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A workplace from hell: Amherst filmmaker Matt Heron-Duranti is part of the team behind independent film “Another Day in America”
03-29-2024 12:26 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

There’s been a lot written about the problems that have plagued many American workplaces in the wake of the pandemic, from some employees insisting on continuing to work from home to offices that have mirrored the polarization and social conflicts...

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A tale of murderous indifference: ‘The Zone of Interest’ offers a view of the Holocaust as chilling as its architects
03-21-2024 2:12 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Hannah Arendt famously coined the term “the banality of evil” in her book on Adolph Eichmann’s trial in Israel in 1963, where the former Nazi official, a key organizer of the Holocaust, presented himself as a bureaucrat who was “just doing his job” in...


Play it again, Sam: Shea Theater to show ‘Lovejoy’s Nuclear War’ to mark 50th anniversary of Montague tower toppling
02-09-2024 12:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

In the fall of 1973, Wendell resident Dan Keller drove to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to pick up friend Sam Lovejoy and mentioned to his pal that he wouldn’t believe what had been built back home on the Montague Plains.The two drove...


‘You don’t look like a doctor’: Documentary film looks at the biases and challenges Black women physicians face 
01-25-2024 3:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Dr. Khama Ennis had come a long way in her medical career.Until 2022, the Amherst resident had spent about two decades in emergency medicine, including a number of years as chief of emergency medicine at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, as...


Staying in the game: Veteran actors and teachers Raye and Candace Birk are still involved with theater after decades of performance
01-25-2024 3:02 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Looking for some talented older actors who can play a wide range of roles? Who have decades of experience in theater, film and television?Raye Birk and Candace Barrett Birk are at your service.The Florence couple, relatively new transplants to the...


Hitting it big for wrong reasons: In ‘American Fiction’ at Amherst Cinema, writer’s pastiche hailed as authentic
01-19-2024 11:23 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though it had only an initial limited theatrical release, and did not appear until December, “American Fiction” has already popped up on a number of critics’ “best films of 2023” lists, and the movie has been nominated for a slew of awards.The buzz is...


Short and sweet: Community show features short films by emerging filmmakers in western Mass.
12-15-2023 11:47 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

People celebrate the holidays in different ways.Lucas Fappiano and Colin Hodgson are doing it by hosting a free screening of movies by area filmmakers, with the goal of bringing people together to recognize some of the Valley’s artistic strength and...


Trailer for ‘The Holdovers,’ to be released this fall, features recognizable locations
08-13-2023 7:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With “The Holdovers” trailer giving them a sneak peak, Franklin County residents are likely to recognize many familiar locations when the film is released in November.Many scenes were filmed at Deerfield Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon School,...


From schism to civil rights: “The Niagara Movement” explores debate over how Black Americans could best overcome
05-06-2023 9:18 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the United States, the early 20th century has often been portrayed as a time of hope and excitement, in which the nation’s growing industrial power, improvements in mass communications, and advances in technology and science heralded a new era of...


Two in Valley with Guggenheim Fellowships
04-11-2023 8:58 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — A University of Massachusetts professor and a filmmaker who grew up in Amherst are among eight people in Massachusetts who have won Guggenheim Fellowships.Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, who teaches English at UMass and is a specialist on the...


Powerful ‘Dreams’: Pelham native’s film about a driven bodybuilder turns heads at Sundance
02-27-2023 8:52 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The idea first came to Elijah Bynum about four years ago when he was exercising in a California gym and noticed an ultra-serious bodybuilder, a guy who was “radiating intensity” as he went through his paces.“There was this really intense energy about...


Arts Briefs: Film in Northampton, theater at UMass, and a public art proposal in Easthampton
02-10-2023 12:33 PM

STEVE PFARRER

Climate change on film in NorthamptonNORTHAMPTON — Tonight (Friday, Feb. 10) from 6 to 8 p.m., CLICK Workspace in Northampton will present several short videos by Smith College students exploring the challenges of climate change.Students in a class on...

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