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Dec. 14-16 Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest
Dec
14
to Dec 16

Dec. 14-16 Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest

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This December 14-16, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts, hosts the Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest, a celebration of the art and science of the short film.

This is an opportunity to view exceptional works from around the world in a historic industrial museum, whose mission is to encourage and inspire future innovation. Documentary, animated, experimental, and narrative films of one to twenty-five minutes will be screened during this three-day festival.

*PLEASE NOTE: Parental discretion advised. Some of these films contain strong language and images.

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.

Day 1: Friday Evening Screening

SOLD OUT! Day 2 Part 1: Saturday Day Screening SOLD OUT!



Day 2 Part 2: Saturday Evening FINALISTS SCREENING & AWARDS PRESENTATION. Tickets $15

WALTHAM FILM FACTORY SHORTS FEST Awards Night

Join us in the soaring Main Gallery of the Charles River Museum, surrounded by historical artifacts from the American Industrial Revolution, as we recognize the very best of our Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest selections with a special awards presentation. Prior to the awards presentation, we will be screening the six finalists chosen by the Waltham FIlm Factory jury as the finest in each category–narrative, experimental/animation, and documentary–as well as our grand prize award recipient.

Beer and wine will be available during the event, with the oppurtunity to meet and chat with filmmakers in attendance. Filmmakers and artists from as near as Waltham and as far as Los Angeles currently planning to attend, include Raouf Zaki, Tim O'Donnell, Patrick Johnson, Nathan Hepp, Meaghan Dempsey, Kathleen O'Connell, and Jerry Bisantz. This will be a magical "Night at the Museum" not to be missed!

This event is sure to sell out so get your tickets now!

Day 3: Sunday Day Screening featuring a post awards screening of all 20 of our selected films. Tickets $10

Announcing the schedule & film selections for the
Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest!
Congratulations to everyone!

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The Best Way Is By Hand

6:35
Submitted by Cathleen O’Connell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

On a busy Saturday morning in Waltham, Massachusetts, seventh generation cobbler John Elhilow takes time to talk about the past, present and future of shoe repair. This short documentary takes you behind the counter and into the workshop as Elhilow plies his ancient craft in the modern world, saving the soles (and heels) of his customers. 

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Big Boy

15:54
Submitted by Yuri Solodov, filmmaker
Russia - narrative

The boy turns 6. His father for the first time sends him to the store to buy bread. The boy will receive his birthday present, a camera, as long as he completes this mission. In order to prove that he has grown up, the boy decides to take up this challenge. But he has to face many difficulties in the itinerary. Will the boy pass the test?

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Blue Division

12:47
Submitted by Sergi Marti, writer/director
Spain - narrative

Leningrad, summer 1943. German attempts to conquer the strategic location of Leningrad have failed miserably. Hitler, desperate, plays his last available card: Mission Spark.But to carry out the mission he will need his best men… He will need the Spanish soldiers of the… BLUE DIVISION.
Website

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Brand New Day

4:00
Submitted by Pat Wells, filmmaker
Sylmar, California - animation or experimental

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. Fractal patterns and Golden Ratio Pulses have been discovered in the stars, and we are stardust. A parents love is a strong example of chaos theory, where love is passed down from generation to generation, regardless of blood line or adoption, creating a fractal of loving family. 'Brand New Day' is a narrative short without voice over, set to the music of Big D and the Kid's Table, 'Brand New Day'. Song 'Brand New Day' is based on the solo by Brad in Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Website

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


The Brick Story

3:45
Submitted by David Wittkower, filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA - animation or experimental

Based on a joke, The Brick Story tells the story of a Brick Layer's unfortunate turn of events as he tries to rid some extra bricks left over from a job.

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Day Off

3:00
Submitted by Nathan Hepp, filmmaker
Boston, MA - animation or experimental

A hardworking man looks forward to relaxing on his day off. The distractions of everyday life, however, interfere with his plans.

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Fireflies

13:00
Submitted by Raouf Zaki, filmmaker
Holliston, MA - narrative

In this silent film, when a withdrawn Middle Eastern man begins frequenting a Boston café, the headwaiter grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits.
Website

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Happy Hour

23:53
Submitted by Paul Duff, producer
Los Angeles, CA - narrative

A drunk young man stumbles up to the bar with an outrageous story about a magic pocket watch which he believes will solve all his troubles, put him on the path to easy street AND help him win back the love of his life.
Website

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


iRony

7:53
Submitted by Radheya Jegatheva, filmmaker
Australia - animation or experimental

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology...told from the perspective of a phone.
Website

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Just Words

23:57
Submitted by Lila Antonenko, filmmaker
Russia - narrative

A quiet domesticated policeman and his happy-go-lucky colleague are investigating a routine suicide. The policeman breaks the law and his own moral principles after he has heard a familiar voice from a victim’s cellphone.
Website

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


The Last Time I Heard True Silence

22:01
Submitted by Tim O’Donnell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

Noah Cass was a machine gunner for the Marine corp during the 2005 Operation Spear in Iraq. During an over-watch mission his team was ambushed and a mortar round hit his truck leaving him with permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.  When Noah returned home he dealt with issues common to veterans transitioning into civilian life: aggressive behavior, alcohol, addiction, depression, difficulty keeping a job, and relationship problems. Noah eventual hit rock bottom after 3 years and was desperate for a change. After losing more friends to suicide than in war, he decided to become sober and start running in his local woods.  Noah, now a father and husband, enters the 50-mile wilderness race with only completing one 26-mile marathon prior. This race represents the journey a young soldier has to face to help cope with a past that haunts him every day.
Website

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Life On The Ledge

14:00
Submitted by Marc Kornblatt, filmmaker
Madison, WI - documentary

In this short documentary filmed in Israel, two laughing doves nesting outside his window capture the heart and imagination of a man mourning the recent passing of his mother. Website

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Memories For Sale

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25:00
Submitted by Jerry Bisantz, writer/producer
Waltham, MA - narrative

Charlie, a struggling young writer from Lowell, MA has finally hit pay dirt with a biography about his favorite old time comedian, the great Sidney Freedman. BUT at the 11th hour the book will be rejected unless Charlie gets Sid to expose long held secrets about his past. What price is a man's dignity? Is there any privacy in this tabloid era?

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Misappropriation

8:58
Submitted by Anna Maria Ferri, filmmaker
Spain - narrative

Coco is Sergio's inseparable friend since Carla left. One day Coco takes him to "Láquesis", Carla's favourite shop. It seems to emit a powerful magic. This is a dark tale about how everything that makes you happy can disappear in the blink of an eye. One moment of distraction is enough for our life to end up in the hands of a destiny that was not ours ... or maybe yes.
Website

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


The Pirate Captain Toledano

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10:00
Submitted by Arnon Shorr, filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA - narrative

When the Pirate Captain Toledano interrogates a stowaway on his ship, he finds that the young man is a refugee from the Spanish Inquisition. The stowaway wants to become a pirate to plunder Spanish ships. The Captain must decide whether to make the stowaway a pirate, or to make him walk the plank. “The Pirate Captain Toledano” is the world’s first film set in the little-known world of Jewish piracy in the Caribbean.
Website

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Pizza Birdy Bath Waterfall

8:14
Submitted by Tim O’Donnell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

Tommy is a young man with Landau–Kleffner syndrome, an extremely rare neurological disorder with only 100 cases diagnosed every ten years. LKS is characterized by frequent seizures and sudden aphasia (the inability to understand or express language). Over the past five years, Tommy’s caretaker, Erin, has developed a way to communicate with him using words and phrases from his favorite Disney films. Tommy and Erin take their weekly walk on Walden Pond to reflect and get away from the world.
Website

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Ready for a Baby

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5:00
Submitted by Anastasia Dyakova, filmmaker
Australia - animation or experimental

A young woman in her thirties feels very happy and excited – she has a partner, everything in her life is under control, so now is the perfect time to have a baby. It should be easy and natural, with love and fun and everything else––right?
Website

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


The School Of Honk

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11:42
Submitted by Patrick Johnson, filmmaker
Somerville, MA - documentary

The School of Honk is an open community brass band that promotes joy and inclusivity through weekly gatherings and parades around Somerville and Cambridge.

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


The Tent Village

24:45
Submitted by Nilima Abrams, producer/director
Burlington, VT - documentary

A nuanced view into the lives of roadside tent dwellers in India, filmed by their teenaged children. An unflinching yet gentle exploration of the interplay between external oppression, internalized self-defeat and hope, highlighting the innate worth of all people.
Website

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


What Metal Girls Are Into

15:30
Submitted by Laurel Vail, filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA - narrative

Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer of their isolated vacation rental.
Website

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day

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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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