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Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest
Dec
14
to Dec 16

Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest

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This December 14-16, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation hosts the Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest, a celebration of the art and science of the short film.  The short film genre is an inclusive and accessible Festival format for established and aspiring filmmakers. Animated, narrative, documentary and experimental films of up to 25 minutes in length will be screened during this three-day Festival to showcase and inspire innovators and storytellers working in film. 

The Inaugural Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest offers filmmaker awards in several different categories and more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. The Grand Prize is $1,000.

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Waltham Film Factory Screening: Linotype: The Film
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Waltham Film Factory Screening: Linotype: The Film

We are very pleased to be hosting this screening of a great documentary about one of the most intricate and transformative innovations in any industry: the Linotype machine!

From the film's website:

"Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered on the Linotype type casting machine. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

The Linotype (pronounced "line-o-type") completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing communication again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence."

We, at the Charles River Museum have in our collection and on display the two Linotype machines that were in use at the City of Boston's Print Shop until they were rendered obsolete and superseded by modern desktop publishing technology. ONE of these two Linotype machines is fully functional and will be demonstrated at the conclusion of the film by John Kristensen of Allston's Firefly Press, an experienced operator at the conclusion of the film!

Tickets are $10.

Screening begins at 7PM. Doors open a half hour prior to the screening.

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Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Waltham Film Factory Screening: The Magic of Green Screen

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Take a tour of the world of green screen. Go anywhere in the world without leaving home!

 Television news broadcasts use green screen technology constantly. 

Television news broadcasts use green screen technology constantly. 

We see green screen effects every day—in movies, on the web, and on your local weather forecasts. "Green screen" has become a common phrase today thanks to the internet and behind-the-scenes specials on popular movies. "How did they do that?" You’re going to find out in this discussion and demonstration of the magic of green screen.

Members of the Waltham Film Factory will troll the web for the best examples of green screen effects and break them down scene by scene. Green screen enthusiasts can ask the questions they’ve always wanted answered.

A live camera will be set-up to capture volunteers and see how the compositing of the effect works up close.  We will demonstrate the importance of lighting a green screen and how to get the best key.

Participants can choose from a scene in a movie, a TV commercial and much more.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. Doors open at 6:30pm. The screening begins at 7:00pm.

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Documentary Film Screening: Rex Trailer's Boomtown - 60th Anniversary Celebration!
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

Documentary Film Screening: Rex Trailer's Boomtown - 60th Anniversary Celebration!

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with Special Guest: Sgt. Billy O'Brien!

The Waltham Film Factory kicks off it’s Premiere Fall Season with a screening of the documentary film, “Rex Trailer’s Boomtown” on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016.  Filmmaker Michael Bavaro will be on hand to discuss how he got his childhood hero to agree to have his story told and the buddy experience they shared.

Michael, who’s mother was born in Waltham and whose grandfather ran a drugstore on Moody Street in the 1930s, is nostalgic for telling local history.  After watching Rex Trailer on television as child, the two finally met in person in 2002 while working on a pilot for a new children’s TV show. 

After a career in Hollywood as a director for Disney Studios, and heading up Digital Freeway in New York City, Michael felt compelled to make sure history did not forget the legendary television pioneer.

The film premiered in 2005 on WBZ in Boston with encore broadcasts on WGBH in 2010 and 2013. The master tape and archives were presented to the Paley Center in New York City and now part of the permanent collection. The film was nominated for an Emmy Award, and Michael continued to work with Rex at his Waltham studios right up until his death in 2013.

They collaborated on the documentary film, “Voices from the Basement” about the original Filene’s Basement. It premiered on WGBH in 2010 and was rebroadcast as a Thanksgiving Day special in 2012.  It was also nominated for an Emmy Award.

Since relocating back to his native Massachusetts in 2010, Michael worked with Rex and his daughter, Jillian Trailer-Rollock of Waltham, to make sure his archives are preserved for future generations and formed The Rex Trailer Collection.  

The archives feature many local events from the 1950s through the 1970s that were shown on “Boomtown” and include many years of the Grover Cronin Easter Parade where Rex delivered the Easter Bunny via his personal helicopter.  

Other archive films include, reenactments of the battle of Lexington and Concord, Paul Revere’s ride to Philadelphia, and many filmed short segments that feature hundreds of local faces.

Bavaro plans to show some of these clips after the screening during a Q&A with Michael Bavaro and Jillian Trailer-Rollock along with some cast and crew members of “Boomtown.”

The screening will be followed on Saturday, September 24, 2016, by a workshop entitled "Preserving Media Memories" on how to create your own biography and memories films using your own digital filmmaking tools.

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Tickets are $10. Doors open at 6:30pm. The screening begins at 7:00pm.

Refreshments will be served.

***Those who purchase tickets to this screening are entitled to a $10 discount on the September 24th "Preserving Media Memories" Filmmaking Workshop!"

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