Apr 192012

Spend your weekend downtown Salem April 20 – 22 at the Mass Poetry Festival.  The poetry festival kicks off Friday with programs for Families and Children; then moves into adult programing in the later afternoon. In the evening enjoy a headline reading with Robert Pinsky, Maggie Dietz and Major Jackson. The night closes out with an intercollegiate poetry slam at Victoria Station.

Saturday begins with workshops and more programs for children and families.  Throughout the day there will be activities for families in the Peabody Essex Museum. Across the street in the Museum Place Mall, the small press fair will run from noon to 5:00 pm. Montserrat College of Art will be silkscreening and giving away Mass Poetry festival book bags. At 1:30 pm there will be a reading of the 2012 Common Threads poets. More than 60 readings, workshops, panels and performances will sprawl throughout downtown Salem all afternoon. In the evening there will an amazing performance of song and poetry by powerful story tellers. The evening will end with a late night Poetry Slam organized by famed slam master of the Boston Poetry Slam Simone Beaubian!

Sunday also includes a full line up of events. Visit the official Mass Poetry website for full details. Festival buttons only cost $10. Link to full festival calendar here.

Mar 012012

Last night festival attendees enjoyed an After-Party at Finz Seafood Restaurant & Grill and the music of Henley Douglas…

The Salem Film Festival is much more than great film. Although, there are 14 different Independant Documentary Films showing just on Saturday, March 3 at the Salem Film Festival.  For a full list visit www.salemfilmfest.com.

Friday, March 2 join the festival at Finz After-Party with film makers and music by Henley Douglas. The event starts at 9:30 p.m. at 76 Wharf St.

Saturday, March 3 enjoy a Filmmaker Forum at 10 a.m. at the NPS Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty St. about Documentary Filmmaking as an Activist Tool.

1:30 p.m. Join the Filmmaker’s Forum at Griffen Theatre (7 Lynde St.) sponsored by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists to discuss how media covers documentary film.

9:30 p.m. Another great opportunity to unwind with filmmakers at the After-Party at Victoria’s Station (82 Wharf St.) with music by Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket.

Sunday, March 4 join filmmakers for breakfast at Caffe Graziani (133 Washington St.)

Noon enjoy the Filmmakers Forum at the Peabody Essex Museum (166 Essex St.) discussing Reframing Reality.

3 p.m. Attend Funding, Broadcasting, and Distribution Tips for Filmmakers at the Peabody Essex Museum (166 Essex St.)

(Photos of We Still Live Here showing at the PEM at 1:00 and Wild Horse, Wild Ride  showing at Cinema Salem at 10.)

Feb 292012

You are invited to attend the Salem Film Fest VIP Opening Reception at the National Park Service Visitor Center (2 New Liberty St.) from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Enjoy light refreshments and the music of Clay Ventre and the Bond Girls. FREE

Following the reception at 7 p.m. enjoy the Opening Night Film: All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert at the PEM Auditorium or the 2012 Five Minute Film Contest Award Presentation at Cinema Salem.  For a complete list of Film Festival events and films visit www.salemfilmfest.com.