Tuesday, May 7, 2013

SOMERVILLE OPEN CINEMA 2013 is COMPLETE!

The screening was a very successful event! Thanks to the audience for coming out to support independent filmmaking in Somerville and very special thanks to all of the filmmakers who sent their work to be part of this special movie program!

Georgia Bellas; Somerville, MA, USA
Mr. Bear Gets Drunk (2013, super-8 film to video, 30 sec)
Mr. Bear takes on a challenging role.



Ben Chou (producer); Medford, MA, USA
Rook (2011, video, 7 min, directed by Christopher Lee) Made for Boston’s 48 Hour Film Project, Rook is a drama about a pair of “dirty” cops. One is a seasoned veteran, while the other, Rook, a transfer from Detroit, is new to work on the street. It’s up to the veteran to show this rookie how things go down.


Jef Czekaj; Somerville, MA, USA
Skate Ghost (2011, video animation, 8.5 min) Seattle’s only skate park was destroyed so that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation could build a new headquarters. This heinous crime went unpunished. Until now. 


Rene Dongo; Boston, MA, USA
Hunt (2013, VHS video, 2 min) “silver hide. hunting spirit.” An experimental VHS piece that asks “Who’s hunting who?”


Amanda Wild; Somerville, MA, USA
Strangers (2012, video, 3.5 min) Strangers is a video diary starring the strangers of the Boston subway, and a meditation on smell­blindness.


Bryan Konefsky; Albuquerque, NM, USA
Does Anyone Ever Really Quit? (2012, video, 2.5 min) Shot at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT in 2003, the obsessive behavior of Joaquin the black bear was reminiscent of a film that impressed me as a young student…
Once upon a time, the University of Bridgeport had an interesting film program with instructors such as George Morris (credited in Slackers) and video artist, Shalom Gorewitz. The film that impressed me was made by film students at that university and was the first structuralist film that I remember being exposed to. This particular student film was a locked-down shot of an obsessive polar bear who struck his head against the cement wall of his pen every time he cycled by it. The audio in the film was silent except for the loud crashing sound of a cymbal at the moment of bear impact… I don’t know what ever happened to that film, those students, or the polar bear, but the memory has stayed with me.


Mauri Lehtonen; Turku, Finland
Physical Examination (2012, 16mm film to video, 5 min) Homage to Owen Land. Physical Examination is a short structural film that shows viewers the elements of film stock that usually cannot be seen during movie projection, like sprocket holes and soundtrack area. It also shows an examination of breasts.


Bernd Lützeler; Berlin, Germany
the Voice of God (2011, 35mm film to video, 9 min) A fantastical, melodramatic, stop-motion, long-exposure, driven docudrama, with the lead role shared by God and the city of Mumbai.



Neil Ira Needleman; Katonah, NY, USA
The Good Old Days (2012, video, 3 min) This is a story about the struggle to communicate. Yes, this may be a sad story, but I believe it moves beyond that singular emotion. That’s what can happen when you have the courage to leave the good old days behind to tackle the challenges of the future.


Roger D. Wilson; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Against the Grain (2012, film to video, 6 min) Against the Grain takes a look at the creative process, focusing in on “when things don’t work out as planned.” 


Daniela Zahlner; Vienna, Austria
Bolex Mon Amour (2012, 16mm film to video, silent, 2.5 min) Muse and heroine, beloved accessory and technical playground of avant-garde cinema. The camera fixed on a treadmill, I keep running towards the lens. Being filmed and handling the camera at the same time, I conjugate the technical possibilities of the Bolex. No editing. A love song for the camera.


Frankie Symonds; Somerville, MA, USA
Screamer in a White Parka (2012, video, 5.5 min) Childhood images and sounds, and daily observations meet a revelatory afternoon with my father, where parental love mixes with fear and homophobia.


Mick Cusimano; Cambridge, MA, USA
The Dreams of Leonardo da Vinci (2008, video animation, 7 min) Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks contain drawings for paintings, inventions and stories. This movie makes his notebooks come alive.


Damon Bishop; Somerville, MA, USA
Lagomorpha (2013, video, 3 min) Filmed in Somerville, MA, Guilford, CT and Key West, FL


Julia Gilligan Corsetti; Somerville, MA, USA
Hell Phone (2013, video, 6 min) Darlene just want to know that her daughter, Stella, has flown safely back to college, but her attempts to communicate on her new smartphone make for a silly situation.


Ann Steuernagel; Cambridge, MA, USA
A Diminished Thing (2011, video, 6 min) The bird would cease and be as other birds but that he knows in singing not to sing. The question that he frames in all but words is what to make of a diminished thing. – Robert Frost


Gina Marie Napolitan; South Pasadena, CA, USA
A Catechism of Familiar Things (2012, video animation, 8 min) A survey of the visual history of Brockton, Massachusetts and a fractured re-telling of one of the city's most infamous murder cases: the 1946 Christmas Tree Slaying.

Stop-motion animation, paper cut-outs, paint-on-glass, and long exposure photography re-activate an eclectic stockpile of found objects, most of which were salvaged from my grandparents' and parents' houses.


Bruce Humphries; Menomonee Falls, WI, USA
Don’t Forget to Breathe (2010, video animation, 2.5 min)
Don’t Forget to Breathe is a short video inspired by the exercise craze of the 1970’s. Today more than ever we are bombarded with images of beauty creating a desire to duplicate this in our own lives. Stop. Relax. And most importantly…… Don’t forget to breathe!

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Somerville Open Cinema Poster & Facebook Event Page

Our promotions department has been hard at work! Here is our fantastic poster designed by the great Dave Ortega! Please visit Dave's website vivaortegacy.com to see more of his amazing work.

Also please visit the Somerville Open Cinema FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE to invite people to the screening.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Somerville Open Cinema Film and Video Makers

We are happy and honored to announce this list of film and video makers who will have their short movies screened at the second Somerville Open Cinema Film and Video Festival on Thursday, May 2 at 8pm at Somerville Community Access TV located at 90 Union Square. Thanks to all of the artists who sent videos to this year's festival.




Georgia Bellas; Somerville, MA, USA
Damon Bishop; Somerville, MA, USA
Ben Chou; Medford, MA, USA
Julia Gilligan Corsetti; Somerville, MA, USA
Mick Cusimano; Cambridge, MA, USA
Jef Czekaj; Somerville, MA, USA
Rene Dongo; Boston, MA, USA
Bruce Humphries; Menomonee Falls, WI, USA
Bryan Konefsky; Albuquerque, NM, USA
Mauri Lehtonen; Turku, Finland
Bernd Lützeler; Berlin, Germany
Gina Marie Napolitan; South Pasadena, CA, USA
Neil Ira Needleman; Katonah, NY, USA
Ann Steuernagel; Cambridge, MA, USA
Frankie Symonds; Somerville, MA, USA
Amanda Wild; Somerville, MA, USA
Roger D. Wilson; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Daniela Zahlner; Vienna, Austria





Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Enter the 2013 Somerville Open Cinema Festival NOW!!!

CALL FOR SHORT FILMS & VIDEOS for screening during Somerville Open Studios on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

NO ENTRY FEE Deadline for entries is Friday, April 5, 2012

Download ENTRY FORM PDF

The mini film festival will take place at Somerville Community Access TV, 90 Union Square in Somerville, MA.

The Somerville Open Cinema Festival seeks unusual short films and videos from around the world.  All genres are welcome, including documentary, narrative, experimental, animated, etc. Acceptable formats include 8mm, Super-8, 16mm and video.

It's FREE to enter, but submissions must be under 10 minutes running time and made in 2008 or later.

Submissions can be sent on standard DVD or Quicktime data DVD and must be post marked by the entry date of April 5, 2013. Electronic Quicktime compatible files may be submitted via dropbox or as links via a file sharing service like wetransfer.com no later than April 5, 2013. We will notify filmmakers the status of their submission by April 12, 2013. Links to online works should use membership@access-scat.org

Mailing address:
SOC Festival c/o SCATV
90 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143

Filmmakers can elect to broadcast their submission on Somerville Community Access Television.

Somerville Open Cinema is funded by Somerville Arts CouncilMassachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Community Access Television

Monday, January 7, 2013

SOMERVILLE OPEN CINEMA RETURNS MAY 2, 2013

Somerville Open Cinema is a mini film and video festival that is held during Somerville Open Studios. We are now accepting submissions for the 2013 festival taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Somerville Community Access TV in Somerville, MA. We seek any moving image works under 10 minutes. It's FREE to enter! Check back for the official entry form or email membership@access-scat.org for questions.