The Independent Film Festival of Boston is one of the best fests in the WORLD!
Make sure to clear your calendar for the week of April 22- April 29.
Check here for the IFFBoston 2015 Narrative Features (All The Links)
|61 BULLETS directed by David Modigliani & Louisiana Kreutz
Senator Huey Long and his alleged assassin Dr. Carl Weiss die in a hail of bullets. 79 years later, their families search for closure.
Fri. 4/24 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre – East Coast Premiere!
Sun. 4/26 – 3:00pm – Somerville Theatre
|THE AMINA PROFILE directed by Sophie Deraspe
Amina Arraf became a star blogger when her online Montreal girlfriend encouraged her to launch A Gay Girl in Damascus. The global hunt that ensued after Arraf was kidnapped when Syria entered the Arab Spring in 2011 leads to a shocking truth, and a commentary on identity in the Information Age.
Thu. 4/23 – 7:00pm – UMass – New England Premiere!
|ANGKOR’S CHILDREN directed by Lauren Shaw
Cambodia’s cultural and artistic renaissance told through the voices of three young women.
|BARGE directed by Ben Powell
Misfits on dry land find purpose and direction 28 days at a time as the crew of a towboat headed for New Orleans.
Sun. 4/26 – 12:45pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|BEING EVEL directed by Daniel Junge
The real story behind the myth of American icon Robert “Evel” Knievel.
Thu. 4/23 – 7:30pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|BEST OF ENEMIES directed by Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville
Chronicles the 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr.
Sat. 4/25 – 4:30pm – Brattle Theatre – New England Premiere!
|THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION directed by Stanley Nelson
An exploration of the history and impact of the controversial Black Panther Party.
Mon. 4/27 – 7:00pm – Brattle Theatre – New England Premiere!
|BOUNCE: HOW THE BALL TAUGHT THE WORLD directed by Jerome Thelia
A journey across continents and centuries to explore our universal obsession with the ball.
Sun. 4/26 – 3:30pm – Somerville Theatre – East Coast Premiere!
|CALL ME LUCKY directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
Barry Crimmins was a volatile but brilliant comic who became an honored peace activist and influential political satirist. Famous comedians and others build a picture of a man who underwent an incredible transformation.
Sat. 4/25 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
Director Bobcat Goldthwait and Subject Barry Crimmins will appear in person!
|CARTEL LAND directed by Matthew Heineman
A harrowing look at two vigilante groups taking on murderous drug cartels in Mexico.
Mon. 4/27 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|THE CHINESE MAYOR directed by Hao Zhou
Controversial Mayor Geng Yanbo is demolishing one of the world’s dirtiest cities to recreate its glorious past.
Sun. 4/26 – 1:00pm – Brattle Theatre – New England Premiere!
|CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS directed by Susan Gray
The inspiring story of two youth circuses from remote corners of the world
Sat. 4/25 – 2:00pm – Brattle Theatre – WORLD Premiere!
|CITY OF GOLD directed by Laura Gabbert
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold’s culinary odyssey of his hometown Los Angeles.
Sat. 4/25 – 3:00pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|DO I SOUND GAY? directed by David Thorpe
A personal exploration of the stereotype of the “gay voice” and its impact.
Fri. 4/24 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|DWARVES KINGDOM directed by Matthew Salton
The compelling story of a theme park featuring performances by little people (with dwarfism) who live in a fantasy recreation of a magical empire.
Thu. 4/23 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|FINDERS KEEPERS directed by Bryan Carberry & J. Clay Tweel
A true story of fame, addiction and a custody battle over a man’s leg.
Thu. 4/23 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
Sun. 4/26 – 6:00pm – Somerville Theatre
|FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD directed by Paul Goodwin
The anarchic history of 2000AD, the British science-fiction comic that unleashed Judge Dredd into the world.
Mon. 4/27 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre – Boston Premiere!
|THE GREAT ALONE directed by Greg Kohs
The inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey.
Sat. 4/25 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre – Special Screening!
|GTFO: Get The F&#% Out directed by Shannon Sun-Higginson
Investigates the prevalent misogyny in video game culture and questions the future of this 20 billion dollar industry.
Sat. 4/25 – 3:00pm – Somerville Theatre – East Coast Premiere!
|HEAVEN ADORES YOU directed by Nickolas Rossi
An intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith.
Fri. 4/24 – 7:00pm – Brattle Theatre – New England Premiere!
|HOT TYPE: 150 YEARS OF THE NATION directed by Barbara Kopple
Barbara Kopple’s lastest film is a vivid look at America’s oldest continuously published weekly magazine.
Fri. 4/24 – 7:00pm – UMass – New England Premiere!
|I AM WHAT I PLAY directed by Roger King
A documentary about the heyday of rock radio DJs, featuring Charles Laquidara, Meg Griffin, Pat O’Day, and David Marsden.
Sun. 4/26 – 12:30pm – Somerville Theatre – WORLD Premiere!
|IN TRANSIT directed by Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu & David Usui
Journey into the hearts and minds of passengers aboard the Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route.
Sun. 4/26 – 12:30pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|IRIS directed by Albert Maysles
A vibrant portrait of the legendary, flamboyant 93-year-old style maven Iris Apfel by Albert Maysles.
Sat. 4/25 – 7:15pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|KING GEORGES directed by Erika Frankel
Renowned French chef Georges Perrier runs Le Bec-Fin, arguably the finest French restaurant in the US. Can he adapt his cuisine to America’s ever-evolving tastes?
Sun. 4/26 – 5:45pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|THE LOOK OF SILENCE directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated THE ACT OF KILLING (IFFBoston 2013).
Sun. 4/26 – 6:00pm – Brattle Theatre – New England Premiere!
|LOST CONQUEST directed by Mike Scholtz
Vikings invade America in the motion picture event of 1000 A.D.
Sat. 4/25 – 5:15pm – Somerville Theatre – WORLD Premiere!
|LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS directed by Laurie Kahn
Pulling back the covers on the billion dollar romance novel industry
Thu. 4/23 – 7:15pm – Somerville Theatre
|MADE IN JAPAN directed by Josh Bishop
The remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first Japanese country music superstar, and her dream to play the Grand Ole Opry again.
Sun. 4/26 – 3:15pm – Somerville Theatre – Massachusetts Premiere!
|MORPHINE JOURNEY OF DREAMS directed by Mark Shuman
The band Morphine blazed like a comet across the global music scene in the 1990s with its innovative “Low Rock” sound. Fronted by two-string bassist/vocalist/songwriter Mark Sandman, the trio rose from local Boston clubs to indie and major label record deals, international touring, and wide critical acclaim until their tragic and untimely demise in 1999. In MORPHINE: JOURNEY OF DREAMS, the group’s surviving members and associates tell their story intercut with passages from saxophonist Dana Colley’s vivid tour journals. Rare live performances from throughout their career woven into the story display why their unique and mesmeric sound continues to resonate with music lovers today. This artfullydelivered documentary doesn’t just get behind but rather inside the music and the soul of the group to honor Morphine’s notable artistic achievements and the creative bond the musicians shared.
Sat. 4/25 – 7:15pm – Brattle Theatre – Boston Premiere!
|THE PRIMARY INSTINCT directed by David Chen
You may not know Stephen Tobolowsky’s name, but you’ve seen him in countless movies and television shows. Maybe the hardest-working character actor in show business today, Tobolowsky has been the “Hey, it’s that guy!” scene stealer in everything from MISSISIPPI BURNING to GROUNDHOG DAY, from Deadwood to Glee. What you also may not know about Stephen Tobolowsky is that he happens to be a phenomenal storyteller, famed for spinning long, autobiographical yarns that were the secret highlight of Hollywood parties and backstage gatherings for decades.
In 2009, he started a massively popular podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, which was picked up by Public Radio International in 2012. Tobolowsky’s long-form, richly detailed tales from a life in the arts weave in topics ranging from his Texas childhood to the forefront of scientific research. They are rich with humor and hard-learned life lessons, making the personal universal.
Hearing Tobolowsky’s stories is one thing; watching him live is entirely another. (Just ask IFFBoston patrons who attended his benefit performance at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in February 2012.) THE PRIMARY INSTINCT was filmed last year at Seattle’s historic Moore Theatre. Directed by Tobolowsky Files cohost David Chen, the film harkens back to Spalding Gray’s SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA, documenting a singular artist at the peak of his powers. It’s Tobolowsky’s most expansive and most deeply moving tale yet—all about love, loss, and the way we tell stories to make sense of our lives.
Sun. 4/26 – 7:30pm – Somerville Theatre
Director David Chen and Subject Stephen Tobolowsky will appear in person.
|ROLLING PAPERS directed by Mitch Dickman
An irreverent and incisive year-one look at the emerging world of cannabis legalization through the eyes of the world’s first marijuana editor at The Denver Post.
Sun. 4/26 – 8:15pm – Somerville Theatre
|STRAY DOG directed by Debra Granik
A contemplative portrait of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall: biker, Vietnam Vet, and lover of small dogs.
Sat. 4/25 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre – Boston Premiere!
|SUNSHINE SUPERMAN directed by Marah Strauch
A heart-racing portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement.
Sun. 4/26 – 8:45pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|(T)ERROR directed by Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe
Unprecedented profile of a former revolutionary turned informant during an active counterterrorism sting operation.
Thu. 4/23 – 9:15pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
Mon. 4/27 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre
|THEORY OF OBSCURITY: A FILM ABOUT THE RESIDENTS directed by Don Hardy Jr.
Explores the history and fandom surrounding the famously-reclusive art-band, iconic for their eyeball helmets and renowned for their anonymity.
Sun. 4/26 – 8:45pm – Brattle Theatre – New England Premiere!
|TOP SPIN directed by Mina T. Son & Sara Newens
Three teenagers battle their way through the world of competitive ping pong.
Fri. 4/24 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|WELCOME TO LEITH directed by Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker
A white supremacist attempts to take over a small town in North Dakota.
Sat. 4/25 – 4:45pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|WESTERN directed by Bill Ross & Turner Ross
In Eagle Pass, Texas, where the U.S. and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the looming specter of cartel violence.
Sat. 4/25 – 5:00pm – Somerville Theatre – New England Premiere!
|THE WOLFPACK directed by Crystal Moselle
The isolated Angulo brothers meticulously recreate films using elaborate homemade props and costumes.
Tues. 4/28 – 9:45pm – Coolidge Corner Theatre – New England Premiere!
|THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE directed by Ellen Brodsky
A behind-the-scenes look at the Boston-based True Colors: Out Youth Theatre.
Sat. 4/25 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre