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Witch City

Salem Witches, Evangelical Preachers, greed..and business as usual
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Overview

Genre
Contemporary Issues, Cultural History, History, Human Rights, and Religion
Synopsis

Told from the perspective of a returning native, WITCH CITY is an uncompromising documentary look at Salem, Massachusetts, a town that put the phrase "witch hunt" into the American vocabulary and a place where today a Disneyesque version of history serves the purposes of both commercial and religious interests. Filmmaker Joe Cultrera returns home to find a place where historical facts are sensationalized for the benefit of T-shirt hawkers and wax museum owners. New Age Wiccans (witches) make the pilgrimage to Salem, and Evangelical Christians use street theater to wage a fire and brimstone war against them. WITCH CITY is a cautionary tale about the consequences of manipulating historical facts for present-day gains.

Stage
finished
Running time
55 minutes

Credits

  • Henry Ferrini ... Co-Producer, Co-Director, Director of Photography,
  • Phillip Lamy ... Writer
  • Joe Cultrera ... Co-Producer, Director, Editor
  • Bob Quinn ... Co-Producer
  • John Stanton ... Co-Writer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Zingerplatz Pictures; Ferrini Productions; Picture Business
Country
United States
Years of Production
1992 - 1997
Locations
Salem, MA
Prod. Partners
Henry Ferrini; Phil Lamy; Bob Quinn; John Stanton

Distribution Details

Release year
1997
Distribution
Zingerplatz Pictures; Ferrini Productions; Picture Business Productions
Broadcast (Acq.)
WGBH Bopston and other regional PBS outlets
Language
English

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