Salem Film Fest Offers Best in Documentaries

Salem Film Fest 2011 — with a lineup of over 30 feature documentaries set to screen at three venues in downtown Salem — begins Friday, Match 4, and runs through Thursday, March 10.

Two exciting kick-off events on Thursday evening, March 3, include an Opening Night Screening at the Peabody Essex Museum and a High School Short Film Contest at CinemaSalem.

Finding its spirit in Salem’s rich history as America’s first great international city, the non-profit, all-volunteer festival expects about 20 filmmakers to attend, present their work, participate in forums and mingle with locals. The lineup is full of unforgettable characters and stories — a mix of bracing, funny, political and provocative works from around the world, many to be screened in New England for the first time.

As always, the majority of festival programming will be shown on two screens at CinemaSalem.

The Peabody Essex Museum – a major sponsor for this year’s festival – will host the Opening Night Screening of Bill Cunningham New York. The documentary is a portrait of the octogenarian New York Times street photographer whose snapshot montages of sidewalk fashion have graced the Times’ Sunday Styles section for decades.

Salem Film Fest 2011 showcases a rich and diverse collection of the year’s best documentary film work from around the globe. Come to Salem and see the world. For complete details on the films and screening schedule go to

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