The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival

The Regent- Arlington, MA | October 6 – 10, 2021

The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival, sponsored by Final Draft and Designware, returns to the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, from Wednesday, October 6, to Sunday October 6-10.

This year’s gems include “Kiss The Ground,” a pro-Earth documentary by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, and hosted by Woody Harrelson, “Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story,” “The Game Is Up,” Disillusioned Trump Voters Tell Their Stories, by Mary Jo Peltier, “Extra Innings,” a Boston Red Sox centric film starring T.J. Thyne and directed by John Gray, and Songbirds by Dagan W. Beckett.

Opening Night of Wednesday, October 6, includes the 2021 A-Town Teen Award Winners; Best Film – Sol Yudowski for “Ink,” Best Actor – Luca Rugerio for “Washed Up,” Best Production Value – Angelina Santiago for “Photo Project and Best Writing – Sonya Panariti for “Home Is…”

Our opening night showcase film is Alternate Ground a Boston-made supernatural feature film by Daniel Groom.

Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8 offer award-winning films during the “Lonely Seal Happy Hour” from

4:00-6:00 PM. Award-winning short films that screen alongside the evening features include “Extra Innings,” by John Gray, The Plumber, by Cate Carson, and “Voices,” by Jake Hart, a former member of The Blue Man Group.

Saturday evening October 9, welcomes the World Premiere of the “New England Ska Summit,” followed by a concert.

Sunday, October 10, features a 9:00-10:30 AM “Meet & Eat Breakfast, featuring “One All The Way,” a film by David Baram, about three elderly men who return to Patterson, New Jersey, in search the world’s greatest Hot Texas Weiner.

Music video finalists include Wren Wilder’s “Egyptian Cotton,” Eden Neville’s, “Video Games,” and Luis Zavaleta’s “Escapement,” while songs include Michelle Rose’s “Ghosted” and Eden Neville’s “Half Of Me.” Michele Rose will also perform during Friday’s Happy Hour.

Screenplay finalists include “ABCD” by Laurie Lamson, “One Foot Over the Edge” by Katelyn Wells, “A Man Called White” by Randy Hines, “Goodbye, Kid. Hurry Back,” by Terri Kauffman, and “Bright and Beautiful” by Zachary Smolar.

The Awards Ceremony is on Sunday evening at 7:00 PM.

Our festival is showing filmed content from 20 countries. As always, we support Women Filmmakers, our LBGTQIA community, and Minority and Disabled Filmmakers.

The Lonely Seal Story dates back nearly 47 years, so we have deep roots, even though our festival branches are only four years old.

“We’re thrilled to be back at the Regent because it’s an oasis of independent expression, nestled in a 105-year-old classic cinema house,” festival founder Hammad Zaidi said.

Tickets and Festival Passes are available at the Regent Theatre Box Office and on FilmFreeway.

Contact: or (323) 252-7325.

Check out the festival trailer here:

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture