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Outside The Box Free Performing Arts Festival Announces Live Performance of NBC’s The Voice Featuring 2015 Winner Sawyer Fredericks and 2012 Winner Jermaine Paul

Presented by The Boston Film Festival, The Voice – Boston Will Take Place On Wednesday, July 15, 2015

(July 2, 2015 – Boston, MA) Outside The Box today announced a live performance from winners of NBC’s The Voice. The Voice-Boston will take place as part of the festival on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Presented by The Boston Film Festival, the performance will feature Sawyer Fredericks, the show’s 2015 winner as well as Jermaine Paul, the 2012 winner.

The Voice-Boston will also include performances from season 2 contestant James Massone of Wakefield, MA as well as Noah Lis of Palmer, MA and Ria Eaton of Billerica, MA, both of whom competed during Season 6. Musical Director for The Voice-Live is Craig S. Najjar. The live performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Beacon Street Stage.

Outside The Box is the vision of Boston-based philanthropist and arts enthusiast Ted Cutler, who believes in the power of arts to educate and inspire creative thinking. “The Voice has become a cultural phenomenon, offering many unknown artists an opportunity to take the chance to perform on a national stage. As with every performer at Outside The Box, we believe that these individuals have the power to inspire others and introduce individuals to all genres of arts and music, said Cutler. “We are incredibly excited by the opportunity to partner with The Boston Film Festival to make this performance happen.”

"The Boston Film Festival is excited to support Ted Cutler's state-of-the-art free event, and hope that his altruistic contribution inspires others to follow his lead." said Robin Dawson, Executive Director, Boston Film Festival.

Scheduled for July 14-19, 2015 on the Boston Common, Outside The Box is a six-day free performing arts festival, designed to entertain and inspire through performances from local, national and international arts organizations of all genres. More than 100 performances have been lined up so far for this extraordinary artistic celebration.

Performances previously announced include the July 18 Radio 92.9 EarthFest, presented by Whole Foods Market and featuring performances from Guster, New Politics, Atlas Genius and Alex Preston. On Thursday, July 16, the festival will feature a performance from The Gin Blossoms, also presented by Radio 92.9 and on Friday, July 18, Country 102.5 will present Kacey Musgraves, Austin Web and Cam.

The festival will open on Tuesday, July 14 with a spectacular performance from the world-renowned Turkish dance group Fire of Anatolia, presented by Turkish Airlines. It will be preceded by the Puppeteers Cooperative, The Boston Circus Guild, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band and a collaborative dance ensemble piece featuring eight local Boston dance companies.

Over the following five days, the festival will feature family-friendly performances, interactive arts activities, a showcase of cultures from across the globe, music, dance, opera, theater, and much more. For a full list of performances announced to date, visit or follow Outside the Box on Facebook or @otbBoston on Twitter.

The Managing Director for the 2015 Outside The Box festival is Susan Shields Darian. The Artistic Director, Georgia Lyman, is a Boston-based performer and producer who served as associate curator for the 2013 festival. The festival is presented in part by The Boston Foundation. Additional performances will continue to be announced.

The Boston Film Festival is one of America’s longest-running celebrations of film with a rich history of premiering some of Hollywood’s most-revered films. Dedicated to supporting evolving filmmakers, the festival provides a forum in which to showcase their artistic vision. It has hosted such acclaimed filmmakers and actors as Melissa Leo, George Clooney and Aaron Eckhart, among others. The event annually presents a spectrum of awards with new and unusual categories being recently added to showcase the best talent. “The Mass Impact Award” is given to a filmmaker whose movie illustrates a social issue that most positively affects humanity. Filmgoers can access for more details and to purchase tickets. Facebook: Boston Film Festival; Twitter: Bostonfilmfest.

30th Annual Boston Film Festival Announces Awards to Films, Directors and Actors

BOSTON - October 7, 2014 - The 2014 Boston Film Festival has announced the winners of this year's awards which includes filmmakers with New England origins. Boston's primary film festival celebrated its 30th program September 24-28 at Theatre 1, Revere Hotel Boston Common.

The film "Wild" picked up two awards - one for Best Film and one for Best Actress, Reese Witherspoon. Two films tied for the most awards: The feature film "White Rabbit" was presented with Best Actor Nick Krause, Best Supporting Actress Britt Robertson and Best Supporting Actor Sam Trammell who attended the festival. Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and editing were presented to former Bostonian Director Melissa Donovan for "Zemene." Darmouth College alum Paul Lazarus won Best Director for his documentary "Slingshot" which also received the EcoFilm Award. The Widowmaker' took home the coveted Mass Impact Award.

This year's Boston Film Festival Award Winners are:

  • Best Film: "Wild"
  • Best Actor: Nick Krause, "White Rabbit"
  • Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, "wild"
  • Best Supporting Actor: Sam Trammell, "White Rabbit"
  • Best Supporting Actress: Britt Robertson, "White Rabbit"
  • Best Documentary: "Zemene"
  • Best Director: Paul Lazarus
  • Mass Impact: "Widowmaker"
  • EcoFilm: "Slingshot"
  • Best Cinematography: "Zemene"
  • Best Music: "The Winding Stream"
  • Best Editing: "Zemene"
  • Audience Favorite:"Playing for the Mob"
  • Best Short: "Bis Kleich"
  • Best Performance in a Short Film: Llana Barron, "Committed"

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Closing Day Spotlight

Love Thy nature

Love Thy Nature

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a documentary film that takes viewers on an awe-inspiring cinematic journey into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.

Neeson is the voice of "Sapiens" - our collective humankind - who faces possible death due to the severity of Earth's environmental crisis. But, inspired by experts’ insights, Sapiens awakens to the realization that a renewed connection with nature holds the key to a highly advanced new era in human evolution.

Start time: 6:00pm



SlingShot focuses on inventor Dean Kamen (Segway Human Transporter) and his 15-year quest to solve the world's safe water crisis. Iconoclast, Kamen, is a modern hero. His inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for the planet's biggest challenge. Fifty percent of all human illness is the result of water borne pathogens.

Start time: 8:30pm



"Zemene" is a full-length documentary, from director Melissa Donovan, that follows a spirited 10-year old Ethiopian girl, Zemenework (Zemene), as she fights to keep hope alive and survive her life-threatening condition of Kyphosis, a severe curvature of the spine. With no health care in her village, Zemene travels with her Uncle Menormelkam to the city of Gondar, where they are told that there is no medical treatment that can her. At a critical moment, Zemene and her Uncle cross paths with Dr. Rick Hodes, an internist, whose life’s work is to help those in need. This chance encounter takes Zemene and her Uncle down a new path, giving them hope for the future. "Zemene" movingly depicts how individuals providing care to children in need can transform not only individual lives, but communities as well.

Start time: 4:00pm

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Boston Film Festival 2014 Poster

2014 celebrates the 30th edition of the Boston Film Festival (BFF). With screens featuring many genres such as comedy, drama, suspense, biological, romantic, animated and many more — there is something for everyone to enjoy at the BFF. Dedicated to supporting evolving filmmakers, the festival provides a forum in which to showcase their artistic vision. The Boston Film Festival is one of America’s longest running and most recognized celebrations of film; with a rich history of premiering some of Hollywood’s most revered films and hosting renowned filmmakers and actors including Uma Thurman, George Clooney and Val Kilmer, amongst others. The diverse program of feature films, shorts and documentaries will delight the cutting-edge directors and studio filmmakers who frequent the festival. With a spectrum of awards presented annually, new and unusual categories have been added in order to showcase the best talent. The ‘Mass Impact Award’ is given to a filmmaker whose movie illuminates a social issue that most positively affects humanity. With first-hand access to the filmmakers and Q&A sessions with the director following every screening, it’s a must for film lovers this October.

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30th Annual Boston Film Festival

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

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"A few years ago I was thrilled to be invited to show my film 'Death in Love' at the Boston Film Festival. The overall selection was excellent, and the audience was open and appreciative. The festival provided us with a great stay in a beautiful city, and I would be happy to return when I have another film that makes the cut."

— Boaz Yakin; "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," co-writer screenplay; "Death in Love," director & screenplay; "Remember the Titans," director.

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