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Salem’s annual film fest kicks off in March

Posted by Terri Ogan  February 5, 2013 04:37 PM

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The 6th annual all-documentary Salem Film Fest hits the city from March 7 to March 14 this year with a lineup of 32 films from 17 different countries.

This year’s festival kicks off at the Peabody Essex Museum with the world premiere of “The Ghost Army,” a film about a top-secret World War II unit that used inflatable tanks, sound trucks and other clever tactics to impersonate U.S. Army units and deceive Adolf Hitler’s legions. A Q&A session with Lexington filmmaker Rick Beyer and local heroes who served during WWII will follow the premiere.

“And this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said festival founder Joe Cultrera in a recent announcement. "I'm really excited about the range of this year's line-up, films from just about every continent that are entertaining, beautiful, and real conversation starters.”

The festival, which is solely operated and run by volunteers, will also show work on stories of local residents, like that of Salem resident Damien Echols and his desperate and extraordinary fight to escape death row in “West of Memphis.” Echols will be available after the premiere for a Q&A session.

In addition, there is an array of films for the art and music lovers in the crowd, including, “The Big Easy Express,” which features music from artists like Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and The Old Crow Medicine Show.

Most of the films will be shown at Cinema Salem in the India Square Mall, with a select number debuting at the Peabody Essex Museum. The week-long event also features filmmaker parties and music events held at various venues throughout downtown.

To see a full listing of this year’s films go to http://salemfilmfest.com/.

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