Independent Film Festival Boston turns 15
The annual cinema celebration is back with more than a hundred screenings.
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”