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February 20, 2014

Taking a second look at Marblehead festival films


While most tell interesting stories, they also possess imaginative structures and styles, and it is the combination of these elements that make them rewarding to see several times.

“Bitter Sweet,” for example, is about a girl who finds a card in the back of her dollhouse with a clue that leads her on a treasure hunt.

The things that happen in the silent film, which was written and produced by Keith Wasserman of Marblehead, could be real. But the poignant and clever story is closer to a fable imagined by a child, or by an adult remembering her childhood.

The film was made in 2012, along with director and editor Micah Levin, and owes a great deal of its structure to the fact that it was created for a 48 Hour Film Project event in Boston. Participants in the project select a genre they must work in, along with props and dialogue they must use, and then have 48 hours to make a film that is seven minutes long or less.

“It creates really interesting challenges, to tell a story that has a beginning, middle and end, hopefully with some heart and soul,” Wasserman said. “It forces you to evaluate your choices and make efficient choices.”

Wasserman is one of three Marblehead residents with films in this winter’s festival, which also include John Bonner and Ties de Blij.

Bonner’s “The Broken Necklace” is a witty documentary about the obstacles he encounters when he tries to ride his bike from Marblehead to Swampscott.

It makes an interesting contrast with the film “Home” by Tanisha Garner, who is involved in the Raw Art Works program in Lynn, which introduces teenagers to several art forms.

“She’s riding her bicycle around the city and reflecting how, despite whatever its reputation is, it’s home to her and a place she loves,” Evers said.

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