For a complete schedule go to www.bjff.org.
Birthday bash in Belmont
It’s a big birthday this year for Belmont World Film’s annual Family Film Festival. Boston’s first multi-day film festival for children and families celebrates its 10th anniversary over two weekends of Magic and Movies, this Friday and Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts and Nov. 16-18 at the Studio Cinema, Belmont. The event features 15 programs of live performances and 55 live-action and animated films from around the world. The opening night program includes “The Magic Piano” (Friday, 7 p.m.), a dazzling stop-motion short film made by a group of artists and animators from around the globe, and “The Chopin Shorts,” a group of wordless animated short films connected by a soundtrack featuring Chopin’s magical “Etudes” performed by celebrated pianist Lang Lang. Other highlights include “Eric Carle, Picture Writer” (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.), an intimate portrait of Carle at 83, demonstrating how he creates a picture book from inception to the final work, and a look at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. It screens with short adaptations of Carle’s famous books including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Also noteworthy is the US premiere of “Fidgety Bram” (Saturday, noon), a new feature from the Netherlands about an antsy 6-year-old who begins to enjoy school when a substitute teacher arrives on the scene. “The Blue Tiger” (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.), a feature from the Czech Republic, combines live-action and animation in a fable about the environment — two fearless friends protect a magical tiger when its habitat is threatened.
The program continues Nov. 16 in Belmont with the New England premiere of “The Magicians” at 5 p.m. This charming film from the Netherlands is about a young magician who has to find out what is real and what isn’t. It’s followed at 7 p.m. by “Make Believe,” a documentary that tags along with six of the world’s best young magicians as they compete for the title of Teen World Champion. Two different programs of animated shorts based on favorite children’s books by award-winning Weston Woods Studios, a longtime sponsor of the Family Film Festival, screen Nov. 17 and 18 at 10:30 a.m. The festival closes with the US premiere of “One Life” (Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m.), a BBC Earth Films documentary on animal behavior, narrated by Daniel Craig.
For a complete schedule go to www.BelmontWorldFilm.org or call 617-484-3980.
The fifth annual Cape Ann Film Festival at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester runs through Nov. 18 with a host of new releases and live events.
The CAFF’s guest of honor is character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, who may not be a household name but who has appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows, including “Groundhog Day,” “Memento,” and TV’s “Deadwood,” “Glee,” and “Californication.” He will attend the festival on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, a quartet of local filmmakers will screen films on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. These include “Boo,” “Citgo Dance,” and “The Builder” by Elizabeth Cornaro; “Princess” and “Icarus” by Christy Park; “No More Gloomy Sundays” by Robert Newton and Kristen Miller; and “Où est Fleuri Rose?” by Mark Warhol.
Ipswich filmmaker Brendan Fay screens his debut feature, “Weekend in Summer,” on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
For a complete schedule go to www.CapeAnnFilmFest.com.
Filmmaker Tony Buba, who has chronicled his hometown of Braddock, Pa., for 40 years, makes his first-ever appearance in the Boston area on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre. Buba will screen “Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy,” his first feature from 1988 and the film that established him as a documentary innovator, fusing social documentary, autobiography, and whimsical fiction. The event also features two shorts from “The Braddock Chronicles,” a series spanning 15 years and made up of portraits and vignettes describing the life and death of a blue-collar town. Buba will discuss the films following the screening. . . . Also this month: The Brattle Theatre is the exclusive Boston-area stop for the 54-film series “Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years,” the UCLA-organized tour that fills the Brattle calendar now through Dec. 2. The series offers many new 35mm prints of films spanning Universal’s history, from silents to recent favorites and genre films. This special program features brand new restorations of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Dracula,” “Jaws,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and other classic titles. . . . And finally, Jeremy Jed Hammel, who teaches video production at Boston University and produces the annual Filmshift Festival (www.filmshift.org) at the Somerville Theatre, presents several of his films at the Brattle on Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. Hammel wrote, directed, and edited the short “A Little Push” starring Boston musician Skinny Cavallo and he executive produced “Once Again,” starring Dennis Hurley from Improv Boston. The event is free, though donations will be accepted at the door for the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation for Leukemia.Continued...