From October 13-19, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage and three other downtown Gloucester venues will host The 8th Annual DoctoberFest Documentary film festival, featuring over 30 films and guests.
“The idea for DoctoberFest came to me a dozen years ago,” explains Festival curator Rob Newton of Cape Ann Cinema & Stage. “It was October of 2005,” and I was on a week-long, craft-brew-fueled documentary binge, which was capped by German director Werner Herzog’s ‘Grizzly Man.’ My love of film and my love of wordplay met, and the idea for DoctoberFest was born.”
Four special guests will be a part of the festivities:
“California Typewriter” opens the Festival on Friday, October 13 at 7:30pm. This portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse features the likes of Tom Hanks, David McCullough, and the late Sam Shepard. The film will be followed by a live performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, which is featured in the film.
“When The Witches Came To Town” plays on Saturday, October 14 at 2:30pm, and is about how, in the summer of 1986, Warner Bros. took over the town of Cohasset, Mass. to film the movie “The Witches Of Eastwick.” Director/producer David Fresina will present the film personally and host a Q&A after.
“The Peacemaker” plays on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30pm, and chronicles five years in the life of international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. Director James Demo will present the film personally, and will host a Q&A after.
“Tab Hunter Confidential” closes out DoctoberFest on Thursday, October 19. Throughout his years of stardom, 1950s matinee idol Tab Hunter had a secret––he was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. The tell-all biopic will be hosted by Hunter himself and producer Allan Glaser.
In addition to the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (and its new 15-seat The Magic Lantern Community Screening Room, films will run at three other downtown Gloucester venues:
The Gloucester Meetinghouse at 10 Church Street will host “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” on Saturday, October 14. In this one, music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others illustrates how these talented Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.
The Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant Street will host “Atlantic” on Sunday, October 15 at 1:30pm. In it, director Richard O’Donnell follows the struggles of three fishing communities in Ireland, Norway, and Newfoundland, as they battle for control of the resources in their waters.
The Sawyer Free Library at 2 Dale Avenue will host a free screening of “Sense The Wind” on Monday, October 16 at 7:00pm. The film is about blind sailors who race across open water learning not to fear what they cannot see, on boats or on land. Life turns unpredictable as the wind when one of them gains something far more valuable than a trophy and must learn to live and to sail with a new sensibility.
The rest of the line-up will screen at The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage at 21 Main Street:
“24 X 36: A Movie About Movie Posters” – Mon. Oct. 16 @ 7:30pm
This fascinating look at the birth, death, and resurrection of illustrated movie poster art uses interviews with a number of key art personalities from the past four decades.
“30 Years Of Garbage” – Fri. Oct. 13 @ 10:00pm
Explore the ghoulish, grossed-out goodness that was The Garbage Pail Kids collector’s cards, the Cabbage Patch Kids parody that became a 1980s kiddie sensation.
“Bill Nye: Science Guy” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 7:30pm
Bill Nye, the former star of the popular kids’ show “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. With intimate and exclusive access–as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy–this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based worldview. The film features Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and many others.
“Bella Vita” – Sun. Oct. 15 @ 6:30pm
Preserved like a Roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast now carries surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland.
“Check It” – Wed. Oct. 18 @ 7:30pm
Beneath the tragic tales of woe and abuse, an LGBTQ+ gang struggling to survive in one Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods has an underlying story of hope and resilience.
“Chicken Hawk” – Tues. Oct. 17 @ 7:30pm
Director Adi Sideman gets uncomfortably close to some members of N.A.M.B.L.A., the North American Man-Boy Love Association, in this no-budget 1994 classic whammy.
“Dina” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 5:00pm
An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story, winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at this year’s Sundance.
“Flight Of The Butterfies” – Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16–Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 11:00am
It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth in this beautiful 3D experience.
“Food Evolution” – Tues. Oct. 17 @ 7:30pm
Esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates this brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. This night is hosted by Cape Ann Skeptics.
“Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil” – Sun. Oct. 15 @ 1:30pm
In preparation for a 2016 exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of the late-medieval artist’s work.
“An Inconvenient Sequel” – Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16–Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 2:30pm
Over a decade after Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary, the former Vice President of the United States gets angry that his climate change call-to-arms has not been properly answered.
“Just Desserts: The Making Of ‘Creepshow’” – Fri. Oct. 13 @ 10pm
In 1982, author Stephen King, and late director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the controversial EC comics of the 1950s, and now, the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told. Followed by “Creepshow.” Also part of the Cinema’s month-long “This Is Halloween” line-up.
“The Land” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 2:30pm
This short about the nature of play, risk, and hazard is set in The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground in which children climb trees, light fires, and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.
“Leviathan” – Sun. Oct. 15 @ 4:00pm
This thrilling, immersive documentary takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing, set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast… the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick.
“Lives Well Lived” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 12:00pm
Sky Bergman celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of 40 adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest, whos experience encompasses over 3000 years.
“Martha & Niki” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 7:30pm
In 2010, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever two women became World Champions in Hip Hop.
“The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble” – Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16-Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 12:00pm
Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar-winning “20 Feet From Stardom,” profiles cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, an eclectic group of musicians who tour worldwide.
“One Big Home” – Mon. Oct. 16 @ 7:30pm
A carpenter in Martha’s Vineyard takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera to document homeowners and builders who look the other way as he works with his community to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.
“Point Of Order” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 5:00pm
Leftist filmmaker Emile de Antonio compiled this documentary out of 187 hours’ worth of kinescopes recorded during the 1954 Senate Army-McCarthy Hearings. Presented without narration, the film shows both McCarthy and his claims crumbling under scrutiny.
“Re-Animator Resurrectus” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 10:00pm
This in-depth behind-the-scenes look at Stuart Gordon’s 1985 cult hit, “Re-Animator,” spills everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horror show. Followed by “Re-Animator.” Also part of the Cinema’s month-long “This Is Halloween” line-up.
“Served Like A Girl” – Wed. Oct. 18 @ 7:30pm
Follow several American women who were wounded in action and are now transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Swim Team” – Sun. Oct. 15 @ 6:30pm
Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity.
“Teaserama” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 10:00pm
This plotless time capsule from 1955 features several 1950s burlesque acts, strippers, some stand-up comics (of the take-my-wife-please variety) and most notably, cult favorite Bettie Page, who introduces the acts and frames the film by strutting her stuff.
“Titicut Follies” – Sun. Oct. 15 @ 4pm
This 1967 hallmark was banned for 24 years, and was the result of Fred Wiseman spending a month inside Bridgewater State Hospital (a human storehouse for the criminally insane) with unprecedented access.
“The Tulip Bubble” – Sun. Oct. 15 @ 1:30pm
It was the first big bust in the history of booms–the burst of the tulip bubble in Holland in 1637. Once, tulip bulbs were worth their weight in gold and became the object of fantastic financial speculation. But, then…
“The Year We Thought About Love” – Sat. Oct. 14 @ 12:00pm
The Boston-based LGBTQ theater troupe True Colors: OUT Youth Theater transforms daily struggles into performance for social change. With wit, candor, and attitude, this cast of characters captivates audiences surprised to hear such stories in school settings.
Tickets for all DoctoberFest features (except the Closing Night event with Tab Hunter) are $11.50 adults, $10.00 students and senior, and $8.50 for Cinema Members, and are available in advance at www.CapeAnnCinema.com or at the Cinema.
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (21 Main Street in Gloucester) is a living-room-style community cinema in Gloucester’s historic West End, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Learn more about the Cinema atwww.CapeAnnCinema.com.