The Independent Film Festival Boston, a highlight of the area’s cultural calendar, and a sure sign of spring, today announced its 2016 lineup. The opening night film is The Hollars, a Sundance selection, and which, as Ty Burr notes in an an excellent Globe article on the fest, is directed and stars Newton native and The Office alum John Krasinski. The festival opens on April 27th at the Somerville Theater, continues at the Somerville and the Brattle, and closes at the Coolidge on May 4th. There is also a two day film summit at at UMass Boston.
IFFBoston is noted for its very strong programing, this will likely be your first chance to see great films that premiered at Sundance, SXSW, and Toronto, but which haven’t been released yet. IFFBoston also features strong films by local artists, and has excellent shorts programs, with screens of docs, narrative and animated shorts. The closing film is indie fav Clea DuVall’s directorial/writing debut The Intervention. Melanie Lynskey won an award at Sundance for her acting in the film.
Tickets are expected to go on sale to IFFBoston members on Thursday, but membership levels that include full passes to the festival are available now. Tickets sales to the General Public are expected to be on sale on the 11th.