The Salem Film Fest is back this March 6-13th and the lineup is proving very exciting. If you didn’t know, the Salem Film Fest is the largest all-documentary film fest in New England and is run entirely by volunteers and sponsorship by business and individuals of all kinds. In fact, the Junkyard sponsored two films in last year’s festival, and our contributing editor Brian Lepire has been working closely with the Fest for a few years now. What started as a small local festival celebrating documentary filmmaking has turned into a widely acclaimed international event drawing filmmakers from around the world and attendees from all walks of life.
As they continue to roll out the list of films, I wanted to share my immediate Must See List, complete with adventure, humor, murder, and oddity. Enjoy.
“a strikingly moving documentary exploring the lost art of the oldetime strongman and one man’s struggle to overcome limitations of body and mind. The film follows 43-year-old Chris Schoeck…[as he prepares] for his first appearance at New York’s historic Coney Island.”
Dear Mr. Watterson
“A documentary film about the impact of the newspaper comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, created by Bill Watterson”
The Galapagos Affiar: Satan Came To Eden
“Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island.”
Derby Crazy Love
“Meet Smack Daddy, Iron Wench, Kamikaze Kitten, Suzy Hotrod, Bonnie Thunders and other badass warriors who are changing how we look at women in sport and femininity, one booty block at a time. These are the women behind the world’s fastest growing sport: Flat Track Roller Derby”
William and The Windmill
“William Kamkwamba, a young Malawian, builds a power-generating windmill from junk parts to rescue his family from famine, transforming his life and catapulting him on to the the world stage. His fame and success lead him to new opportunities and complex choices about his future, distancing him from the life he once knew.”
The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne
“Find out how a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1930s America winds up as one of the world’s most notorious and successful jewel thieves”
The Human Scale
“50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why?”
“Fourteen year old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.
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