Spring 2014

“Reality Narratives”

Presented by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the 21st Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Reality Narratives,” explores the blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction that have been present since the birth of cinema and that constitute a major conceptual force in contemporary filmmaking.

Hosting nine filmmakers who will be present for discussion, our festival program observes the hybrid, amalgamated spaces between genres, juxtaposing methodologies and narratives that blend the “factual” with the “fictional.” In so doing, the festival raises ethical questions about the “truth claims” and “reality principles” of a wide-ranging, eclectic body of international cinema, recasting conventional definitions and distinctions in a variety of works and styles.

All films are accompanied by critical introductions by scholars and filmmakers.

All events are free and open to the public.

21st Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, Spring 2014

Our entertaining and provocative selection headlines award-winning documentaries, shorts and narrative features from France, Hungary/Germany, Italy, Peru, Poland/Sweden, Turkey, USSR, and the US. [Download: Print Brochure | View: Festival Trailer]

Festival Trailer [view/hide]

Get a taste of the films screening at the 21st Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Reality Narratives” in the festival trailer, composed by Carrie Owens. Including credits to curators and staff and thanks to sponsors of the 2014 MMFF. [Vimeo]

About the Festival [view/hide]

Presented by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Catherine Portuges, Curator; Assistant Curators: Daniel Pope and Barry Spence. Brochure layout: Daniel Pope. See our 2014 Festival Schedule for the lineup this season.

Festival screenings at UMass Amherst are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings are held in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings.

A one-credit colloquium (COMM 296F) is available to undergraduate students. UMass Amherst students may enroll through SPIRE. For information or Five College enrollment, please contact colloquium faculty supervisor Prof. Anne Ciecko, Communication, UMass Amherst, tel. (413) 545-6348, email: ciecko@comm.umass.edu

Made Possible by... [view/hide]

The festival is made possible by the generous support of many departments, programs, colleges, and individuals at UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges, and beyond.

More on our Sponsors Page. We wish to thank:

Major Sponsors:
UMass Amherst: College of Humanities & Fine Arts; College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; UMass Arts Council, Arts in a Series.

With additional support from:
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival; Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies; Women’s Philanthropy, A Division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts; Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; UMass Department of Environmental Conservation & the College of Natural Sciences.

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