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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Upcoming Independent Film Events in Downtown Lowell!

Lowell Film Collaborative

Bringing the magic of film to the Mill City    |    November 2009

Upcoming Events!
"Life. Support. Music."
"The Adventures of Prince Achmed"
"At Home in Utopia"
"Food, Inc."
Thanks to those who help make our events possible:

Lowell National Historical Park

Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL)

Lowell Telecommunications

Lowell Green Building Commission

119 Gallery

The Revolving Museum

Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus

Athenian Corner Greek Restaurant

Caffe Paradiso

Pollard Memorial Library

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

United Teen Equality Center


Life Alive Organic Cafe

Moses Greeley Parker Lectures

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Second Wind Cafe
(website to come!)


Help support independent film in Lowell!

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and family who care about film and who wish to support a film movement in the Mill City. We want to hear from you, so visit our blog and share your feedback & suggestions!


October was an exciting, busy month for the Lowell Film Collaborative, and we have all of YOU to thank! We celebrated our one year anniversary, hosted Mill City Mayhem (Lowell's first horror film marathon!), welcomed director Susan Gray for a dramatic screening of "Killer Poet," were interviewed by Hollywood East Connection, and finalized our film events for November. Whew!

Lowell is bustling with a variety of special events this month so we invite you to make extra time to enjoy the City as you prepare for the holidays ahead. It was challenging to squeeze in the following screenings, but we think you'll be pleased with this month's lineup.

Read on, film friends, and mark your November calendars. We couldn't do any of this without you, so as always, thank you for supporting film in Lowell!

Happy Thanksgiving!
"Life. Support. Music."
with special guest performance by Jason Crigler

Thursday, November 12
UMass Lowell, O'Leary Library
61 Wilder Street, Lowell
Free admission!

Follow the inspirational journey of hope and recovery as experienced by NYC guitarist/musician Jason Crigler, who suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in 2004 while onstage in Manhattan. Though he survived this life-shattering episode, his road to recovery was painful and staggering. Remarkably documented by film director and close friend, Eric Metzgar, this moving, brilliant, and award-winning film will premier in Lowell with a special guest appearance by Jason himself, who will give first-hand insight into the last five years of his life, and, honor everyone with a special live performance. Presented in partnership with Moses Greeley Parker Lectures and 119 Gallery.

Read more >   Life. Support. Music.
Read more >  Jason Crigler & Eric Metzgar on CBS News
"The Adventures of Prince Achmed"
featuring a live photoplay by the
Andreas Kapsalis Trio

Monday, November 16Adventures of Prince Achmed
UMass Lowell, Durgin Concert Hall
35 Wilder Street, Lowell
Admission: $5 general public
Free for UML faculty, staff & students (w/ID)

The Lowell Film Collaborative is excited to be partnering with UMass Lowell Department of Music, the 119 Gallery and the Revolving Museum for a first-ever screening of this incredible 1926 animated film. Considered to be the oldest feature-length animated film in existence, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" was conceived and animated by German animator Lotte Reiniger who spent her lifetime creating films through silhouette puppetry, an art form first utilized by the Chinese.

The Andreas Kapsalis Trio are masters at performing live photoplays (soundtracks) to film, including the brilliant "Adventures of Prince Achmed." Don't miss this incredible film & music event!

"At Home in Utopia"
Special guests include director Michal Goldman

Thursday, November 19
At  Home in Utopia6:30PM / Refreshments
/ Film screening
Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center
246 Market Street, Lowell
Free admission!

What does it take to get housing that's good for our children? What does it take to build a community where we want to live? Does it take a movement? During the 1920s, thousands of immigrant factory workers managed to build cooperative apartment houses that they owned and ran themselves. When they were hit by the Great Depression, they fought alongside others to win the social safety net that we are now in danger of losing. Join us for the Lowell premiere of this compelling documentary, accompanied by an insightful panel discussion with director Michal Goldman and other community leaders.

Guest Panelists: Michal Goldman, Filmmaker; Bob Forrant, Professor/Regional Economics and Social Development; Lindolfo Carballo, Community Action to Support Affordability (CASA)

Read more >   At Home in Utopia
"Food, Inc."
Part of the LFC's Food & Film series

Saturday, November 21Food, Inc.
194 Middle Street, Lowell
Free admission!

The Lowell Film Collaborative's Food & Film series continues with an exciting screening of this controversial, award-winning documentary! Capitalizing on the spot-on slogan "you'll never look at dinner the same way," Robert Kenner's eye-opening film takes a glaring look at our nation's consumer food industry, including the roles of the USDA and the FDA. How safe is the food we buy at our local supermarkets? Do corporate food agencies put profit before people? We suspect you already know the answers to these questions, but getting the facts will truly empower you as you shop for your favorite fruits and veggies.

For our Food & Film series, we take movie screenings to Lowell cafes and restaurants! Seating is very limited at this event so please arrive early. We are proud to partner with Lowell's Life Alive Cafe and NESFP's WorldPEAS CSA for this VERY anticipated film event!

Read more >   Food, Inc.
Mill City Mayhem: 8 Hours of Shock Cinema
A Howling Success!

We'd like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who came out to Mill City Mayhem 2009, our first horror film marathon! We hope to make this an annual tradition if all you horror film buffs are interested in another 8 hours of screaming good fun in 2010!

Special kudos go to our event hostess, Shannon Goor and Second Wind Cafe; our planning committee, Rick Stec, Rachel Chandler, and Roberto Dei; our live performers, Living Horror & Neil Lewis; and our fabulous event photographer and special friend, Anne Ruthmann, who captured the evening BEAUTIFULLY through her lens!

We hope we see you at Mill City Mayhem 2010!

The Lowell Film Collaborative


The Lowell Film Collaborative (LFC) is a grassroots organization dedicated to growing the burgeoning artistic community of Lowell, Massachusetts, by celebrating the art of moving pictures.

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