Sep 192014
 

The Newburyport Film Festival is the Place to be this Weekend!

On Friday and Saturday evening, you will not only see a great film, you’re invited to the after-party to meet, mingle and discuss the film with other festival goers. At the Sunday evening film you will meet Caroll Spinney (Big Bird) at the after-screening Q&A. Who could ask for anything more?

The Ghosts In Our Machine
Directed by Liz Marshall; 56 min
Friday, September 19 at 7:30pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts
$15 (Ticket includes After-Party at Oregano’s)

The Ghosts in Our Machine illuminates the lives of individual animals living within, and rescued from, the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur the audience becomes intimately familiar with a cast of animals and charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

Turn It Up!
Directed by Robert Radler; 87 min
Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts
$15 (Ticket includes After-Party at the Grog)

Hosted by Kevin Bacon, Turn It Up! explores mankind’s passion for the electric guitar and its effect on artists, everyday players, pop culture, history, and even politics. From the invention in the 1930s to its golden years right through the digital guitars of the future…it is also the guitar stories of rock stars to congressmen, CEOs and teenage virtuosos, to try and understand their emotional connection to their guitars.

I AM BIG BIRD
Directed by Dave LaMattina; 90 min
Sunday, September 21 at 5:30pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts
$15

Carrol Spinney (Big Bird) will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

I AM BIG BIRD: The Caroll Spinney Story is a documentary about Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. At 80, he has no intention of stopping. Caroll’s stories are the stuff of legend. His time inside the Bird has taught him about the world and about himself…and, as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

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