Curtain to rise on first Buzzards Bay Film Fest


Tickets are now on sale for the first Buzzards Bay Film Festival, which debuts Nov. 9-11 in Falmouth and New Bedford.

The festival is part of the Buzzards Bay Coalition's  25th Anniversary celebration and offers science fiction, documentaries, animation, and the long-awaited local premiere of the feature film Fairhaven.

A program of short films will screen at New Bedford's Gallery X, 169 William Street, New Bedford, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the festival will host a full day of movies at the Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. The program will begin with the science fiction feature The Green Slime at 11 a.m., continue with an afternoon of shorter works, and conclude at 8 p.m., with Fairhaven.

"Our festival is a tribute to the creative visions of Buzzards Bay filmmakers and how their work reflects the unique character of our watershed, from Westport to Woods Hole," said Festival Director Tom Gidwitz.

Fairhaven tells the story of three 30-something friends who reunite in their home town, a homecoming that forces them to reassess their friendship and themselves. The film stars  Chris Messina (Vicky Christina Barcelona, Six Feet Under) Rich Sommer (Mad Men), Sarah Paulson (Mud, Deadwood), and the film's writer/director Tom O'Brien. A number of local residents also make appearances.

The Green Slime is a 1968 sci-fi classic, screened as a tribute to Robert Dunham, an American ex-pat who acted in Japanese monster movies, then returned to the United States and took up  residence on Cape Cod in 1975.  "Dunham led a storybook life and appears in some of Japan’s most famous monster movies," Mr. Gidwitz said. "In The Green Slime, he battles invading space aliens. Although his part is relatively small, the movie is a hilarious spectacle, and the aliens look remarkably like the rusty tide algae that has been clouding Buzzards Bay waters for several summers."

Other films include Into the Gyre, an award-winning look at Falmouth Sea Education Association scientists as they study plastic pollution in the North Atlantic; Patrimony, an intense drama about family and loss, starring television star Robert Vaughan; and a selection of the cellphone videos submitted to the Festival in a weekly contest held throughout the summer.

Tickets for all screenings are available online at Tickets for Sunday, Nov. 11's films -- including Fairhaven and The Green Slime -- are also available at The Zeiterion Theatre box office, in person or by phone at (508) 994-2900.

For more information, visit the Festival Website,


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