July 19-20, 2019


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 2018 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.



The Somerville Film Festival (in association with ArtBeat 2018) 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 13, 2018 (8-10PM)
Gretchen at the spinning wheel (Austria) by Magdalena Chmielewska

What is pure imagination and what reality? Magdalena Chmielewska’s dream-like portrayals Gretchen’s spinning and brooding in her love to Faust make it nearly impossible to differentiate. Her love is a constant toing and froing between pure passion and panic desperation, between slowing down and accelerating – the principle upon which Schubert’s masterpiece rests. Made under the auspices of Michael Haneke at the National Film and TV School in Vienna Filmakademie Wien.
Duration: 00:06:00

Requiem for Tyrin (United States) by Daneeta Loretta Jackson, Patrick Jackson

Through a series of letters about a murdered teenage boy in New Orleans, this film asks why black lives matter so little in the Deep South.
Duration: 00:05:00

They Said, But. (United States) by Marie Lambiase, Rauliz Paez, Rebecca Unubun, Rebecca Vu, Sophia Quigley, Tiffany Cespedes, Yeison DeLeon
Why we don’t listen to naysayers.
Duration: Duration: 00:01:16

Ramona (United States) by Susan DeLeo

"Ramona" is an homage to the filmmaker's late mother, a journey through 8mm home movies obsessively watched as a child and now reimagined. It is a calling on the light of memory and love.
Duration: 00:03:53

Nicabob (United States) by Daneeta Loretta Jackson, Patrick Jackson

A lonely teenager inadvertently makes a real human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him.
Duration: 00:14:00

93 Miles (United States) by Noah Canavan

The night after defecting Cuba, a baseball player and his girlfriend are held up in a Mexican hotel room. The tension rises as the two become claustrophobic in this stressful situation that they are stuck in.
Duration: 00:16:58

The Limits of My World (United States) by Heather Cassano

The Limits of My World follows a nonverbal young man’s transition from the school system into adulthood. Brian has autism and faces the daily challenges of adjusting to his new life. Filmed from the intimate perspective of his older sister Heather, this documentary seeks to understand Brian’s personality beneath his disability. The Limits of My World is an autistic coming of age story, exploring what it means to be a nonverbal disabled person in a neurotypical society.
Duration: 01:10:05

Saturday, July 14, 2018 (8-10PM)
Ophelia (United States) by Jamie Sims
What happens when grief becomes the third party in a relationship? What exists in the silence of the silent partner when the other descends into self-destruction? OPHELIA attempts to sound that depth by refocussing a classic story of mourning and madness through the lens of Shakespeare’s unsolvable puzzle - the inexplicable Ophelia. With her as witness, we experience Hamlet’s chaos, and perhaps come to know her own turmoil, as well. Can love serve as a life raft for her partner in distress, or will she be pulled under by it?
Duration: 00:11:00

Human (Korea, Republic of) by Jungho Bang

Man, one of large primates, has replaced the process of natural selection with intelligent design system. That’s a human instinct. Human has done intelligent design to evolve into more intelligent life by instinct and by purpose. A short film ‘human’ shows that the violence, brutality, and dysmorphism human has in the evolution process.
Duration: 00:05:02

My Happiness (Russian Federation) by Ramazi Baranov
Extremely short mobile film.
Duration: 00:00:53

Cabinet (United States) by Tandis Shoushtary
A handrawn vérité animation, detailing events surrounding a kitchen cabinet.
Duration: 00:01:00

Bleeding and burning (Canada) by Guilaume Marin

An orbit of red and black. Coordinated by the assembly to reach a new galaxy. Neither dance nor editing and collage Encounter of the human and the form in a paréidolie universe.
Duration: 00:02:36

In Through the Night (United States) by Josiah Cuneo

By recalling a childhood story, a world of daydreams and longing unfold against a quiet backdrop of the quotidian.
Duration: 00:04:21

It's Her (United States) by Travis Scott Newsad
A "How-To" video maker runs into a slight snag while editing his project
Duration: 00:01:00

Yiyi's Moving Castle (China) by Hu Jinghuan

Yiyi is a three-year-old girl. Her mother, Li Shaoyun, is a night-shift taxi driver. She came to be a single mother when Yiyi was five months old. Raising her daughter alone as a taxi driver ever since. For all those sleepless nights,it is a cramped cab, yet a moving castle of their own.
Duration: 00:12:41

As trees we will return (Belgium) by Mira Borghs

For the video images of ‘As trees we will return’ Mira Borghs has chosen a location in which bewildered nature and a deteriorated factory building stand next to each other. The characters, all three dressed in fur, don’t speak but observe nature around them, through their glasses. The camera registrates their views and movements to and through their environment. Due to editing everybody and everything is mirrored , by which a new estranging world is formed, in which nature and the identity of man are the central focus. The characters look at themselves and therefore ‘As trees we will return’ is an introspective video.
Duration: 00:03:03

Frank (United States) by Ahmari Ly-Johnson

A lone man searches for a way to fix his boombox in the wastelands of the apocalypse.
Duration: 00:03:53

My sitdown with Sandman (United States) by Mike Messier

A young Pro Wrestling ring announcer named Mike Messier gets initiated into the business and harassed by the star hardcore wrestler Sandman, when the young man offers a deal for mutual benefit.
Duration: 00:03:00

Kohl (United States) by Amro Arida, Tawfiq Aridah

Kohl aims to shed light on the phenomenon of domestic violence against refugee women in Europe. Despite the efforts of several concerned organizations, this problem has been difficult to remedy because many of the abused women are afraid to file a complaint against the husbands for cultural, social or religious reasons. Kohl tells the story of a refugee woman in Germany. After arriving in Germany and facing continual abuse from her husband, she decides to get a divorce, and attempts to start a new life.
Duration: 00:03:55

Hurry Slowly (Skynd Deg Sakte) (Norway) by Anders Emblem

Hurry Slowly is a warm slice-of-life film about Fiona and her younger brother Tom, whom she takes care of. We follow Fiona over a few life-changining summer months on the north-western coast of Norway, where she juggle the care of her brother, her job at the local ferry and her interest in music.
Duration: 01:10:00



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