UPDATED: Saturday, Animation Film Fest, August 10, 2013

***The fest has been moved to the Rain Date, Saturday August 10th*** Come to Robbins Farm Park on Friday Saturday, August 9th 10th (rain date: August 10th) for an evening outdoor festival showcasing local animated work for all ages. Arlington’s own eclectic bluegrass band the Wicked Pickers AHS Jazz Band will be kicking off the evening at 7pm, with the films starting at 8:30pm when the sun has set. Bring a picnic and blanket, buy some food from our vendors, and enjoy the night! The event is presented by Arlington Community Media Inc, Arlington Center for the Arts, Friend of Robbins Farm Park, and Arlington International Film...

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Last Chance: Animation Film Festival Call for Entries

Last chance to submit your animated shorts for the first-ever Arlington Short Animation Film Festival! The submission deadline is Monday, July 1st at 5pm. We seek entries from novice and experienced filmmakers from all over the Bay State, to showcase at the festival on August 9, 2013 (rain-date August 10). The best short film jury winner will be featured at the acclaimed Arlington International Film Festival October 23-27th. Email jessica@acmi.tv with any...

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Roots of Arlington: New Video Project from Peter Gordon

Arlington poet, playwright, artist, and videoist Peter Gordon, has produced a new series of video shorts which will play on ACMi’s Public channel. The contemplative, narrated videos focus of the literal “Roots of Arlington”, Gordon’s title for the series, and their unique majesty as seen in a local cemetery, curbside on local sidewalks, around train tracks, and in other places “Here and There” in our town. You may watch these four videos here. To read a description of the project in the artist’s own words, see below. Notes for the Roots of Arlington video project produced by Peter Gordon, 2012 A child at a kitchen table in the town claiming to be the Birthplace of American Liberty. Conversation, weighted words passing overhead, uncomprehended, unheard. A table from which he fled, climbing to the top of a pine tree where he began to listen among ants, moths, birds. Where he began to watch clouds obscure stars, or release them. He fled again, to film, to paint, to paper and words. Provoked, he lived for both light and its absence.   Decades later, removed to the town next door, a pilgrim not done walking, he again came to trees, a pilgrim now looking down as if clouds and stars had become exhausted, no longer eye magnets. Walking, looking down, in the cemetery where some of the creators of his new town,...

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The Nicole Review – Season 2

The Nicole Review (TNR), a monthly interview series, brings together leaders from our community and the wider world in conversation about ideas and current events that impact our lives. TNR’s second season begins with three new programs: first with guest Crusita Martinez from Mass Domestic Violence Advocate who chronicles her own story of domestic violence in a new documentary called The Face of a Woman; second with author Don Brown who is currently touring the United States promoting his first book, The Morphine Dream; and third with Kenneth Donnelly, Massachusetts Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. Show 1 – Crusita Martinez Nicole interviews Martinez about the documentary she has been working on with independent filmmaker Monica Gutierrez. The Face of a Woman is the true story of Martinez and her disfiguring encounter with domestic violence. Crusita was a teenager with a flawless olive complexion and glossy dark hair living in her native Dominican Republic. She was 18 and in an abusive relationship. When she broke it off, her boyfriend begged her to come back. When she said no, he said, “If you’re not going to be with me, nobody’s going to want you.” Then, on that warm and sunny afternoon, he hurled acid at her. Much of her face was been burned away by the acid-and-urine mixture. Her chest and arms were also...

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