July 19-20, 2019

SOMERVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Showcasing innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent..

Admission is free of charge!

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Get ready for the 2019 Somerville International Film Festival, an annual film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent, The Somerville Film Festival will take place in the bustling Davis Square neighborhood of Somerville (MA). As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts, the festival will bring diverse international films to our community (The Somerville Theatre) and showcase the best regional and international filmmakers. Somerville Film Festival aims to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity in all of us.

Highlights from the previous editions were 'MeTube 2' by Austrian filmmaker Daniel Moshel, a slice of campy weirdness that premiered at Sundance, Thomas Vernay's short film wonder Dryad, Keil Troisi’s ‘Mono Generation’ starring Lena Dunham, Eliane Lima’s controversial documentary ‘Sherry’, Luciana Canton’s multi awarded drama ‘Public Intimacy’ and Tomislav Zaja's award winning documentary ‘Free’. The festival has hosted many noteworthy filmmakers: Riccardo Torresi, Hans Olson, Jannis Lenz, Ishan Shukla, Pol Ponsarnau, Noemi Schneider, Isabella Carbonell, Faiyaz Jafri, Roman Hill, CJ Gardella, Çağıl Harmandar, Vladimir Todorov, Luis Campos, Wojtek Skowron, Maik Schuster, Max Paschke, Maik Schuster, Marie Nicholson, Iván Sáinz-Pardo, Philippe McKie, Guli, Melina Maraki, Susan DeLeo, Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit, Mark Franz, Marinah Janello, Patrick Johnson, Tatyana Bronstein, Sasha Gransjean, Kate Raney, Jeremy Bessoff and Perry Lam.

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2019 SCREENING SCHEDULE

The Somerville Film Festival will screen during 2 days at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free of charge.

Friday, July 19, 2019 (7-8PM) - SOLD OUT
The Weight of Success (United States) by M. Douglas Silverstein

The Weight of Success is a “warts and all” documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Angela Lauria, one of the fastest rising stars in the self-help and life coaching industries. Five years ago she was broke, she started a business to teach aspiring life coaches and self-help authors how to write a book that “makes a difference.” Now she is a multi-millionaire living in a castle and has helped over 500 authors complete their goal to finish writing their books. While her fans and supporters believe she may become the next Oprah Winfrey, her rapid success has cost her friendships, colleagues and strained family relationships. Is Life Coaching a Scam? Do they help or do they hurt? This documentary aims to inspire the audience to answer for themselves: are Life Coaches modern prophets or are they just concerned with profits? You decide.
Duration: 00:40:00

Friday, July 19, 2019 (8-10PM)
Open Spaces (Denmark) by Thomas Elley

There is 21 years in age between Freja and Albert who are forced to keep their romance secret from the small, but curious community on a remote Danish island.
Duration: 00:23:13

Still Here (United States) by William Rogan

Still Here is a short dramatic narrative film about a 17-year-old boy named Cody whose parents have succumbed to an addiction to opioid painkillers after the closing of the local paper mill where they were employed in Berlin, NH. Faced with a bleak family life at home, and the depressing surroundings of an unraveling post-industrial community, while yearning for something better, Cody must decide whether to give in to the urge to escape or to remain and fight for a better future for himself and his family.
Duration: 00:14:23

Tease (United States) by Oona Taper

Tease is an almost-erotic micro short experimental animation exploring anticipation. True to its theme, no conclusions or climaxes are reached. Tease is an experiment by a young queer woman film-maker to push the bounds of how sex and sexy are treated in film.
Duration: 00:01:14

Kwabena (United States) by Déwun Owusu

'You only get to meet someone for the first time, once.' The short film ‘Kwabena’ drops you in the middle of a once in a lifetime event. Powered by mystery, revelation and raw emotion, ‘Kwabena’ expressively captures an extraordinary human experience that sticks with you long after the conclusion of the short.
Duration: 00:09:04

All Clear (United States) by Billy Palumbo
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A three-minute tornado siren test provides a moment of uneasy but serene reflection on place, space, and color.
Duration: 00:03:21

My Dad, the Facebook Addict (United States) by Dylan LeVine

A Dad's excessive use of Facebook/Memes is put into question by his family.
Duration: 00:10:18

Abstract Concrete (United Kingdom) by Stephan Dilley

Surrealist dystopian vision meets music video meets architecture film meets artist moving image creating a world where concrete becomes alive until it ends in decay.
Duration: 00:02:04

Alex (& Scott) (United States) by Jon Downs, Eric Anagnostis

Dark comedy about a man who realizes that his friend might not be telling the truth… about anything.
Duration: 00:06:42

The Weight of Success (United States) by M. Douglas Silverstein

The Weight of Success is a “warts and all” documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Angela Lauria, one of the fastest rising stars in the self-help and life coaching industries. Five years ago she was broke, she started a business to teach aspiring life coaches and self-help authors how to write a book that “makes a difference.” Now she is a multi-millionaire living in a castle and has helped over 500 authors complete their goal to finish writing their books. While her fans and supporters believe she may become the next Oprah Winfrey, her rapid success has cost her friendships, colleagues and strained family relationships. Is Life Coaching a Scam? Do they help or do they hurt? This documentary aims to inspire the audience to answer for themselves: are Life Coaches modern prophets or are they just concerned with profits? You decide.
Duration: 00:40:00

Saturday, July 20, 2019 (7-8PM) - SOLD OUT
The Weight of Success (United States) by M. Douglas Silverstein

The Weight of Success is a “warts and all” documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Angela Lauria, one of the fastest rising stars in the self-help and life coaching industries. Five years ago she was broke, she started a business to teach aspiring life coaches and self-help authors how to write a book that “makes a difference.” Now she is a multi-millionaire living in a castle and has helped over 500 authors complete their goal to finish writing their books. While her fans and supporters believe she may become the next Oprah Winfrey, her rapid success has cost her friendships, colleagues and strained family relationships. Is Life Coaching a Scam? Do they help or do they hurt? This documentary aims to inspire the audience to answer for themselves: are Life Coaches modern prophets or are they just concerned with profits? You decide.
Duration: 00:40:00

Saturday, July 20, 2019 (8-10PM)
Time Machine (Poland) by Jan Bujnowski

A lonely 55-year-old street artist from Poland lives in London. His parents decide to visit their son after many years of separation. A man wants to take advantage of the chance to resolve an old conflict with his father, not realizing that the real problem is much deeper.
Duration: 00:25:56

A Dog Leashed (United States) by Dane Cree

Self-reflection through meditation. A look at the shadow self.
Duration: 00:03:00

Blacks (France) by Romain Claris

Black is the origin. With the appearance of light different blacks have been revealed, multiple, sensitive, fragile but with what presence! Blacks that are born from the deprivation of light, blacks reflections of non-reflections, a kind of anti-light that makes us discovering colors, lights and materials. They emphasize, reveal, make us aware of so close richnesses. Magical, simple, daily. We often get close to abstraction, approaching the border between fantasy and realism within a curious, exciting and accomplice mood. By associating the imaginary and the real, dreams and origins do merge. Because the light is our brush, we wanted to go on playing, dreaming, looking even further ... drilling holes for the light.
Duration: 00:05:00

Stigma (United Kingdom) by Kyriakos Rontsis

Before the curtain falls, a young man weeps without remembering why. How long does a birdsong last? How much silence descends with a caress? How much black is needed to contaminate white? A drop will do.
Duration: 00:09:21

Finding Nasseebi (United Arab Emirates) by Andrea Yu-Chieh Chung

A soul-searching filmmaker sets out to make a documentary about the United Arab Emirates' Islamic hotline center, where scholars answer questions and guide people towards the right path according to the Quran. As a friendship blossoms with one of the scholars, the filmmaker's relationship with a Muslim boyfriend makes her question her beliefs and the integrity of her film. This self-reflexive documentary follows one woman's journey to understand Islam and to love, regardless of differences in faith.
Duration: 00:09:45

Matter Out of Place (United States) by Oona Taper

Intimate portrait. Blurred line. Exploration of presence and absence. An Experimental Animation.
Duration: 00:02:28

Exile on A Street (United States) by Henry Dane

An independent writer and consultant with a very private existence relocates from a quiet, suburban community to an inner-city artists' co-operative. "Exile on A Street" explores the pleasures and purgatories brought on by his move.
Duration: 00:04:46

Driving Ms. Saudi (United States) by Walid Chaya

As of 2018, women are finally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Inspired by this news, a son must help his Saudi mother put her future in drive when she panics in the drivers seat for the first time.
Duration: 00:02:00

No Really, It's Fine. (United States) by Rebecca Dobyns

Why don't women speak up? Why is it difficult to be disruptive about the big things? Equally concerning, why is it often difficult for women to openly discuss the simplest small truths in their own lives. No Really, It’s Fine, examine these exact questions through the female perspective. Made entirely by women, NRIF explores one woman’s suppression of self, manifested through three relationships in her life. The film replays Rachel’s last day in town before moving away, spent with her Boyfriend, Best Friend, and Coworker. Interweaving these scenarios, No Really, It’s Fine, dives into the unspoken inner life of a woman who shifts who she is to please those around her.
Duration: 00:48:00

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