IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: One Night Stand

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: One Night Stand

The intro-logline to the documentary One Night Stand sounds like a 24 hour film festival – it chronicles the creation of 4 musicals from blank page to live stage in just 24 hours.

With appearances by Rachel Dratch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Richard Kind – Variety says that the film “Perfectly conveys the creative insanity unleashed while revealing the quasi-miraculous process, attractively lensed, dynamically edited.”

The film looks really fun, and really interesting, and is directed by Elisabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton.

The film screens at the Independent Film Festival of Boston on Saturday, April 28th at 4:30pm at the Brattle Theater. Tickets are available at iffboston.org.

 

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling, Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a documentary about the writer, editor, amateur sportsman,and friend to many, George Plimpton.

The film uses Plimpton’s own voice, along with stories from friends, family, and contemporaries to paint a colorful picture of richly filled life.

Plimpton of course co-founded The Paris Review, one of the most influential literary magazines in history and is known for his participatory journalism – highlighted by books like Paper Lion (when George played quarterback for the Detroit Lions).

The IFFBoston screening is a preview screening, and has sold out! However, there rush tickets still available (IFFBoston holds a number of seats for pass holders, but 15 minutes before the show, they release any empty seats to the rush line). Make sure to show up well before the screening to try to get in. Lonelyreviewer will have a one-on-one interview with the filmmakers during the festival, so make sure to check back for that!

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself screens at IFFBoston at the Brattle Theater, Sunday, April 29th, at 5:30pm.

IFFBoston ’11 VIDEO: Miranda July Q & A for ‘The Future’

IFFBoston ’11 VIDEO: Miranda July Q & A for ‘The Future’

‘The Future’ is Miranda July’s wonderful follow up to ‘Me and You and Everyone Else You Know.’ Following the screening Saturday night at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, July stuck around to answer some questions from the audience. In this video July talks about how the film transpired, and her own influences for the character of Sophie. Read our review of the film here

IFFBoston ’11 Review: The Future

IFFBoston ’11 Review: The Future

‘The Future,’ is Miranda July’s follow up to her debut film ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know.’ It tells the story of Sophie (July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater), and their decision to adopt a terminally ill cat named Paw Paw.

Their good intentioned decision is to prevent Paw Paw from being euthanized at the Vet, and for the last six months they believe she’ll live, the pair will give her a happy life. However, it turns out that under good care, Paw Paw could live up to five years. Because of the constant care the cat will need, Sophie and Jason view the adoption of Paw Paw like getting a newborn baby, and quickly become terrified at the idea of losing their freedom. Given 30 days to pick Paw Paw up, they quit their jobs to use the last 30 days of freedom they have to do whatever it is they’ve always wanted to do.

The film deals with a relationships, and the struggles of making something of your life – all through July’s unique voice. The film takes place a world that looks like reality, but has fantastical aspects – we hear the voice of Paw Paw, a t-shirt that has a life of its own, and a Moon that talks.

Sophie and Jason are essentially living a bohemian lifestyle somewhere in Los Angeles, Jason doing tech support and based at home, and Sophie teaching dance to children. Once the two quit their jobs, Sophie decides she’s going to make 30 dances in 30 days that she’ll post on the internet, and Jason takes up the task of going door to door selling trees for a greener city.

Things become complicated when Sophie begins speaking with an older man, taking in the suburbs so to speak – a decision which changes many things between Sophie and Jason as the film moves on.

With July the word ‘auteur’ comes to mind – she has a unique style that if I started watching this film in the middle, I would recognize it as hers. The performances by all the actors can only be described as unique. They don’t necessarily “act” the way normal people do, but in this world, that’s ok.

Technology is featured quite a bit in ‘Future,’ the film opens with the two leads sitting on a couch typing away on their laptops, barely interacting with each other. A little into the film, Sophie cancels their internet, believing that anything they want to accomplish is going to be ruined by it. In the Q & A following the film, a question was asked about her reference to “Facebook” and the way technology is featured in the film. July said that it was important to show technology because it is such an important part of our lives, but she also had to take it away for anything to really happen to the characters.

Surrealist, dark, and emotional, ‘The Future,’ is a wonderful film, that will definitely be seeing a wider theatrical release in the next few months.

Check out some great video from the Q&A here!

IFFBoston 2011 Line Up Announced

IFFBoston 2011 Line Up Announced

The Independent Film Festival of Boston has announced their lineup for the 2011 festival. The 9th Annual Festival opens April 27th, and ends May 4, 2011, as in years past, screenings will take place at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, and the Stuart Street Playhouse in downtown Boston.

The festival will feature 110 film screenings, Q&As with filmmakers, panel discussion, visiting filmmakers, parties and events that will showcase the best in current American and International cinema.

The opening night film of the Festival is “Being Elmo,” directed by Constance Marks, this will be the first time the festival is being opened by a documentary. The film tells the story of Kevin Clash, from his dreams to becoming a puppeteer, and to work with Jim Henson, to the present day, where he performs as Sesame Street’s star Elmo. Director Constance Marks, Kevin Clash, and Elmo will be in attendance Opening Night.

The closing night film will be “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” a documentary following late night host Conan O’Brien from the days just after his NBC breakup to the creation of his stage tour in 2010. Director Rodman Flender will be in attendance.

Lonely Reviewer offers extensive coverage of the entire Festival, from previews and spotlights, to reviews of the screenings and events. As always, we look forward to IFFBoston, as it is one of the best programmed festivals we’ve ever been to.

Film-only and Chrome All-Access passes are now available on the festival website at http://www.iffboston.org/buypasses. Individual film tickets and the festival schedule will be available on the festival website in early April.

Here is the list of official selections for IFFBoston 2011

Narrative Features

13 ASSASSINS directed by Takashi Miike
BELLFLOWER directed by Evan Glodell
BENEATH CONTEMPT directed by Benjamin Brewer
THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM directed by Todd Rohal
CIRCUMSTANCE directed by Maryam Keshavarz
FANNY, ANNIE & DANNY directed by Chris Brown
THE FUTURE directed by Miranda July
GREEN directed by Sophia Takal
LITTLE ROCK directed by Mike Ott
THE MULBERRY TREE directed by Mark Heller
OLIVER SHERMAN directed by Ryan Redford
ON THE ICE directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
SAHKANAGA directed by John Henry Summerour
THE SALESMAN directed by Sebastien Pilote
SEPTIEN directed by Michael Tully
STAKELAND directed by Jim Mickle
SUBMARINE directed by Richard Ayoade
TERRI directed by Azazel Jacobs
THE TRIP directed by Michael Winterbottom
THE TROLL HUNTER directed by Andre Ovredal
THE WHISTLE BLOWER directed by Larysa Kondracki

Just Added:

ANOTHER EARTH directed by Mike Cahill
TRIGGER directed by Bruce McDonald

Documentary Features

BEING ELMO directed by Constance Marks
THE BENGALI DETECTIVE directed by Philip Cox
BETTER THIS WORLD directed by Kelly Duane & Katie Galloway
BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD directed by Liz Garbus
BUCK directed by Cindy Meehl
BURMA SOLDIER directed by Nic Dunlop, Ricki Stern, & Annie Sundberg
THE CHINESE ARE COMING TO TOWN directed by Ronja Yu
THE CITY DARK directed by Ian Cheney
COLOR ME OBSESSED: A FILM ABOUT THE REPLACEMENTS directed by
Gorman Berchard
CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP directed by Rodman Flender
CONVENTO directed by Jarred Alterman
CRIME AFTER CRIME directed by Yoav Potash
CULTURES OF RESISTANCE directed by Iara Lee
DRAGONSLAYER directed by Tristan Patterson
EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS directed by Gereon Wetzel
GOD WILLING directed by Evangeline Griego
GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR directed by Pamela Yates
HEAVEN + EARTH + JOE DAVIS directed by Peter Sasowsky
HOT COFFEE directed by Susan Saladoff
HOW TO DIE IN OREGON directed by Peter Richardson
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT directed
by Marshall Curry
IVAN & IVANA directed by Jeff Silva
LAST DAYS HERE directed by Don Argott & Demian Fenton
MAKE BELIEVE directed by J. Clay Tweel
PAGE ONE: A YEAR INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES directed by Andrew Rossi
PROJECT NIM directed by James Marsh
PUPPET directed by David Soll
PUSH: MADISON VS. MADISON directed by Rudy Hypolite
RAISING RENEE directed by Steven Ascher & Jeanne Jordan
SONS OF PERDITION directed by Jennilyn Merten & Tyler Measom
SUPERHEROES directed by Michael Barnett
WE STILL LIVE HERE directed by Anne Makepeace
WHO TOOK THE BOMP?: LE TIGRE ON TOUR directed by Kerthy Fix
WINDFALL directed by Laura Israel

Short Films

8 directed by Daniel Laabs & Julie Gould
AFTER YOU LEFT directed by Jef Taylor
ALL DAY YEAH directed by Charlie Anderson
BABY directed by Daniel Mulloy
BOB AND THE TREES directed by Diego Ongaro
THE BOWLER directed by Sean Dunne
BOY directed by Topaz Adizes
CHAINSAW FOUND JESUS directed by Spencer Parsons
THE CONTRACT directed by Lina Mannheimer
DEEPER THAN YESTERDAY directed by Ariel Kleiman
THE DENTIST directed by Alex Mallis
FLYING ANNE directed by Catherine Van Campen
FRACTURE directed by Nicolas Sarkissian
ICE HOCKEY directed by Larry Cohen
ICH BIN’S HELMUT directed by Nicolas Steiner
IRMA directed by Charles Fairbanks
JUPITER ELICIUS directed by Kelly Sears
LITTLE HORSES directed by Levi Abrino
MR. HAPPY MAN directed by Matt Morris
NEGATIVIPEG directed by Matthew Rankin
PIONEER directed by David Lowery
POSTER GIRL directed by Sara Nesson
PROTOPARTICLES directed by Chema Garcia Ibarra
THE STRANGE ONES directed by Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein
TATOOINE directed by Eric Power
WE’RE LEAVING directed by Zachary Treitz
YOUNG BIRD SEASON directed by Nellie Kluz

Review: Children of Invention

Review: Children of Invention

childrenofinvention021‘Children of Invention’ is Tze Chun’s debut feature film, which was based on his short “Windowbreaker,” a short that played at the Sundance Film Festival. We were fortunate enough to see ‘Invention’ first at IFFBoston, and are happy to see it open at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge this week.

‘Children of Invention,’ tells the story of Elaine, a single mother from a China, raising her two children alone just outside the city of Boston. Elaine is constantly looking for a way to make ends meet, and finds herself in-and-out of get-rich-quick schemes. We join the family as Elaine is trying to return bottles of vitamins she’d been trying to sell. The vunerable mother then enters a pyramid scheme, which happens to prey on low-income foreigners like herself. Her two children, Raymond, and Tina, are left to fend on their own when something goes wrong in the pyramid scheme.

The idea of two children waking up and having their only protector gone leaves an uneasy feeling, and plays to very relatable fears.Rather then panicking, Raymond, the elder child takes his sister, and decides the only way to support themselves is to sell the inventions that they have created together.

‘Children of Invention,’ is no doubt a personal story for Chun, this is felt through out the entire film. ‘Children of Invention,’ is a tale inspired by his own upbringing. His Mother who was in the audience shared her worries that the audience might have thought that there were a lot of similarities between the film and real life, fearful that we might think that she wasn’t a good mother. However, members of the audience said that there is a strong empathy felt for the Mother, as every action she takes is out of love for her two children. The atmosphere of the film as a whole is amazing, and highlighted by an excellent score.

Often the world the characters moved through seemed to be intentionally out of focus. This shallow depth of field highlighted the feeling that these characters are cut off and separated from the world they inhabit. The only thing that they had and could rely on was each other.

You can catch ‘Invention’ it at its premiere February 26th, at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge.