always on the move with two brown leather bags in hand. Then, one day, things change andVlasta, forced outside of her comfort zone, realizes that she might need some care too. A touching film, set under the benevolent Southern Moravian sun, courageously incorporates visual and verbal slap-stick in making its case for life - ostensibly in the face of death - and vivaciously drives this message toaudience.
Home Care was selected as the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
 
 
 
Co-presentation with City Life/Vida Urbana
 
 

Sunday, Oct. 30,  6:35 p.m.
 
East LA Interchange (56 min)  
                                       
AIFF JURY AWARD FOR “BEST OF FESTIVAL   
                    
Betsy Kalin, Director | U.S.A. | 2016 | Doc | East Coast Premiere
 
East LA Interchange tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and California planners, this quintessential immigrant neighborhood survived racially restrictive housing covenants, Japanese-American Internment, Federal redlining policies, lack of political representation, and the building of the largest and busiest freeway interchange system in the nation, the East L.A. Interchange. The documentary explores how the freeways – a symbol of Los Angeles ingrained in America’s popular imagination – impact Boyle Heights’ residents: literally, as an environmental hazard and structural blockade and figuratively, as a conversational interchange about why the future of their beloved community should matter to us all. The history of Boyle Heights is an example of the promise — and peril — of American progress. 
Awards: Winner of the Award of Excellence IndieFest Film Awards; Best Feature New Urbanism Film Festival; 1st place jury award Frozen River Film Festival; Best Doc Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.
Panel Discussion with Director/Producer Betsy Kalin and Associate Producer Ruby Gómez.
 
 
 
 
 
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Student award winners

 Gayatri Sundar Rajan

Gayatri Sundar Rajan, at right, a junior at Arlington High School, is master of ceremonies for the student filmmaker's program, set for noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Capitol.

The event for student filmmakers from around the globe offer opportunities to network, additional screenings and chances to win a Camera HR24 Glidecam Industries. They are from Massachusetts, New York, California, South Africa, Italy, Iran, Russia and Canada. The awards are:

Best of Festival: "Attached At the Soul"

A film about the bond between two kind souls, of different backgrounds. Beginning when they first met, their meaningful journey, and ending with their departure from this world, together. The film promotes friendship, diversity, equal rights, compassion, love and acceptance. Director, William Leon

Best Short Documentary: "Todo Tiene su Tiempo" ("Everything Has Its Time")

A woman opens up about her struggles and how her hard work manifests into her life’s accomplishments. Michael Mahin said he chose the film as Best Short Doc for its simplicity, technical efficiency and pertinent message. In an age of growing anti-immigrant sentiment, the film acts as an important reminder that these are people, families, human beings that we're discussing. Without pretension or artifice, "Todo tiene su Tiempo" explores what it means to make a new home in a new place with those closest to us. Director, Marylys Merida.

Best short Narrative: "Teach Me Fish"

A lonely boy obsessed with geology gets more than he asks for when he goes out on one of his daily rock hunts. Director, Asa Minter.

"It tells a cohesive visual story and is also very funny and likable," said Kevin Wetmore. "All of the performances work well, especially that of the alien visitor. The sound production, sound editing, and music choices all work wonderfully. The cinematography is also a highlight. All the shots seem carefully composed and there is a consistent style throughout the film. Overall this film is an accomplishment to be proud of, and the filmmakers should not hesitate to create new work.”

Best Short Experimental: "I don’t Need U"

A girl who grew up without her father writes a letter about her deepest most sincere feelings about him. Director, Alyssa Peguero.

Mahin said: "With simple but elegant camerawork and effective voice-over narration, 'I Don't Need U' subtly but powerfully underscores the primordial bond between parent and child - and the pain that can be caused the absence of this bond."

Additional highlights for this year:

A Way Out (3 min)
Ayanna Marte, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Massachusetts
The way dance makes your heart go boom. boom. boom.

Breath (3 min)
Sara Test, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Massachusetts & Group POV Massachusetts.
Drowning in the stress of a busy life, in this visual poem, a girl remembers the beauty of her experiences to keep herself above water.

Colour (2 min)
Taryn Birkett, Director | Experimental |2015 | Canada
In 2015, Reel Youth and the Nia Centre partnered with filmmaker and facilitator, Ella Cooper, to create Visual Eyes. This project offered a unique, Afro-centric film and video camp for young Black women based in the Greater Toronto Area. This film is one of nine created by the young women in the program to celebrate their individual life stories and the issues most pertinent them.

Dancing Machine (3 min)
Linwood Giles III, Director | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts
A dancer tells his story through motion against the Boston backgrounds.

Electric Love (3 min)
Isaac Eliot, Megan Faretta, Micah Richardson, Ethan Crain and Akai Fitzpatrick, Directors | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts
A man has a great relationship with his IPhone. What happens when he gets too close? Students: Isaac Eliot, Megan Faretta, Micah Richardson, Ethan Crain and Akai Fitzpatrick

Fruition to Frustration (2 min)
Angaer Arop, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Canada
In 2015, Reel Youth and the Nia Centre partnered with filmmaker and facilitator, Ella Cooper, to create Visual Eyes. This project offered a unique, Afro-centric film and video camp for young Black women based in the Greater Toronto Area. This film is one of nine created by the young women in the program to celebrate their individual life stories and the issues most pertinent them.

The Great Robbing of Randall Cobb (15 min)
Lorenzo Rugerio, Director | Nar | 2016 | Massachusetts
Two high schoolers attempt to rob the school teacher's pet when they discover he's selling illegal substances. However, like all great heists, it does not go as planned

Livin The Lies (11 min)
Annmarie Soba | Nar | 2015b | Maysles Doc Ctr NY
An unflinching portrait of a conflicted Jamaican teenager struggling to be honest to his true identity.

Magical (8 min)
Jack Kelly, Liam Mulcahy, Lizzy Embick, Alayna D'Amico, Taryn Osborne, Directors | Nar | 2015 | Canada
When Will can't seem to get a girlfriend, his fairy godmother decides to help. Sure enough, they get into wacky hijinks. But, when push comes to shove, can Will still manage to win the heart of Anna and keep his friendship with his fairy godmother intact?

Park Bench (3 min)
Thaisha Belis, Jack Eliot, Beatrice Jackson, Danajae Jones, Paul Vekiarides and Johnathan Yannis | Experiemntal | 2016 | Massachusetts
A man with a special gift finds a piece of himself in one the strangest places.

Students:

The Tree of Me (2 min)
Experimental | 2015 | Canada
In 2015, Reel Youth and the Nia Centre partnered with filmmaker and facilitator, Ella Cooper, to create Visual Eyes. This project offered a unique, Afro-centric film and video camp for young Black women based in the Greater Toronto Area. This film is one of nine created by the young women in the program to celebrate their individual life stories and the issues most pertinent them.

Looking Through the Lens. (3 min)
"A short but thoughtful rumination on the nature of filmmaking, delicately and poetically marrying striking imagery with effective voice-over narration," said Kevin Wetmore.

Jury members for the contest include Mahin, writer, marketing coordinator for special events at the Arlington Center for the Arts and film critic; Wetmore, filmmakers and youth coordinator at Arlington Community Media inc; Jonathan Barbato, production manager at ACMi; and Naythen Lowe, editor and creator of the DIYDS.
The annual festival, held in Arlington, from Oct. 24 through 30, gathered a diverse group of industry professionals from all fields of the business to participate in a panel and Q&A discussions on several topics about the film, television and digital media business. 

 
 
Capitol Theatre
 204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474 Phone: (781) 648-4340]
Saturday, Oct. 29 , noon 

          High School Filmmakers Program (120 min)
 

Special Presentation… The Flag
Tyler Parker, Director | USA/South Carolina | 2015 | Doc
 

AIFF is pleased to feature a film from this year’s Harvard College Film Festival as the opener for this year’s High School Filmmakers Program.
 
In the summer of 2015, a gunman killed nine black parishioners in a Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, blowing open the doors to conversations of race, rage, and reconciliation across the state. The Flag, made during the director's junior year of undergraduate studies, documents those conversations under the shadow of the Confederate Flag flying high in front of the South Carolina State Capitol Building in Columbia, SC.
Best Documentary - Best Direction (Documentary) - Best Editing (Documentary) - Best Sound Editing (Documentary)
at Harvard College Film Festival 2016.

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Electric Love (3 min)
Isaac Eliot, Megan Faretta, Micah Richardson, Ethan Crain and Akai Fitzpatrick, Directors | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts
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BEST DOCUMENTARY
 
    Todo Tiene su Tiempo/Everything Has Its Time (6 min)       

Marylys Merida, Director | USA/Massachusetts | 2015 | Doc
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Magical (8 min)
Jack Kelly, Liam Mulcahy, Lizzy Embick, Alayna D'Amico, Taryn Osborne, Directors | Canada | 2015 | Narrative 
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A Way Out (3 min)
Ayanna Marte, Director | USA/Massachusetts | 2016 | Experimental
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Colour (2 min)
Taryn Birkett, Director | Canada | 2015 | Experimental
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BEST NARRATIVE

                                  Teach Me Fish (10 min)                                                      
Asa Minter, Director | MA/Massachusetts | 2016 | Nar
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Breath (3 min)
Sara Test, Director | Massachusetts & Group POV Massachusetts | 2015 | Experimental
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Dancing Machine (3 min)
Linwood Giles III, Director | USA/Massachusetts | 2016 | Experimental
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BEST EXPERIMENTAL 
                                    I Don’t Need U (4 min)                                                                        
Alyssa Peguero, Director | USA/Massachusetts | 2015 | Experimental                                

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Park Bench (3 min)

Thaisha Belis, Jack Eliot, Beatrice Jackson, Danajae Jones, Paul Vekiarides and Johnathan Yannis, Directors | USA/Massachusetts | 2016 | Experimental
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The Tree of Me (2 min)
Elee Stalker, Director | Canada | 2015 | Experimental
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Livin the Lies (11 min)
Annmarie Soba, Director | USA/Maysles Doc Center NY | 2015 | Narrative
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Fruition to Frustration (2 min)
Angaer Arop, Director | Canada | 2015 | Experimental
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The Great Robbing of Randall Cobb (15 min)
Lorenzo Rugerio, Director | USA/Massachusetts | 2016 | Narrative
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BEST OF FESTIVAL
 
                 Attached At The Soul (9 min) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANg7GpWkLxY&feature=youtu.be         
William Leon, Writer/Director | USA/CA | 2016 | Narrative
 
 

 


Boston University | 1:45 pm |  Capitol Theatre
 
 

The A Capella Group BOS TONES Will take over Arlington MA 

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is too proud to announce 

THE BOS TONES, a Capella group from Boston University on October 29, at 1:45 pm will host the neighbors of Arlington MA. BOS TONES it is the entry point to the best contemporary culture: Music, Film, Food, Art and Fun to the 6th Annual Film Festival. In addition to the film festival BOS TONES Group will be part of this year festival singing to the audiences of Arlington and beyond.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The festival offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town and beyond, recognizing that such diversity enriches our community. We believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share in common with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family. 
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October 27 – 30 | Capitol Theatre | Arlington MA
 
 
 
 
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Mt. Ida senior wins poster design for 6th film festival

Tyler WoodWood

Artwork by Tyler Wood, a senior in the design and digital media department at Mount Ida College, has won the 2016 Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF)poster competition.

Wood's poster -- the face of this year's festival, the sixth annual, to be held at the Capitol Theater in October -- was unveiled at an April 21 reception at Arlington Center for the Arts. He was presented with a $500 check, thanks to award sponsor Watertown Savings Bank.

"The winning poster this year displayed attention to detail, and a thoughtfully chosen palette that conveys a modern, yet earthy tone," Jennifer Cheng DesAutels, contest judge, said in a news release.

"The text employs appropriate visual hierarchy and legibility to communicate important event details. This satisfies the most important goal of the project, i.e. the viewer doesn't have to hunt around to figure out (a) what this poster is about and (b) how to participate. In addition, the main graphic invites the viewer to explore, with its rhythmic shapes and lines. The composition of the entire layout is balanced and implies movement."

This year AIFF invited the students from Mount Ida College exclusively to participate in the poster competition.

Festival founder Alberto Guzman said: "We recognize all the students who submitted designs and we honor their work." They are Alexandra Battaglia, Noel Campbell, Anthony Ricketts, Damian Santamaria, Troy Wade and Wood.

He thanked Alison Poor-Donahue, chair of Mt. Ida's design department for her support of the partnership. He also thanked Fran Berger, Mt. Ida's associate vice president of marketing and communications for her efforts in promoting the competition.

Judges involved were:

Cheng DesAutels, illustrator, logo designer and plein air artist;

Marc Gurton, owner of 13Forest Gallery in East Arlington, a contemporary art and craft gallery;

Stephen Jurgensmeyer, professor of strategic branding and identity systems and advanced typography;
Jeannet Leendertse, owner of jldesign and mooizeg.jkdesign, providing services to the publishing industry and those who look to publish independently;

Niloufer Moochhala, principal of Nymdesign, a multidisciplinary graphic design studio specializing in print, web and interactive media; and

Ingrid de Aguiar Sanchez, who creates prints, drawings and installations that examine cultural and linguistic hybridism as a method of adaption and survival.

At the ACA reception, Slow Boat Home entertained the guests, while Ciders of Spain and numerous Arlington restaurants catered the event.

The evening was the official launch of the 2016 festival, to be held Oct. 27-30.

The poster submissions will be on display in the Gibbs Gallery at the ACA through Friday. 

Movie-Blogger.com a partnerFounded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton. Mount Ida provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, to prepare students for success in their chosen fields of endeavor. 

Festival organizers announced April 7 Movie-Blogger.com is a partner of the 2016 festival.

"Proof that AIFF is not marginalized to Arlington, Massachusetts," a news release says, "it is receiving global market attention reinforcing its persistence to bring the best of Independent films to Arlington and the Greater Boston area."

Public relations, communication and reaching out to community comprise the implemented offensive strategy of bringing together moviegoers, students, businesses, colleges and universities with sponsors and media to promote AIFF's mission, "to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film."

AIFF partners with artscope magazine

The Arlington International Film Festival is partnering with artscope Magazine, a New England culural publication. In its 10th year of publication, artscope aims to take art to the public and provide readers with an understanding of the process, while also reviewing local and international artists exhibiting/screening throughout the Northeast.


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This announcement was published Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, and updated Oct. 29.

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