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By AF Grant

"Don't understand this article at all - especially since 'Car Pool' screened before us and had many more swears - even the dreaded F-word" - AF Grant


Marblehead Reporter

Film Festival: intriguing and eclectic

By Bette Keva /
Wednesday, July 2, 2003

On Thursday, when darkness descends on Marblehead, hundreds of people sitting cross-legged on Crocker Park will look up at the huge screen situated on the beautiful landscape overlooking the harbor and view eight independent videos by filmmakers from the Boston area, Vermont and Rhode Island.

The films, chosen by Film Festival Chairman Michael Evers with a committee of four, are short, non-commercial films showing a diversity of themes, ranging from nearly 3 to 20 minutes. All are suitable for families, with the possible exception of the one to be shown last, "We've Got Johnny," which has "strong language," according to Evers.

The professional filmmakers have produced an array of subjects that stretch from the experimental to narratives to animations and a documentary. All are free. Show time runs from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

"Variations," by Walter Wright (6 minutes, 10 seconds) "shows what can be done when you join a camera, a dancer, some lively, improvised music and some computer effects," states the literature. Wright is a Boston-area video artist who employed the music of Boston and New York musicians.

"Carpool" (16 minutes) by Thomas Bacon centers on the interaction between four carpool commuters from Berkeley to San Francisco on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. "Carpool" was featured in the New England Film and Video Festival this spring.

"Birdbeat," (4 minutes, 5 seconds) by Geoff Adams is an animated short about a backyard war of the warblers. Adams is also a composer who creates the live action segments for the PBS animated series "Arthur."

"Forests of the Sea" (20 minutes) by Mark Miller is a documentary about the underwater vegetation that is the source of life under the sea and ultimately for all of us. Miller, a biologist, maritime historian and author lives in Salem.

"Met State" (10 minutes) by Bryan Papciak is a visual dance through the now closed and crumbling Danvers State mental facility. Papciak is an award-winning animator.

"We've Got Johnny" (20 minutes) by Andrew Grant is set in the town of Leominster and centers on a town girl who discovers her real roots are no farther away than the nearest orchard. It's an old-fashioned story, but does contain strong language.

"Echolalia" by Robert Arnold (2 minutes, 40 seconds), whose theme is that if you repeat something often enough, people will believe it. Arnold's "Morphology of Desire" was shown at last year's Arts Festival.

"Café" by Greg Abate (14 minutes, 47 seconds) is shot in an outdoor café, where the shifting relationship between a novelist and a waitress unfolds. There is no dialogue, only classical music and the flow of the seasons.