The Fall Focus series continues this evening at the Brattle Theatre with a screening of a documentary based on an unfinished James Baldwin manuscript. The filmmaker connects Baldwin’s words, narrated by Samuel L Jackson, to both the historical civil rights and black power movements, and to the struggles of today.
The second annual Independent Film Festival Boston Fall Focus series at the Brattle Theatre Sunday evening, with a free screening of the critically acclaimed Moonlight.Free Passes are available, with seating availble on a first come, first served basis.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston’s Fall Focus series at the Brattle Continues with Karyn Kusama’s (Girl Fight, Jennifer’s Body) new film The Invitation a slow burn thriller with a lot of buzz; it recently won best film honors at the 48th Sitges Film Festival in Spain, which is prominent for its fantasy and horror programing.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston has added a new film series in the fall at the Brattle Theater. Sunday’s opening night documentary is Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next. The word on the street from TIFF is that this is an amusing optimistic film, highlighting successful social policies from around the world that Americans… Continue reading @IFFBoston Fall Focus open night film preview: Where To Invade Next
Opening in June, this Sundance favorite tells the story of a high school film maker who is told by his mother to befriend a classmate dying of leukemia. Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Cinematography: Chung-hoon Chung Starring: Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton
It’s rare that any film examines challenges of a person, past-midlife, searching for romance and meaning. It’s rarer still that the protagonist of such a film is a woman. In this film, Carol, a widow, is drawn from a rut towards possible futures with two different men. Director: Brett Haley Cinematography: Rob Givens Starring: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr,… Continue reading preview: I’ll See You in My Dreams
Seven homeschooled kids, isolated in their house by religious parents, learn about the broader world through film.
This doc tells the story of influential 70s era british comic: 2000AD. Director: Paul Goodwin
Examining the intersections of the circus performers from Guinea and the Canadian arctic, this @IIFBoston world premiere gets a bonus screening at the Somerville Theater at 7:15.
In “Stories We Tell” the director, who comes from a clan of actors and artists, interviews and otherwise explores and interesting family mysteries. While this is interesting, it’s the broader examination of the way we construct narratives for others and ourselves that is particularly fascinating. (And, given the circumstances of the film making, very… Continue reading retro review: Stories We Tell
Based on Joe Balkin’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, this prescient film from 2003 explains how corporations have increasingly moved from being boring legal forms of organization, to being treated as if they are entities entitled to the same rights as actual people. The filmmakers then amusingly point out that if… Continue reading retro review: The Corporation
A Scottish innocent abroad in the dangerous American west seeking to find his lost love, joins a mysterious stranger while travelling the wild frontier. Winner of the Sundance’s grand jury prize in the category: World Cinema: Dramatic. Director John Maclean Cinematography: Robbie Ryan Starring: Michael Fassbender
This documentary examines the two startups looking to bring 3D printing in the homes of ordinary people: formlabs and MakerBot. Intriguingly, MakerBot, the larger company that turned it’s back on it’s open source roots before being acquired by a large patent holding corporation, just announced that it was closing its retail stores and and laying… Continue reading retro review: Print the Legend
While subculture of chronic misogyny within gaming metastasized in 2014, the fact remains that women both as gamers and as game developers have faced discrimination and harassment for ages. They were seen as marginal intruders in a male domain. But the fact of the matter is that half of all women, and nearly all teen-aged girls… Continue reading preview: GTFO
Friday and Saturday IFFBoston screens the short documentary program H (Hotel), featuring three films: The Gnomist Director: Sharon Liese Cinematography: Ty Jones The lives of women in Overland Park, Kansas, are touched by the mysterious appearance of gnome houses the local woods. Last Pyramid Director: David Schacter Director of Photography: Ben Powell Following her son’s death, a woman is suddenly… Continue reading short films: The Gnomist, Last Pyramid, Tashi and the Monk
We live in an era of astonishing change. Often, we attribute that change to simply to technology, but technology is most significant when it serves as a lens, collecting and focusing human effort. Two paradigm examples arose during the dot.com era: Google, which deftly traces the links that we make, and harness this collective intelligence… Continue reading retro review: Downloaded
“Sometimes it’s good to do what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it.” asserts Greta Gerwig’s character in Francis Ha, pointing to the underlying dilemma the movie explores: being a 20 something who is out of college, but who hasn’t really started their life. This film can be compared to… Continue reading retro review: Francis Ha
Loosely based on the life of the director’s brother, who co-wrote the script, this film examines the rise of the French electronic music scene in the 90s. Director: Mia Hansen-Love Staring: Pauline Etienne, Félix de Givry, Vincent Macaigne, Greta Gertwig Cinematography: Denis Lenoir
The opening night film for IFFBoston is based on Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s 2010 book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself . This, in turn, is based on recordings for an unpublished profile of David Foster Wallace, chronicling five days he spent with the novelist at the end of the book tour for Infinite… Continue reading preview: The End of the Tour