Take in great film this Thanksgiving with The Cape Ann Film Festival and “The Artist”

Jessica Chastain & Michael Shannon in "Take Shelter," now playing at the Cape Ann Community Cinema.

The Lowell Film Collaborative sends VERY Happy Thanksgiving wishes to each and every one of you! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who attended a Lowell film screening or who conveyed their support through kind words, generous donations, or by helping to publicize our Mill City movie mission. We hope you enjoy spending this day with good people, great food, AND terrific film!

As for us, we’ll be enjoying our first all vegan Thanksgiving dinner with our favorite homemade sides, dessert, and a fabulous ‘turkey’ courtesy of Cafe Indigo in Concord, NH. We also have some great film plans we have as well, including the Cape Ann Film Festival taking place throughout the weekend in Gloucester, MA, at the Cape Ann Community Cinema¬†and The Cape Ann (“The Annie”). Our good friend and film supporter Rob Newton — owner & operator of the CACC — has curated quite an incredible fest as well as some terrific post-fest screenings, including a LIVE guest appearance by director John Sayles at the local premiere of his latest film Amigo. Check out the full Cape Ann Film Fest schedule HERE and do consider making the trek if you’re in the Boston area. We just barely snagged our tickets for tomorrow night’s (Friday’s) showing of Take Shelter with a post-film Q&A with producer Sarah Green. Though that event is currently sold out, you’ll be able to catch Take Shelter on Sunday and later in the week (sans Q&A).

Finally, you’ve probably read our past post on the MARVELOUS French produced film The Artist starring Jean Dujardin and Berinice Bejo — for us, the anticipation of the U.S. release of this film has been intense. The wait is over, though, as The Artist premieres THIS FRIDAY, November 25. Joy! We had the privilege of seeing this remarkable 2011 Cannes festival favorite at Cinema Utopia during our recent holiday in France. This trendy, cafe-sporting cinema in the heart of Bordeaux absolutely charmed us, as did seeing The Artist with a French crowd. GO SEE THIS FILM — you’ll be positively delighted and immersed in cinematic nostalgia.

In addition to these great flicks, we’ll no doubt break out the Netflix Instant and peruse some other titles before the weekend is over. We hope your holiday festivities includes some of your own favorite titles — ENJOY, and a very Happy Thanksgiving!