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Quiet town street transformed to movie set

By Juri Love
Sun Chronicle/Foxboro Reporter
November 13, 2019

From Left: Back row: Town Selectwoman Leah Gibson, Selectman Chairman Mark Elfman, Joe Piasecki location scout and assistant location manager. Front row: David and Leighton Sherlock (Leah Gibson's children), Liam Conz and Adam Taj

From Left: Back row: Town Selectwoman Leah Gibson, Selectman Chairman Mark Elfman, Joe Piasecki location scout and assistant location manager. Front row: David and Leighton Sherlock (Leah Gibson’s children), Liam Conz and Adam Taj

A quiet Union Street in Foxboro transformed into a Hollywood movie set last week.

On Nov. 7, a house at 30 Union St., which is currently for sale, was packed with 65 film crew members, actors, professional equipment and huge trucks from early morning to the late evening.

According to Joe Piasecki, location scout, and assistant location manager, who is a member of IATSE Local 481, 65 crew were filming on the set to produce a new TV series called “Emma,” which will be released on a new video streaming platform called Quibi, scheduled to launch next year.

The production involved about 30 different locations in towns across Massachusetts.

Piasecki said the team spent about a month taking the production designer and director to visit dozens of possible house locations and businesses for filming.

“From everything we presented to the director and designer, Foxboro locations had the best look for this production,” said Piasecki, who came to the Oct. 29 selectmen’s meeting to receive the final approval for filming.

Piasecki, who is a resident of Attleboro, and works as a location scout and manager for movies and television shows that film in Massachusetts, said the production filmed the interior and exterior of the 30 Union St. home, including a night scene in the backyard of the house.

For Piasecki, this was his first time filming in Foxboro.

“I am always excited to work in a new town. It’s been a pleasure working in Foxboro. Every department has been extremely supportive. We look forward to filming here again in the future with another project,” he said.

“I think it is amazing because I’ve never seen all the equipment in front of my eyes. I have never seen acting happening in real life. I think I want to be in a movie, too and I like this experience,” said Adam Taj, 11, a fifth grader at Foxboro Regional Charter School who has been volunteering at Foxboro Cable Access as a camera operator and youth production reporter and editor.

“I thought this was cool because I got to see all the equipment and how people act in real film,” said Liam Conz, 11, a sixth grader at Ahern Middle School. His mother Melanie Conz thought it was an amazing and great opportunity for her son and for his interest in making a short film. Liam has been volunteering at Foxboro Cable access since April.

“These opportunities make his interest stronger and solidify what he believes in and loves. The set is pretty neat. It’s transformed, tents everywhere, the cameras, the cords. It’s really exciting and feels like I am in Hollywood,” said Melanie Conz.

Selectwoman Leah Gibson thought it was amazing to turn down Union street and see all the big production going on in the midst of a small town.

“It’s exciting. My kids and I can not wait to watch the final production,” said Gibson.

Selectmen Chairman Mark Elfman said the set looked a lot more complicated than he thought it would be, with a lot more crew and trucks.

“The crew has been wonderful and not disruptive. I talked to a few of the downtown people where they were filming last Friday and they said they could barely see any changes or flow of traffic. They worked very well with our community,” said Elfman, adding “To think this house and other locations in Foxboro were used, I can’t wait to watch the show.”

Robert Mitchell of Plymouth, who is a location production assistant said Foxboro is a very easy town to get around.

“The residents have been very friendly on the street, especially three detail officers have been fantastic on top of everything. I enjoyed my time so far in Foxboro,” Mitchell said.

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Mass Media Expo ~ Nov. 2nd @ WGBH Boston

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WATCH NOW: Made in MA CASTLE ROCK – Season 2 Official Trailer- Season 2 Airing on Hulu Oct. 23rd

CASTLE ROCK, was filmed in Ayer, Clinton, Concord, Devens, Everett, Gardner, Fitchburg, Harvard, Haverhill, Hudson, Leominister, Littleton, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Orange, Salem, Shirley, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford, Massachusetts in 2019.

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Kevin Hart took a swan boat ride while filming scenes for ‘Fatherhood’ in Boston

By Kevin Slane
Boston.com
August 27, 2019

Kevin Hart taking a swan boat ride in Boston Public Garden for the filming of "Fatherhood."	–Kevin Slane/Boston.com Staff

Kevin Hart taking a swan boat ride in Boston Public Garden for the filming of “Fatherhood.” –Kevin Slane/Boston.com Staff

Kevin Hart stayed cool on the water while filming a movie Tuesday afternoon in Boston.

The comedian and camera crews were in the Boston Public Garden while filming “Fatherhood,” an upcoming comedy-drama starring and co-produced by Hart.

At around 4 p.m., Hart took a ride in a swan boat along with a small camera crew and other cast members.

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A member of the crew said that Hart and the rest of the production are filming in Boston on Tuesday and Wednesday, at which point the film will wrap shooting and move into post-production.

Based on the real life of writer/blogger Matthew Logelin and his book, “Two Kisses for Maddy,” “Fatherhood” centers on Matt (Hart), a father determined to give his daughter Maddy the best life possible after his wife passes away shortly after childbirth. Matt often finds himself unprepared for the challenges of fatherhood, and faces an additional complication when he begins to fall in love for the first time since his wife’s passing.

While the film is largely set in Boston and Minneapolis, the film’s production has been based in Montreal, where filming took place earlier this summer.

“Fatherhood” isn’t the first time a movie has brought Hart to Boston. In 2015, he filmed scenes for the action-comedy “Central Intelligence” in Boston, and took the opportunity to invite fans on a spontaneous 5k run around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

Directed by Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”), “Fatherhood” will also feature Alfre Woodard (“12 Years a Slave”), Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”), Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”), and Anthony Carrigan (“Barry”). The movie is set to hit theaters April 3, 2020.

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WATCH NOW: Made in MA, LITTLE WOMEN – Official Trailer!

LITTLE WOMEN, was filmed in Abington, Boston, Canton, Concord, Franklin, Groton, Harvard, Ipswich, Lancaster, Lawrence, Stoughton and Waltham, Massachusetts in 2018.

IN THEATERS CHRISTMAS 2019

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14TH ANNUAL FILMS AT THE GATE FESTIVAL AUG. 23 – AUG. 25, 2019

Join the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) and the Chinatown community for
the 14th annual Films at the Gate Festival!

Located at the Chinatown Gate, the festival runs for three evenings from
Friday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 25th,
with games and activities including face painting for children,
starting at 5:30PM and the feature film starting at 8:00PM.

Pamela Tom, the award-winning filmmaker who spent 17 years making Tyrus, will be a special guest at Friday night’s screening. Tyrus, an inspiring documentary about a Chinese American immigrant whose artwork would influence the aesthetic of classic films including Disney’s Bambi and Rebel Without a Cause.

Saturday night’s film, Little Big Soldier, will feature the much-loved Jackie Chan. Sunday’s feature will be Big Brother, starring Chinatown native and international film star Donnie Yen, with special guest speaker, Donnie Yen’s father, Klyster Yen who will introduce the film.

WHAT: 14th Annual Films at the Gate Festival www.asiancdc.org/events/fatg2019

WHEN: Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25, from 5:30p.m. to 10p.m. (or end of film) nightly

WHERE: Rose Kennedy Greenway – Uncle Frank & Auntie Kay Chin Park – John F Fitzgerald Surface Rd, Boston, MA 02111

As always, the festival is free and open to community members of all ages and backgrounds!

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A Marblehead hotel has been transformed for Adam Sandler’s ‘Hubie Halloween’

By Kevin Slane
Boston.com
August 7, 2019

The Hotel Marblehead has been transformed for filming of the Adam Sandler Netflix movie "Hubie Halloween." –Courtesy The Hotel Marblehead

The Hotel Marblehead has been transformed for filming of the Adam Sandler Netflix movie “Hubie Halloween.” –Courtesy The Hotel Marblehead

“I thought it had caught fire.”

That was the comment from one Instagram user who posted a photo Wednesday of The Hotel Marblehead, after the boutique hotel’s exterior was reworked to resemble an old, abandoned house for the filming of Adam Sandler’s “Hubie Halloween.”

The 14-room hotel located in an 1871 Victorian house was given a decidedly eerie makeover by film crews working on the Netflix production. The blue and white exterior was painted a smoky black, plywood was placed over the windows, and the hotel’s front entrance gained some overgrown vines and an old tree with a creepy face on the trunk.

Hotel Marblehead operations manager Sara Garibotto said that Netflix originally reached out about using the property for filming in June, and that it took crews less than a week to have the hotel ready for filming.

“It feels like it changes by the hour,” Garibotto said. “It’s crazy.”

A fake corpse placed inside the front entryway of The Hotel Marblehead for filming of “Hubie Halloween.” —Courtesy The Hotel Marblehead

A fake corpse placed inside the front entryway of The Hotel Marblehead for filming of “Hubie Halloween.” —Courtesy The Hotel Marblehead

Garibotto, whose 12-year-old daughter has worked as an extra on the film, said having a Hollywood movie in town has been exciting, and that Netflix has worked hard to avoid disrupting normal activity in town.

“They’ve made it so easy and been so respectful and given us plenty of warning,” Garibotto said. “The Chamber of Commerce will post online when there might be some disruption, or when a road might be blocked off. But other than that, it’s been great. People are really excited to have a little buzz around here.”

“Hubie Halloween” will film scenes at The Hotel Marblehead on Thursday, and other houses in the area are once again decked out in Halloween decorations for filming.

Prior to returning to Marblehead, the production filmed scenes at the Mendon Twin Drive-In movie theater last week, and shot footage in other towns including Danvers, Salem, and Gloucester last month.

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Netflix will begin filming another movie in Massachusetts this month, this time on the South Shore

By Kevin Slane
Boston.com
August 7, 2019

The streaming giant is everywhere in the Bay State.

Hanover High School will host filming for the upcoming Netflix movie "The Sleepover" this month. –John Phelan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Hanover High School will host filming for the upcoming Netflix movie “The Sleepover” this month. –John Phelan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Earlier this summer, Netflix took the North Shore by storm when it kicked off production on its upcoming Adam Sandler movie “Hubie Halloween.” Now, the streaming giant is ready to start filming new movie on the South Shore.

Netflix and LD Entertainment will begin work in August on “The Sleepover,” a family-friendly action-comedy that will film in several South Shore towns like Hanover and Scituate, as well as Boston. The script, which landed a spot on the prestigious Black List in 2017, centers around siblings Kevin and Clancy, whose boring suburban life is thrown for a loop when bad guys break into their home and kidnap their parents. The kids soon realize that their stay-at-home mom had been hiding a few secrets, so they set out with two friends on an adventure to find and rescue their parents.

Netflix has not announced any actors who will appear in “The Sleepover,” but sources say the movie will feature a kid-heavy cast. Filming is expected to kick off Aug. 19 and continue into September.

A message posted on the town of Hanover’s website said that crews would be on hand for filming at Hanover High School until Aug. 21, and that more than 200 personnel could be on set at any given point. Town manager Joseph Colangelo said the town was excited for the production to begin, and hoped a few Hanover students interested in theater and filmmaking might have a chance to visit the set.

“Our high school is in a bit of a self-contained area, so I don’t think it will disrupt people’s daily lives,” Colangelo said. “More than anything, I think people are excited about it. We’re looking forward to it.”

Netflix has kept the local film industry busy recently. Along with “The Sleepover” and “Hubie Halloween,” the company filmed teen drama “The Society” in 2018 and 2019, and is slated to begin shooting its second season later this year. The company also filmed the Mark Wahlberg detective movie “Wonderland” in a dozen different municipalities in 2018, as well as scenes from season two of the Spike Lee series “She’ Gotta Have It” on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Keep an eye out for these celebrities filming Adam Sandler’s ‘Hubie Halloween’ this summer

By Kevin Slane
Boston.com
July 26, 2019

Sandler won’t be the only big name filming the Netflix movie on the North Shore this summer.

Adam Sandler in Marblehead for filming of the Netflix movie "Hubie Halloween."	–Derrick Mills

Adam Sandler in Marblehead for filming of the Netflix movie “Hubie Halloween.” –Derrick Mills

Adam Sandler may not be the only Hollywood star who will be spotted on the North Shore in the coming months.

Danvers, Marblehead, and Salem received Halloween makeovers earlier this month thanks to filming of Sandler’s upcoming Salem-set movie “Hubie Halloween,” and the longtime Manchester, N.H., resident wasn’t shy during his comings and goings from set, appearing in countless photos snapped by fans and curious onlookers.

Amateur paparazzi will want to keep their smartphones at the ready: The announced cast for the Netflix production is two-dozen strong, and it features several familiar names.

Marblehead is transformed for the filming of “Hubie Halloween,” a Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler. —Leo Wellock/Instagram

Marblehead is transformed for the filming of “Hubie Halloween,” a Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler. —Leo Wellock/Instagram

Sandler is famous for working with many of the same actors over and over, and a number of his repeat collaborators will be in “Hubie Halloween” as well. The top of the list in terms of both star power and the number of movies done with Sandler includes Steve Buscemi, who has worked with Sandler more than a dozen times since the ’90s in movies like “Billy Madison” and “Big Daddy”; Rob Schneider, who starred with Sandler on “Saturday Night Live” and has worked with him on more than a dozen films including “The Waterboy” and “Little Nicky”; and Kevin James, who has collaborated with Sandler on 10 projects after first entering his orbit in 2004’s “Fifty First Dates.”

Along with Schneider and Sandler, “Hubie Halloween” includes a number of names affiliated with “Saturday Night Live.” Former cast members Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows, and Colin Quinn are in the cast, as are current cast members Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, and Melissa Villaseñor. The movie will also be co-written by Tim Herlihy, who served as an “SNL” writer and producer in the ’90s and has served as a writer or producer on two dozen Sandler movies.

The remainder of the announced cast includes Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), Lowell native Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Grown Ups 2”) Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”), Karan Brar (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), Kym Whitley (“Rango”), Lavell Crawford (“Breaking Bad”), China Anne McClain (“Grown Ups”), Paris Berelc (“Alexa and Katie”), June Squibb (“Nebraska”), Betsy Sodaro (“The To Do List”), George Wallace (“The Ladykillers”), and Blake Clark (“Toy Story 4”).

Along with Danvers, Marblehead, and Salem, “Hubie Halloween” recently filmed in Gloucester, and is reportedly heading away from the North Shore to Mendon next. Production is expected to continue throughout the summer.

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Making movie magic

By Caroline Enos
Gloucester Times
July 24, 2019

Adam Sandler filming Netflix movie at Moonies’ villa

Adam Sandler is back in Gloucester this week to film parts of his new Netflix comedy, “Hubie Halloween,” at Cardinal Richard Cushing’s former villa on Western Avenue.

The film, co-written by Sandler and produced by his company ― Happy Madison Productions ― and Netflix, follows his Halloween-obsessed, wacky and widely mocked but still good-natured character, Hubie Dubois, through a murder mystery he must solve to save Halloween night in his hometown of Salem.

The two-day interior shoot of a haunted house scene began at the villa at 190 Western Ave. Thursday morning and will wrap up Friday night. The villa, once owned by the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, was purchased by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Holy Spirit Association for Unification of World Christianity — known as Moonies — in 1980 and is still owned by the Unification Church, according to city records.

Movie crews set up their base camp at Stage Fort Park’s main parking lot. All public parking ― with the exception of handicapped spots ― has moved across the street to the field next to the playground. The park is otherwise be open and operating normally.

Actors Kevin James, Michael Chiklis, Mikey Day, China Anne McClain, George Wallace and Peyton List have joined Sandler in Gloucester for the shoot, according to Charlie Harrington, the film’s location manager.

James also starred in Sandler’s “Grown-Ups,” which was filmed in Essex. During the filming of that movie, Sandler and some other stars of “Grown-Ups” leased properties on Gloucester’s Eastern Point, and Sandler was often spotted around Gloucester — including at St. Peter’s Fiesta.

Other members of the star-studded “Hubie Halloween” cast include Kenan Thompson, Maya Rudolph, Melissa Villaseñor, Steve Buscemi, Julie Bowen, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows, Shaquille O’Neal and Noah Schnapp, among others.

Fred Gabrielli, owner of the production’s catering company, Gala Catering, and Sandler’s private chef on set, said crews were happy to stop in Cape Ann.

“(Sandler) loves it here, and I love it here. There are a lot of great people here,” said Gabrielli, who lives in Dallas and has catered 24 of Sandler’s movies over the past 23 years. “I love the weather here, but when we did ‘Grown Ups’ here, it rained every day. (This time), the weather has been great and being by the water is really nice. It’s gorgeous.”

He said Sandler’s favorite food is chicken, prepared every way possible, and the actor does not eat carbs or unnatural sugar.

“(Sandler) is just such a good guy,” Gabrielli said. “He’s very particular of what he eats because of his diet, and he’s really trying to stay in shape.”

Gabrielli said the production has just reached the halfway mark in its six-week filming schedule in the area, and about 4,000 extras — many North Shore locals — have been used in the film.

Meg Jarrett, film liaison in the Cape Ann area for the Massachusetts Film Office, said about four or five Cape Ann-based people have been hired as production assistants and in other lower-level positions for the film while it is shooting on the North Shore. She said working on projects that come to the area is a great way for young people to get into the film industry.

“Productions that come to Boston will hire locals for their next project, and their careers take off from there,” Jarrett said.

Crews also filmed an extravagant Halloween carnival on Salem Common this week and doused a Danvers neighborhood and parts of Marblehead in Halloween decorations for scenes earlier this month. The production will head to Mendon after wrapping in Gloucester.

“(Production companies) don’t like to stay in one place for too long because it can be a burden on the town or city,” said Jarrett, referring to area closures and detours that productions can cause. “But they also bring a lot of economic development to the area.”

The production is set to return to the area later this summer.

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All the Hollywood movies and TV shows filming in Massachusetts in 2019

By Kevin Slane
Boston.com
July 22, 2019

From ‘Defending Jacob’ to ‘Free Guy,’ Massachusetts has seemed like one big film set this year.

Jodie Comer and Ryan Reynolds film a scene for "Free Guy" in Boston's Liberty Square.	–Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Jodie Comer and Ryan Reynolds film a scene for “Free Guy” in Boston’s Liberty Square. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

After a very successful year for the Massachusetts film industry in 2018, 2019 is shaping up to be even busier for local film and TV crews.

“We’re busier now than we have ever been before. It’s insanity,” said Ryan Cook, a Boston-based location scout who is currently working on “Defending Jacob.”

“Defending Jacob,” the Apple TV+ limited series starring Chris Evans, is just one of the prominent productions currently filming in the state. “Free Guy,” the big-budget adventure-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, has taken over large swaths of the Financial District almost every weekend since the end of May, bringing car chases, simulated gunfire, and explosions to the area. More recently, Netflix kicked off filming on “Hubie Halloween,” a new comedy starring Adam Sandler that transformed Marblehead into a Halloween haven three months early.

Here are all of the major movies and TV shows filming in Massachusetts this year — that we know of — as well as everything we currently know about them.

“Castle Rock”

Season two of the Stephen King anthology features stars like Lizzy Caplan (“Mean Girls”), Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”), and Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”). The town of Orange has once again been serving as the main filming location for the series since April, just as it did in season one.

The show’s first season also filmed in Ayer, Concord, Devens, Grafton, Lancaster, and Tyngsborough. It followed numerous characters in the fictional town of Castle Rock who will be familiar to fans of the King universe.

Hulu has not yet announced a release date for the second season.

“City on a Hill”

Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge in “City on a Hill.”	—Claire Folger/Showtime

Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge in “City on a Hill.” —Claire Folger/Showtime


While the Showtime crime drama set in a fictionalized 1990s Boston shot its pilot episode last year in Massachusetts — specifically in Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Medford, Newton, Quincy, and Revere — but the show was filmed mostly in New York. Some local geography can’t be faked, however, so crews were back in Massachusetts earlier this year to do some second-unit filming.

Season one of “City on a Hill” debuted in May. It’s currently airing at 9 p.m. on Sundays.

“Coda”

The only title on this list not yet in production is “Coda,” an English-language remake of the 2014 French box office smash hit “La Famille Bélier,” set to begin filming in Gloucester later this summer. Written and directed by Sian Heder, “Coda” is about a young woman who has two deaf parents and discovers that she has an incredible singing voice. The only announced cast members so far are Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) and newcomer Emilia Jones, according to Deadline.

“Defending Jacob”

“Defending Jacob” brought Sudbury native Chris Evans back to his home state to film a limited series for the upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service. Based on a 2012 novel of the same name by local author William Landay, the show is set in Newton and concerns a lawyer named Andy Barber (Evans) whose whole life changes when his 14-year-old son (Jaeden Martell, “It”) is accused of killing a classmate.

It sounds like Apple is sparing no expense to ensure that “Defending Jacob” is a hit when Apple TV+ launches. Evans even dropped out of a planned lead role for the upcoming Antoine Fuqua movie “Infinite” due to scheduling conflicts with “Defending Jacob.”

Filming has continued for close to four months now, and the production is set to shoot in more than 40 municipalities. An incomplete list of towns and cities the show has filmed in so far includes Belmont, Concord, Devens, Framingham, Hudson, Leominster, Lowell, Natick, Newton, North Andover, Salem, Walpole, Watertown, Wellesley, and Worcester.

“Free Guy”

Actors perform a bank robbery scene in Liberty Square for “Free Guy.”	—Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Actors perform a bank robbery scene in Liberty Square for “Free Guy.” —Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Crews have been filming primarily in the Financial District on weekends since May for “Free Guy,” which stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller named Guy who discovers he’s a background character in an open world video game called “Free City.” Between daily car chases and bank robberies, Guy meets Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”), an expert player who causes Guy to reconsider his life and step out of the background. The film also features Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”), Newburyport native Joe Keery (“Stranger Things”), Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”), Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”), Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”), and Camille Kostek (“I Feel Pretty”).

The film is directed by Shawn Levy (“Stranger Things,” “Night at the Museum”), who said he’s amazed at how well-suited Boston has been for the film setting.

“Boston has been an awesome backdrop for ‘Free Guy,’” Levy said. “There’s sections of Boston where you’ll have radically different looking architecture right next to each other. I had this concern that Boston was the city of red brick, and to my great surprise and joy, I’m finding buildings that are all cool-looking and very eclectic.”

Production for “Free Guy” has also taken place in the West End, the Seaport, and at Revere Beach, and it’s expected to run through at least the end of the month.

The film is set to be released July 3, 2020.

“Hightown”

More than 250 extras took to the streets in Provincetown in June to recreate the town’s annual Carnival parade for “Hightown,” a Starz crime drama centered around the Cape Cod heroin epidemic. Originally titled “P-Town,” it stars Monica Raymund (“Chicago Fire”) as Jackie Quinones, an “irreverent National Marine Fisheries Service officer” who discovers a body that washes ashore on Labor Day weekend and becomes determined to crack the case amid resistance from state police. The show will also feature Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”), Dohn Norwood (“The Sinner”), James Badge Dale (“The Departed”), and Riley Voelkel (“The Originals”).

Starz has not yet announced a release date.

“Hubie Halloween”

Marblehead is transformed for the filming of “Hubie Halloween,” a Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler. —Leo Wellock/Instagram

Marblehead is transformed for the filming of “Hubie Halloween,” a Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler. —Leo Wellock/Instagram


Longtime New Hampshire resident Adam Sandler has brought several films to the state over the years through his Happy Madison production company, including “Grown Ups,” “Grown Ups 2,” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Now, Sandler is teaming up with Netflix to film “Hubie Halloween” on the North Shore. Set in Salem, Sandler plays Hubie Dubois, a good-natured but odd resident who is widely mocked for his obsessive devotion to the town’s annual Halloween parade. But when a real murder case disrupts the city’s celebration, it’s up to Hubie to crack the case.

The movie started production in Danvers in early July, completely decking out a couple of houses in Halloween decorations. Crews later transformed a large stretch of Marblehead’s historic district on Washington Street into a Halloween haven as a stand-in for the neighboring Salem. Residents of Salem shouldn’t feel left out, though: “Hubie Halloween” began filming in Salem on Thursday.

Kate Fox, the executive director of Destination Salem and the film liaison for the city, said she’s thrilled that Salem will once again be the setting of a Halloween-themed movie.

“We have a lot of films that use Salem to double for another location,” Ryan said. “The last time we had a film set in Salem of this nature was ‘Hocus Pocus,’ and people still come here to visit because of that movie. So I’m excited to see ‘Hubie Halloween’ get made, and see what it does.”

“I Care A Lot”

After completing his Emmy-winning performance on “Game of Thrones,” Peter Dinklage’s first project after the airing of the series finale is “I Care A Lot,” which has been filming in Natick and Wellesley this month. Dinklage will be joining Rosamund Pike, best known for her Oscar-nominated role opposite Ben Affleck in “Gone Girl,” and a supporting cast that includes Eiza González (“Baby Driver”), Chris Messina (“The Mindy Project”), and Scoot McNairy (“Argo”).

According to a studio synopsis, the thriller centers around Marla Grayson (Pike), a professional legal guardian who uses her knowledge of the law in order to live a luxurious lifestyle at the expense of her elderly clients. But when one of her senior victims harbors dangerous secrets, Marla finds herself in a life-or-death situation.

“I Care A Lot” does not have a scheduled release date.

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Chris Evans Filming ‘Defending Jacob’ Saturday In Newton

By Jenna Fisher
Patch.com
July 19, 2019

Here’s where and what that means for you with parking and road closures.

Chris Evans will be in Newton again filming scenes for "Defending Jacob." (File photo by Jenna Fisher/Patch Staff)

Chris Evans will be in Newton again filming scenes for “Defending Jacob.” (File photo by Jenna Fisher/Patch Staff)

NEWTON, MA — There will be lights camera and action around Newton Saturday. The murder mystery TV series that filmed at Cold Spring Park in April is back to film scenes at Zervas Elementary and near the Centre Street T Saturday. If you notice “no parking” signs near the T and activity at the school, that’s why.

Author William Landay, a Newton resident, set his 2012 best-seller “Defending Jacob,” right here in the city and the producers of the crime drama miniseries decided to film here, too.
Chris Evans of “Captain America” fame is starring in the series, which is being produced by Paramount Pictures for Apple TV. The eight-episode series promises to take viewers along the journey of Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney who is investigating the murder of a 14-year-old boy and then comes to find out his son is a suspect.

Landay and his family have lived in Newton Highlands since 2004. The best-selling New York Times author appears to have been just as inspired by his work as an assistant DA in the Middlesex County DA’s Office as he was by his surroundings in his hometown.

Saturday, July 20, crews will be filming near the Newton Centre T-Stop between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Union Street. During that time there will be parking restrictions on Braeland Avenue, from 30 Braeland to Cypress Street, Herrick Road will also have no parking from Union Street to Braeland, and Union Street from Herrick Road to 70 Union will also be closed to parking.

(Jenna Fisher/Patch)

(Jenna Fisher/Patch)

A little later Saturday, between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. the crew will be filming behind Zervas Elementary School, 30 Beethoven Ave near the playground and Cold Springs Park.

With the filming, the production company has asked for special permit to restrict parking on Beethoven Ave. So be aware that there will be no parking allowed between 8 p.m. and midnight from Puritan Road to 30 Beethoven Ave.

The assistant location manager for the project said anyone who needs to coordinate moving up or down the street during that time Saturday night should contact her at vvirtue14@gmail.com or call me at 508-404-4812 or Carol Stapleton from Newton Parks Department at 617-796-1508.

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‘The Society’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

By Joe Otterson
Variety
July 9, 2019

(CREDIT: SEACIA PAVAO/NETFLIX)

(CREDIT: SEACIA PAVAO/NETFLIX)

Get ready for more of “The Society.”

Netflix has renewed the drama series for a second season. Series creator Chris Keyser will return as showrunner and executive producer on Season 2, with Marc Webb also returning as executive producer. The second season will go into production later this year for a 2020 launch date on Netflix.

“The Society” follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town without any trace of their parents. Their newfound freedom will be fun, but it will also be very dangerous. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive.

The ensemble cast includes Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Sean Berdy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jacques Colimon, Olivia DeJonge, Alex Fitzalan, Kristine Froseth, José Julián, and Alex MacNicoll.

The series has receive generally positive reviews from critics, holding an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In her review for Variety, Caroline Framke wrote, “Even as much as ‘The Society’ spins its wheels — and with 10 episodes clocking in at a solid hour each encompassing a sprawling cast, it inevitably does — there just aren’t many other teen shows that routinely debate the advantages of capitalism versus socialism or democracy versus dictatorship. With the exception of a time jump deeper into the season, ‘The Society’ rarely takes shortcuts while the teens figure out what it means to build a community from the ground up, and what the dynamics of their old world mean in this new one.”

Watch the renewal announcement below.

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FREE WORKSHOP: The Business of Acting in Boston @ BLACK MARKET

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The Business of Acting in Boston @ BLACK MARKET
by The Roxbury International Film Festival
Hosted @ Backlash Beer Company

SUNDAY / JUNE 23rd
The Black Market
2136 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA
4:00 – 6:00PM

You MUST RSVP

How do I get started acting in films in New England?

How do I build my resume?

What classes should I be taking? Should I take acting classes from casting directors?

What is SAG-AFTRA and how does it work for actors? How does it work for filmmakers?

Hear from:
Andrea Lyman, Actor
Wayne Miller, Actor
Carolyn Pickman, CP Casting
Julie Arvedon, Slate Casting
Jessica Maher, SAG-AFTRA

Casting Directors will be accepting headshots and resumes

Plan on joining us after the workshop at Backlash Beer Company for a “meet the producers” panel from 6:30-8:00. RSVP

Sponsored by SAG-AFTRA

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Filmed in Brockton, ‘American Woman’ hitting theaters June 14

By Marc Larocque
The Enterprise
May 23, 2019

American Woman, formerly going by the title The Burning Woman, is scheduled to be released in theaters nationwide on June 14, according to distributors. The movie, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, was filmed in Brockton and several surrounding communities in spring 2017.

BROCKTON – It was the second Hollywood movie filmed in Brockton within a year, and now it’s finally coming to the silver screen with a national theatrical release.

"American Woman", starring  British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira,  Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)

American Woman, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)


American Woman, formerly going by the title The Burning Woman, is scheduled to be released in theaters nationwide on June 14, according to distributors. The movie, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, was filmed in Brockton and several surrounding communities in spring 2017, before it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall.
"American Woman", starring  British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira,  Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)

American Woman“, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)


Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, which own the distribution rights to the film, recently released a two-minute trailer for American Woman, showing a pained Miller playing the mother of a teenage mom who goes missing for several years, leaving Miller’s character to take care of the baby. The disappearance of the teenager, played by Sky Ferreira, comes as Miller’s character works a thankless job as a supermarket cashier, having an affair with a local married man.
"American Woman", starring  British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira,  Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)

“American Woman”, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)


“This is a mother’s worst nightmare,” said Miller, speaking in the movie trailer as her character, rural Pennsylvania mom Deb Callahan. “I need to know what happened to my daughter.”

"American Woman", starring  British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira,  Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)

“American Woman”, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)


The movie, written by Brad Ingelsby and directed by Jake Scott, co-stars Christina Hendricks (as Callahan’s supportive sister), Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan.

In April and May 2017, Miller, Hendricks and Sasso were spotted in Brockton and on location in surrounding towns when American Woman was being filmed, predominantly on Burwell Street on the north side of the city, where production crews operated for around six weeks. Other filming locations included Harry’s Westgate Pub in Brockton, Trucchi’s in West Bridgewater and Ames Nowell State Park in Abington.

"American Woman", starring  British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira,  Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)

“American Woman”, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)


Less than a year before that, another major Hollywood film came to downtown Brockton. Action scenes in Detroit, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow (of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker), were filmed in the downtown area and on the Brockton Fairgrounds, along with other locations throughout Massachusetts, namely Dorchester.

"American Woman", starring  British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira,  Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)

“American Woman”, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)


Detroit later hit theaters nationwide on Aug. 4, 2017, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots, which served as the backdrop for the film based on a true story about a group of young black men being held and beaten by police at the Algiers Motel, including three who were killed.

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At the time American Woman was filmed on Burwell Street, Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter celebrated the movie productions coming to the city. Massachusetts provides a tax credit program for filmmakers on projects that spend more than $50,000 in the state, providing a 25 percent production credit, a 25 percent payroll credit, and a sales tax exemption.

"American Woman", starring  British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira,  Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)

“American Woman”, starring British-American actress Sienna Miller, is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 14. The film, presented by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is directed by Jake Scott and co-stars Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, and Amy Madigan. (Vertical Entertainment)


“I see developing Brockton as a venue for movie shoots as an important part of an overall strategy to change the perception of Brockton,” Carpenter told The Enterprise.

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Ryan Reynolds strikes a pose with ‘Free Guy’ cast as filming ramps up in Boston

By Boston Globe staff
Boston.com
May 15, 2019

The cast of the new film “Free Guy’’ includes (left to right) Joe Keery, Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, “Free Guy’’ director Shawn Levy, Taika Waititi, and Utkarsh Ambudkar.	–20th Century Fox

The cast of the new film “Free Guy’’ includes (left to right) Joe Keery, Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, “Free Guy’’ director Shawn Levy, Taika Waititi, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. –20th Century Fox

On Tuesday, 20th Century Fox released a first glimpse of the cast and creators of “Free Guy,’’ the Ryan Reynolds-fronted movie slated for release on July 3, 2020. The photo shows cast members Joe Keery, Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, and Utkarsh Ambudkar gathered together. The film’s director, Shawn Levy, is also in the picture. The movie is currently filming in the Boston area.

According to Deadline, “Free Guy’’ follows a bank teller (Reynolds) who becomes aware that he’s a background character in a video game called “Free City’’ and realizes that he needs to save the game’s world when the creators decide to shut it down.

Comer, fresh off a BAFTA win for best leading actress in BBC America’s “Killing Eve,’’ stars opposite Reynolds. Her character, an avatar named “Molotov Girl,’’ works with Reynolds’s character to help preserve the game. In the real world, she is the programmer who created the game but had it stolen from her.

Keery, a 2010 Newburyport High graduate who stars as Steve in “Stranger Things,’’ plays another programmer. Levy, an executive producer and director of “Stranger Things,’’ is known for the “Night at the Museum’’ films, along with many others.

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What to know about ‘The Society,’ Netflix’s new teen drama filmed in Massachusetts

By: Kevin slane
Boston.com
May 10, 2019

Was your town one of the show’s filming locations?

Rachel Keller and Kathryn Newton in the third episode of Netflix's "The Society."	–Seacia Pavao/Netflix

Rachel Keller and Kathryn Newton in the third episode of Netflix’s “The Society.” –Seacia Pavao/Netflix

When Christopher Keyser, creator of “Party of Five,” took the stage at the Mass Media Expo in November 2018, he was pretty tight-lipped about his new Netflix show, which was filmed in close to a dozen towns in Massachusetts last year, other than to call it a modern-day “Lord of the Flies.”

That show, titled “The Society,” follows a group of teens who suddenly find their wealthy Connecticut town completely devoid of adults. The youngsters must suddenly fend for themselves in a suburban survival of the fittest.

With all 10 episodes of season one debuting on Netflix Friday (the same day that Burlington native Amy Poehler’s directorial debut “Wine Country” hits the streaming site), much has been revealed about Keyser’s show, though plenty of mystery still remains.

What’s “The Society” about?

Without spoiling too much, here’s a breakdown of the show’s early plot: Students of fictional Connecticut suburb West Ham who are ages 16 and older all board buses to go on a retreat to the Smokey Mountains. They’re fortunate to leave their town behind for a couple of days, as there’s been a horrible, unexplained smell emanating from the ground recently. Plus, there’s been some weird, biblical graffiti showing up on the walls. Their trip to the mountains is abruptly canceled due to a rock slide, and they’re dropped off back in town by the buses. The smell and biblical graffiti are gone, but so is everyone else. When some of the kids try to drive out of town for help, they’re confronted with endless miles of forests blocking highways, railroads, and every other way out. They’re not in West Ham anymore; they’re in New Ham — or West Sham, as one vandalized road sign reads. It’s a picture-perfect replica of their old town that has zero contact with the outside world.

Who’s in it?

Unlike the all-male “Lord of the Flies,” “The Society” has up-and-coming actors of both genders in the cast. The biggest star and actress you’re most likely to recognize is Kathryn Newton (“Big Little Lies,” “Blockers,” “Detective Pikachu”), who plays Allie, the younger sister of class president and early de facto leader Cassandra (Rachel Keller, “Legion”). They’re friends with Will (Jacques Colimon, “Sweet Old World”), a poor student from what’s considered the wrong side of the tracks. The cast is too large to list in full, but other notables include the ultra-wealthy Harry (Alex Fitzalan, “Slender Man”), who dates Kelly (Kristine Froseth, “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”). Then there’s Campbell (Toby Wallace, “Dark Frontier”), who quickly reveals himself as the show’s villain.

A scene filmed in Lancaster from episode one of “The Society.”	—Seacia Pavao/Netflix

A scene filmed in Lancaster from episode one of “The Society.” —Seacia Pavao/Netflix

Where was it filmed?

During shooting last fall, filming locations were kept mostly confidential. But a couple locations were well-known early on. The town of Lancaster serves as the primary backdrop of the show’s filming, with Town Hall and its nearby buildings appearing frequently. Netflix went so far as to construct a gazebo on the town green for filming purposes. Filming also took place in Devens, the home of New England Studios, a production facility with four sound stages that can be used for a variety of interior shots. Now that production has wrapped, the Massachusetts Film Office also revealed on its website that aside from Devens and Lancaster, “The Society” (listed under its working title of “Hamelins”) was shot in Ayer, Bolton, Carlisle, Concord, Grafton, Groton, Harvard, Lexington, and Sterling.

Will it be appropriate for kids to watch?

“The Society” received a TV-MA rating, which means that, per FCC guidelines, it is “intended to be viewed by mature, adult audiences and may be unsuitable for children under 17.” In an interview with Digital Spy, Keyser said that while the show deals with issues that teens would face in a world without parents regarding sex, drugs, and violence, he was also conscious of producing a show fit for kids to watch, saying that TV can be a “suggestive medium.”

“Sex, potentially, and certainly drug use, and maybe drinking in excess, or drinking in any way, and absolutely violence — all of those come with consequences,” Keyser said of how the show dealt with those issues. “And the consequences are things that matter.”

A drunken party in a church from episode one of Netflix’s “The Society.”	—Netflix

A drunken party in a church from episode one of Netflix’s “The Society.” —Netflix

What do critics think?

While only a handful of reviews of the show have been released so far, critics generally have been mixed to positive, with the show earning a 64 percent freshness rating on critic aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this article’s publication.

“A concoction of hormonal impulses and moral dilemmas, it can be daffy and even a little dumb, but it has some thematic ambition, a talented cast, eventful episodes and a core mystery that may keep you hanging on through its 10-episode first season,” wrote Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times.

Caroline Framke of Variety thought that even though “The Society” occasionally gets stuck in neutral, “there just aren’t many other teen shows that routinely debate the advantages of capitalism versus socialism or democracy versus dictatorship.”

Will there be a season two?

Some shows on streaming networks receive two-season orders before their first season even airs, like the John Krasinski-led Amazon action series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” According to Keyser, “The Society” has not yet received an order for a second season.

“Netflix decides that based on our viewership. So you never do know,” Keyser told Digital Spy. “Some shows get two seasons in initial orders. … But we got a one-season order, which is usual. And then we wait, as everyone else does, to see what the audience decides.”

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WATCH NOW: Made in MA, AMERICAN WOMAN – Official Trailer!

AMERICAN WOMAN, was filmed in Abington, Ashland, Avon, Brockton, Canton, Dover, Framingham, Norfolk, Stoughton, West Bridgewater and Westwood, Massachusetts in 2017.

IN SELECT THEATERS JUNE 14

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Provincetown Film Society – Film Finance Forum – May 3 – 5

2019 FINANCE FORUM

The forum is designed for narrative and documentary filmmakers, producers, investors, and developers who are interested in learning the nuts and bolts of film financing from industry professionals who specialize in getting projects made.

Unique to other conferences, the Film Financing forum will also address the ways in which diversity and inclusion can be leveraged as a positive business strategy in today’s changing marketplace.

Three-day Forum includes:
● Panel discussions about the three-legged stool of film financing: pre-sales, equity, and soft money
● Breakout sessions on delving more deeply into tax credits, gap financing, foreign sales, and angel investing
● Learning how to structure a business plan (with sample business plans), building a team, and packaging projects
● Sessions on how to develop strategies for marketing and securing distribution
● Networking and meeting one-on-one with producers and financiers who are actively seeking projects

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Taiwan Film Festival – May 26-27, 2019

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The inaugural Taiwan Film Festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 26th and 27th 2019, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The festival is organized by a group of Taiwan movie lovers from different backgrounds and aims to offer a platform for sharing an authentic cinematic experience of newly released Taiwanese movies to an American audience.

This year, the Festival will feature six poignant and critically acclaimed documentaries from Taiwan, plus in-person discussions with directors and producers, all under one roof in the heart of Kendall Square.

WHEN
MAY 26, 2019
10:00AM-8:40PM
MAY 27, 2019
10:00AM-9:30PM

WHERE
Lecture Theatre
Building 26 – Room 100, MIT
60 Vassar St., Cambridge, MA 02139

For more information, click here

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