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Film Premiere — Jamaica Plain Porchfest: Songs in the Key of JP

February 8, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


JP Film premier:

Jamaica Plain Porchfest:  Songs in the Key of JP


Jamaica Plain Porchfest: Songs in the Key of JP is a short documentary that captures the spirit of this vibrant community-building event, in which 65 musiciansperformed on 35 porches to a roving audience of 7,000+ people.  It will be screened on February 8th at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, JP.

“We wanted to produce a music film that not only reflected the exuberance of the day, but also gave viewers some insight about why it touched a nerve for so manypeople,” said Co-Producer, Mindy Fried. “We are also committed to helping other communities create their own Porchfests, and have begun working with porchfest organizers in Randolph, Plum Island and San Francisco. We know there’s interest out there, and this film will hopefully inspire others”.

Organized by Marie Ghitman and Mindy Fried, this free, all-volunteer event celebrated JP’s creative talent and diversity, using music as a vehicle to weave thecommunity together.  JP Porchfest neighbors sampled music from a wide range of genres, including Afro pop, Caribbean, punk, acoustic, R&B, rock and roll, country,world music, classical, jazz, reggae and more! Porches, loosely defined, included several JP churches and elderly housing sites.

“We were inspired by Porchfest events around the country, especially nearby Somerville, which has held a Porchfest for several years. In JP, we intentionally matched musicians and porches to draw diverse crowds to each site, and to encourage music-goers to travel the breadth of the neighborhood,” said Co-Producer, Marie Ghitman.

“We are thrilled and amazed at the overwhelming response from the community, including musicians of all genres, and the many people who have offered theirporches to musicians,” commented Fried. “The energy was positive and we are certain that this is the first of many JP Porchfests”.

Check out the Jamaica Plain Porchfest Facebook page:



Or peruse the JP Porchfest website - www.jpporchfest.org - which includes information about all the musicians who played at JP Porchfest 2014.


For more information, contact Marie Ghitman (marie@jpporchfest.org) or Mindy Fried



February 8, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Marie Ghitman and Mindy Fried
marie@jpporchfest.org or mindy@jpporchfest.org
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Not for profit or community group


First Baptist Church
633 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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