Thanks to Nancy Marciano for the invitation to stop by and take photos of her husband Captain Dave Marciano. He is being featured in a sponsored promo for the worldwide hit TV show Wicked Tuna (and NatGeos most popular). Captain Dave and filming crew could not have been more terrific. A weather-perfect morning, Gloucester Harbor looked exquisite in the early morning light.
Congratulations and hats off to Red Shed Film Festival producer and curator Henry Cooper, Rockport Exchange President Amy Rich, and Rockport Exchange Executive Director Sarah Kelly. Imagine, two years ago the festival was held in a tent, last year at the Rockport Library, and this year at the Shalin Lui!!
“The Red Shed Film Festival is designed as a showcase for films or filmmakers with a stake in our region and a sense of place.”
Henry Cooper and Sarah Kelly
Playing on the large screen at the performing center were 12 stellar short films by local filmmakers including gems by Anthony Farenwald, Nubar Alexanian, Erich Archer, Rob Apse, Persistent Productions, Henry Ferrini, and more.
People’s Choice Awarded to Meghan Shea and Mike Rogers
Special thanks to Willow Rest for providing delectable light fare and to Rockport Music for providing the venue.
To support the film festival or to get involved visitwww.rockportexchange.org. To reach Henry Cooper email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So many thanks to Henry Cooper for sending the photos below. It was truly a treat to see my trailer for Beauty on the Wing on the large screen!
Beautiful collage poster by Mary Faino
Once in a while we pick a winner. This is one of those times … trust me. Ruby Rose Fox will be a major Rock Star in the not-too-distant future.
We’ve presented Ruby Rose Fox on stage twice: Opening for Martha Davis + The Motels last April at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre (where Sheila Roberts Orlando took the photo at right) and in a co-bill with Jesse Dee at The Cabot last July (see this review).
In addition to being one of the best singers and songwriters we’ve encountered over the past dozen or so years, Ruby produces extraordinary videos (see them here).
Today she premieres a double feature. That’s right, folks … 2 videos at once. See a review by Infectious Magazine here. Better yet, watch and enjoy, below (top volume and full screen recommended). You can see Ruby at Katrina’s on June 18th with Gloucester’s own Inge Berge opening (another one of our favorite singer/songwriters/video producers — see some of Inge’s videos here and listen an excellent Inge Berge song below).
Sophia Zerelli hands Shep Abbot $1,000 in cash as Rona Tyndall, MC, looks on. (Bing McGilvray photo)
Last evening at the Gloucester House the local chapter of the worldwide Awesome Foundation held its monthly Pitch Night and after hearing three terrific proposals chose Shep Abbot’s Gloucester Speaks documentary project as the winner of a $1,000 grant. Shep is interviewing a wide range of Gloucester folks to capture their views at this pivotal time of change and renewal in the city.
Awesome Gloucester solicits proposals from the entire community and chooses the top ideas to attend a public Pitch Night on the evening of the third Monday of each month. Submitters make their case before the 20 local trustees who have each donated $50 toward the monthly award. The top vote getters walk away with $1000 in cash, no strings attached. Proposals to make Gloucester more awesome can be made at Awesome Gloucester.
Took a run up to Fisherman’s Park after work last night to see how the clouds looked over the city. While I was there I met DJ with his daughter Isabella and nephew Drew who were having a blast sliding down the rock. I’m not sure their mothers will be happy that they might need new pants but they were having fun!
One of my “picks” for last week was the Annual Plant Sale at the Trustees, Long Hill Gardens. While I didn’t make the actual plant sale, I did take a group of my “grown-up” students for a walk up there on Saturday afternoon for a quick botany lesson. It truly never fails to disappoint and if you haven’t hiked the property, you really should.