AIFF Announces its Line-up of Films & Performances

Oct 07, 2012

Arlington, MA (Sept 27, 2012) The 2nd annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) announces its lineup of independent features and shorts that will screen at this year’s festival by filmmakers from Arlington and around the world. All films will be shown in their original language with subtitles. The audience will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with filmmakers after many of the screenings. We will also feature special multicultural performances that will enhance many of the films being screened.

“This year’s festival represents a great diversity of themes and genres of the independent filmmakers. Their films serve as a vehicle in which to break the barriers created and perpetuated by stereotypes and will provoke the audience to challenge mainstream ideas about various ethnicities,” said April L. Ranck, Executive Director . “I encourage people from all backgrounds to come and enjoy as many films as possible.”

The Festival’s Opening Night Gala will begin with a reception by invitation only. The Regent Theatre will open its doors to the general public at 7:00 PM and our program will begin with our award winning “Best of Festival Shorts” followed by our “Best of Festival” feature, ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert. There will be a moderated discussion with the filmmaker, Vivian Ducat and artist, Winfred Rembert following the screening.
The Festival will close on Sunday evening with a tribute to the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan with the screening of Play Like a Lion by filmmaker Joshua Dylan Mellers and a performance by Sunanda Narayanan.

Special Featured Performances listed below are included in the general programming:
Aconcagua, Chilean Folk Dance Group
Brendyn Schneider, Storyteller
Forgás, Hungarian Folk Dance Group
Mauricio Gonzalez, Chilean Folk Guitarist/Singer
Sunanda Narayanan’s Dancers, Indian Folk Dance Group
Martin Haroutunian and Friends, Armenian Musicians

Films with an independent perspective made in the United States, from Arlington to California, include:
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert by Vivian Ducat, New York, NY
AshBash by Heidi Sullivan, Boston, MA
Consent by Ron Farrar Brown, New York, NY
Give Me the Banjo by Marc Fields, Lincoln, MA
My So-Called Enemy by Lisa Gossels, New York, NY
Racing the Rez by Brian Truglio, Somerville, MA
Skydancer by Katja Esson, Brooklyn, NY
The Wall: A World Divided by Eric Stange, Arlington, MA

The number of women filmmakers is increasing each year. AIFF is proud to promote feature films created by a growing group of talented women which include:

All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert directed by Vivian Ducat
AshBash directed by Heidi Sullivan
Automaton Emergence directed by Jeong Hyo Kim Budrus, directed by Julia Bacha Kahanikar directed by Nandita Jain
Leonora and Gabriel: An Instant directed by Lizet Benrey
My So-Called Enemy directed by Lisa Gossels

LOCATION
Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA 02474
Tickets:
General Admission $11
Festival Pass (20 Admissions) $45.00

For more information on the festival program please visit http://www.AIFFest.org. Tickets and Festival Passes can be purchased at the Regent Theatre Box Office or online at http://www.RegentTheatre.com.

SPONSORS
The 2nd annual Arlington International Film Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors and their commitment to the festival. We would like to especially recognize our fiscal agent, The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

Our sponsors are:

Acitron Restaurant - Arlington Community Media, Inc –Arlington Advocate - Citizens Bank –
Floral Arts Designs - Jam’n Java Café - Museum of Fine Arts – Not Your Average Joe’s Restaurant - Punjab Restaurant - RCN - Regent Theatre – RULE - Tango Restaurant – Watertown Saving Bank – Wickedlocal – Yourarlington.com - Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts.
The mission of the Arlington International Film Festival is to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers within our community.

2012 AIFF PROGRAM
Wednesday – October 17
7:00PM Best of Festival Shorts |31 min
ALL ME: THE LIFE & TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT | USA | 78 min
Q&A with filmmaker & subject |45 min

Thursday – October 18
7:00PM Reinaldo Arenas |Cuba |3 min
THE WALL: A WORLD DIVIDED | USA | 57 min
Q&A with filmmaker & composer |30 min
8:45PM Hungarian Dance Troupe & Musicians |30 min
THE MAIDEN DANCED TO DEATH |Hungary |107 min

Friday – October 19
6:00PM SUDDENLY ZINAT |IRAN | 21 min
RACING THE REZ | USA |59 min
Q&A with filmmaker & Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run |1hr
8:45PM MY SO-CALLED ENEMY | USA/Israel |89 min
Q&A with filmmaker

Saturday - October 20
9:45AM Selected Shorts |50 min
Integrity | Nigeria |6 min
Leonora and Gabriel | Mexican/USA |8:16 min
The Reader | USA |10 min
Vanishing | Poland | 30 min
Pizzangrillo | Italy |15 min
11:00AM High School Shorts
12:45PM MICROPHONE |Egypt |116 min
2:55PM CHINESE TAKE-AWAY | Argentina |96 min
4:45PM Chilean Folk Dancers |30 min
SKYDANCER | USA |75min
6:45PM Armenian Musician | 20 min
MY GRANDMA’S TATOOS |58 min
Q&A with historian |30min
8:50PM ASHBASH…A LOVE STORY | 56 min
Q&A with filmmaker and subject |25 min
10:20PM LOVE IN THE MEDINA | Morocco |113 min

Sunday – October 21
9:45AM Selected Shorts | MA Filmmakers |50 min
Tumblee | 3 min
Lizzy | 12 min
Ou Est Fleuri Rose |23 min
Automaton Emergence |2 min
Interfaces |15 min
The Miners |11:29 min
11:00AM BUDRUS |Palestine |82 min
12:30AM LARBI OR THE FATE OF A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER |Liberia |92 min
2:15PM GIVE ME THE BANJO | USA |83 min
Q&A with filmmaker |20 min
4:10PM CONSENT |USA |86 min
Q&A with filmmaker |25 min
6:10PM Brendyn Schneider, Storyteller |15 min
IN THE STORY TELLER’S CIRCLE |Morocco |90 min
8:00PM Indian Dance Troupe |30 min
PLAY LIKE A LION | USA/India |72 min
**Film programs and time schedule subject to change

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