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Spotlighting summer film festivals, from Maine to Block Island

"Terms of Endearment" screens during the Somerville Theatre’s “Jack Attack: Jack Nicholson Film Series.”
"Terms of Endearment" screens during the Somerville Theatre’s “Jack Attack: Jack Nicholson Film Series.”Courtesy of the Somerville Theatre

Screens around New England offer summer festivals and special events, both indoors and out. Save these dates.

Brattle Theatre Film noir buffs won’t want to miss the ’50s films in the second “Noir City: Boston” (June 7-19). A repertory series (June 28-July 4) pays tribute to “vacation nightmares” including “Jurassic Park,” “One Crazy Summer,” “Return of the Living Dead” and, of course, “Jaws.” The annual “Trailer Treats” (July 18) will unspool coming attractions and short subjects, all on 35mm film. For more information go to www.brattlefilm.org.

Coolidge Corner Theatre Free outdoor screenings on the Rose Kennedy Greenway kick off with “American Graffiti” (June 18), followed by “Bullitt” (July 16), and “Back to the Future Part II” (Aug. 13). All films screen at sunset in 35mm. The Coolidge’s “Summer of ’69” series features “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (July 25), “Midnight Cowboy” (Aug. 1), “Woodstock” (Aug. 15), and “Medium Cool” (Aug. 22). For more information go to www.coolidge.org.

Harvard Film Archive Also commemorating 1969, “Moon Movies: Apollo 11 at 50” runs June 8-Aug. 3. Highlights include Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff” (July 20) and Fritz Lang’s silent “Woman in the Moon” (Aug. 3) with live musical accompaniment. “The Complete Howard Hawks” runs June 14-Aug. 18 and the newly restored “Old Boyfriends” (1979), directed by Joan Tewkesbury, screens Aug. 23-25. For more information go to library.harvard.edu/film/index.html.


Roxbury International Film Festival Celebrating its 21st year at the MFA June 20-30, RIFF opens with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.” Other highlights include Tchaiko Omawale’s coming-of-age drama “Solace” (June 21), and the documentaries “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” (June 22) and director Anahid Terrence’s “Greetings From Roxbury” (June 29), a look at life in Roxbury from the late 1950s to the present. For  more information go to www.roxburyinternationalfilmfestival.com.


Museum of Fine Arts Arab Film Week (June 7-16) presents contemporary films from the Arab region of North Africa and the Middle East. Sunset Cinema opens June 19 with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and runs to Sept. 12 with free outdoor screenings on the Museum’s Huntington Avenue lawn. The Boston French Film Festival begins on the outdoor screen July 11 with the madcap comedy “The Trouble With You,” which was nominated for nine César awards. For more information go to www.mfa.org.

Somerville Theatre “Jack Attack: Jack Nicholson Film Series” continues through the summer. “Play It Cool” celebrates “Hollywood on Hollywood” with 35mm screenings of “Sunset Boulevard” (July 3); “Get Shorty” and “Tropic Thunder” (July 10); “The Bad and the Beautiful” and “The Big Knife” (July 17); “Hooper” and “The Stunt Man” (July 24); and the Elliott Gould hits “California Split” (Aug. 21) and “M*A*S*H” (Aug. 28). For more information go to somervilletheatre.com.

Block Island Film Festival The inaugural BIFF runs June 11-15 and will screen about 35 features and shorts in the historic Water Street district. For more information go to www.blockislandfilmfestival.org.

Berkshire International Film Festival The 14th annual festival (May 30-June 2) offers shorts, features, and panel discussions in Great Barrington and Pittsfield. For more information go to www.biffma.org.

Provincetown International Film Festival Actor-writer-director John Cameron Mitchell of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” fame is the Filmmaker on the Edge for this year’s PIFF, running June 12-16. He’ll join John Waters in conversation June 15 at Provincetown Town Hall. Actress Jillian Bell, whose film “Brittany Runs a Marathon” opens the festival, will receive PIFF’s Next Wave Award. Other highlights include “Good Posture,” Dolly Wells’s directing debut, and “Before You Know It,” a family dramedy from Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock. For more information go to www.ptownfilmfest.org.


Nantucket Film Festival The 24th annual fest runs June 19-24. “Saturday Night Live” writers and performers Jane Curtin, Anne Beatts, Sudi Green, and Sarah Schneider will be honored with the Creative Impact in Television Award, presented by “SNL” cast member Cecily Strong; screenwriter and producer Leslie Dixon will receive the Screenwriters Tribute Award presented by actresses Brittany Snow and Nikki Blonsky. For more information go to www.nantucketfilmfestival.org.

Maine International Film Festival The Waterville-based MIFF (July 12-21) celebrates 22 years with its lineup of American and international titles, along with made-in-Maine movies. For more information go to www.miff.org.

Woods Hole Film Festival The oldest film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands celebrates its 28th season (July 27-Aug. 3) with screenings, workshops, and special events. For more information go to www.woodsholefilmfestival.org.

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Celebrating its 23rd year Aug. 6-11, this is one of just six festivals worldwide whose winners in the short film categories qualify for the Academy Awards. For more information go to www.rifilmfest.org.

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival The end-of-summer festival marks its 14th year (Sept. 3-8) offering many international films and special guests. For more information go to mvfilmsociety.com.


Loren King can be reached at loren.king@comcast.net.