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Short Film Festival spices up long winter in Marblehead

In “Roadside Assistance,” the unlikeliest of heroes rescues a girl involved in a car accident.

MARBLEHEAD — Abbot Library and the Marblehead Festival of Arts present the Long Winter Short Film Festival on Feb. 20. Admission is free. Shown will be pieces screened at the 2018 Summer MFoA Short Film Festival as well as additional, original works. It starts at 6:45 p.m. in the Virginia Carten Gallery/Public Meeting Room of the library, 235 Pleasant St.

Film subjects range from blithe to grave. At one end of the spectrum is “Status,” a preposterous search for “the mother of all acne creams.” At the other end of the spectrum is “Waiting for Hassana,” a documentary about a Nigerian schoolgirl who, with her friend Hassana, was captured in 2014 by the extremist group Boko Haram. Films leaning more toward everyday-life subjects include “Collect,” depicting an unusual hobby, and “Girls Level Up,” about a summer camp that teaches girls how to make video games.

The festival committee has invited the filmmakers to speak about and answer questions after the 90-minute show. Popcorn and drinks will be available. Members of the committee are co-chairs Mike Evers and Laurie Stolarz, plus Steve Krom, Bill Smalley, and Paulina Villarroel Cruz.

For additional information of MFoA, please call 781-639-ARTS or visit www.MarbleheadFestival.org.

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