---- — 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.
Committee Chairman William Ryan will speak regarding the Gabriel Gomez campaign for U.S. Senate. Residents are invited. The meeting will be on the second floor of the library, 99 Main St.
Applications available for summer camp
The Haverhill Police Department is accepting applications for this year’s GREAT/DARE summer camp program.
Applications are available at the police station, 40 Bailey Blvd. This camp is free to Haverhill children ages 8 to 11 and runs from July 8 through Aug. 9. The camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Consentino School, 685 Washington St., and will consist of scheduled recreational activities, guest speakers and field trips. Parents and guardians must fill out a permission slip, complete with medical information, and return it to the Haverhill Police Department no later than June 28.
Lunch and snack will be provided by the Haverhill public schools summer meal program, but parents or guardians must provide drinks for their children. There is no soda allowed during camp. Parents are asked to arrange for their children’s transportation and inform the camp of those arrangements so that no one is left stranded at the conclusion of the day’s events. Children who actively participate in all activities on a daily basis and attend camp on a regular basis will be considered for field trips throughout the summer.
Vendors sought for craft fair Saturday
Vendors, artisans and local crafters are invited to participate in a craft fair on Saturday at Walmart store in Plaistow.
Cost is $20 per vendor space, and all space rental fees will be donated to Children’s Hospital in Boston. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.
For more information, call 603-556-3049.
Presentation on strengthening and balance
The Council on Aging will host an interactive seminar by Northeast Rehabilitation Network titled “Strengthening and Balance for the Adult Population” on June 12 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 45 of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.
Reservations can be made by calling Mary Connolly, community health coordinator, at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.