8 New England movie festivals to take a look at this fall


This fall marks a number of vital transitions in Boston’s movie exhibition scene. After two years of uncertainty for the MFA movie program, public screenings quietly resumed over the summer season with a number of neighborhood partnerships introduced for the autumn, together with Boston Girls’s Movie Pageant, Boston Palestine Movie Pageant, and Boston Turkish Pageant Documentary and Brief Movie Competitors. Harvard Movie Archive bursts again into fall full-tilt with extra choices than might be listed right here. (Do soar down that rabbit gap, although.)

A number of blocks away, the esteemed nonfiction sequence The DocYard introduced an indefinite hiatus. However its house theater, the Brattle, retains pouring out the hits with an particularly attractive sequence of movies by improv extraordinaire Mike Leigh (Sept. 16-20) and a trio of centennial anniversary screenings in celebration of Silent Film Day (Sept. 28-30)

Or if you happen to favor nightmares, the Salem Horror Fest, which started in 2017 and expanded final 12 months to run your complete month of October, will take a deep breath and return in April 2023. The New Hampshire Movie Pageant, on pandemic maintain since 2019, returns in particular person to rejoice 20 years sturdy. And a brand new pageant celebrating Latin American movie, Cinefest Latino Boston, launches underneath the management of former Boston Latino Worldwide Movie Pageant director  Sabrina Avilés. As to why she wished to start anew, Avilés says, “I wished to take movie to the subsequent stage.” Primarily based on what’s in retailer this fall, Boston moviegoing seems as ‘subsequent stage’ because it has since 2019.

Please notice: All occasion listings and COVID insurance policies are topic to vary. Please seek the advice of particular person pageant and venue web sites to reconfirm necessities for in-person attendance.


When:  Sept. 15-18; Sept. 15-25 streaming
The place: Venues in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine; some titles on-line
Highlights: The area’s preeminent non-fiction pageant attracts trade from the Boston space and all through the U.S. for a slate of premiere screenings and panel discussions. Programmers have gathered a number of the 37 options and 34 shorts underneath classes comparable to “embodied geographies” or “environmental hypnosis.” The self-explanatory “Cowboy Poets” and “This A lot We Know,” loosely about suicide and what else will get buried by the American dream, can have world premieres. The late documentary producer Diane Weyermann (“An Inconvenient Reality,” “Meals, Inc.”) receives a tribute with screenings of movies she government produced, comparable to “Lowndes County and the Street to Black Energy” by Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard. The Factors North Institute (which oversees CIFF) can also be working with companions to determine a fellowship in her identify.
Enjoyable Truth: In February, the U.S. Nationwide Toboggan Championships, “the one organized conventional wooden toboggan race within the nation — most certainly the world,” takes place in Camden.

Mike Day’s documentary “Cowboy Poets” will display screen at this 12 months’s Camden Worldwide Movie Pageant. (Courtesy Mike Day, Intrepid Cinema)

When: In-person Sept. 16-18; streaming Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. via Sept. 25
The place: Firehouse Middle for the Arts and The Screening Room, Newburyport; all titles on-line
Highlights: Simply far sufficient outdoors Boston’s orbit to make the case for staying the weekend, Newburyport’s at all times eclectic lineup spans the globe and has a plethora of New England-related picks. The fest opens with a straight-talking account of an in poor health man who plans his dying, “Jack Has a Plan.” A bit known as “straight from our personal yard” consists of shorts in regards to the Boston space’s wild turkey takeover (“Turkey City”), a pony cart trip to Montreal (“Pony Boys”), and local weather change’s influence on plowable snow (“Snow Cash”). New England-related options embrace the Harvard accountability saga “Free Renty” and Tim O’Donnell’s delicate household portrait “The Home We Lived In,” which closes the fest. Youth filmmakers get their due with a screening of shorts from Lynn’s Uncooked Artwork Works and a ceremony for the second annual YES (youth rising showcase) award. All titles stream on-line starting Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. via Sept. 25.
Have to Know: Pageant chief Joanne Morris has been identified to rescue wild animals and nurse them again to well being.

Still from Eric Stange's “Pony Boys.” (Courtesy
Nonetheless from Eric Stange’s “Pony Boys.” (Courtesy “Pony Boys” film)

When: Sept. 23-25
The place: MFA Boston
Highlights: Usually held in autumn, this 12 months the Boston Girls’s Movie Pageant (BWFF) determined to maneuver to March to coincide with Girls’s Historical past Month. However with girls’s rights underneath higher menace because the overturn of Roe (and the superb, topically suited French movie “Occurring” out this 12 months) programmer Katherine Irving says BWFF wished to retain a fall presence. “Occurring,” which dramatizes the dangers one younger girl faces to finish a being pregnant in Sixties France, closes a showcase of movies about comparable perils girls encounter when searching for company. In Croatia (“Murina”), a younger eel diver dares to fathom life past her father’s attain; in Costa Rica (“Clara Sola”) a cloistered middle-aged girl rouses to her personal sexual and non secular energy; in Spain (“Piggy”) a bullied teen ignites a gorefest, with a twist. Independently potent, collectively this quartet sears with anger, want, and willpower.
Have to Know: “Murina” cinematographer Hélène Louvart additionally shot two of my favourite movies of their respective years, “The Misplaced Daughter” (2021) and “By no means Not often Typically At all times” (2020).

Carlota Pereda's
Carlota Pereda’s “Piggy” screens on the Boston Girls’s Movie Pageant’s Fall Showcase on the MFA. (Courtesy BWFF)

When: Sept. 30 and Oct. 2
The place: ArtsEmerson and Coolidge Nook Theatre
Highlights: After final spring’s quiet begin as a companion to the Shared Tales sequence with RoxFilm and Boston Asian American Movie Pageant, CineFest Latino Boston continues its delicate launch with a strong two-pack of in-person screenings. Set within the bone-dry Bolivian highlands, the fictional and prophetic “Utama” options an growing older, ailing Quechua couple that director Alejandro Loayza Grisi reportedly met whereas taking pictures a documentary sequence. It picked up the grand jury prize on this planet dramatic competitors at Sundance. In the meantime, Carlos Saura’s showy musical about making a musical in Mexico Metropolis, “El Rey de Todo el Mundo (The King of All of the World),” interweaves actuality and fiction, drama and extra drama, like solely a filmmaker of some six many years can. Sabrina Avilés based CineFest to “use the facility of movie to interrupt stereotypes, deliver cultures and communities collectively and reveal the complicated points affecting the Latinx neighborhood in the US, in addition to communities in Latin America and Spain.” She says the workforce will collect vitality and assets to launch with a full line-up in fall 2023. In the intervening time, watch for extra co-presentations and particular screenings all year long.
Have to Know: In line with an interview with Filmmaker, cinematographer Bárbara Álvarez used 90% pure mild to offer “Utama” a sensible, documentary really feel.

Still from Alejandro Loayza Grisi's
Nonetheless from Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s “Utama.” (Courtesy CineFest Latino)

When: Oct. 6-Oct. 9
The place: Venues in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Highlights: One of many area’s finest all-around movie festivals celebrates its twentieth anniversary after a two-year pandemic hiatus. NHFF might be counted on for huge viewers enchantment (narratives, docs, options, shorts, events, panels), deal with native artists and trade, and heat hospitality. In its pandemic pause, it turned an Academy Award-qualifying pageant for live-action and animated shorts. With out an official movie workplace, the Granite State stays on the film map in no small half to the management of NHFF co-founder Dan Hannon and government director Nicole Gregg. Examine again for a full announcement of the 2022 program.
Have to Know: “On Golden Pond” could also be some of the well-known motion pictures shot in New Hampshire. Until you’ve heard of “Jumanji.”


When: Oct. 14-23
The place: MFA Boston, ArtsEmerson, Coolidge Nook Theatre and a few titles on-line
Highlights: After two nearly solely digital festivals, this 12 months marks a return to the MFA Boston with 5 in-person screenings. Further dwell occasions and digital screenings additionally happen. Along with themes of exodus (opening night time’s “Farha”) and return (closing night time’s “The Stranger”), programming director Michael Maria factors out two firsts in 2022: co-presentations with RoxFilm (“Little Palestine: Diary of a Siege,” a documentary shot in Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp), and the Arlington Worldwide Movie Pageant (“Satan’s Drivers,” a border-crossing thriller of a documentary). “Salma’s House,” a story set in Jordan about three generations of Arab girls, written and directed by Emerson professor Hanadi Elyan, will display screen in partnership with the Vivid Lights Movie Sequence.
Have to Know: Whereas not displaying on the fest, the brand new Netflix sequence “Mo” is likely one of the first to deal with the Palestinian-American expertise.

Still from Darin J. Sallam's feature directorial debut,
Nonetheless from Darin J. Sallam’s characteristic directorial debut “Farha.” (Courtesy IntraMovies)

When: Oct. 12-16
The place: Coolidge Nook Theatre, Brattle Theatre and a few titles on-line
Highlights: Nonfiction movie will get the Globe remedy for the eighth 12 months working. Most of the options and shorts hit this area’s screens for the primary time. For instance, the Chelsea pandemic response brief, “Elevating the Ground,” makes its world premiere. Whereas nonetheless in technique of affirmation at press time, pageant curator Lisa Viola says that new work by Ondi Timoner (“Dig!,” “We Stay in Public”), Shaunak Sen (“Cities of Sleep”), Ryan White (“The Case In opposition to 8”), Ramin Bahrani (“The White Tiger”), and Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land,” “The First Wave”) will likely be featured. Search for a proper announcement, with extra titles by Boston documentarians, on Sept. 21.
Have to Know: Discussions moderated by Boston Globe journalists observe all dwell occasions.


When: Oct. 20-23 in particular person; Oct. 24-30 some titles on-line
The place: Brattle Theatre, ArtsEmerson and a few titles on-line
Highlights: Different fests might have new and thrilling plot twists this 12 months. BAAFF ups the ante with constantly considerate, ingenious programming. As only one instance, the fest travels to Lowell for a screening of the documentary “Dangerous Axe.” In it, the director paperwork his mother and father’ wrestle to maintain their Cambodian restaurant afloat through the pandemic within the thickly Republican a part of Michigan often called “the thumb.” One other program presents the recording of Lenora Lee’s dwell dance and movie commentary on the gentrification of Chinatown, “Convergent Waves: Boston,” with extra dwell dance and a filmmaker dialogue. It’s paired with a documentary brief (“Pricey Corky”) about avenue photographer Corky Lee, chronicler of Asian American historical past. Plus, director Tom Huang will attend the opening night time screening of his film “Dealing With Dad,” a household dramedy about how grownup siblings take care of their depressed dad.
Have to Know: On Twitter, @BostonAAFilm posts well-curated information and commentary about Asian American illustration in movie and TV.


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