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I run Cape Ann Community Cinema ( on Main Street in Gloucester (above Mystery Train) and am also a professional writer and editor. I make films and novelty records, as well.

FILM – “Manchester-By-The-Sea” (Coming Soon)


In Kenneth Lonergan’s latest film, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family from a Massachusetts fishing village, is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe he’s been made sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised.


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FREE MOVIE! – “13th” (Wed. Dec. 7 @ 7:30pm)

WED. DEC. 7 @ 7:30PM

Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

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FREE MOVIE! – “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story” (Thurs. Dec. 8 @ 6:30pm)

THURS. DEC. 8 @ 6:30PM

boogieHe was the political genius behind the Republican Party’s resurgence in the 1980s and ’90s, helping to usher in a new era of dominance for the Grand Old Party. Along the way, Lee Atwater took under his wing such up-and-comers as Karl Rove and George W. Bush. Always controversial, Atwater’s strategies in the political arena didn’t slink away from using rumors, innuendos, and outright lies to win–most famously in the Willie Horton commercials that doomed Michael Dukakis in the 1988 Presidential campaign. This documentary examines Atwater, his eccentric personality, and profound influence on America. Essential viewing in this time of Trump.


stefanforbes_winter2009STEFAN FORBES is an award-winning American documentary film director and founder of socially conscious production company InterPositive Media.

His first feature film was the 2008 documentary film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, about the life of political operative Lee Atwater. Co-produced by Tia Wou, Boogie Man played at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, played in 40 U.S. cities theatrically, debuted at #8 in the nationwide box-office charts in per-screen average, and was broadcast on PBS’s Frontline, the BBC’s Storyville, the CBC, and other networks worldwide. It was a Critic’s Pick in The Washington Post, New York Times, and London Sunday Times, and received an editorial in The New York Times on the film’s relevance to the 2008 Presidential election.

The Washington Post calls it “One of the greatest political films ever” and says “There is more than one moment in this film that will likely pop your jaw open…Wow.” Rolling Stone called it “A must-see”. The New York Daily News wrote “Honestly, every adult in America should see it before casting another vote.” The New York Times says “This riveting film is generous in spirit and nimble in technique.” Roger Ebert calls Boogie Man “a remarkable portrait…heartbreaking.”

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FILM – “Loving” (Now Playing)


From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, LOVING celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry–and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. Produced by Cape Ann’s own Sarah Green.

SUN. DEC. 4 @ 3:30PM

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FILM EVENT – “Fire At Sea” with Dan Connell Q&A (Sun. Dec. 11 @ 6:30pm)

SUN. DEC. 11 @ 6:30PM

large_fireatseaThe first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, FIRE AT SEA takes place in Lampedusa, a once-peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey­. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully places these realities side by side, and in so doing creates a remarkable third narrative that jolts us into a new understanding of what is really happening in the Mediterranean today.

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dan20headshot202-14Dan Connell is a Visiting Scholar at Boston University’s African Studies Center and a retired senior lecturer in journalism and African politics at Simmons College. His work focuses mainly on Eritrea, but it has ranged across Africa and the Middle East to Central America and the Philippines. The cross-cutting themes are democracy, development and social justice and the indispensable linkage among them. He has written numerous books and articles, and he founded and directed two NGOs. His current research and writing focus is refugee flows out of Eritrea.

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FILM – “A Man Called Ove” (Now Playing)

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161903_aa_largeStepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared. 

One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

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3D PREMIERE! – “Flight Of The Butterflies” (Opens Fri. Dec. 23)


The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight Of The Butterflies.

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