Sep 102015


On Saturday, September 19, 10 AM at the Screening Room, the Work-In Progress Session is going to feature select scenes from FOOD FIGHT – Inside the Battle for Market Basket and offer the opportunity for the audience to provide input to the film’s director & associate producer. The event is a free offering of the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival.

It is the remarkable story of Market Basket and the power of ordinary, passionate people to rewrite corporate history. This will be the first look at what promises to be a much anticipated film due for release later this fall.

For more info on the film visit:

Aug 062015

We are excited to announce the Official Selections for the 2015 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival.
See more details here.

A Farmer’s Road
John Murray

Angkor’s Children
Lauren Shaw

Archie’s Betty
Gerald Peary

Circus Without Borders
Directed by Susan Gray, Produced by Linda Matchan

Peter Galison and Robb Moss

Dis(Honesty) – The Truth About Lies
Yael Melamede

Christophe Gelfand and Caroline Losneck

Fishing for Unicorns
Chris Rady

Godka Cirka (A Hole in the Sky)
Alex Lora

Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm
Susanne Lenz-Gleissner

Human Nature
Casey Atkins

J Street: The Art of the Possible
Ken Winikur and Ben Avishai

Love Between the Covers
Laurie Kahn

The Nike Chariot Earring
Karen Audette

Poverty, Inc
Michael Matheson Miller

Red Planet Rover
Mark Davis

Right Footed
Nick Spark

Seeds of Time
Sandy McLeod

Adam Roffman and Luke Poling

The Way We Talk
Michael Turner


Jul 112015


“NDFF was the first festival to accept my film and helped kick off a chain of screenings in Massachusetts as well as a preservation award from the city of Gloucester. The historic city and venues were extremely fitting for a documentary about preservation.”
— Rob Apse, The Stones of the Quarries (2014)


“I had a great experience when I was there with my last film, SHADOW OF THE HOUSE.”
— Allie Humenuk, Shadow of the House (2007)



Mar 152015

On your mark, get set, submit! Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2015 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is open for submissions!

Dates to Remember:

5/15 – Early bird deadline
6/10 – Regular deadline
6/19 – Late deadline
7/1    – Final deadline

Festival Dates:  9/18-20, 2015

For full details:

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Sep 202014

Come for Coffee with the Filmmakers at 10:30 and stay all day. Cap it off with “Big Bird” in the evening.

Sunday, September 21 at 10:30am
Firehouse Center for the Arts FREE
Coney Island: Dreams for Sale
Directed by Alessandra Giordano; 80 min
Sunday, September 21 at 11:30am
The Screening Room  $10

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

Coney Island (3)Coney Island, the once magnificent “Playground of the World” faces its greatest enemy: corporate greed. This modern day David and Goliath tale chronicles the courage and determination of a community to preserve the spirit and authenticity of a legendary American icon in the face of ruthless real estate development.


Sunday, September 21 at 11:30am
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

The Stones of tQuary Stoneshe Quarries
Directed by Robert Apse; 9 min

The Stones of the Quarries is a small glimpse into the world of granite quarrying that encapsulated Cape Ann Massachusetts in the 1800’s until The Great Depression. An industry that’s been gone for nearly a century leaves behind traces of its history not only in the quarries themselves but in the roads, bridges, monuments and buildings that helped rebuild America after the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars. These hidden structures stretch from Boston, Massachusetts to as far south as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Directed by Suzanne Hargrove; 20 min

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

Olla Rae is a heart-felt story of compassion and selflessness, community and love for our fellow man. Set in Alexandria, Louisiana, this movie revolves around 85 year old Olla Rae, the woman who has been helping to feed the community for over twenty years, and the volunteers who work alongside her.

Can’t Hide MeCan't Hide Me (1)
Directed by Madhuri Mohindar, 26 min

A film about Indian women taking extraordinary steps to reclaim the equality that is rightfully theirs, fighting the invisible barriers that keep them from freedom. In India, women and girls are often put down, silently, subtly. Bound by invisible chains in their homes, on the streets, in schools and public spaces. Always maintaining a low profile, always crushing their dreams. Is it possible for them to fight back?


Directed by Saffron Cassaday; 75 min
Sunday, September 21 at 1:30pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

CyberSeniors (1)This film chronicles a group of senior citizens as they discover the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. It offers a candid and humorous look at the victories and challenges seniors face as they dive into the digital world proving you are never too old to get ‘connected.’


Sunday, September 21 at 1:30pm
The Screening Room  FREE


100 Head/Heart/Feet
William Peters and Michael Mooney; 102 min
Sunday, September 21 at 3:00pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

100HHF (3)If you thought 26.2 miles was tough, lace up your running shoes for a journey into the world of ultra-running. Some call them adventure racers, extreme endurance athletes or just plain crazy as they prepare to run a 30 hour 100 mile race. No stopping, No resting. No whining. Just running.

Do You Believe in Love?
Directed by Dan Wasserman; 50 min
Sunday, September 21 at 3:00pm
The Screening Room  $10

Believe in LoveEven though Tova herself does not believe in love, she has had a remarkable success as a matchmaker. Tova, who is paralyzed because of muscular dystrophy, specializes in finding matches for people with disabilities. Her tough-love approach leads to a unique matchmaking style but her passion for the work and for her clients is undeniable.


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.

Big BirdI 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.



Sep 192014

Saturday’s Film Festival Events begin at 11:30 and continue through the After-Party at The Grog.


Our Mockingbird
Directed by Sandy Jaffe; 65 min
Saturday, September 20 at 11:30am
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

Our MockingbirdStudents from the all-white Mountain Brook High School and all-black Fairfield High School in Birmingham, Alabama collaborate on a life-changing production of the play, “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Our Mockingbird is about empathy and celebrating differences. It is about how arts in education can bridge gaps. It is about learning from the past and taking action for the future. How many lives have been changed by this story?


Saturday, September 20 at 11:30am
The Screening Room  $10

Mike’s Mikes LessonsLessons
Directed by Cedric Pilard; 13 min

Mike Johnston has loved drums since he was a child, but they never came easy to him. As a young adult, Mike played for a successful rock band, but he walked away from fame to develop his own method of teaching drums. He created and became an international inspiration.


Coaching Colburn

Coaching Colburn
Directed by Jeff Bemiss, 16 min

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

James Colburn, a resident of Newburyport, MA, was born with a genetic condition called Fragile X Syndrome, which results in intellectual and physical disabilities. Yet James finds joy in the smallest things and uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him; proof there is love and laughter in the face of autism.


Irlanda EliIRLANDAELIZABETH (1)zabeth
Directed by Mary Horan; 26 min

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

A daughter returns home to try to understand why her mother cares for her ailing father years after their tumultuous divorce.


The Search for General Tso
Directed by Ian Cheney; 73 min
Saturday, September 20th at 1:30pm
The Screening Room  $10

Search for General Tso (1)

Who was General Tso? And why are we eating his chicken? THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO explores the phenomenon of Chinese American food through the lens of America’s most popular Chinese takeout meal. On a lively journey through restaurants, Chinatowns, and the American appetite, the film seeks out the origins of General Tso’s Chicken—and in the process, tells a larger story of cultural struggle, acceptance, and exchange. Interviews with historians, chefs, and customers punctuate behind-the-scenes visits to Chinese restaurants from New Orleans to Shanghai. A quest brimming with mystery and humor ends in a surprisingly poignant visit with the 92-year-old inventor of the chicken that conquered America.


Saturday, September 20 at 1:30pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

Directed by Robin Berghaus; 10 min

Stumped is about the survival and physical rehabilitation of a filmmaker who suddenly finds himself a quadrilateral amputee. It highlights the trials and triumphs of adapting to a world he never could have imagined, including his first stand-up comedy performance just one year after his amputations.



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Directed by Eric Latek, 16 min

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

This short documentary film is the soul of Anna, a beautiful Native American mother, grandmother and wife who has fallen victim to Alzheimer’s. Throughout her lifetime Anna has watched many family members lose their battles with this disease.

Return to Hiroshima
Directed by Perry Hallinan; 30 min

Return to Hiro (1)

Return to Hiroshima: Family Bonds and the Atomic Bomb, focuses on the exchanges between generations, the Hiroshima bombing and forgiveness. Takashi Tanemori, was 8/10ths of a mile from ground zero when the bomb exploded. 60 years later he is in Hiroshima to share memories of sacrifice and hope.

Read the Boston Globe article about the film here.



Work In Progress Workshop
With Filmmakers Christopher Seufert and Casey Atkins
Saturday, September 20 at 4:00 PM
The Screening Room  FREE

Special rough-cut screenings of two film projects & provide direct feedback to the filmmakers in attendance! Take your love of films & the seacoast to the next level.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 12.33.30 PMFirst up, a 25min cut of a film by Christopher Seufert based on Don Wilding’s book, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore, this documentary film, now in production, gives the scoop behind Henry Beston’s beloved nature classic. It’s a local story for New Englanders about how the Cape Cod National Seashore came into being, and one of global significance, where a volunteer ambulance driver returned and healed from the horrors of World War I. The film includes extensive footage and photographs from the Henry Beston Society archives, breath-taking high-definition nature footage of Cape Cod, and interviews with numerous writers and scholars.

Then an 8 min Screen-Shot-2013-06-09-at-19.35.37-cut of a film about coastal erosion Plum Island by filmmaker Casey Atkins.




Divide in Concord
Directed by Kris Kaczor; 83 min
Saturday, September 20 at 4:00pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts  $10

Filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film screens.

Divide in ConcordThe tale of banning bottled water in small town America. Jean Hill, a fiery 84-year-old widow presents a bylaw to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottles. Merchants are wary, and with billions at stake, a new revolution springs from the town of Concord, Massachusetts.

Read the Boston Globe article about the film here.


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)

Live performance by Guitarist Chris “Stovall” Brown after screening.
Panel discussion with film producer Doug Forbes and former NH Congressman Paul Hodes, who is in the film.

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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.