Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 6, 2012

Indie fans open 'Screening Room'

Free film series of art-house films to run each Thursday night

Andover residents Phoebe Kwass and Lois Karfunkel aren’t film critics or want-to-be directors. They don’t even own many movies, although they do rent several each month. But they believe Andover could use a place for people to see small, quality, independent movies.

From that thought was born “The BoomerVenture Screening Room.”

Beginning next Thursday, Sept. 13, residents will be able to see what the organizers are describing as “first-run quality independent movies recently out on DVD.” The movies will be offered each Thursday night at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Place, behind Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St.

The first film, , will be shown as part of the BoomerVenture Open House on Sept. 13, celebrating the fifth year of the series targeted at Andover baby boomers.

(For a complete list of other programs, see the Arts page, page 13.)

All residents of Andover are welcome to attend the films and there will be no charge. Showings will start at 7 p.m. with the movies listed on BoomerVenture’s web site,

The film nights will include an optional half hour discussion of the selected film to be led by an Andover resident.

On an initial basis, BoomerVenture will offer for purchase at 6:30 p.m. snacks such as cookies, yogurt and drinks,nd on the go light box dinners, depending on the interest of attendees.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this new and exciting independent film festival,” said Karen Payne Taylor, acting program coordinator for BoomerVenture. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to supplement our very successful Monday afternoon movie program with an evening series that offers quality films that may not have been shown in our local area movie houses.”

For more information about this program, call 978-623-8321.


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