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February 20, 2014

Taking a second look at Marblehead festival films

You may not care for reruns when you see them on TV. But at the Marblehead Festival of Arts Winter Film Festival, where all the films have returned from previous summer festivals, audiences usually like them better the second, and even the third, time around.

“What we’re doing with the winter festival is showing films primarily from last summer’s festival, but also showing films from the past,” said Mike Evers, chairman of the film festival committee. “As time goes on, we’ll be doing the same thing, looking forward and back.”

For this year’s screenings, which will be held Wednesday, the committee has selected two “legacy” films that first appeared at the summer festival in 2006.

“‘Uso Justo’ is Spanish for ‘Fair Use,’” Evers said. “The filmmaker took some footage that he found someplace — a 1959 Mexican melodrama, some kind of soap opera — and by the use of subtitles, he made a completely different story out of it.”

Directed by Coleman Miller, the film won an award when it was originally screened at the Ann Arbor Film Fest.

“It’s about a filmmaker that has come to town and is making a film,” Evers said. “What it does is make fun of some of the cliches of experimental film. It’s a brilliant, funny piece of work. I still like to see it today. It has a long shelf life.”

The second legacy film is “Jimmy’s House of Hugs” by Julia Radochia, who grew up in Arlington and moved back there in 2006, after long detours in New York and Los Angeles.

“Julia Radochia has given us a number of films over the years,” Evers said. “This is kind of an infomercial about a special place where people can get hugs. It’s also satiric, as well.”

All the films are short, ranging from 2 to 22 minutes in length, and each one is unique, using and sometimes blending genres ranging from documentary to animation to silent film.

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