Cape Ann Film Festival

The 2010 Cape Ann Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, September 30 with a special preview party at The Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30pm. The eclectic local instrumental rock band The Weisstronauts will take the stage at 7:00pm. A Festival trailer round-up will kick off at 8:00pm. Pizza from new West End neighbors Giuseppe’s will be served, as will beer and wine. This is a free event, and a $10.00 suggested donation will be thanked with a ticket to any regular CACC Festival film. The Festival runs October 1-17 at the CACC and Rockport Music Cinema at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 37 Main Street in Rockport.

The first film of the Cape Ann Film Festival is “The Gloucester 18,” a journalistic account of the so-called “pregnancy pact” at Gloucester High School that became world news in 2008. Producer and former Gloucester Daily Times writer Kristen Grieco Elworthy and director John Michael Williams will present the film and host a Q&A after. Tickets to this and every night’s films are browsable and available either at the door or online at

Additionally, the first week of the Festival features the following special guests:

* Saturday, October 2nd @ 4:30pm – author and Holy Cross professor Jerry Lembcke presenting the iconic 1968 sci-fi classic “Barbarella,” after which he will discuss and sign his new book “Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal.” Lembcke is available for phone interviews.

* Sunday, October 3rd @ 5:00pm – Accomplished art dealer/professional wrestler Robbie Ellis will host a screening of the documentary “Canvasman,” in which he is featured. Phone interviews with Ellis and the film’s director, Gary Robinov, are available.

* Monday, October 4th @ 7:30pm – Alison Landoni, Jim Wickey and Benjamin Wickey, creators of the Gloucester-made sitcom “The Green House,” will screen the first two episodes of the show, and all who attend will get to participate in a laugh track recording session. All three principals are available for phone interviews.

Admission for all regular film events is $9.00 at the CACC, $9.50 at Rockport Music Cinema, and $7.50 at both venues for seniors.

The first week of the Festival brings two special fundraiser events ($10.00 ticket, no passes):

* Tuesday, October 5th @ 7:30pm – “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.” Sales from tickets to this art documentary benefit the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

* Wednesday, October 6th @ 7:30pm – “Asparagus: A Stalkumentary.” Sales from tickets to this light-hearted look at the famously odd vegetable benefit the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market.

The rest of the Festival schedule for the week at the CACC is as follows:

Saturday, October 2nd: “The Blue Bird” (Family) @ 11:00am; “GasLand” (Eco Documentary) @ 1:30pm; “Cairo Time” (Romantic Drama) @ 7:30pm; “The Clamdigger’s Daughter” (Locally-Shot Randy Melodrama) @ 10:00pm

Sunday, October 3rd: “The Cartel” (Documentary about school choice) @ 2:00pm; “For Once In My Life” (Music Documentary) @ 7:30pm

Monday, October 4th: “Cairo Time” @ 5:00pm

Tuesday, October 5th: “For Once In My Life” @ 11:00am & 5:00pm

Wednesday, October 6th: “For Once In My Life” @ 11:00am; “Cairo Time” @ 5:00pm

Thursday, October 7th: “For Once In My Life” @ 11:00am & 5:00pm; “1981” (Dramatic Comedy from Qu’bec) @ 7:30pm

The rest of the Festival schedule for the week at the RMC is as follows:

Sunday, October 3rd: French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless,” restored for its 50th anniversary @ 2:00pm & 5:00pm

Friday, October 8th: Japanese master Akira Kurosawa’s final epic, the ‘King Lear’ adaptation “Ran,” fully restored @ 7:00pm

All Cape Ann Film Festival offerings can be browsed at

CONTACT: Robert Newton ( at (978) 309-8448.


Robert Newton

Managing Director

The Cape Ann Community Cinema/

The Cape Ann Film Festival

21 Main Street – 2nd Floor

Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 309-8448