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News: Casey Affleck Joins IFFBoston Team

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The Independent Film Festival of Boston announced today that Casey Affleck has been named Creative Advisor to the festival. Affleck’s role will include outreach to studios, filmmakers, and talent on behalf of the festival, offer programming input, connect the festival with local charities, and advise on the festival growth. He will also make an annual appearance at the festival, beginning at this year. This year marks the 11th year of Boston’s best film festival, taking place April 24-30 at the Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, and Coolidge Corner Theatre.

“Casey has exemplified the kind of artistic and risk-taking choices in his work that we strive to champion each year at the festival, and we are very excited to welcome him into the IFFBoston team” said Independent Film Festival Boston program director Adam Roffman. “As we enter our second decade as a festival, we believe Casey’s experience, connections, and insights will prove invaluable to the growth and vitality of our organization.”

Affleck is a Boston native, and has appeared in films like Killer Inside Me, The Assassination of Jesse James, Good Will Hunting, Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy, as well as the excellent Gone Baby Gone, directed by his brother Ben Affleck. This is definitely exciting news. The Independent Film Festival of Boston is THE best film festival in Boston, and the best programmed festival I’ve attended. Casey Affleck will be in attendance on IFFBoston’s Opening Night, April 24th, at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville.

We’ll definitely keep you posted as more news comes from the festival, including the complete film lineup coming March 20.

Full Press Release Below: 

Boston, MA- (February 21, 2013) – The Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) announced today that actor Casey Affleck has been named Creative Advisor to the festival. Affleck will have a multifaceted role, which includes outreach to studios, filmmakers, and talent on behalf of the festival, offering programming input, connecting the festival with local charities, and advising on festival growth. He will make an annual appearance at the festival, beginning with the 2013 edition, which will take place April 24-30. This will be the eleventh year of the festival, and it will be held at The Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, and added screenings are expected at University of Massachusetts, Boston and The Revere Theatre in downtown Boston.

Affleck was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He began studying drama at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High. His body of work includes Gus Van Sant’s TO DIE FOR, GOOD WILL HUNTING, and GERRY (for which Affleck co-wrote the screenplay), Steven Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S trilogy, brother Ben Affleck’s GONE BABY GONE, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Andrew Dominik’s THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. The Independent Film Festival Boston has shown two of Affleck’s films in previous years; Steve Buscemi’s LONESOME JIM (IFFBoston’s 2005 Opening Night film) and Michael Winterbottom’s THE KILLER INSIDE ME (2010).

Affleck produced and directed the critically acclaimed film I’M STILL HERE starring Joaquin Phoenix.

“Casey has exemplified the kind of artistic and risk-taking choices in his work that we strive to champion each year at the festival, and we are very excited to welcome him into the IFFBoston team” said Independent Film Festival Boston program director Adam Roffman. “As we enter our second decade as a festival, we believe Casey’s experience, connections, and insights will prove invaluable to the growth and vitality of our organization.”

“I am excited to join IFFBoston. I look forward to helping the festival showcase new, exciting work,” said Affleck. “The independent film community has given me the opportunity to experiment as an actor and a filmmaker and to find an audience for films that I am deeply proud of. I hope I can help IFFBoston continue its growth as a world-class film festival. I would also like to work with IFFBoston to find new ways of integrating itself year-round into the Greater Boston arts community; bringing the festival into schools and neighborhoods that might benefit from it.”

Casey Affleck will be in attendance on Opening Night, April 24th, at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville.

The Independent Film Festival Boston will take place April 24-30, 2013. The complete film lineup will be announced on March 20. For information on previous editions of the festival, visit http://www.iffboston.org. Follow IFFBoston on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/iffboston and twitter at https://twitter.com/IFFBoston.

About IFFBoston

The Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) is a 501c3 non-profit, 100% volunteer-run event. Established in 2003, the festival shows 90-100 films followed by Q&As, holds weekend panel discussions, and nightly parties. The festival’s mission is to exhibit new work by up-and-coming as well as established filmmakers, to provide a premier cultural event for the Greater Boston area, and to support and contribute to the growth of the film industry in Massachusetts.

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