Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 6:30p -
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 9:30p
7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA 02474
Art, Festivals & Fairs, Film, Music, Nightlife, Performing Arts, Social Good
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) will open this year with “The AIFF KICK-OFF: In Celebration of the Arts on Thursday, September 18, 7PM at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington. It will be an evening of film – live music – art –wine & hors d’oeuvres… music by Ken Field & the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, art exhibition featuring 10 local artists and a premiere screening of O Atelier by Edgar Duvivier (Brazil, 2014).
Celebrate with sweets, “Diversity through Film”, an AIFF Fundraiser, sponsored by Arlington, Massachusetts Vision 2020. Join us on Thursday, October 9, 7PM, Arlington Town Hall Auditorium, 730 Mass Ave, Arlington for a sweet celebration…a Boston film premiere of The Rocket by Kim Mordaunt (96 min, Australia, 2013) & enticing desserts. The Rocket has been chosen as one of the eight films to travel around the world with Sundance Film Forward, an international touring program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue. Shot in the intriguing little-know country of Laos, rarely seen by the outside world since the end of the Vietnam War, this gripping yet heartwarming film documents real rituals and festivities… a unique view into a world never seen before on film.
AIFF will open on Wednesday, October 15, 7PM for a 5-day run at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington with the “2014 Jury Award for Best Documentary” BOTSO: The Teacher from Tbilisi by Tom Walters (84 min, U.S.A., 2013). Such is the astonishing life of Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli, musician, sculptor, and beloved teacher to generations. Born in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, Stalin’s brutal regime ordered the execution of his father. Botso was allowed 20 minutes to see his father one last time; his father imparted words to him about what was most important about living life, words that continue to inspire him at the age of 91. After years of hardship, Bostso arrived in America with nothing but hope. Now he is revered as a beloved musical educator and has touched generations, inspiring some of the world’s premiere musical artists. Filmed partly in the Republic of Georgia, this documentary captures the rich culture of an ancient country that has shaped Botso’s unique way of teaching.
We hope you join us for one or many of the amazing independent films that will begin screening at the Kick-Off and continue through October 19th.
Arlington International Film Festival
October 15 – 19 - Regent Theatre - www.AIFFest.org
Mission Statement: To foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers.