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The 2011 Avenue of the Arts FILM FESTIVAL

July 14-22 At BPL's West End Branch of the Boston Public Library

A FREE Cultural Community Event - Open to the Public

HISTORY: The Avenue of the Arts Film Festival and Exhibit was founded by L. B. Gratun in 2004 as an
official event of the Democratic National Convention and of the Committee. Screenings of award winning
documentaries and appearances by leading filmmakers took place at Northeastern University, Simmons
College, and Boston Library locations, catching the attention of Variety International, The Boston Globe,
and other publications. Noteworthy films shown have been "ahead of the curve" on such issues as WMD,
voting practices, the Iraq War, global environment, and the financial crisis, to name a few. Campus talent
has been given a voice as well.

4-STAR REVIEWS (All Films) / The BOSTON    PHOENIX - '06
   / The BOSTON PHOENIX - '09
Boston Courant, Beacon Hill Times news coverage

L. B. Gratun on Fernando's Hideaway on BNN
July 17, 2009 (Click on image for video)

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2011 Avenue of the Arts Film Festival PRESS RELEASE

                    Contact: L. B. Gratun at 617.566.2368
                                 LB@LBGratun.com     www.LBGratun.com/avenueartsfilm

Attention: EDITOR/ Arts and Entertainment

      For Immediate Release

      "ALL BOSTON" Theme for The 2011 Avenue of the Arts Film Festival    
           Celebration Begins At The  PREVIEW PARTY   June 18th

(Boston)  For the first time "ALL BOSTON" will be the recurring theme for the AVENUE OF THE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL an event produced for the Boston Public Library's West End Branch July 14th to July 22nd. Three recently acclaimed films that are featured on the Festival program "The Fighter", "The Town", and "The Social Network" centering on Metro Boston are evidence it time to celebrate the City as a successful venue for filmmakers and film lovers alike.

Along with these great films, gala events are scheduled at the Film Festival at the West End Library and also at a special advance celebration "PREVIEW PARTY" on JUNE 18th from 4 to 7 pm at THE CROSSING in Brigham Circle near Huntington Avenue. Live music, a variety of refreshments, new Film Fest Logo design and art on display, are some features of the Preview Party. Brazilian Samba music, Jazz and Pop standards with entertainer Eddie Pasco at the piano, will lead off the musical bill, and "BOSTON," the original song by LB will be introduced.

At the Opening Reception of the Avenue of the Arts Film Festival on July 14th at 5 pm, Jazz vocalist, Patrice Monahan, will perform, and food specialties will be served by Whole Foods Market. Guests will be introduced, and at 6 pm “THE FIGHTER” with seven Oscar nominations and two Oscars for acting performances will be screened.

The complete festival schedule may be viewed at: www.LBGratun.com/avenueartsfilm

The events at the West End Branch Library are free to the public.
Some promotion is being contributed by Neiman Marcus of Copley Place.

Preview Party – Saturday, June 18th, 4 – 7 pm: THE CROSSING is located at 1592 Tremont Street near Huntington Avenue on the E Green Line. Free admission. Donations accepted. Cash bar. The telephone number is 617.487.4851.

Festival – July 14th to 22nd: The West End Branch Library is located next to Whole Foods near Government Center at 151 Cambridge Street, Boston. Helen Bender is Head Librarian and Festival liaison. The telephone number at the Library is 617.523.3957. The web address for the Library is www.BPL.org.

L. B. Gratun is Founder and Director of the Avenue of the Arts Film Festival and can be reached at LB@LBGratun.com.
Festival Website: www.LBGratun.com/avenueartsfilm

We Thank

for Selecting Us for the
Editor's Event Pick
July 16, 2009

Avenue of the Arts Film Festival 2009
- West End Library -

Two words to describe the annual Avenue of the Arts Film Festival are “diverse” and “free.” It opens tonight with a reception and music by jazz singer Patrice Monahan at 5 pm, followed by a screening of I.O.U.S.A., Patrick Creadon's documentary about the financial meltdown. Other films include recent hits such as The Wrestler , Milk , Vicky Cristina Barcelona , and documentaries by Steve Alves, who will appear in person. All are at the West End Library, 151 Cambridge St. | July 16-24 | free | 617.523.3957 or http://www.lbgratun.com/avenueartsfilm

Special thanks for Publicity to:
Peter Keough, Film Editor, Boston Phoenix
Steve Alves, Filmmaker
Friends of the West End Branch Library
Helen Bender, Librarian
The Beacon Hill Times
Fernando Bossa, TV Host, Channels 9 & 15, BNN
The Boston Courant
The Boston Public Library
Dan Marshall, President, BCCA
The Boston Globe
The Boston International Film Festival (BIFF)
Boston Free Film Screening

Nick Paleologis, Mass. Film Office
John Connolly, Boston City Councilman
Northeastern University
Valarie Kaur, Filmmaker, "Divided We Fall"
Chris Sautter, Filmmaker
Ron Della Chiesa, WGBH
Jeffrey Sanchez, State Rep.
Arthur Ganson, Sculptor
Penguin Cafe
and many others

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Goodie bags were provided by Neiman Marcus of Copley Place at the 2010 Avenue of the Arts Film Festival