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Cape Ann Film Festival To Feature “Maritime Capsules: A Dory Story” From Keith Palazzola, Sal Zerilli and Matt Bradley

Hello Joey,

As you may have heard, I’ve been working on a documentary film for the past 18 months with Sal Zerilli, Matt Bradley.

I’m writing to share some news about the film, and to ask you for a little bit of help getting the word out…

The news…The film’s title is Maritime Capsules: A Dory Story. It tells the story of the Grand Banks dory from the heyday of high-lining schooners to the current group of locals who sustain the ancient rowboat as a symbolically important part of Gloucester’s maritime culture.

A “rough cut” of the film is showing this upcoming Sunday, November 18 at 6p as part of the 5th Annual Cape Ann Film Festival.  The film will screen at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester.  The address is 21 Main Street. 

Tickets will be available at the door.  Tickets can also be purchased here: http://capeanncinema.wordpress.com/advance-tickets/

Here’s a 67 second film trailer:

The help…Can you please help us share news of the film’s screening with as many people as possible?  You can do this by (a) posting the link to the trailer on your FB page and (b) forwarding this email to anyone you think might have an interest in seeing it.

Any help you give is greatly appreciated.  We’ll use proceeds from this Sunday’s screening to put the finishing touches on the film.

As always, thanks for your support!

Hope you’re doing great.


Matt, Sal, and Keith

If It Rains Fear Not- There’s Still Stuff To Do To Get Your Fiesta On!

First off at daily at 5PM Sam Hartson’s “This Is Fiesta” movie at Cape Ann Community Cinema

trailer and interview with director Sam Hartson here-

Also all Day Performances At The Annie of “Greasy Pole- the Musical”

Info from Henry Allen-

A record 109 theatregoers packed into The Annie last night to see Greasy Pole, The Musical!, and gave another rousing standing ovation! (That makes 14 standing ovations since we opened!) Thank you for your support. Many happy patrons mentioned seeing us on Good Morning Gloucester!
There are still seats available at all shows, but they are going fast. If you get your reservations in early, you won’t have to wait till next year.
Come see what all the buzz is about. Don’t forget our two Saturday matinees at 2 & 3pm. Call 978-704-1269 to reserve tickets, and you can pay at the door. Arrive 20-30 minutes before curtain, as unclaimed tickets will be released to the hungry public 15 minutes before the show starts. All seats $15.
Friday: 6 & 7pm
Saturday: 2, 3, 6 & 7pm
Sunday (Closing): 7, 8, 9, 10*
Sefatia “The Godmother” Theken will be performing Sunday at 7, 8 & 10 and Anita Pandolfe Ruchman has the 9pm show and will be joining Sefatia for the 10pm. Two Mama Scollafazzas for the price of one! Not to be missed! After the show, the cast and crew will join the procession of St. Peter down the Fort. Join us!


Marty Luster Photo

and at 7PM No Pretty prayer Plays at Cape Ann Community Cinema-

Sal Zerilli’s documentary about The Fort Neighborhood called “No Pretty Prayer” returns, with shows Wednesday through Friday at 7:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:00pm. The film sold out every show at its CACC premiere this winter.

It’s Fiesta Week At Cape Ann Community Cinema & The Annie

During St. Peter’s Fiesta on Wednesday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 26th, two of Gloucester’s West End venues in the heart of all of Fiesta’s happenings offer up a host of different events to entertain, enrich and enlighten Fiesta-goers.
The Cape Ann Community Cinema (CACC) at 21 Main Street has two films.

Sam Hartson’s new documentary entitled “This Is Fiesta” makes its debut, with shows Wednesday through Sunday at 5:00pm. Hartson is best-known for his “Celebrate Gloucester” concert film.

Also, Gloucester native Sal Zerilli’s documentary about The Fort Neighborhood called “No Pretty Prayer” returns, with shows Wednesday through Friday at 7:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:00pm. The film sold out every show at its CACC premiere this winter.

Friday at 9:00pm, the Cinema’s “Opera On The Island” program presents (in glorious HD) Giuseppi Verdi’s “La Traviata” from Milan’s La Scala.
Saturday at 9:00pm, The Earl Foote Band hits the stage for a rare appearance. Foote is half of the Cape Ann favorites Earl & Arch, creators of the essence of Gloucester song “Gloucester ‘Til The End.”

All Fiesta shows at CACC are considered special events, and are priced at $10.00 (no passes accepted). Tickets are available at the Cinema or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

Across the street at The Annie at 1 Washington Street in Gloucester, the Henry Allen TheatreWorks Cape Ann production of “Greasy Pole: The Musical!” concludes its run. The show is a funny, bright and poignant 45-minute musical history of the Fiesta sporting event known as The Greasy Pole, in which competitors, known as “walkers,” attempt to traverse a greased-up 45-foot telephone suspended off the end of a platform in Gloucester Harbor off of Pavilion Beach. Henry Allen of The Annie and Keith Palazzola wrote the book, and Rob Newton of the CACC and Kitt Cox wrote the music and lyrics. The show runs Thursday at 6:30pm & 7:30pm, Friday at 6:00pm & 7:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm & 7:00pm and Sunday at 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm & 10:00pm. Tickets for all performances are $15.00, and are available at The Annie or online at www.TheAnnie.org.

Sal Zerilli’s Fort Movie “No Pretty Prayer” Train To Boston Thursday For The Boston International Film Festival

Catch the 12:08 train Thursday April 21st to Boston which will be be packed with Gloucesterites to catch Sal Zerilli’s “No Pretty Prayer” at The Screening At The Boston International Film Festival this Thursday.

2600 films applied, 100 were accepted including No Pretty Prayer.

Immediately following the film there will be a meet and greet with the producers and stars of the film at The Beantown Pub on Tremont St.

Info from Sal-

I am happy to let you know that ‘No Pretty Prayer’ will screen at the Boston International Film Festival on April 21 at 29 at the AMC Theatre at 175 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. According to information provided by Festival organizers, the film was one of about 100 films accepted from 2600 entries.

More information about the Festival is available at their website: www.bifilmfestival.com

Additional Showing of No Pretty Prayer

Hi Joey,

Hope you’re doing well.  I’m hoping you can help us get word out about an additional Gloucester screening of No Pretty Prayer.

When: March 4 at 7:30p

Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street

Tickets are available online at: http://www.facebook.com/l/79da1-BJ4qNXYGMWS2nV_gMVyHQ;www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EVTYQJZEFTABG

Tickets are also available everyday at the Cinema between 2p and 9p.

The ticket cost is $10.

Thanks for any help you’re able to give!



No Pretty Prayer

Sal Zerilli grew up “down the fort” during the 70’s and 80’s. He moved away, but held on tight to the love for his unique neighborhood of close-knit families and Italian traditions. Two years ago, fearful that the slow but imminent process of gentrification of his beloved fort would destroy its charm, Sal decided to preserve a bit of the precious history.

His documentary, “No Pretty Prayer” is a touching documentary of people and place. Each show at the Cape Ann Community Cinema has sold out. I saw it last night with Joanne (GMG’s own)who grew up as a non-Italian down the fort. Please-if you get a chance, catch this film. It’s a bit of Gloucester history that everyone should see. Bravo,Sal!!

See more here.

Gloucester Screenings: film about the Fort

Sal Zerilli writes-

Hi Joey,

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be screening a final version of No Pretty Prayer, a film about the Fort, in Gloucester in late December.

We’re planning two public screenings of the film–one on December 29, the other on December 30. Both of these screenings will begin at 7p.

The screenings will be held at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street.

To order tickets for the December 29 and December 30 screenings, please visit:  http://capeanncinema.wordpress.com/advance-tickets/

Seating is limited, so we’re encouraging folks to buy their tickets in advance of the screening dates.

We would appreciate it very much if you could help us spread the word!!

Let me know if you have any questions.