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The 2014 Avenue of the Arts FILM FESTIVAL

July 17-24 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.

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2014 Avenue of the Arts Film Festival PRESS RELEASE

                                 Contact: L. B. Gratun at 617.566.2368
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Attention: EDITOR / Film, Arts and Entertainment

      For Immediate Release

• Great Films & Gala Events at the Annual

• FREE at West End Branch Library, Boston, July 17 - 24


The Stars shine bright at this year's exciting program of the popular summer event, AVENUE of the ARTS FILM FESTIVAL, which opens with a festive reception on Thursday, July 17th, at 4:30 p.m. at BPL's West End Branch on Cambridge Street, near City Hall.

The reception will kick-off with live musical entertainment, featuring Vocalist Patrice Monahan and her Jazz Trio, and will be followed by a 6:00 p.m. screening of the film BLUE JASMINE. The opening reception will be hosted by Festival Producer/Director, L. B. Gratun, and includes complimentary refreshments.

Recently film editor and critic, Peter Keough, asked L. B. how she was able to choose the films in these Festivals so that they harmonized so well in each program. L. B. replied "Instinct - mainly instinct".

When L. B. first saw BLUE JASMINE last year she was so impressed with the captivating performance of Cate Blanchett that, without any hesitation, she picked Cate as a sure winner for the 2014 BEST ACTRESS Oscar.

The films in this year's program are complete with award-winning performances by many other stars, and were filmed on location across the U.S.A., from East to West coast. They include CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (filmed in part in Gloucester), DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, NEBRASKA, and AMERICAN HUSTLE (filmed in the Boston and surrounding towns), along with Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE, which begins in the elegant settings of New York City.

The West End Library is located at 151 Cambridge Street in Boston's Government Center area, across from Joy Street and near Staniford Street.

For complete information on the Film Festival, and links to the film websites and past programs, please visit the official site www.LBGratun.com/avenueartsfilm.

Festival Producer/Director L.B. Gratun can be contacted at LB@LBGratun.com.

For the West End Branch Library, call the West End Library at 617 523-3957 or visit BPL.org.


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Boston Courant, Beacon Hill Times news coverage

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July 17, 2009 (Click on image for video)

Special thanks for Publicity to:
Richard Rouse, Mission Hill Main Streets
Barry Twomey

Peter Keough, Film Editor & Critic, Boston Globe
Janice Page, Film Critic, The Boston Globe
Steve Alves, Filmmaker
Friends of the West End Branch Library
Helen Bender, Librarian
Mike Ross, Boston City Council
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 Metro
The JazzBoston! Calendar
The Boston International Film Festival (BIFF)
Boston Free Film Screening
Nick Paleologis, Former Dir. of 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.
Gloria Fox, State Rep.
Arthur Ganson, Sculptor
MIX 104.1 FM / CBS Local
Penguin Cafe
and many others

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


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