It’s standing room only as Salem Film Festival opens

“The Ghost Army” director Rick Beyer. left, and director of photography Dillard Morrison, center, greet 92-year-old John Jarvie, who’s featured in the film, which screened at the opening of the Salem Film Festival. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)
“The Ghost Army” director Rick Beyer. left, and director of photography Dillard Morrison, center, greet 92-year-old John Jarvie, who’s featured in the film, which screened at the opening of the Salem Film Festival. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)

The Salem Film Festival kicked off Thursday with a sold-out screening of “The Ghost Army,” Lexington filmmaker Rick Beyer’s strange-but-true story of a top-secret World War II unit that created illusions and sound deceptions to fool the German Army. The festival, which runs through March 14, includes 32 films from 17 countries. Among the highlights is “West of Memphis,” a documentary by “Deliver Us From Evil” director Amy Berg, about the convictions of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin, the so-called “West Memphis Three.”

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