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IFFB 2018 Wrap-up

4 May 2018, 8:39 am
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Reviving a tradition, here are my favorites of the screenings I saw at Independent Film Festival Boston 2018, (in alphabetical order by category).
Hair Wolf, which uses horror film tropes to examine appropriation of black culture was my favorite short. Great funny/creepy balance, gorgeous production design. Not sure how you can see it, but here’s a […]

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IFFB 2013 Wrap-up

4 May 2013, 7:14 am
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My favorite four films from Independent Film Festival Boston 2013, in alphabetical order:
The Act of Killing Mass murderers from Indonesian death squads set out to make a film about their defense of the nation from communists, but it turns into something completely different. One of the toughest things to watch since Once Were Warriors — […]

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IFFBoston 2012: Your Sister’s Sister

3 June 2012, 6:47 am
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I liked writer/director Lynn Shelton’s previous feature Humpday and I’m a pretty big fan of the loose assemblage of talented writers, directors, and actors that has unfortunately been labeled “mumblecore.” On balance I liked Your Sister’s Sister — it was funny, and fun to watch; Rosemarie DeWitt was particularly good in it. But I thought […]

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IFF Boston 2012: Documentary Shorts (III)

30 May 2012, 6:13 am
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The third documentary shorts program at IFFB offered three strong films.
Brent Hoff’s “The Love Competition” introduces the audience to several people who each claim they love the most — and a science team looking to investigate the strength of that love with an M.R.I. machine. It’s sweet, funny, has a satisfying twist. I was struck […]

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IFF Boston 2012: Narrative Shorts (IV)

22 May 2012, 6:04 am
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The lone narrative shorts package this year was one of my favorite screenings of the festival, with hardly a weak spot. I’m interested in seeing more work from all of the featured filmmakers.
Kat Candler’s “Hellion” was a supercharged start to the morning, with an aggressive sound design and a story that was funny, unsettling, affecting, […]

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IFF Boston 2012: Gayby

30 April 2012, 6:43 am
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Laugh-a-minute is a dreadful cliché, but Jonathan Lisecki’s Gayby made me laugh more than any other recent feature I can think of. 89 times? Quite possibly. Lisecki has a trick of presenting a gag, and then ratcheting it up until it becomes almost, but crucially not quite too camp. A terrific ensemble cast including Jenn […]

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IFF Boston 2012: Sun Don’t Shine

30 April 2012, 6:40 am
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It’s tricky to discuss Amy Seimitz’s Sun Don’t Shine without spoilers: it both embraces and subverts traditions of the outlaw-lovers-on-the-run story in inventive and surprising ways. Leads Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley turn in nuanced and powerful performances. Seimitz’s blending of the internal mental landscapes of her characters and their objective environments is sly, […]

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IFF Boston 2012: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

30 April 2012, 6:37 am
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Gregory Crewdson has been my favorite photographer since I saw an exhibit of photographs from Twilight a decade ago. Perhaps my expectations of Ben Shapiro’s documentary were accordingly a bit too high. Certainly there’s much here that I loved: plenty of shots of Crewdson and his team of both dedicated professionals and random passers-by creating […]

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