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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Don't Miss Upcoming Indie Film Events in Lowell & Lawrence!

Lowell Film Collaborative

Bringing the magic of film to the Mill City    |    February / March 2010

Upcoming Events!
An (Un) Civil Action in Lawrence
Irish Cultural Week Double Feature
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" : Two Screenings!
Food & Film Shorts Continue at Life Alive
"The Skin Quilt Project" Explores African-American Quilt Arts
About the Lowell Film Collaborative
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

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Life Alive Organic Cafe

Moses Greeley Parker Lectures

Massachusetts Cultural Council



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Greetings Film Fans!
This newsletter comes to you in the midst of more exciting film planning, including the 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival, April 8 - 10, taking place right in downtown Lowell -- mark your calendars! But first, we'd like to thank everyone who came out to The Old Court for our Special Community Screening of "The Invention of Lying," which played to a packed house. Filmed almost entirely in Lowell, the Ricky Gervais comedy cast many locals as extras -- folks delighted in seeing themselves on the big screen and had a great time sharing on-set stories and their movie experiences with friends and neighbors. Thanks to YOU for making that event so memorable for us!

Regarding scheduling, please make note of the schedule change we've made to our Agricultural Film Series at Life Alive Cafe. We're switching to Thursday evenings (instead of Sundays), so pay special attention to that change in our schedule below.

In addition to the events we're sponsoring, there are several film screenings in the area organized by other groups and organizations. We hope you'll come out and support these events and treat yourself to some locally presented independent film!

We couldn't do any of this without you, so as always, thank you for supporting our film mission in Lowell! We hope to see you this spring!

Read on to see our film lineup for the coming weeks!

3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival
"Hollywood & the Great Depression: 10-cent Entertainment During Difficult Times"

Thursday, April 8 - Sunday, April 10, 2010

Explore & enjoy the films of Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1930s featuring Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Boris Karloff, Claudette Colbert, Jimmy Stewart, and others!


"An (Un) Civil Action" | Lecture & Film Event

A Closer Look at Violence in
Massachusetts History

Saturday, February 27John Brown's Holy War
1 - 4PM
Lawrence State Heritage Park
One Jackson Street, Lawrence
Free admission!

Join historians Robert Forrant and Jim Beauchesne for an introduction to the Great Strike of 1912 and a tour of selected locations. View dramatic excerpts from the documentary film John Brown's Holy War and learn more about Brown's choice for armed conflict. Presented by Mass Humanities in partnership with Lawrence Heritage State Park, Lawrence History Center, and Lawrence Public Library. Refreshments provided.

Read more >   Mass Humanities
"Into the West" and "Waking Ned Devine"
Celebrate Irish Cultural Week in Lowell!

Thursday, March 4Waking Ned Devine
6:30PM / "Into the West"
8:30PM /
"Waking Ned Devine"
29 Central Street, Lowell
Free admission!

The Lowell Film Collaborative is delighted to announce our new partnership with Lowell's Irish Cultural Committee! Usher in Irish Cultural Week (March 7-14) with this special double feature of two very different classic films that capture the heart of Ireland with humorous, warm-hearted storytelling. You don't have to be Irish to enjoy this night at The Old Court -- come early and enjoy an authentic Irish dinner and a pint!

View the trailers >   Waking Ned Devine & Into the West
"Pray the Devil Back To Hell"
In Commemoration of Lowell Women's Week

Thursday, March 4
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
* 12 Noon - 1:30PM
* 6:30 - 8:30PM

Federal Building, Assembly Room
50 Kearney Square, Lowell
Free admission!

The 6:30 event features a discussion with director Gini Reticker and Janet Johnson Bryant, who appears in the film. A free reception will follow!

This award-winning documentary chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia and is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Co-sponsored by Middlesex Community College and 2PM Productions.

Read more >   Pray the Devil Back To Hell: Official Site
"Food Film Shorts from the
Media That Matters Film Festival"

Part II of our 3-part Agricultural Film Series!

Thursday, March 11

Media That Matters Film Festival7:30PM
Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe
194 Middle Street, Lowell
Free admission!

SIXTEEN fabulous film shorts -- one great message! Media That Matters brings you their first FOCUS release that will inspire you to take action for a healthy, sustainable, and delicious future! Brought to you in partnership with Life Alive Cafe, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, WorldPEAS CSA, Community Teamwork, Inc., and AudioPark Productions. Come early, grab a seat, and enjoy a delicious pre-movie dinner!

"The Skin Quilt Project"
An Exploration of African-American Quilt Arts

Saturday, March 20The Skin Quilt Project
New England Quilt Museum
18 Shattuck Street, Lowell
Free admission!

As many African-American quilters come from the families of quilters who've passed down quilting techniques to their children and grandchildren, today's quilters represent African-American men and women who have become concerned with telling the story of their cultural heritage. In The Skin Quilt Project, quilters tell the story of skin color politics in African-American culture and recognize how the art of quilting empowers self-confidence in their community.

Read more >   The Skin Quilt Project: Official Site

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. Our passion is film!

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