Sep 222015


Best Feature

Love Between the Covers (2)

Love Between the Covers

Laurie Kahn





Best Short
Spearhunter (3)

Adam Roffman and Luke Poling





Best New England Film

Circus Without Borders (3)

Circus Without Borders

Susan Gray and Linda Matchan





Audience Award


Right Footed

Nick Spark






Special Jury Commendation

The Way We Talk (1)

The Way We Talk

Michael Turner





Special Jury Commendation

Diver (1)


Christoph Gelfand and Caroline Losneck

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.