As a Boston-based outlet, we’re pretty revved each year for the Independent Film Festival of Boston, a real movie party for those who appreciate that true indie DIY spirit. Beginning its sixth year on April 23, 2008, the IFFB’s all about the heart and soul of the smaller movie and that make-it-happen attitude — from festival creators, filmmakers, attendees, even the local hangouts. (We should know, we’ve been there since Day One in 2003.)
MITL will have plenty of coverage — and the chance to win your own All-Access Pass to the festival. For now, here’s a first look at a few films that caught our eye in the IFFB lineup. We’ll follow up with images, trailers and schedules, as soon as we get ‘em.
:: Opening Night: Transsiberian
Massachusetts filmmaker Brad Anderson made a romantic-comedy splash with Next Stop, Wonderland and scared our asses off in the insane asylum thriller Session 9. Now he tracks a couple traveling from China to Moscow who come across a pair of strange fellas on the train… you might even call them “Strangers On A Train”. (Heh, heh) Stars Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer, with Ben Kingsley.
:: American Teen
We highlighted this documentary winner in our Sundance Film Festival coverage, and now it’s coming to Boston. Filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture) follows four Indiana high schoolers to see what exactly is going in with that delicate age in the US today.
:: Big Man Japan (see NEW photo)
Giant monsters have been squashing Tokyo for so long that it’s time for a comedy. Enter a mild-mannered guy who has the ability to get all big and join in the fun. If we’re lucky, this one is part Godzilla love letter, part Kaiju Big Battle. Written, directed by and starring Hitoshi Matsumoto. Groaroaroaroar!
:: Meadowlark – World Premiere
Taylor Greeson’s autobiography traces his life as a 12-year-old Mormon priest, to his homosexual experiences to his brother’s violent death.
:: My Winnipeg
Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music in the World) loves Manitoba. So he goes all silent film era style to tell us.
:: Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome
Boston filmmaker Robert Patton-Spruill (known for his standout debut, Squeeze) documents one of the most intense and controversial rap acts ever
Nominated for an Oscar this year as Best Foreign Film, this epic from Kazahkstan (no, Borat’s not in it) recounts the life of Genghis Khan. Stars Tadanobu Asano, better known as the Johnny Depp of Japan.
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