Indie Film Festival Boston 2009: Off The Beaten Path

By at April 22, 2009 | 12:00 am | Print

The time has come again. The Independent Film Festival of Boston. Some seriously kick-ass movies all for your viewing pleasure in the coolest theaters in the Greater Boston area.

The IFFB has even completely revamped the website this year, not only making it easier to get the skinny on the long list of films showing but also giving you the ability to create an online schedule of the films you would like to see AND with the click of a button, learn what film times conflict with each other. No more of that pen and paper crap.

Norm has already mentioned some of the big films to watch this year, including the opening and closing films (The Brothers Bloom and World’s Greatest Dad, respectively).  Here’s a few more that I recommend that are a bit off the beaten path:

:: Pontypool -The IFFB site says “Grant Mazzy’s radio show in tiny Pontypool, Ontario gets reports of a deadly riot. Details are increasingly gruesome, and unconfirmable. Is this an elaborate hoax?” From the director of The Tracey Fragments.

A big surprise. Kind of seems like people either love it or hate it. But I think that nevertheless, this is something people should see. A horror film without being a stereotypical horror film. A little kitschy like The Fog and at the same time thought provoking. It catches you off guard when it doesn’t feed you the answers. Come back here to discuss the philosophical meaning and what the heck the ending was about.

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:: Kimjongilia – A documentary about Kim Jong-Il, the North Korean dictator and the lengths he goes to punish dissenters of his regime.  The title refers to a flower named after him which “…further demonstrates the vanity of a regime that chooses to propagate flowers instead of edible crops while the general population starves. ”

:: Monsters from the Id – Another documentary, this one about how the science fiction media of the 1950s inspired that generation’s future scientists and how today’s generation lacks the same impetus. I suppose it’s kind of geeky of me to recommend this. But aside from the clips from several classics strewn throughout the film, I’m also looking forward to hearing why Weird Science and My Science Project were not enough to influence others from my generation to work in science. I’m still trying to bring Shakespeare back.

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I’ll have more films for this list tomorrow!

P.S. Look out  for the following directors and actors present at this year’s festival:  Rian Johnson (Brick), Bobcat Goldthwait, Brian Cox, Hal Holbrook, Chris Cooper, Kevin Corrigan, and more.

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