IFFBoston ’13 Spotlight: Blood Brother

IFFBoston ’13 Spotlight: Blood Brother

Blood Brother is a documentary directed by Steve Hooper that chronicles Rocky Braat’s journey to an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS. Originally, Braat’s plan was stay for 10 days, but his trip was extended to the summer, and then, he realized he wanted to stay indefinitely. [Read more…]

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: Welcome to Pine Hill

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Welcome to Pine Hill

A unique story of friendship, race, and self-discovery, Welcome to Pine Hill was born out of a chance encounter between filmmaker Keith Miller, and star Shannon Harper, who found themselves arguing over a lost dog one night in Brooklyn.

The film had its world premiere at Slamdance last January, and won the Grand Jury Prize, and will be screening at many film festivals across the country.

The film follows Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who now works as a claims adjuster by day, and bounced by night. He receives earth-shattering news that causes him to make peace with his past, and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York City. Going between the world of fact and fiction, Shannon Harper plays himself, and is supported by an eclectic cast of emerging talent, and real people.

The film is a collaboration with the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, the film is a 2011 Independent Filmmaker Lab participant, and Keith Miller’s debut feature film.

The film screens at IFFBoston, Sunday, April 29th at 8:00pm at the Somerville Theater. Tickets are available at IFFBoston.org.

 

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Andrew Bird: Fever Year

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Andrew Bird: Fever Year

Andrew Bird: Fever Year, winner of the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Omaha Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the 20th Anniversary Noise Pop Film Festival will have its Boston Premiere at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, Thursday April 26th.

The film is a feature length concert documentary that follows Andrew Bird after a rigorous year of touring. After an onstage injury, Bird finds himself feverish and on crutches – asking himself, are these the hazards of chasing the ghost of inspiration, or the transformation into a different kind of animal.

Fever Year captures Andre Bird’s multi-instrumental looping technique, and features live performances at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater. The film looks like an entertaining (and great sounding) music documentary. The film is directed by Xan Aranda

The screening is Thursday, April 26 at 7:45pm at the Somerville Theater. Tickets are available at IFFBoston.org.

Official Trailer (2:45) from Andrew Bird: Fever Year on Vimeo.