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Erin Trahan

Contributor, The ARTery, WBUR

Erin Trahan writes regularly about movies for The ARTery and has also contributed to The Boston Globe, The Independent, MovieMaker Magazine, Women’s Review of Books, AGNI, and several other publications.

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Market Basket Saga Unfolds In 2 Spirited, But Not Quite Triumphant, Documentaries

May 19, 2016
Market Basket associates and customers rally in support of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas in "We The People: The Market Basket Effect." (Courtesy NBTV)

The unprecedented Market Basket protest of 2014 — where workers and customers banded together to reinstate their beloved CEO — is ripe for more drama than what’s captured in two recent documentaries.

From Aging Athletes To Zombies: 10 Must-See Short Films At IFFBoston This Year

April 26, 2016
A still from the short film "Clean" directed by Gabriel Wilson. (Courtesy Gabriel Wilson Productions)

From April 27 through May 4 at the Somerville Theatre, catch original, artful, provocative and touching short films that will stick with you long after the festival ends.

‘Wicked Queer’ Says It All For Boston's Longstanding Film Fest

March 29, 2016
"Brothers" is part of Wicked Queer's first-ever program devoted to web series. (Photo courtesy of Emmett Lundberg)

Wicked Queer Film Festival, one of the first in the nation devoted to gay themes, returns for its 32nd year with a strong line-up of films from around the world — and a new name.

Oscar 2016: Keeping It Real? Boston Writers Weigh In On True-Event Nominees

February 26, 2016

This is the third year in a row where just as many true-event as pure fiction movies are nominated for Best Picture. Boston writers, some of whom have recently seen their nonfiction appear on screen, weigh in on the four nominees and what’s at stake when the lines between fiction and non are blurred.

For Tarantino, A Boston Company Resurrects 70 mm Film Projectors

December 23, 2015
Boston Light & Sound’s Chapin Cutler looks at 70 mm film at the company’s offices in Boston. The company has collected, refurbished and distributed projectors around the country for the screening of Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight,” which was made on 70 mm film. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Boston Light & Sound was hired to bring the all-but-dead format of 70 mm film back to life so audiences across the nation can see Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “The Hateful Eight.”

'Spotlight' Brings This Film Critic Back To Her Catholic Roots — And Rebellion

November 03, 2015
From left: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in "Spotlight." (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films)

As a professional critic, Erin Trahan lauds the artistry of “Spotlight,” and as a former Catholic, she remembers what it felt like to hear the news of the scandal.

Boston Jewish Film Festival’s New Leader Assembles Biggest Program To Date

November 02, 2015
New artistic director of the BJFF Ariana Cohen-Halberstam (left) with board president Denise Widman. (Bernstein Photo LLC)

The 27th year of the BJFF will screen 62 films at 17 venues in the Boston area between Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 16.

GlobeDocs Film Fest Kicks Off, Shining A Light On The Documentary Form

October 06, 2015
"Fastball" closes GlobeDocs with a screening in Fenway Park on Sat., Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)

The film festival (Oct. 7-11) is part of The Boston Globe’s multi-platform documentary initiative that also includes a monthly film series, increased print coverage and short docs featured in its opinion section.

A Documentary Turned Ballet: Frederick Wiseman Transforms ‘Titicut Follies’

September 13, 2015
Cambridge-based documentarian Frederick Wiseman is debuting "In Jackson Heights" as well as a ballet based on his renowned "Titicut Follies" at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. He appears in this photo during the 2014 Venice Film Festival. (David Azia/AP)

That’s right, a ballet based on the once-banned documentary that takes place inside the Bridgewater State Prison.

A Personal Challenge Turns Into A Global ‘Directed By Women’ Film Bash

August 28, 2015
Barbara Ann O'Leary. (Eric Rudd)

One woman’s personal challenge to watch more films directed by women is now a two-week global celebration. Directed By Women takes place Sept. 1-15 and includes a screening at Emerson’s Bright Light Film Series.

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