Salem kicks off documentary film festival

The Oscar season may be over, but there are plenty of movies for film buffs to see north of Boston.

Starting Thursday , the annual Salem Film Fest will present documentaries from around the world, along with parties, discussions, and gatherings with visiting filmmakers. The festival runs through March 29 at venues in Salem and Beverly.

The opening night reception at Salem’s Old Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. Thursday will feature a video installation about the opioid crisis in Massachusetts, as well as a virtual reality film by WGBH’s “Frontline” and “Nova.” The reception will be followed by a screening of “Minding the Gap,” winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s US Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking.


Most of the festival’s feature films will be seen in Massachusetts for the first time, including “Last Stand at Dodge” in its world premier. You can find the complete lineup at

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Ever wonder what goes into making props? Head to Wheaton College in Norton, and you’ll find two exhibits — “Props and Fine Art From Movies, Television & Theatre” and “Working Objects: Props by Ross MacDonald.” They’re on view in the Beard and Weil Galleries through April 13. Go to

What does it take to become a US citizen? The Framingham Public Library is holding a grand opening ceremony Friday at 10 a.m for its new Citizenship Corner. The new space, on the second floor of the main library at 49 Lexington St., will provide information on US citizenship, the naturalization process, and English language learning.

Meanwhile, Framingham State University is holding a grand opening Friday for its new veterans center. And on Saturday , the public is invited to bring artifacts related to military service to be photographed, scanned, and archived in the college’s digital repository. The community collecting event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

No matter how gloomy the weather, colors will bloom in Needham this weekend when the Quinobequin Quilters Guild holds its biennial quilt show. More than 120 handmade quilts will be displayed at the Masonic Hall, 1101 Highland Ave., on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 (free for children). For more information, go to

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