Connected \\ March 14, 2018
Sketches of Salem
Entering its 11 year, Salem Film Fest is one of New England’s largest documentary film festivals. A community wide event, with PEM serving as a presenting sponsor and a main venue, the films represent a diverse collection of the year’s best work from around the world. One of the best parts of SFF, comes before the actual screenings when Salem artists, business owners, characters and neighbors are featured in shorts created by local and visiting filmmakers. I caught up with SFF organizer and filmmaker Perry Hallinan to go behind the scenes of the Salem Sketches.
How did the idea for the sketches begin?
Salem Film Fest founder Joe Cultrera and I had the idea to create mini docs around 90 seconds in length based in Salem that would showcase local stories before the national and international documentaries that play each year in the Salem Film Fest. We created five videos that year and to date we have 48 not including this year's batch. As filmmakers, these short sketches offer a certain freedom to be artistic in telling local stories in a way that is hard to do in most day to day production and editing jobs. We jump into the field for three hours and see what stories can be collected. The editing for each piece takes about three days.