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Review: Just ahead of its theater release, Hollywood premiere in Beverly for Manchester by the Sea

Meg Montagnino Jarrett introduced the movie, Manchester by the Sea, from the Cabot stage in Beverly, MA, this past Thursday evening, the first public screening in Massachusetts. Members of the audience worked on the film, and dignitaries such as Senator Bruce Tarr and Mayor Romeo Theken were invited. Montagnino Jarrett is a local film producer who worked on behalf of the MA Film office to bring these kinds of projects to the area and is the official liaison for Rockport and Gloucester. Manchester by the Sea is directed by Kenneth Lonergan who appears in a biting scene.

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Should you see it because of the setting? Yes.

I didn’t recognize this as being such a typical Massachusetts or even an American story. I registered quality and pathos– a modern day Greek tragedy so thoughtfully sculpted it will be understood across the globe, whether you’ve set one foot in this state or not.

You can however walk right home: the sense of place is rendered as carefully as an artist can, as much– or more –than the characters and script. Impressions of the gray and brown landscape long shots were so right. I thought about winter scenes by local artists, like Stoddard’s murals at Sawyer Free Public Library. Residents can tally scenes, wardrobe, and dialogue filled with local references to Cape Ann communities: the harbor, Ten Pound Island, Rose Marine, Seatronics, local New England homes, the ‘Edward Hopper’ Herrick Court staircase, Richdale mart, property alongside East Gloucester elementary, signs along Highway 128, Manchester Essex school, Willow Rest, hockey scenes and Viking posters. Don’t worry, unless you are the talented location scouts celebrating at this premiere– which they were, Cabot has a bar and snacks–audiences won’t find each and every recognition flicker with just one screening. There were far too many, and oft times veiled. Besides, if you possess a beating heart you will be squeezing your friend, looking away, or grabbing Kleenex at least a couple of times.

Does it deserve Oscar buzz? Yes.

Manchester by the Sea is a beautiful and searing movie.

The film is a meditation on grief, love, and life. You’ll find flaws. That’s subjective and feels real, too. It’s meticulously crafted and directed. Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler and Michelle Williams are vivid; all of the cast and crew will be impacted by having been a part of the movie.  The movie will fuel your eyes and perspective while you watch, and hover around your thoughts and conversations days later. Walking away from the theater, I said American cinema verite. My mind wandered to more mood and art: crisp short stories; poetry; two films, House of Sand and Fog and In the Bedroomnot direct comparisons but as other powerful clutch ups. On the drive home we shared family stories and discussed edges of tragedy. Life and art can be devastating.

I made a mental list of movies that made me crumple beyond the pale. This one wasn’t exactly that for me, thankfully, as the lights came up quickly!  But it was memorable as all get out, and as art. Are there movies that have made you cry, yet you’d watch them again; or sad movies you haven’t forgotten?  I think this might be one for many viewers.

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Part II: more on the making of the film, locally 

When Sam met Amira…Fleet and funny Veteran movie AMIRA AND SAM at the Cabot April 10 – April 16

More local screenings for Amira & Sam update from Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, Executive Producer

“With a great interview and push for Veterans to attend, Boston radio station’s WAAF’s Mistress Carrie has been promoting our film Amira & Sam that will screen starting this Friday, April 10th until Thursday, April 16th at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA.
Skype Q & A with writer/director Sean Mullin after 8pm showing on Friday 4/10 and after the 3pm on Sunday the 12th !”
http://thecabot.org/event.cfm?id=201859&cart
WAAF’s promotion:
http://www.waaf.com/blogs/mistress-carries-blog/mistress-carrie-interviews-writerdirector-film-amira-sam-41811

AMIRA & SAM – Boston- One Night Only Feb 21 Meet the director and star- next week Salem

Meg Montagnino Associate Producer of this film-

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Single-screen movie houses whether intimate (Cape Ann Cinema and Stage) or grand (Ziegfield) are a luxury. Seeing a movie in a place like that is an event. The really good ones can make you feel like you’re about to see a masterpiece. And then there are movies that must be seen on a big screen and that invite a shared cultural experience. Sometimes both. You just have to leave the house. If you missed the recent Gloucester premier for the movie Amira & Sam at Cape Ann Cinema, get ready to mark your calendar for two more Massachusetts premiers. The movie will be shown this weekend ONE NIGHT ONLY for a very special Boston screening and again next week in Salem, details for both as follows:

 

First up—BOSTON. This Saturday, February 21, join writer-director Sean Mullin and star Dina Shihabi for a One Night Only screening Amira and Sam. Mullin works out of LA and is promoting his debut feature. AMIRA & SAM – Boston – One Night Only

What: Amira and Sam special Boston screening with Director and cast member(s)

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7pm

Where: Theater 1 and Space 57 at the Revere Hotel, Boston, MA

Purchase tickets here  https://gm1.ggpht.com/MIH2xns_C0K5RM4_4pbEUdXMQShRF5X3sn50AUbK3uy3rqoJWdwEdDXpudVV3BKZb7hTXnJesI6OENHIq84ELhwB3z0ARyVMmRbJ7GS80z2V6h6DaA84Mu9Gimk3QJndZuxWeFzTZm9yD2Du90UshngOXffXEfEZQ-TuO77LqGCcXm0VUsyr5wch9R97Rrac9nfMUk4se2pE3luAf8PVdwu-mv2oKo7Cy_EMVs_42hvFIz1lXPKnOG3yMDAzsdl2hQXOyVpI1ZypUxUPGzYiTMr0sGnnvxIL3JtAhJd3n7SJnjc_K6AZ4GKo0LSlRitmG0vlyHmBtlzzsyXQjXH7-d-wo9RTWyX0PJ0Il2mrBTJ6O4ZP87TCM6KYdvlcLHAdoezZ2iBSwTHmJ3he92LpgZ4uuOYiOe_-uhLIHV7KFCLrDS0GJI4Z6aLgDfrSrZ2uFam7xYLBOupVfAzBqBkjcqPxJTRTrYnkjLmGzrxAIQxDgvKPKgqgVvCmFZEAhGQmPWoTO9-ycs9zJ-p3ZkQB5UvOF-A_MI3aSdhSUk2rZkx2m84MV47EANxN2zxuRkm3PUTWUl40HA=w222-h144-l75-ft

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-screening-of-amira-sam-tickets-15749179219

**Just Announced**
Discounted tickets for students and military (active, reserve, and veteran)!

 

Next week, SALEM.  Premiers Thursday February 26th with a special screening and skype Q&A with the writer-director Sean Mullin. The Q&A at the Gloucester premier was great fun thanks to Mullin’s smart, quick wit. The movie will continue its Salem run through March 5th.

What: Amira and Sam special Salem premier with skype Q&A

When: Salem premier, Thursday, February 26, 2015 with Skype Q&A

February 27-March 5th daily screenings

Where: Drafthouse Films, Salem, MA

Purchase tickets here:

http://drafthousefilms.com/film/amira-sam

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Mass Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards- Please Vote

From John McElhenny-

Gloucester is in the running to win Massachusetts’ highest prize in arts and culture.

Gloucester is one of 16 Massachusetts communities being considered for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Commonwealth Awards. The City recently submitted a beautiful video about Gloucester’s seascapes, landscapes and events that inspire many kinds of artists. The video, which was done by Gloucester video artists Gallo Productions and Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, is here.

For Gloucester to win, residents are asked to view Gloucester’s video and vote for it by clicking “Like” before next Tuesday, Oct. 26. The top three vote-getting communities will be the finalists.

Gloucester’s artistic history is as rich as any other community in the state but we’re at a disadvantage because larger cities like Lowell, New Bedford and Somerville have more people to vote for them. So we need votes! Email your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers. If Gloucester wins, our video will be showcased at the Statehouse and Gloucester will be able to tout itself as the Top Arts Community in Massachusetts – a great selling point.

Readers are urged to vote for Gloucester’s video before next Tuesday, Oct. 26!

Here it is

This is a vote I can get behind!