Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

The 11th Annual Newburyport Documentary Film Festival will showcase twenty-five amazing and thought-provoking documentary films.

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
Friday - Sunday
Sept 16-18, 2016

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TICKETS:

  • Films: $10.00/ticket
  • Daytime Pass: $50.00 ($90 value)
  • Fri/Sat Evening Films: $15.00/ticket, includes After-Party
  • All Access pass: $75.00 ($105.00 value)

To purchase Passes:
>Daytime Pass
>All Access Pass

To purchase individual tickets,
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
at Firehouse Center for the Arts

7:30pm
The Opening Act
$15/ticket
Includes filmmaker Q&A and After-Party at Oregano’s
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
at the Firehouse Center for the Arts

10:30am
The Slippers
$10/ticket
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12:15pm
Pigheaded
$10/ticket
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2:30pm
Shorts Block #1:
Animation Hotline
JOANI: Queen of the Paradiddle
Jarvis Rockwell
$10/ticket
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4:30pm
SINCE: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
$10/ticket
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7:30pm
What Tomorrow Brings
$15/ticket
Includes filmmaker Q&A and After-Party at The Grog
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
at The Screening Room

10:30am
Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story
$10/ticket
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12:30pm
Jackson
$10/ticket
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2:30pm
Hearing is Believing
$10/ticket
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th
at the Firehouse Center for the Arts

10:30am
Land Grab
$10/ticket
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12:00pm
The Hidden Harpist
Blindsided
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1:45pm
Beyond The Wall
$10/ticket
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4:00pm
Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket
$10/ticket
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6:30pm
In Pursuit of Silence
$10/ticket
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
at The Screening Room

10:30am
Pet Fooled
$10/ticket
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12:00pm
Seven Days a Week
The Frozen Chosen
$10/ticket
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1:45pm
Shorts Block #2:
Soy Cubana
Starring Austin Pendleton
The Song of the Broad Axe
Dog Power
$10/ticket
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4:00pm
The Guys Next Door
$10/ticket
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About this year's Newburyport Documentary Film Festival:
 
Several films this year have local ties which should prove popular with the audience.  The feature film Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket chronicles the momentous events that took place throughout the summer of 2014, when a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states, including Massachusetts and New Hampshire.   When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of most unique corporate dramas in American history.  The film will screen on Sunday, September 18 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts with Jay Childs, the Exeter, NH-based filmmaker on hand to answer questions afterward.
 
Also close to home is the film Beyond the Wall, a look at the struggles prisoners face after they are released from prison.  This film tells the personal stories of six former prisoners and was filmed in Lawrence, Lowell and Newburyport.  

This year’s line-up of films covers subjects as diverse as the strange history of the famed Ruby Slippers from the iconic film Wizard of Oz (The Slippers), an in depth exploration of the unregulated pet food industry (Pet Fooled), a look back at the December 21, 1988 bombing of PAN AM Flight 103 over the quaint, rural village of Lockerbie, Scotland (Since: The Bombing of PAN AM Flight 103) and an expose on the state of abortion rights in the Deep South (Jackson).

Personal profiles are very prominent as well including an inspiring portrait of blind musical prodigy Rachel Flowers (Hearing is Believing), an in-depth look at Skip Williamson, an outrageous, outspoken 60s-era underground cartoonist who helped lead the Underground Comix scene over five decades ago (Pigheaded), a fascinating look at Joani Hannan, a pioneering female jazz drummer (Joani: Queen of the Paradiddle) and a profile of Jarvis Rockwell, the son of famed artist and cultural icon Norman Rockwell (Jarvis Rockwell).  Though he frequently posed for his father's most famous works, life wasn’t a Norman Rockwell painting. Instead, Jarvis Rockwell grew up in a family far more emotionally complex than is generally known.  

Friday night at the Firehouse Center for the Arts we open the festival with the appropriately titled film The Opening Act.  In this profoundly personal, funny documentary, we accompany the film director-- Grammy-nominated-Linda Chorney -- in the passenger seat as she enlists friends, family and strangers in the production of a wild music video for a new song. Following the film, Linda will participate in a panel discussion with the legendary Fred Taylor, Boston’s premiere jazz promoter, as well as perform a number of her songs.  

Saturday night’s film is Beth Murphy’s What Tomorrow Brings, which goes inside the very first girls’ school in one small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to be educated, and they aren’t sure they even want to now.  And although remarkable changes happen when a community skeptical about girls’ education learns to embrace it, the threats that girls face – from forced marriage to Taliban attack – loom large.

Beth Murphy is a returning filmmaker to the NDFF as her film Beyond the Eleventh screened in 2006.   After the film, Beth will join author James Sullivan for a discussion on the challenges of filming in Afghanistan.

Our festival will close our Sunday night with the transformative film In Pursuit of Silence which premiered at the SXSW film festival and also played at Full Frame.  This film explores our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives and has generated lots of press.   As quoted in the Huffington Post, the film is “Replete with imagery that shimmers with the kind of almost otherworldly wonder one might associate with a Terrence Malick movie… This film does more than just tell a story, it testifies to the sheer loveliness of anything — everything — when drenched in silence.”  Patrick Shen is the director and is also an NDFF alumni as his previous film The Philosopher Kings played at NDFF in 2009.  

One of the highlights of the festival is the presence of many of the filmmakers who travel from all around the US to participate with the community through Q&As, panels and receptions.   This year is no different more than two thirds have committed to being in attendance.

For more information and a complete list of the weekend events:
visit: newburyportfilmfestival.org
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