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Cemeteries and playgrounds for all the new old open spaces

New playground ideas land at BSA

You may have been reading about Design Museum Boston‘s exhibit because there has been so much advance press and articles about play. The show opened last week at the Boston Society of Architects venue and will be on view all summer. I’m not sold on the term ‘playscapes’ but I’ll definitely see this exhibit. I’m expecting plans and ideas rather than actual playground equipment. There’s a party favor: a playground passport your kids can leave with as they head out to play for real in Boston parks.

A trending topic the show may cover is the idea of opening up all those schoolyard playgrounds for use by the community when the schools aren’t using them– at night, off days and hours. Here’s a recent article making the rounds from the Atlantic Monthly magazine and the trailer from the documentary The Land.

Extraordinary playscapes BSA

A cemetery budget is no walk in the park (and neither is a cemetery)

Swinging wildly through the stages of life: historic cemeteries, ‘gardens with graves’, are inspiring multi use discussion of a different sort. Cemeteries established in the 1800’s were rolling landscapes, beautifully designed to welcome the general public. Massachusetts’ first one:

“Mt. Auburn is more like a park than a crypt. It is 175 acres of winding paths, dignified trees, whispery breezes, and shimmering lakes. The land, called “Stone’s Wood,” used to be beloved by Harvard students as the perfect place to take respite from the bustle of 19th-century life, and the Cemetery was created in 1831 to ensure that the growing cities of Cambridge and Watertown would not envelop the forest’s beauty. The founders were successful in their efforts.” read more from this Harvard Crimson article.

In Gloucester, renewed attention for care in several cemeteries is under way. Sign up for the Oak Grove cemetery tour June 25th or July 2 to learn more about one of our own ‘Mt. Auburns by the sea’. The tours will be led by Courtney Richardson.

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Mobile phones! Gaming! Social Media! Oh, my Screenagers

I admit it. I watched the trailer for Screenagers when it came my way. I sent it to Joey back in February as a maybe post. Leaving aside the merits of the title (Gesundheit!) I was curious about the audience factor.

From their press release: “Get more insight into one of the biggest and unexplored issues of our time…Physician (Stanford trained we are told) and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make SCREENAGERS when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time.”

It’s not in theaters. Communities pay to book the documentary for school, public library, church, synagogue, company, and community center; it can be a fundraiser as well. I thought it might be a good fit for the middle school. A future streaming option could work.

In 1998, I saw Kathleen Chalfant in the play WIT. Multiple times. In this play, we witness a university professor as she lay dying. When the curtain dropped, the audience stayed. Eventually the theater planned facilitated discussions with the cast and audience. I don’t recall them. I kept returning and learning because whoever I went with had a wildly different take. Four stood out: my mother (background in psychology), a friend (a young medical director of a busy NYC hospital), another friend (an older artist), and another friend (social worker).

I think the audience component for this documentary might be like that.

Cue GMG poll- If you were going, who’d you see it with?

There’s a local booking. Good Morning Gloucester’s Cape Ann Community bulletin announced an upcoming show of Screenagers on May 2nd at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly.

 

President of Beauty ~ Film-in-Progress by Henry Ferrini

In 2014 Lester Young will have been gone 55 years, yet this swinging star shines brightly in the film-in-progress. In the film, Sonny Rollins calls Lester “god”, and a god he was for many players who paid their dues at mid-Century. The four-minute trailer includes interviews with Sonny Rollins, Harry Belafonte, Wayne Shorter, B.B. King, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, George Wein, David Amram, Amiri Baraka, Junior Mance, and Gunther Schuller. Collecting these interviews has been an ongoing process for about two years. Here are some pictures from the two-year journey that resulted in this trailer.

As a longtime documentary veteran, my approach uses contemporary places combined with archival film, interviews and music to evoke our shared history. In President of Beauty: The Life and Times of Lester Young, the music and America’s troubled social history combine to evoke a sense of this much-misunderstood American genius.

Read more about this exciting new film-in-progress from Henri Ferrini here.

 

Beth Swan and Rob Hall Want You To Check Out- Marion Stoddart’s Documentary-The Work of 1000

Hi Joey!

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The documentary that Rob and I have been privileged to work on is premiering! We’re very excited and though it isn’t necessarily Gloucester, or even Cape Ann related, all the water flows into the ocean eventually and it is relatively local.

An inspiring story of how one person can do the work of 1000 it shows how one woman helped transform a river and initiated ripples of positive environmental impact throughout the community, state, and national levels.

The project is more than a documentary. It is a vehicle for empowering and inspiring individual and collective action, an educational resource, and a model of effective leadership and advocacy that we can use today. A ten minute movie short version, partially funded by MassHumanities, has been shown to over 600 people ranging from high school and college students to technical "water keepers", to conservation and recreation organizations. Come see the full movie in Groton, MA on June 12th!

Tickets to the movie are free and the celebration party afterward is $25.

RSVP online at: http://www.workof1000.org/screenings/reserve-tickets

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Beth Swan

The Impact of Fishing Industry Consolidation On The City Of Gloucester Documentary

Produced by Erika Street.  Ann Malloy, Frank Rose, Scott Memhard, Beanie Nicastro and Yours truly are interviewed for this documentary about the effects of Fishing Industry Consolidation on the City of Gloucester.

Fishing Film – “A Fish Story” (2/24/10)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH @ 7:30PM

On this national day of protest and awareness, come share in the tale of two women who lead their communities in a battle for control of the ocean. Angela Sanfilippo of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Shareen Davis of Chatham, Massachusetts were born into fishing families and married men who continue to make a living from the sea. Fishing defines who they are and has sustained their communities for generations. But their way of life is threatened when a powerful coalition of national environmental groups file a lawsuit that could put hundreds of fishermen out of business. Three hundred years of fishing tradition and the health of the ocean hangs in the balance.

Courtney Hayes, one of the producer-directors of the film, will present the film and host a Q&A after.


Directed by Courtney Hayes and Tim Gallagher; Not Rated; 60 minutes

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(ABOVE MYSTERY TRAIN RECORDS)
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
(978) 282-1988
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Movie – “45365”

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CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA
21 MAIN ST. – 2ND FLOOR
(ABOVE MYSTERY TRAIN)
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
(978) 282-1988

SHOW TIMES: THURS. 10/8 @ 7:30PM; FRI. & SAT. OCT. 9 & 10 @ 5:00PM; SUN. OCT. 11 @ 2:30PM

“45365” (pronounced: four-five,-three-six-five) captures small town American life in striking reality style that peels away the layers of Sidney, Ohio — population 20,000 — to reveal a deeper shared experience. Middle America turns out to be much more complicated than a Norman Rockwell painting would have us believe. Filmmakers Turner and Bill Ross deliver slices of life in gorgeous HD photography building the unique faces, places, and events into a powerful mosaic of humanity.

Part of our 32-day DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival.

Movie – “Afghan Star”

CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA

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(ABOVE MYSTERY TRAIN)
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
(978) 282-1988

SHOW TIMES: FRI. OCT. 9 – SUN. OCT. 11 @ 7:30PM; MON. & TUES. OCT. 12 & 13 @ 5:00PM

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, “Pop Idol” (the British TV show that was the basis for “American Idol”) has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series “Afghan Star” and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many, this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation’s favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation?

“Wonderful…had the audience cheering!” –Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Part of our 32-day DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival.

Fishing Movie – “The End Of The Line”

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CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA
21 MAIN STREET – 2ND FLOOR
(ABOVE MYSTERY TRAIN)
GLOUCESTER * (978) 282-1988

SHOWN ON:
SAT. OCT. 3 @ 1:30PM
(DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW)

The end of seafood by 2048? Some people think so. If it happens, will consumers have been to blame? Politicians who ignore the advice and pleas of scientists? Fishermen who break quotas and fish illegally? The global fishing industry? The film suggests some preventative solutions that are simple and doable, but does the world have the crucial political will to react in time, or is this whole “Inconvenient Truth” about our oceans just a big lie? Narrated by Ted Danson.

Part of the “DoctoberFest” Documentary Film Festival.

Movie – “OutRage”

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CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA
21 MAIN STREET – 2ND FLOOR
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
(978) 282-1988

PLAYING FRIDAY, JULY 17 TO THURSDAY, JULY 23 @ 7:30PM NIGHTLY

OUTRAGE
From Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick (“This Film Is Not Yet Rated”) comes Outrage, a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians with appalling gay rights voting records who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to. Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States’ most powerful policymakers, Outrage takes a comprehensive look at the harm they’ve inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media’s complicity in keeping their secrets. The film probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more.

“A powerful, disturbing and significant film.” –Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Movie – “The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story”

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THE CROSS: THE ARTHUR BLESSITT STORY
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
(at Gloucester Stage)
267 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978/282-1988

SHOWTIMES: Monday & Tuesday, May 4 & 5 @ 7:15pm

Prepare to be inspired.

On Christmas morning in 1969, Arthur Blessitt began his journey with a 12′ cross of his own construction, walking from Los Angeles, California, to Washington D.C. In August 1971, Blessitt began his journey around the world, beginning in England.

He has carried the cross to all parts of the world including war-torn countries such as Lebanon and parts of Africa to pray for peace. During the Cold War, Blessitt carried his cross into the Soviet Union, through Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine and other countries. He has carried the cross through such places as Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, China, South Africa, Lebanon, India, Antarctica, Palestine, Israel, Cuba, Libya, Yemen, Vietnam and Mongolia.

During his walk around the world, Blessitt has held audience with numerous world and religious leaders including, Jimmy Carter, Reverend Billy Graham, Pope John Paul II, Yasser Arafat and Muammar al-Gaddafi.

He completed his journey on June 7, 2008 and he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the “World’s Longest Walk.”

In total, Blessitt has walked 38,102 miles through 315 countries (including Island Groups and Territories), of which 52 were in open war. He has crossed every ocean and walked on all seven continents (including Antarctica).

“A profoundly engrossing and inspirational film…” –Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

Go Green This Earth Day With Movies @ CACC!

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LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS CO-HOST EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 15-22

The Cape Ann Community Cinema (at the Gloucester Stage at 267 East Main Street in East Gloucester) is pleased to partner with Essex County Greenbelt and the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market in presenting GREEN DAYS, a week-long eco film festival to commemorate Earth Day. The series will feature a mix of thought-provoking films – some startling, some – about the environment and people who are working to create a sustainable future. The series begins the Wednesday before Earth Day (April 15) and culminates on Earth Day (April 22) with an evening gathering, appetizers and the warm and engaging film “The Real Dirt on Farmer John.”

Essex County Greenbelt, the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market and the Cape Ann Community Cinema are all organizations focused on strengthening our communities by connecting people to each other and to their local landscape.
Information about these organizations will be available at the event, along with light refreshments. Special promotional memberships will be available for attendees. Tickets for each film are $8.50 for adults, $7.00 for students and seniors. The films and showtimes are as follows:

WEDNESDAY 15
ICE PEOPLE [7:15pm]

THURSDAY 16
BURNING THE FUTURE: COAL IN AMERICA [7:15pm]

FRIDAY 17
THE GARDEN [7:15pm] – OSCAR NOMINEE! (Partner: Farmer Dave’s)

SATURDAY 18
ELMO IN ‘BEING GREEN’ [10:30am] – FREE FOR EVERYONE!
SCARRED LANDS [12:30pm]
MAMA EARTH / CRUDE IMPACT [2:45pm] (Sponsor: The Cape Ann Healing Center)
ICE PEOPLE [5:00pm] (note: late substitution for Tapped!)
THE GARDEN [7:15pm] – OSCAR NOMINEE! (Partner: Farmer Dave’s)

SUNDAY 19
NO WONDER TO COMPARE:  THE MARVEL OF CETACEANS [1:30pm]
plus bonus short DISNEYLAND DREAMFREE!
Filmmaker Robbins Barstow, co-founder of the Connecticut Cetacean Society, will present his whale video “No Wonder To Compare” and his Library Of Congress-inducted travel document, “Disneyland Dream” (from 1956!). We will also show an additional short promotional film about Wakefield’s Pleasure Island, aka “The Disneyland Of The East.”

THE POWER OF COMMUNITY:  HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL [4:00pm]
This is a fundraiser for the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market. Tickets are $30.00 for the film and dinner, $45.00 for the film, dinner and a membership to CAFM. [RESERVE TICKETS]

MONDAY 20
THE GARDEN [7:15pm] – OSCAR NOMINEE! (Partner: Farmer Dave’s)

TUESDAY 21
BURNING THE FUTURE: COAL IN AMERICA [7:15pm]

WEDNESDAY 22
THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN [7:15pm]

Click to visit the official site of The Cape Ann Community Cinema.

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(AT GLOUCESTER STAGE)
267 EAST MAIN STREET
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
978/282-1988

www.CapeAnnCinema.com

Movie – “WooLife”

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WOOLIFE
The Cape Ann Community Cinema

267 East Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01930
978/282-1988

SHOWTIMES: THURS., APRIL 2 @ 7:15PM

From living in a box under the streets of Chicago for 7 years to attending over 3,000 Chicago Cubs baseball games and being featured on ESPN, FOX, Howard Stern and in the pages of Sports Illustrated, NY Times and the Japan Nikkei, Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers has become one of America’s greatest baseball fans.

WooLife chronicles Ronnie’s journey from an abusive childhood on the south side of Chicago to his adopted family in Wrigley Field. A young Ronnie becomes inspired after his grandma takes him to a Cubs game in 1947 to see Jackie Robinson play. What Ronnie discovers in the bleachers of Wrigley is a foster family of Cubs fans and players that awakens his spirit and saves him from homelessness. He finds his soul music by rejoicing “Cubs Woo, Cubs Woo” in a way that inspires some of baseball’s greatest players.

WooLife starts during the 2000 season as Ronnie follows his dream of being recognized by the Cubs as the first fan to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Faced with obstacles from Cubs’ management, the fans decide to buy Ronnie a new smile to help improve his chances of his dream coming true. WooLife is a testimony that the human spirit can overcome and conquer the most grim of circumstances simply by recognizing the gift of being alove and the passion of truly believing in something.

Featuring appearances by: Buck O’Neil, Joe Mantegna, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jackson, Leon Durham, Dusty Baker, Rick Monday and many others.

Part of the proceeds from this special screening will benefit Gloucester’s Action Inc.

Movie – “Waltz With Bashir”

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WALTZ WITH BASHIR
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
267 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978/282-1988

SHOWTIMES: FRI. & SAT. APRIL 3 & 4 @ 5:00PM; SUN. APRIL 5 @ 7:15PM

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. Director Ari Folman’s animated documentary has been acclaimed worldwide and is winner of 6 Israeli Film Academy Awards, including Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Art Direction, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

“Provocative, hallucinatory, incendiary… it’s unlike any film you’ve seen, period.” -Los Angeles Times

“An absolute stunner.” -Wall Street Journal

Movie – “One More Dead Fish”

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ONE MORE DEAD FISH
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
267 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978/282-1988

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 @ 7:15PM

Allen and Stefan Forbes’s “One More Dead Fish” tells the heartwrenching story of environmentally-friendly handline fishermen fighting to survive in a rapidly globalizing industry. In fascinating interviews with local fishermen, government officials, biologists, and industry CEO’s, we learn about complex regulatory, legislative, and environmental issues. This film grounds the viewer in a clear historical context as it explains one of the world’s great environmental disasters, the destruction of the Grand Banks fisheries. And in examining the often Orwellian language of the multinational fishing industry, “One More Dead Fish” explores the media’s failure to report on the true environmental costs of globalization. This film points the way toward saving the world’s fisheries before it’s too late.

Join Joe and Helen Garland and Ron Gilson after the film for what is sure to be an impassioned discussion on the state of the fishing industry.

Movie – “Ice People”

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The Cape Ann Community Cinema
(at Gloucester Stage)
267 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978/282-1988
*SHOWTIMES:
Thursday 2/26 @ 7:15pm; Friday 2/27 @ 5:00pm; Saturday 2/28; March 1 @ 2:45pm & 5:00pm

Unique in the genre of exploration and adventure films, “Ice People” takes you on one of the earth’s most seductive journeys -Antarctica. Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Anne Aghion spent four months “on the ice” with modern-day polar explorers, to find out what drives dedicated researchers to leave the world behind in pursuit of science, and to capture the true experience of living and working in this extreme environment. And, as it turns out, the film also witnesses one of the most significant discoveries about climate change in recent Antarctic science.

Intense public focus on climate change has turned the shores of Antarctica into a new tourist mecca, making the earth’s coldest continent the hot place to be. But, inland from the penguins and ice floes is a magical Antarctica of volcanoes, boulder-strewn valleys and ominous glaciers. Only a small number of scientific research teams get there, braving severe conditions to learn about our planet’s history, and make predictions about our future.

“Ice People” heads out into the “deep field” with noted geologists Allan Ashworth and Adam Lewis, and two undergrad scientists-in-the-making, where they scour across hundreds of miles to find tiny, critical signs of ancient life. Their findings would give the first evidence of a green Antarctica over 14 million years ago, that disappeared with a sudden shift in the temperature of the continent.

The most authentic film about life on the ice since the trailblazing expeditions to Antarctica chronicled nearly a century ago, “Ice People” conveys the vast beauty, the claustrophobia, the excitement and the stillness of an experience set to nature’s rhythm.

“An intriguing slice-of-life that observes the area’s staggeringly beautiful and imposing landscapes and the unique challenges experienced by those who work there.” -Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Documentary filmmaker Anne Aghion follows research geologists… as they pick their way across Antarctica’s interior dry valleys, eventually discovering – in front of Aghion’s camera! -plant and animal fossils that prove the ice shelf at the bottom of the world was once green… Highly recommended!” -Jennifer Merin, About.com

“I have seen hundreds of science films, and ‘Ice People’ is unique in the way it portrays what it’s really like to do field science. Also, this is some of the best cinematography I’ve ever seen of the Dry Valleys—it’s the first time anyone has captured in motion picture the ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’ feel of Antarctica.” -Tom Wagner, Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences, U.S. National Science Foundation Office of Polar Program

Unique in the genre of exploration and adventure films, “Ice People” takes you on one of the earth’s most seductive journeys -Antarctica. Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Anne Aghion spent four months “on the ice” with modern-day polar explorers, to find out what drives dedicated researchers to leave the world behind in pursuit of science, and to capture the true experience of living and working in this extreme environment. And, as it turns out, the film also witnesses one of the most significant discoveries about climate change in recent Antarctic science.

Intense public focus on climate change has turned the shores of Antarctica into a new tourist mecca, making the earth’s coldest continent the hot place to be. But, inland from the penguins and ice floes is a magical Antarctica of volcanoes, boulder-strewn valleys and ominous glaciers. Only a small number of scientific research teams get there, braving severe conditions to learn about our planet’s history, and make predictions about our future.

“Ice People” heads out into the “deep field” with noted geologists Allan Ashworth and Adam Lewis, and two undergrad scientists-in-the-making, where they scour across hundreds of miles to find tiny, critical signs of ancient life. Their findings would give the first evidence of a green Antarctica over 14 million years ago, that disappeared with a sudden shift in the temperature of the continent.

The most authentic film about life on the ice since the trailblazing expeditions to Antarctica chronicled nearly a century ago, “Ice People” conveys the vast beauty, the claustrophobia, the excitement and the stillness of an experience set to nature’s rhythm.

“An intriguing slice-of-life that observes the area’s staggeringly beautiful and imposing landscapes and the unique challenges experienced by those who work there.” -Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Documentary filmmaker Anne Aghion follows research geologists… as they pick their way across Antarctica’s interior dry valleys, eventually discovering – in front of Aghion’s camera! -plant and animal fossils that prove the ice shelf at the bottom of the world was once green… Highly recommended!” -Jennifer Merin, About.com

“I have seen hundreds of science films, and ‘Ice People’ is unique in the way it portrays what it’s really like to do field science. Also, this is some of the best cinematography I’ve ever seen of the Dry Valleys—it’s the first time anyone has captured in motion picture the ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’ feel of Antarctica.” -Tom Wagner, Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences, U.S. National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs

Movie – “Greenheads”

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Wed., Feb. 18 @ 7:15pm
Cape Ann Community Cinema
267 East Main Street
East Gloucester
978/282-1988

Sometime painter Sam Holdsworth painted a series of 38 oil panels which were an imaginative, sideways tribute to that local summertime menace, the Tabanus americanus — or Greenhead horse fly. This short film, produced and narrated by Holdsworth’s Musician Magazine co-founder, Gordon Baird, is a simultaneously amusing and haunting short film, portraying the carnivorous creatures as human-like and alien at the same time.

Mr. Baird will be on hand to present the film and conduct a Q&A after the show, which is presented at the special discount price of $5.00, proceeds from which will benefit the Matteo Russo Fund. A selection of Gloucester-related short subjects will precede the film.

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