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—June 2010. Polis is This and Lowell Blues screening, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 20565 Tel: 202.842.6272
—October 9th, 2010. Charles Olson Centenary Festival, Gloucester, MA. Polis is This.
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  • Witch City
  • Radio Fishtown
  • Loco in Euzkadi
  • Leather Soul
  • Last Call

  • Middle Street
  • Who is Sylvia
  • Ray Parson
  • Sandy's Jazz Revival

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  • GE Plastics
  • UMass-Boston
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"Through Ferrini's lens, a gritty, blue-collar mill town is rendered achingly beautiful in the red/blue glow of the intense New England light."
— Marisa Guthrie, Boston Herald

Independent filmmaker Henry Ferrini works out of the port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Over the last 25 years, much of his work has focused on what Jack Kerouac called, "the great continent of New England." His interest in cultural geography has taken him to working-class communities throughout the industrial Northeast unearthing material most would overlook.

Ferrini's films do not follow the conventional patterns of a biographical documentary. He employs a lyrical, impressionist approach that allows for greater exploration of the subject's philosophies, thoughts and ideas. He calls his work "film poems." This style is manifest in his most recent release, Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place an hour long journey through the poet and filmmaker's hometown guided by a who's who in American poetry: Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, Anne Waldman, Vincent Ferrini, John Sinclair, Ed Sanders and John Malkovich.

Ferrini's current project focuses on the great saxophonist Lester Willis Young. Little-known outside jazz circles, Mr. Young's life could be considered an ugly beauty, a story of exquisite grace set within a time of loathsome racism.

Other films by Henry Ferrini:

The Light, the Quality the Time, the Place: A meditation on environmental responsibility in Gloucester. It was produced with a CETA grant from the Carter administration.

Radio Fishtown: The story of the last one-man radio station operation in the United States, Simon Geller of Gloucester, Massachusettsæa man heard by thousands but never seen.

John Koch from The Boston Globe called Radio Fishtown, "A poetic piece of silver."

Leather Soul: A Picture Business/Ferrini Production collaboration exploring the Peabody Massachusetts Leather Industry and its effect on the economy and culture.

Poem in Action: A portrait of Gloucester poet laureate, Vincent Ferrini.

Witch City: A Picture Business/Ferrini Production collaboration critiquing contemporary consumer culture in Salem Massachusetts, and those who profit from the tragedies of 1692.

Henry Ferrini's work has been shown in 8 countries, featured on local and national television in the U.S., and received numerous awards and grants.

In addition to writing, producing and directing film projects, Ferrini takes on corporate video and camera assignments to help support his independent work. He has also completed a feature script about the declining fishing industry in Gloucester.


2007 Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place Producer/Director, Ferrini Productions, Gloucester, MA
2006 In Harm's Way Camera/Director, Help for Abused Women and their Children, Salem, MA
2005 And Yet I Rise Camera/Director, Help for Abused Women and their Children, Salem, MA
2001 Last Call Director of Photography, Shouldered Oar Productions, Nantucket, MA.
2000 Lowell Blues: the words of Jack Kerouac Director, Ferrini Productions, Gloucester, MA.
1999 Promise Keepers Producer/Director, Center for Millennial Studies, BU, Boston, MA.
1998 End of the Line Camera/Director, MA Law Reform Institute, Boston, MA.
1997 Shoah Camera, Visual History Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
1996 Witch City Producer/Camera/Co-Director, Ferrini Productions/Picture Business, NYC.
1995 Holyland Camera/Director/Editor, Ferrini Productions, Israel.
1994 Posta Camera/Director, Ferrini Productions Serbia/Bosnia/Croatia.
1993 Historic Salem Camera/Director, Ferrini Productions, National Park Service, Salem, MA.
1992 Leather Soul Director of Photography, WGBH-TV, Boston, MA.
1991 Radio Fishtown Camera/Director, WGBH-TV, Boston, MA.
1990 Poem in Action Camera/Director, WGBH-TV, Boston, MA.
1986 Giovanni De Capestrano Camera/Director, RAI, Abruzzo, Italia.
1984 Mio Paese Producer, WGBH Productions, Calabria, Italia.
1983 The Stone the Builders Refused Camera/Editor, WGBH., Boston, MA.
1983 Sudden Difficulties Camera, ICA/WGBH Productions, Boston, MA.
1982 Sandy’s Jazz & Blues Revival Producer, Ferrini Productions, Gloucester, MA.
1978 The Light, the Quality, the Time and Place Producer/Director, Gloucester, MA.


2005 MarketWars, Producer/Director, GE Healthcare, Orlando, FL
2004 Mission Impossible, Producer/Director, GE Healthcare, Palm Beach, FL
2003 Bucky Balls, Fuel Cells and Plastic Muscles Camera/Editor, GE Plastics, Chicago, IL
2000 National Plastics Expo Producer/Director, Plastics, Chicago, IL.
2000 Domestic Violence Producer/Director, HAWC, Gloucester, MA.
1998 Reproductive Safety Camera/Director, Pro-Choice Resource Center New York, NY.
1997 Super Bowl XXXI Camera, Fox TV, New York, NY.
1997 Trust Fund for the Future Camera/Editor, UMass Boston, Boston, MA.
1996 Transforming Healthcare Camera, Picture Business Productions, New York, NY.
1996 America Works Camera, International Brotherhood of Carpenters, New York, NY.
1995 Beyond Shelter Camera/Director, BB&K Advertising, Boston, MA.
1994 Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Camera/Director, BB&K Advertising, Boston, MA.
1994 Old House Journal Camera/Director, Ferrini Productions, Gloucester, MA.
1993 Garbage Magazine Camera/Director, Ferrini Productions, Gloucester, MA.
1992 National Alliance to End Homelessness Camera, Picture Business, New York, NY.
1991 Creativity Smithsonian, Camera/Director, Ferrini Productions, Wash. DC.
1990 Cardiac Colloquy Editor, Ferrini Productions, Gloucester, MA.
1988 Management Training Editor, Xerox Corporation, Boston, MA.
1987 Birds Producer/Director, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln, MA.

*Sampling of over 100 client sponsored productions

2001 Berkeley Film Festival 2001 Grand Festival Award
1998 Houston Film Festival Gold
1997 Cindy Award Silver
1995 Nantucket Screenwriter Competition Finalist
1995 Massachusetts Screenwriter Competition Finalist
1995 Somerville Film Festival Best of Festival
1994-95 Massachusetts Arts Council Recipient
1992 Hometown USA Video Festival Best Documentary
1992 Baltimore Film Festival Silver
1992 National Educational Film and Video Festival Bronze Apple
1989 Massachusetts Cable Television Award Best of Festival
1986-89 Massachusetts Arts Council Recipient
1983 American Film Institute nominee


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