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    Historic hall to host two very short festivals

    Easton,MA-6/26/98- Arches in Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.
    The Boston Globe
    A view of the arches at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.

    Easton’s Oakes Ames Memorial Hall will be the scene of two film festivals in September — but don’t blink or you may miss them.

    The historic building will host the Shovel Town 10-Minute Play Festival on Sept. 15 and 16. The following day, the ECAT 100-Second International Film Festival will take over the venue.

    The 10-Minute Play Festival will feature nine original plays with more than 30 local actors, interspersed with live music. Among the playwrights are 16-year-old Sarah McLaughlin from West Bridgewater, and established author David Carkeet of Vermont, who adapted a Mark Twain short story for the Easton stage.


    This is the third year for the family-friendly event, which is put on by the Stedfast School of Music and Arts in Easton and the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.

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    “There’s quite a lot of art happening here in Easton, but we don’t have a community theater program,” said Paula Greiner, owner of the Stedfast School and coproducer and music director of the festival. “This is an opportunity for talented local people to perform, and for families” to see them.

    More information and tickets are available at

    The 100-Second Festival started in 2005 as a way to encourage the creation of brief films and sharing them as part of a cultural exchange. This year’s festival has about 40 films from places including the United States, Pakistan, Iran, Algeria, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, and Canada.

    “I love short film,” said Jason Daniels, executive director of Easton Community Access Television, which sponsors the festival. “I’ve found it to be a way that people can talk to each other across cultures, sometimes without words. It’s a great way to engage people.”


    More information is available at

    Oakes Memorial Hall is located at 3 Barrows St. in North Easton.

    Johanna Seltz can be reached at