Arlington businesses: Advertise before rates rise

Paid advertisement


Open mic logo

Kick Stand Cafe, just off Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center, continues the Jam'n Java open- microphone tradition Friday nights once a month for local entertainers starting in December.

For an up-to-date listing, go to Open Mic.


Regent logo

The Regent Theatre on Medford Street is Arlington's showplace of stars.
For an up-to-date listing to know what's on stage what's coming, go to


newberg-3414 Helene Newberg runs. Helene Newberg, longtime resident of Arlington, ran in the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, in part to help Samaritans raise...
sox-33914 Hundreds of people came to Town Hall on a rainy evening Saturday, March 29, to pose for pictures with the 2013 Red Sox World Series trophy on a...
 Wednesday April 23, 2014 |  3:37:01 p.m.

2nd annual film fest offering international potpourri held

User Rating:  / 1

AIFF 2012 logoThe second annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) continues through Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Regent Theatre.

Here is an up-to date listing for the film schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 21
9:45 a.m. Selected Shorts (50 minutes)
    Tumblee (3 minutes)
    Lizzy (12 minutes)

    Où est Fleuri Rose (23 minutes)
    Automaton Emergence (2 minutes)
    Interfaces (15 minutes)
    The minutesers (11:29 minutes)
11 a.m. BUDRUS (82 minutes)
12:30 p.m. LARBI OR THE Fate of the Great Football Player (92 minutes)
2:15 p.m. GIVE ME THE BANJO (83 minutes)
    Q&A w/filmmaker (20 minutes)
4:10 p.m. CONSENT (86 minutes)
    Q&A w/ filmmaker (25 minutes)
6:10 p.m. Brendyn Schneider, Storyteller (15 minutes)
8 p.m. Indian Dance Troupe (max 20 minutes)
    PLAY LIKE A LION (72 minutes)



Snapshot of top flicks

Here is a look at some of the films:


"All Me"

This feature documentary chronicles the life of Rembert, 66, an African-American who grew up in Cuthbert, Ga. Rembert spent most of his childhood working in the cotton and peanut fields. When he could attend school he loved drawing but not much else.

Attendance at a civil rights demonstration got him thrown in jail without charges or a trial. An escape over a year later resulted in a prison sentence, but only after Rembert had survived an attempted lynching. While serving seven years on Georgia chain gangs, Rembert fell in love with both his future wife and with leather as an art medium.

Rembert's background: Life and eight children intervened after prison; it was not until 1995 that Rembert began to carve, tool and then dye pictures on leather in his studio in the front room of his home in New Haven, Conn.  Most of his colorful art depicts scenes and themes from African-American life in segregated Cuthbert and from the time he spent on those chain gangs.

His work was exhibited at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2000 and a triptych about a lynching was acquired by Yale for their permanent collection.  Rembert subsequently exhibited at various other venues.

His first major catalogued one-man exhibition was presented in New York in 2010 by Adelson Galleries in association with Peter Tillou Works of Art.  Rembert and his family still live in New Haven's inner city.

In 2012 a traveling exhibition, a retrospective of Rembert’s art, was curated by the Hudson River Museum, where it showed from February to May.  It exhibited at the Greenville Art Museum in Greenville, S.C., through August. 

Vivian Ducat's background: She is a New York based filmmaker who spent the first part of her career in London working for the BBC, directing films for series that include "The Story of English" and "The Epic Quest for Oil."

Returning to New York, Ducat produced programs for the WGBH series, "The American Experience," "The AIDS Quarterly" with Peter Jennings and many more.

Ducat, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, has a master’s degree from Columbia University.  She studied film directing at the Film Director’s Training Course, an internal program of the BBC offered to promising young staff members.
"As a director of the festival and a film programmer, it is an honor to support this special film which documents  a slice of history addressing the African American experience in the segregated South and the fight for civil rights as well as the story of an artist and his art,” said April Ranck, executive director of the AIFF.

Racing the Rez" by Brian Truglio

Friday, Oct. 19 the festival will screen the premiere of "Racing the Rez" by Brian Truglio, local filmmaker from Somerville. This film is being awarded 2012 Best Documentary.
Truglio fused his passion for running with strong connections to the people and culture of the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

The film is a documentary that tells the story of Navajo and Hopi runners from two rival high school cross country teams in northern Arizona who are fighting for a state championship.  Shot over two years, it focuses on how the sport impacts the lives of five boys growing up on the reservation and helps them confront the challenges they face on and off the course.  
Truglio will be present for the discussion following the screening.  Christopher McDougall, a big supporter of the project who helped Brian with fund-raising on Kickstarter to complete postproduction, will be present.  At this screening McDougall will reveal the "best story never told,” the missing chapter that concerns the Hopi tradition of running.

"My So-Called Enemy" by Lisa Gossels

The second film that night is "My So-Called Enemy," a documentary by filmmaker Lisa Gossels.  It will be screened earlier in the day at Arlington High School and Arlington Catholic High School and will be followed by a discussion led by Gossels.

Upon screening this film the organizers of the festival saw the opportunity to work with the local schools to bring in the film and discussion, promoting the value of conflict resolution.     
In July 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls traveled to the United States. to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace.

"My So-Called Enemy" is the story of six of the girls and how their transformative experience in the program, of knowing their “enemies” as human beings, meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next seven years.
This is a timely film about the human consequences of all conflicts as seen through the eyes of six young women who are thoughtful, intelligent, and articulate beyond their years. It is about multifaith and multicultural understanding and the important role of women in the building of peaceful communities.
Gossels is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. A member of Selah, a national network of Jewish social-justice leaders, Lisa became a documentarian because she believes in the power of film to affect social change.

She is the President of Good Egg Productions, Inc., a New York City-based production company. Her first film, "The Children of Chabannes," won an Emmy. Her second film, "My So-Called Enemy," has garnered a CINE Golden Eagle and five film festival awards since premiering at Silverdocs in 2010.

"2012 High School Shorts"

On Saturday, Oct.  20, the festival will screen their program of "2012 High School Shorts."  Films from Toronto, will open the day and provide the opportunity to view the work of the younger generation of filmmakers.

"Play Like a Lion" by Joshua Dylan Mellars

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the festival will close with a screening of “Play Like a Lion” by Joshua Dylan Mellars.  The film chronicles the legendary Indian sarodist maestro (lute player) Ali Akbar Khan, who introduced Indian classical music to the U.S. at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1955.

Kahn is a national treasure in India and the U.S., a Grammy nominee and, according to master violinist Yehudi Menuhin, "possibly the greatest musician in the world."

His son, American-born Alam Khan, travels from California to India on his first concert tour without his ailing father.  When Alam shares with his father the weight he feels of living up to his family's north Indian classical music tradition he remembers his father's advice: "Don't worry, play like a Lion!" See

Sunanda Narayanan, dancers to perform

Following the screening, Sunanda Narayanan and her dancers will give a performance.  Sunanda is an acclaimed exponent of the Vazhuvoor tradition of Bharatanatyam.
She is the prime disciple of Smt Rhadha, a foremost choreographer. Sunanda has been performing for more than two decades and has given more than 250 public performances all over the world.
Sunanda has several awards to her credit; as well as winning the Senior Scholarship of the Government of India she was selected by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram (a state government cultural association in India) to perform under their sponsorship. She has won several awards including the Tamil Isai Sangam award, the Fine Arts Foundation India award, the Sindhu Memorial Award, and the Lions Club award.


"The Maiden Danced to Death": Thursday, Oct. 18, 8:45 p.m.    

The film festival in celebrates the Hungarian community beginning with a live performance by Forgás, a local Hungarian folk dance troupe followed by a screening of the East Coast premiere of the Hungarian film, "The Maiden Danced to Death," written and directed by Endre Hules.
 A Canadian/Hungarian/Slovenian coproduction, the film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in February 2012, won the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and the screenplay won the European MediaPlus Award.
Set in post-Communist Hungary, the film is a story about two brothers – two dancers; one defected, the other stayed… one gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party.

After 20 years, they meet again…and the dance begins.  Expelled by the Communists 20 years earlier, Steve (Hules), has earned success abroad before returning to Hungary where his very presence challenges the ideals of his brother Gyula (Laszlo) who “stuck it out” at home all those years.

"The Maiden Danced to Death" is a reckoning with old shadows, and an examination of the individual’s social responsibility in old and new Europe.
The production boasts some of Hungary’s top talent, including Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C ("The Deer Hunter," "Close Encounters," "Deliverance," "Maverick"), Screen Actor’s Guild award recipient Endre Hules ("Angels & Demons," "Apollo 13," "Se7en") and actor, Zsolt Laszlo ("The Eagle," "Kontroll").

To find out more about the second-annual Arlington International Film Festival, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See also the festival Facebook page.


Best of Festival

The festival opened Oct. 17 with the film awarded Best of Festival, "All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert."

Filmmaker Vivian Ducat and subject Winfred Rembert participated in a moderated discussion/Q-&-A session after the screening.

Wednesday, Oct. 17
7 p.m. Best of Festival Shorts (31 minutes)
    ALL ME: The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert (78 minutes)
    Q&A w/filmmaker & subject (45 minutes max)

Thursday, Oct. 18
 7 p.m. Reinaldo Arenas (Short from Cuba) (3 minutes)
THE WALL: A World Divided (57 minutes)
Q&A w/ filmmaker & composer (30 minutes)
8:45 p.m. Hungarian Dance Troupe & Musicians (15 minutes)
    THE MAIDEN DANCED TO DEATH (107 minutes)

Friday, Oct. 19
6 p.m.  "Suddenly Zinat" (short from Iran) (21 minutes)
    "Racing the Rez" (59 minutes)
    Q&A w/filmmaker and Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run" (1hr)
8:45 p.m. "My So-Called Enemy" (89 minutes)
    Q&A w/filmmaker & counselor

Saturday, Oct. 20
9:45 a.m. Selected Shorts (50 minutes)
    Integrity (6 minutes)
    Leonora & Gabriel (8:16 minutes)
    The Reader (10 minutes)

    Vanishing (30 minutes)
    Pizzangrillo (15 minutes)    

11 p.m. High School Shorts
12:45 p.m. MICROPHONE (116 minutes)
2:55 p.m. CHINESE TAKE-AWAY (93 minutes)
4:45 p.m. Aconcagua, Chilean Folk Dancers (20 minutes)    
SKYDANCER (75 minutes)
6:45 p.m. Armenian Musician (20 minutes)
MY GRANDMA’S TATOOS (58 minutes)
Q&A w/ Historian (30 minutes)
8:50 p.m. ASHBASH…A Love Story (56 minutes)
    Q&A w/ filmmaker and subject (25 minutes)
10:20 p.m. LOVE IN THE MEDINA (113 minutes)

Paid advertisement

Paid advertisement

Paid advertisement



YOUR VIEW: This site's only blog

  • Small-world logo

    Small world after all

    Then I see words I had first read right over: The story's dateline is Arlington, but it's the one near D.C. "Anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s and home to more than 170 stores," the news release goes on, "The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City has been a staple in the Arlington community since it opened in 1989." This could have been about the Burlington Mall, but it wasn't. Why was a p.r. firm letting YourArlington know? Because the website has a little button called "Send news" at the top right. Through that button, anyone can send anything. And they do. News and opinions are edited before publication. The first test is whether the item relates to Arlington, Mass. Spam goes right in the trash. In this case, Chelsea Bohannon of Brave Public Relations in Atlanta must have thought one Arlington is as good as the next. I let her know she had the wrong locale. "Sorry," she wrote, and I decided to have a further exchange. You can title it "Our Incredibly Shrinking World." I wrote ...

  • Dollar image

    Treasurer gets deputy after urging vote

    "Below please find the date-trail where important actions took place: "• Internal posting - December 12, 2013 "• External posting- December 12, 2013     o Town Website        o "• Review of applicant resume's and credentials - January 13, 2014 through February 3, 2014 "• 1st round of interviews- February 6, 2014 and February 13, 2014     o An Excel-based budgetary exercise situation problem was administered to each applicant during the first round of interviews "• 2nd round of interviews-February 21, 2014        o A writing skills exercise containing an investment scenario was administered during the second round of interviews "I am extremely pleased that we were able to attract and obtain a candidate with Mr. Morse's qualifications, skills, experience and passion. Mr. Morse will bring an array of valuable skills and experience to the Deputy Treasurer's position. "I strongly ...

  • William Hayner

    School Committee reminded of its standards

    School Committee: Norms and Standards (policy BDA-E) We, the Arlington School Committee, acknowledge that a School Committee meeting is a meeting of School Committee members that is held in public and not a public meeting and that we will make every effort to ensure that meetings are effective and efficient. To that end, we acknowledge the importance of subcommittees and we and the superintendent agree to utilize them to focus on specific topics in-depth and to prepare for presentation, deliberation, and possible action by the School Committee.  We, the Arlington School Committee, set forth these Standards and Norms that we will all commit to abide by as individuals and as a committee:     1. Represent the needs and interests of all students in the district.     2. Exercise leadership in vision, planning, policy making, evaluation, and advocacy on behalf of the students and district, not in managing the day-to-day operations of the district. &n ...

  • Dollar image

    Vote *against* Community Preservation Act

    If you can afford it ... The CPA is a good deal for municipalities whose residents can afford it. In exchange for a property tax surcharge of 1 to 3 percent, the state will provide matching money (used to be $1 for $1, is now more on the order of 50 cents state matching on each dollar of local property tax surcharge). At least 10% of the match must be spent on each of 3 categories - open space, historic preservation, and affordable housing; the remaining 70% can be spent on a much wider (but still limited) range of possibilities. Spending is thus on projects which most communities would like to spend money anyway. The state match reduces by half the cost of extra spending. Bottom line is that CPA money is worth spending on, if one can afford it. I suggest that individual support for or opposition against the CPA is based largely on one's personal finances. Those who feel they can afford to pay more have compelling reason to support it; those who feel they can't have compelling rea ...

  • Metco image

    Long Live Metco, Starks writes

    The reason I co-authored the article with Mr. Foskett was to make sure that as we head into the need for future overrides for our schools that we make sure that we are talking about all of the costs that our public schools are asked to take on and that we as a town decide whether to continue to support them or not. As I had hoped, the discussion that has ensued about Metco has been a positive response to keeping the program going. I will continue to work to get more funding for the program and make sure that our legislators know how woefully underfunded it is. But my stance on Metco needing more funding is not a reflection on whether or not I think it is an important program that has a long future here in Arlington. Education itself is woefully underfunded, but you will not find a more passionate advocate for it than those of us who serve on School Committee. This letter was published Friday, April 11, 2014. ...

  • Arlington Avocado image

    Avocado slices, dices town election

    Kurt Fusaris, who writes The Arlington Avocado blog, takes his political knife to the April 5 town election. He takes a look at how his forecasts turned out. He also takes a close read of the results and makes some conjectures as to what happened and why. See his detailed post here >> Kurt is not curt. This blog link was published Wednesday, April 9, 2014. ...

  • An old-fashioned reporter

    OPINION, NEWS, TIPS: Let us know what you think

    The annual town election has passed, and life in Arlington continues. If you have a letter about any subject related to our town, or news you want residents to know, send it to YourArlington. Here's how: -- Your opinion and news should be related Arlington, Mass. (News about neighboring communities is welcome, but can be published as the publisher's time allows.) -- If your news is an event, you must provide the name of the sponsor (and a way to contact them), what the event is, where it is to take place, when it will happen, why it is taking place and any further information helpful to understand your report. -- There is no restriction on length for your letter or for news, but you should understand that if you go on too long, you run the risk of losing readers. -- Email letters and news as plain text (no formatting, no Word docs). -- If you have a photo, attach it to the email. -- Email [email protected]          -- Or send it dire ...

  • Douglass T. Davidoff

    Two modest proposals for after the election

    Suggestions for renaming First: Let’s rename the Board of Selectmen to the "Select Board." Second: Let’s rename the Town Meeting to "Representative Town Meeting." As a relatively new resident of Arlington, having moved here only four years ago, I don’t know if these two ideas that gnaw at me have been debated before in the town. If they have, it’s a marvel that the Arlington I have come to know wouldn’t have moved sooner to address deficiencies I see in naming our chief town governance structures. The New England tradition of town meetings and "select men" elected to manage town affairs between meetings of the town citizenry is well documented. From Maine to Connecticut, town meetings and select men have run affairs of New England towns for centuries. But in Connecticut, where I grew up, the towns that grew in population and abandoned the town meeting because it became unwieldy often replaced it with elected leaders who sit in what’s usually a "Representative Town Meeting." My h ...

  • Vision 2020 logo

    A question of vision: Now what?

    But today, Vision 2020 is facing some big questions, the biggest of which is, "What's our purpose now?" Clearly, the organization is still functioning, but is having trouble drawing enough citizen commitment to keep working as it was intended. Just go to the website,, and one of the first things you see is this statement, "Most of the material here, except for the Reservoir and Fiscal subsites, is a couple of years out of date." Hmmm. Not very visionary, I guess. I'm not blaming anyone for this, either those involved in Vision 2020 or any members of the public. I think most people involved have put in an honest and sincere effort. And the public can't be blamed for putting their attention elsewhere these days. After all, with the year 2020 itself approaching, the very idea of having a long-range vision for the town by 2020 is not as compelling as it once was. Instead, I think we are now in a position to take some very bold steps, almost as bold as the steps we too ...

View more featured blog entries
Paid advertisement


The School Committee's Special Study Group on...
The Town of Arlington Recreation Department, 422...
To participate in Vision 2020, contact Joey Glushko...
See selectmen on cable The Board of Selectmen...
  Two scheduled meetings remain for...



Visitor Info : Unknown - Unknown Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:37

Guests : 210 guests online
Powered by CoalaWeb


Repost This


Email sprague.bob [at] or call 781-641-4490.

ABOUT | JOIN | Switch to mobile

A.J. Liebling: "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one." | Copyright © 2006-2014. All Rights Reserved.