TUES. MAR. 20 @ 7:30PM
A documentary film dealing with the devastating impacts of federal regulations on the lives of New England groundfishermen, DEAD IN THE WATER, produced and directed by Rockport native David Wittkower, was two-and-a-half years in the making and is Wittkower’s fifteenth documentary film.
The film was shot in different coastal towns and it features scenes and interviews with area fishermen, their spouses and other family members; advocates for fishermen; elected officials; and community activists.
“This film opens the doors for the world to see how difficult and dangerous the life of a fisherman is,” said John Bell, a former three-term mayor of Gloucester (2002-08). “On top of that, the impact of misguided federal regulations on fishermen has never been presented as powerfully as it is in Dead in the Water. This film packs a real punch. It stays with you long after you’ve seen it.”
Wittkower, a graduate of the American Film Institute as a cinematographer, who’s been living and working in Los Angeles since 1981, describes “Dead in the Water” as an examination of “the relentless destruction of the New England groundfishing industry through government regulations, bad science, and the growing, but mistaken, belief that everything has been overfished and there aren’t any fish left in the oceans.”
The idea for the film came from a casual conversation he had on a sidewalk in Gloucester three years ago. “I was back in Rockport on a visit and I drove into Gloucester and noticed there were very few fishing boats in the harbor,” Wittkower said. “I asked someone, ‘Where’s the fleet?’ and he said, ‘What fleet? The fleet’s been dwindling for years, and this is what’s left.'”•••
PRODUCER ANGELA SANFILIPPO, AS WELL AS SOME LOCAL FISHERMEN, WILL BE ON HAND FOR A DISCUSSION AFTER THE FILM.
SUN. MAR. 11 @ 6:30PM
TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front of the various crises of our times.
TODAY, we know that answers lie in a wide mobilization of the human race. Over the course of a century, our dream of progress commonly called “the American Dream”, fundamentally changed the way we live and continues to inspire many developing countries. We are now aware of the setbacks and limits of such development policies. We urgently need to focus our efforts on changing our dreams before something irreversible happens to our planet.
TODAY, we need a new direction, objective… A new dream! The documentary Tomorrow sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road…
TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.
Start small to grow big, and write a new story
for the generations to come.
SUN. MAR. 25 @ 6:30PM ONLY
When Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) moves into the nursing home, Cliffside Manor, with his deteriorating wife Molly, he forms an improbable relationship with gambler and womanizer, Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino). Even though at first Abe feels that moving into the home is the end of the road, he soon realizes that his life is finding a whole new beginning. Abe and Phil’s friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse claims that her biological father resides in the home. Without children of their own, both Abe and Phil jump at the chance to convince Angela, and themselves, that they are her father. Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game is written and directed by world-renowned neurologist, and first time director, Howard Weiner.
WRITER/DIRECTOR DR. HOWARD L. WEINER WILL PRESENT THE FILM PERSONALLY AND HOST Q&A AFTER, AND WILL BE JOINED BY ACTRESS PAMELA DUBIN.
SAT. JAN. 13 @ 12PM
“The Space Between Stars,” one of the dozens of short animations produced by Lightbox Collective workshops
Join us as we host The Lightbox Collaborative for a fun and informative 2-hour session, in which we will create a 2-minute animation that you can keep (the final product will arrive in your email within 2 weeks). The $25 registration will cover all materials and post-production costs. This workshop is recommended for eager artists ages 10+.
December 17, 2017
To My Dearest Cinema Faithful,
As we celebrate over 10 years in business, I look back at the incredible work we have done since starting this beautiful thing of ours:
In 2007, I took a $7,500 nut (which was all of my savings) and established Cape Ann’s first and only community cinema. You braved the icy winter roads to Rocky Neck to make our first season – a delightful combination of films that we loved and ones that you asked for – a success.
By 2009, your support had given us the impetus to move downtown, to our current West End home. Business doubled.
By 2011, we were able to hire a staff — albeit a skeleton crew — so we could offer more shows daily. By this time, business had tripled over our first year, and our offerings went from 1-2 daily to 4-5 daily.
In 2013, your donations allowed us to upgrade our projector to an industry-standard DCP model, giving us the capability of presenting first-run films for the first time. We affectionately named the projector “Sol” (after the power of the Sun). It went online (and became self-aware, methinks) in 2014.
In 2015, your donations saved the Cinema from closing after 7 consecutive blizzard weekends wiped out a whole season of revenue.
This year, we opened The Magic Lantern Community Screening Room, a wickedly quaint 15-seat space across the hall from our Main Theater, at our 8th Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival. The new room features the kinds of “smaller” movies we started with all those years ago. This room will bring much-needed additional revenue, through daily programming and ultra-affordable rentals. It is a wonderful and essential addition to the Cinema mix.
As 2017 comes to a close, I look ahead again. We have done so much together and built a resource that the community needs and can be very proud of, but we cannot and will not rest on our laurels. It is time to take it to the next level of thriving (and not just surviving). Here’s what we need to do:
PUT MEAT ON THE BONES OF THE SKELETON CREW
While we are no longer the one-person operation we were when we started, we need a larger payroll. We need a staff to handle events like the hugely successful HarborWalk Summer Cinema and the fetes and festivals we hold in other venues like CinemaSalem, The Cabot, and churches all over New England. We have also found a local marketing team we’d like to engage, as we know that in order to grow and serve more people we need to start marketing more through advertising and other outreach.
GET A FACELIFT
We lack proper signage on Main and Rogers Streets, and a paint job wraparound to attract more walk-in business is also a must. The downstairs lobby needs a-sprucin’, and our restrooms need a good thrice-over.
PAY MONTHLY EXPENSES AND BOOST CAPITAL INVESTMENT
While we dream of purchasing our real estate someday, the reality is that we must continue to pay rent until such a time. While you’d think that a hidden loft like ours — even in a happenin’ neighborhood like ours — would go for a song, the song in question is the 18-minute version of Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which is like 6 songs all stacked upon one another.
We’d like to get out from under our stack and breathe freer so we can do all the other things we need to do to make The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage’s future a perpetual, self-sustaining one, come what may. Some of these other things include A/V redundancies (backup systems), party amenities and kitchen equipment, and a payoff of the lease on Sol, our projector (under 2 years left!).
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage is an essential resource for this community we love so much, and you, our patrons, are essential to it. We lucky few are part of something truly special, and it must be carried forward… for the folks who just haven’t found it yet, for the people who haven’t found their home on Cape Ann yet, and for the people who have not been born yet.
As always, your donations are 100% tax-deductible (through The Gloucester Fund). Your gifts are appreciated, maximized from our years of subsisting on very little, and essential to our future. Please click on one of the big ol’ blue-and-yellow [DONATION] buttons on the left today (and enjoy a thank-you gift for your generosity).
All of our needs are vital and directly related to Cape Ann Cinema & Stage remaining your humble home away from home. Our goal is $75,000 by March 4: Oscar Sunday. We can do this with your help.
Happy holidays, and a joyous film-filled new year to you!
With love and sincere thanks,
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
CHECKS CAN BE MADE PAYABLE TO:
THE GLOUCESTER FUND
Re: The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(and mailed to either The Gloucester Fund or The Cinema)