May 232018

Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 – 11:00pm

Nicholson Hall/Greek Orthodox Church
7-9 Harris Street Newburyport MA



Tickets:  $25 in advance $30 day of event

new look…new feel…new festival experience!


NDFF_2018 launch flyer 052318RAFFLE PRIZES

Abrahams’s Bagel
Absolute Hair Salon
Gift Certificate

Beach Plum Floral Shop
Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate

Essex Street Inn
One Night Stay

Nature’s Light
Family Portrait Session 

Natural High Fitness Center
Gift Certificate
Newburyport Art Association
Artist Plus Membership

Screening Room
Book of Movie Tickets

Joppa Foods
Gift Certificate

Apr 252018

Join us for the 2nd in the NBPT DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES
in partnership with Firehouse Center for the Arts



6 PM Reception
(with complimentary wine, beer & cheese)

7 PM Screening
(90 min)

Post- Film Panel Discussion
Q&A with Gerald Perry, Amy Geller and via Skype BOMBSHELL’s director Alexandra Dean

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII.

Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

“Critic’s Pick. Very enjoyable… Ms. Dean relates Lamarr’s ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material that includes film clips, home movies and other footage.”– Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES 

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a new documentary from writer-director Alexandra Dean that fascinates with its biographical zigs and zags…” — Ty Burr THE BOSTON GLOBE

The evening will start at 6:00pm with a free wine, beer and cheese reception.  After the film screens, the director of the film, Alexandra Dean, will participate in a panel discussion via Skype.  Alexandra is an Emmy award-winning documentary and news producer. She spent five years producing for the investigative news-magazine show “NOW on PBS,” where she covered the housing crisis, the student loan crisis, human rights abuses and environmental issues.  Following PBS she became a series and documentary producer at Bloomberg television. She co-created the long running Bloomberg series Innovators. Her Bloomberg documentary, THE PLAYER, an investigation of the gambling industry, received a New York Press Club Award and was described as a “breakout” by the channel and received 4 times Bloomberg’s usual viewership.

In person we will have the husband and wife team Gerald Peary and Amy Geller. Gerald is the director-writer of two acclaimed feature documentaries, FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (2009) and ARCHIE’S BETTY (2015), He was a film studies professor at Suffolk University, a long-time film critic for THE BOSTON PHOENIX. Currently, he writes reviews for the website, THE ARTS FUSE and is the programmer of the Boston University Cinematheque. He is the author of eight books on cinema, including co-editing the pioneering “Women in Cinema: A Critical Anthology.”

Amy Geller is a long-time producer whose credits include: PBS/BBC broadcast docudrama MURDER AT HARVARD (2003), the Sundance Institute-supported narrative STAY UNTIL TOMORROW (2005), THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA (2006), a four-hour PBS mini-series, and FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (2009), which was broadcast in the US and abroad. Geller served as the president of Women in Film & Video New England and the Artistic Director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, where she received a young Jewish leadership award. Her feature-length directorial debut THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, co-directed by Allie Humenuk, was released in 2016 and has been winning jury prizes and audience awards at film festivals across the country. 

Feb 072018

Announcing an Exciting Partnership with the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
Begins Sunday, February 25 with BUGS



6 PM Reception
(with complimentary cheese, wine and “special snacks”)

7 PM Screening

8:30 PM Post-Film Panel Discussion

(Q&A with Peter Markoe, co-founder of Coalo Valley Farms, a micro-farm startup specializing in sustainable production and cruelty-free processing of premium cricket protein & Emily Kanter, co-owner of Cambridge Naturals which carries Chirps Chips, snacks made from cricket flour.)


Door Prizes Too!



“BUGS is one of most compelling documentaries about food in the past few years.”

Have you eaten bugs? Would you eat bugs?? Some 2 BILLION people around the globe already eat bugs as a main source of protein. Are insects a mirror that reflects our broken food systems, or the silver bullet that will fix them?

For the past three years, a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab, made up of chefs and researchers, has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond. During their journey they encounter everything from revered termite queens and desert-delicacy honey ants to venomous giant hornets and long-horned grasshopper

Visit the BUGS website.


Jul 212016

‪‎2015 NDFF‬ Best Feature Film Love Between the Covers on @iTunesMovies and OnDemand.

“Move over Grisham and King, it turns out that the true titans of publishing are women… This funny and inspiring look into a billion-dollar industry turns up the trailblazers who have not only found fortunes and fulfillment in romance, but who are also at the front lines of the biggest power shift in publishing.”-Myrocia Watamaniuk, Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival

For more info follow their Facebook page and visit the website.

2015 NDFF‬ Jury Award winner The Way We Talk on dvd and OnDemand.

“Plainly narrated in an unapologetic stutter, The Way We Talk is a moving documentary about grappling with the parts of ourselves that make us feel ashamed.” – ARTS WATCH

For more info follow their Facebook page and visit the website.




Apr 262016

Wondering what happened to “Love Between the Covers” Best Feature Film at the 2015 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival? In addition to more than 20 film festival screenings, it was awarded 2015 Editor’s Choice #1 Video by the American Library Association.

Here’s the trailer to experience a bit of it again:

Check out their website for the latest information.

Mar 252016

Do you know the name Artie T? If so you’re likely a New England grocery customer, and may have attended our 2015 Work-in Progress, about the epic Demoulas family events that led to the groundswell of employee + community boycott during the summer of 2014.

To read a recent Boston Globe article about the now-finished film, Food Fight — Inside the Battle for Market Basket  check out this link