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The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents one of its most popular annual festivals. The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration returns on Saturday, February 28. A full day of festivities include traditional lion dances, music and drumming and art making.
Explore Yin Yu Tang, a Chinese house that sheltered one family in the Huizhou region of China for more than 200 years and the exhibition Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art. With more than 30 highlights from the museum's wide-ranging Chinese collection spanning 3,000 years, this exhibition celebrates China's artistic achievements crystallized in seasonal festivals, religious ceremonies and celebrations. Discover plants and animals, myths and symbols and decipher the Chinese character for "Double Happiness."
The Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the start of the new year. Each year coincides with one of 12 zodiac animals and this year’s animal is the goat. People born in a goat year are believed to be calm, smart, creative and dependable.
Saturday, February 28 | 10 am-4 pm | All programs FREE with museum admission
For reservations, please call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011
The 8th annual all-documentary Salem Film Fest will be held March 5 – March 12, 2015, in Salem, Massachusetts, with its largest line-up ever - 38 films by filmmakers from 10 different countries telling stories from around the world.
Twenty-nine of the films will be making their North American, US, East Coast, New England or Massachusetts premiere. Spread out over eight days with screenings at both CinemaSalem and the Peabody Essex Museum, the festival kicks off with the thought-provoking STRAY DOG, about Vietnam veteran and biker Ron Hall, which is directed by Oscar nominated director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone). Granik, along with editor Tory Stewart, will be at the festival to present.
A few highlights include: the North American premiere of 35 COWS AND A KALASHNIKOV a visually stunning triptych about warrior-farmers, colorful dandies and voodoo wrestlers in Ethiopia, Congo-Brazzaville and Congo-Kinshasa; ONCE UPON A CRIME, the riveting story of two New York detectives who were falsely imprisoned for committing murder on behalf of the Mafia; CHILDREN OF THE ARCTIC by returning Salem Film Fest alum Nick Brandestini (DARWIN) which follows a year-in-the-life of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age in Barrow, Alaska; I AM BIG BIRD which gives a fascinating look at Caroll Spinney, the man behind Sesame Street’s beloved Big Bird; CAIRO DRIVE, a unique exploration of one of the world’s most populated cities, filmed from its street – literally; BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS, an intimate portrayal of the trailblazing openly gay four-time Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis; and MORPHINE: JOURNEY OF DREAMS about the iconic genre-busting 1990’s band Morphine, that blazed like a comet across the global music scene. Filmmakers will be present for over half of this year’s screenings, providing audiences with a unique opportunity to learn more about the documentary filmmaking process.
As in previous years, all film screenings will be preceded by Salem Sketches, a group of homegrown and wildly popular shorts. These short vignettes capture the voice and landscape of Salem through characters and places both past and present. In addition, the festival will feature three filmmaker forums, a panel discussion with members of the production team from PBS series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, the college documentary shorts program MASS REALITY CHECK and the 5-MINUTE STUDENT DOCUMENTARY CONTEST highlighting five-minute documentaries produced, shot and edited by high school students. There will also be plenty of music, including The Vapors of Morphine with original Morphine band members Dana Colley, Jerome Deupree and Billy Conway as well as vocalist and guitarist Jeremy Lyons.
Filmmaker awards include: the Michael Sullivan FRONTLINE Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film, a $1000 cash prize that will be awarded to the filmmaker judged to have presented a tough, controversial story through engaging and fair minded investigative reportage; the American Cinematographer Magazine Award for Cinematography; the Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female Director; Salem Film Fest Editing Award; Salem Film Fest Jury Award; Mass Reality Check Best Short Award; and the highly coveted Salem Film Fest Audience Award.