Boston Independent Film Festival Preview (April 23-30)

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The Boston Independent Film Festival has been a can’t miss event for film lovers in the city since 2003, and it looks like 2014 will be no different. With films from the likes of Michael Winterbottom, Richard Linklater, Michel Gondry, Ti West, Richard Ayoade and more, the week long festival (April 23-30) is jam packed with great movie to see. Below, we highlight some entries we’re excited for and provide a rundown of all the festival’s offerings, from full length features to documentaries and shorts. Head on over to http://iffboston.org/ now to purchase complete festival passes or tickets to individual screenings, which will be held at theaters all over the Boston area, including the historic Brattle Theater, Coolidge Corner, and the Somerville Theater at Davis Square. Get the full festival preview here:

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Must Sees:
Boyhood film.jpgBoyhood (Friday, April 25. 7:00pm. Somerville) – Richard Linklater’s long-gestating coming of age film debuted to rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year and looks to be a highlight of the year. The Before Midnight and Dazed and Confused director chose to spend 12 years filming the project so his actor Ellar Coltrane could grow with the film, rather than use a set of different actors to show the character age. It’s a crazy ambitious idea and one that sounds like Linklater pulls off in typical emotional fashion

TheDouble2013Poster.jpgThe Double (Tuesday, April 29. 9:45pm. Coolidge Corner) – The directorial debut of The I.T. Crowd star Richard Ayoade was 2010’s quirky and charming Submarine, which revealed him as a director with a style that took on the sensibilities of Wes Anderson mixed with John Hughes. His new film seems to keep the Anderson sensibility but mix it with that of David Fincher. Jesse Eisenberg plays a man who discovers he has a double, which slowly drives him off the edge. Mia Wasikowska, Chris O’Dowd and Sally Hawkins also add to the film’s appeal, though all that needed to convince me was Ayoade in the director’s chair.

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter Sundance Film Still - H 2014Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (Sunday, April 27. 6:00pm. Brattle Theater) – This film is all about the fascinating premise (and a warm reception out of Sundance), based on what may or may not a be a true story about a Japanese woman who saw the Coen Brother’s Fargo and, believing it was real, set out to find the money buried by Steve Buscemi’s character at the end of the movie. David Zellner’s film stars Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim) and apparently has a strong Coen sense of humor to it. Count me in.

Palo Alto.jpgPalo Alto (Friday, April 25. 9:30pm. Somerville) – The latest in the family to become a filmmaker (after Francis Ford, Sofia and Roman), Gia Coppola’s debut film is adapted from James Franco’s short story book of the same name and features Franco in a supporting role, alongside Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer, Nat Wolff and Chris Messina. The high school-set movie will be interesting not just to see as Gia’s debut (will she fall more on the end of early Francis Ford or late Sofia?) but as a project Franco was involved in creatively but not the driving force behind. This is one of the less assured films, but one that has had some acclaim from festivals.

Mood Indigo poster.jpgMood Indigo (Wednesday, April 30. 7:30pm. Coolidge Corner) – The closing night film from Michel Gondry looks to be another delight from the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director. After a bit of a rough period with movies like The Green Hornet and the okay Be Kind Rewind, Gondry seems to be getting back to the elements of his style that made the aforementioned films successful. The trailers for the film are full of fantastical imagery and Gondry is at his best when focusing on a romance.

 

Other Highlights:
John Michael McDonagh’s sophomore effort Cavalry, Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis star in Hellion, Jenny Slate debates getting an abortion in the comedy Obvious Child, Ti West’s new horror film The Sacrament, Tom Hardy talks on the phone and drives for 85 minutes in Locke, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for The Trip to Italy, gay rights documentary The Case Against 8, Mike Myer’s documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are estranged siblings in The Skeleton Twins, and some hits from other festivals including Dear White People, We Are The Best, Wild Canaries, and documentaries 20,000 Days on Earth, and Vessel.

 

Full List:

Opening Night Film:
BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY directed by Gita Pullapilly & Aron Gaudet

Closing Night Film:
MOOD INDIGO directed by Michel Gondry

Narrative Features:
A FOR ALEX directed by Alex Orr
BELLE directed by Amma Asante
BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS directed by Bryan Reisberg
BOYHOOD directed by Richard Linklater
CALVARY directed by John Michael McDonagh
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE directed by Justin Simien
THE DOUBLE directed by Richard Ayoade
FAT directed by Mark Phinney
FORT TILDEN directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers
HELLION directed by Kat Candler
HOMEMAKERS directed by Colin Healey
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS directed by Leah Meyeroff
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER directed by David Zellner
LOCKE directed by Steven Knight
OBVIOUS CHILD directed by Gillian Robespierre
PALO ALTO directed by Gia Coppola
PING PONG SUMMER directed by Michael Tully
RUBBER SOUL directed by Jon Lefkovitz
THE SACRAMENT directed by Ti West
SKELETON TWINS directed by Craig Johnson
STARRED UP directed by David Mackenzie
TRAP STREET directed by Vivian Qu
THE TRIP TO ITALY directed by Michael Winterbottom
WE ARE THE BEST directed by Lukas Moodysson
WILD CANARIES directed by Lawrence Michael Levine

Documentary Features:
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
THE 78 PROJECT MOVIE directed by Alex Steyermark
9-MAN directed by Ursula Liang
AYITI TOMA directed by Joseph Hillel
THE CASE AGAINST 8 directed by Ben Cotner & Ryan White
EVERY EVERYTHING directed by Gorman Bechard
FIGHT CHURCH directed by Bryan Storkel & Daniel Junge
FREEDOM SUMMER directed by Stanley Nelson
FREELOAD directed by Daniel Skaggs
IN COUNTRY directed by Mike Attie & Meghan O’Hara
THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ directed by Brian Knappenberger
JON IMBER’S LEFT HAND directed by Richard Kane
LIFE ON THE V: THE STORY OF V66 directed by Eric Green
ONE CUT, ONE LIFE directed by Lucia Small & Ed Pincus
OVERNIGHTERS directed by Jesse Moss
POINT AND SHOOT directed by Marshall Curry
PRINT THE LEGEND directed by Luis Lopez & Clay Tweel
PROJECT WILD THING directed by David Bond
RICH HILL directed by Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo
RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR directed by Steve Tozzi
THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO directed by Ian Cheney
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY directed by Mary Dore
STARFISH THROWERS directed by Jesse Roesler
SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON directed by Mike Myers
THE SUPREME PRICE directed by Joanna Lipper
THIS TIME NEXT YEAR directed by Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman
TOUGH LOVE directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal
VESSEL directed by Diana Whitten
WEB directed by Michael Kleiman
WICKER KITTENS directed by Amy C. Elliot 

Short Films:
25.7 directed by David Abel
A PLACE CALLED PLUTO directed by Steve James
AFRONAUTS directed by Frances Bodomo
THE APOTHECARY directed by Helen Hood Scheer
BEAUTIFUL DREAMER directed by Brian Paccione
BHIWANI JUNCTION directed by Abhi Singh
THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST directed by Moon Molson
CHOREOGRAPHY directed by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin
DISCONNECTED directed by Ludovic Littee
DISTANCE directed by Aimee Long
ELVIS LOSES HIS EXCESS AND OTHER TALES OF THE WORLD’S LONGEST YARD SALE directed by Riley Hooper
THE EXHIBITOR directed by Scott Norwood
FIRST PRIZE directed by Kevin McMullin
FONT MEN directed by Dan Covert
FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS directed by Tim O’ Donnell
THE HERO POSE directed by Mischa Jakupcak
HOUSEKEEPING directed by Catherine Licata
LAMBING SEASON directed by Jeannie Donohoe
LOMAX directed by Jesse Kreitzer
MARQUEE directed by Joseph Stankus
THE MORNING OF EVERYTHING directed by Jeff Stern
NAILED IT directed by Jean-Paul Discisio
OTHERWORLDLY directed by Evan Mann
OVERPASS LIGHT BRIGADE directed by Dusan Harminc & Matt Mullins
PAUL THE DOWSER directed by Kire Paputts
RAT PACK RAT directed by Todd Rohal
REAL ETHEREAL directed by Evan Mann
SAMNANG directed by Asaph Polonsky
SEASICK SAILOR directed by Torre Catalano
SHE LOOK GOOD directed by Carly Short
SO YOU’VE GROWN ATTACHED directed by Kate Tsang
SPACEMAN directed by Chloe Lee
STUMPED directed by Robin Berghaus
TOKEN EXHANGE directed by Aaron Matthews
TRASHCANLAND directed by C.S. Ward
WALLACE directed by Ian McCulloch
WHAT I HATE ABOUT MYSELF directed by Bobby Moser & Ben Mullinkosson

Article by Wesley Emblidge

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