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Highlights From the Salem Film Festival March 9, 2015

Earlier this evening, local musicians Dave Simmons and David Gerard took the stage at CinemaSalem for a quick set of tunes prior to the screening of the documentary My Brother’s Vowat the Salem Film Festival. The following are highlights from their set.

The festival continues today through Thursday, March 12th.


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Highlights from the Salem Film Festival March 6, 2015

The 2015 Salem Film Festival is in full swing this week. If you live in the area and are looking for quality films to check out, look no further than this festival. 38 Films by filmmakers from 10 different countries will be presenting their work. There are also panel discussions and post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers as well as musical performances and other events to attend not only at the Cinema, but also places such as the Peabody Essex Museum.

The following photos are from two events I covered on Friday, March 6th. The first was a Q&A session with the director of the documentary Davids and Goliath, Leon Lee. The second was a pre-screening performance by Andrew Harney prior to the premiere of the documentary “Morphine: Journey of Dreams”.

The festival runs through the 12th of March. I will be covering a few additional events on Sunday and Monday of this week and will be posting highlights on the blog.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at Cinema Salem August 21, 2014


On August 21st, Cinema Salem hosted a special screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with actor Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the 1974 original classic, in attendance. The print was newly-restored 4K restoration print that will be used for the upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition blu-ray due next month.

Hansen entertained the capacity house with a fun Q&A session that followed the screening, in which he shared stories of what happened to the house used in the film (it’s now a restaurant), how director Tobe Hooper came up with the idea to use a chainsaw as weapon of choice (he was stuck in line at a Montgomery Ward and wondered what could get him through the line quicker) as well as how Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone, both big fans of the original, were fascinated by a particularly tricky tracking shot.

I was lucky enough to hang out with Mr. Hansen for about twenty minutes prior to the Q&A and we talked about a variety of film business-related stories. Mr. Hansen was great to talk to, extremely nice and funny and a great storyteller to boot. It was honor to meet him and talk to him.
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