IFFBoston ’12 Wrap-Up

The end of the 10th annual Independent Film Festival has arrived. What an amazing year this was, great films, great people, and great times had by all. The festival closed with a screening Lauren Greenfield’s “Queen of Versailles” to a packed house. Here are the award winners!

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Grand Jury Prize: THINK OF ME directed by Bryan Wizemann
Special Jury Prize: GAYBY directed by Jonathan Lisecki
Audience Award: FAIRHAVEN directed by Tom O’Brien

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Grand Jury Prize: DETROPIA directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Special Jury Prize: HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE directed by Steve Maing
Audience Award: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE directed by David France
The Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing: BEWARE OF MR. BAKER edited by Abhay Sofsky

SHORT FILM

Grand Jury Prize: DONALD CRIED directed by Kris Avedisian
Special Jury Prize: BLANCHE FRAISE directed by Frederick Tremblay
Audience Award: MONDAYS AT RACINE directed by Cynthia Wade

Video of the Week: New Universal Studios Logo

Video of the Week: New Universal Studios Logo

Ever since my first visit to Universal Studios, I’ve always been a fan of the amazing back catalog of Universal films, as well as the history of the studio in general. IMP (Independent Moving Pictures) was founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, and a few years later, merged with a few other entities to create the Universal Motion Picture Manufacturing Company. This year marks the 100th anniversary for the studio, which is why they’ve refreshed their opening logo animation.

Personally, my favorite logo was in the early-mid 90s, but this new redesign definitely improves on the last more colorful version (not to mention I die a little inside when I read “A Comcast Company” underneath the logo). Happy Friday!

Jimmy Eat World to Perform Live Online

I know we haven’t been posting many “music” related news in the past few month, but I thought this one was of note. Jimmy Eat World recently completed a 10 city tour marking the 10th anniversary of the release of their ‘Clarity,’ record, an album some consider to be among their best. On the last stop on the tour (in their hometown of Tempe, AZ), the group recorded their performance, and have released ‘Clarity Live’ today available online only through their website, http://www.jimmyeatworld.com.

So to celebrate the release, and offer something to those who may have missed the tour, the band will be performing six songs requested by their fans via Twitter, today, 6pm PDT at their website, www.jimmyeatworld.com.

So check it out, and pick up the album, its excellent!