The inaugural Haverhill Experimental Film Festival starts tomorrow at 7 p.m. with a screening of 11 short films and videos, followed by the showing of 12 films and videos at 9 p.m.
The festival will be on the second floor above the Peddler’s Daughter restaurant on Wingate Street. A screening showcasing the work of jurors Georg Koszulinski and Kristin Reeves is Saturday at 5:30 p.m. They are arriving from Indiana and Iowa to judge the festival and present cash prizes to the top three films. A juror screening will follow with 10 short films and videos at 7 p.m. and another 12 films and videos at 9 p.m.
“The people of Haverhill need to know the magnitude of this event,” said Brendan Smyth of Bradford, who founded this festival with his twin brother, Jeremy Smyth. “With over 5,000 film festivals in the world, only 60 label themselves as experimental.”
Six filmmakers have confirmed their attendance and seven more have yet to decide. A filmmaker lunch will be held on Saturday at noon at the Peddler’s Daughter, where people can casually meet the artists.
“The reason we are bringing this to Haverhill is to expand the world of experimental cinema and provide a new experience for the average movie-goer,” said Jeremy Smyth.
Local musician Paul Prue will perform live music Friday after the film screenings at Bistro 45 Tapas & Martini Bar, a floor below the screening room. Michael Conneely, owner of the Peddler’s Daughter, is opening the bistro both Friday and Saturday to cater the festival’s after-party. Nicholas Bogosian, a Newburyport banjo/fiddle musician, will perform on Saturday night. Admission at the door is $3 per screening, or $10 for a pass that is good for all screenings. For more information, call Jeremy Smyth at 352-318-6705.
Republican City Committee to meet
The Haverhill Republican City Committee will host a regional meeting on June 13 at 7 p.m. in the public library to introduce its new Massachusetts Republican national committeewoman, Chanel Prunier, to area Republicans.