In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val Bos­ton turns 15

The an­nual cin­ema cel­e­bra­tion is back with more than a hun­dred screen­ings.

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It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year again. The 15th an­nual In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val Bos­ton be­gins this evening, kick­ing off holy week for the city’s cinephiles.

Un­spool­ing at the Somerville, Brat­tle and Coolidge Cor­ner The­atres, the non­profit IFF­Boston and its al­lvol­un­teer staff show­case in­de­pen­dent films in in­de­pen­dent venues, far from the madding mul­ti­plexes. There’s also a pha­lanx of pan­els and par­ties where moviemak­ers and movie lovers can come to­gether once more to ed­u­cate and cel­e­brate.

The Open­ing Night se­lec­tion, “Stumped,” tells the in­spir­ing story of Bos­ton’s own Will Lautzen­heiser, who lost both arms and legs to a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion and started a new ca­reer in stand-up com­edy to cope. In 2014 he be­came the third pa­tient to un­dergo a dou­blearm trans­plant here at Brigham and Women’s Hospi­tal. The film­mak­ers, Lautzen­heiser and even his sur­geons will all be at the Somerville screen­ing.

Writer-di­rec­tor Brett Ha­ley came to IFF-Bos­ton two years ago with the sur­prise sleeper hit “I’ll See You in My Dreams.” He’s reteamed with that film’s co-star,


Michael Cera and Brett Gel­man star in “Lemon.”


Er­rol Mor­ris’ “The B-Side: Elsa Dorf­man’s Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­phy”

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