IFFB posts 2010 Film Slate

The Independent Film Festival of Boston has announced it's 2010 slate of films. The festival runs April 21-28 this year, with most (but not all) films running at the Somerville Theatre.

Watch BP and our sister sites Popcorn N Roses and Indie Film Spotlight for continuing coverage during the run up to the festival. We are planning several podcasts surrounding the spring festival scene in Boston – watch for more info!

8th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston : April 21 – 28, 2010

Narrative Features

Bass Ackwards

In this feature by Linas Phillips, a man fresh from a break-up with a married woman embarks on a road trip in a VW bus.
Cairo Time

Patricia Clarkson stars in this romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard.
Cell 211

In this Goya Award-winning suspense thriller from Spain, a rookie guard is trapped inside a prison during a riot and must pretend he is a prisoner to survive.

Sexual tension between a teacher and her students simmers to a boil in a 1930s female boarding school.
Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee

A former roadie, Le Donk, aspires to take a rapper from the Midlands to the heights of fame with the help of the Artic Monkeys in this mockumentary by Shane Meadow (THIS IS ENGLAND).
Down Terrace

This genre-busting film depicts the members of a crime family as they attempt to restore their business dealings after time spent in jail.

An unassuming guy is shocked out of his dull, everyday work routine when he discovers that his co-workers aren’t exactly from this planet in the latest film by Amber Benson and Adam Busch.
The Extra Man

In this urbane comedy, Paul Dano and Kevin Kline play writers who sideline as escorts for wealthy widowed socialites.
Father of My Children

This French drama serves as an exploration of the hardships of filmmaking and rumination on loss and hope.
The Freebie

In Katie Aselton’s directorial debut, a young couple (Dax Shepard and Aselton) consents to permit each other one night of freedom from their monogamous relationship.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird

In this Korean Western, three Outlaws in 1930s Manchuria attempt to recover a map to buried treasure in this frenetic, high-octane action film.
Harmony and Me

Recently dumped, Harmony seeks solace through various encounters in this wry comedy.
Hipsters (Stylyagi)

This Russian musical puts a bright new spin on a traditional film genre throwing the viewer into a world that’s somehow both familiar and strange.
I Am Love

The wife of an Italian industrial magnate (Tilda Swinton) embarks on a dangerous affair in this sumptuous film.
The Killer Inside Me

Casey Affleck portrays a Texas deputy sheriff whose dormant violent tendencies resurface. Directed by Michael Winterbottom.
Life During Wartime

Todd Solondz revisits the characters from his previous films recast with different actors including Ally Sheedy and Allison Janney.
Looking for Eric

A postman seeks the spiritual and philosophical advice of famous footballer Eric Cantona in this film by Ken Loach.
Lovers of Hate

Dark comedy about two alienated brothers whose sibling rivalry extends to their relationship with the same woman.

Walter Rhum’s objective is to ride for the world’s greatest skateboard company, Machotaildrop, in this surreal, visually inventive film.
My Suicide

Archibald Holden Buster Williams’ school project is to kill himself on camera.
Perrier’s Bounty

This thriller set in Dublin stars Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent.
Phillip the Fossil

Garth Donovan’s gritty portrait of a small town party animal on the brink of evolution or extinction.
Putty Hill

After a young man dies from a drug overdose his friends gather to reflect on his life and loss.
Solitary Man

Michael Douglas portrays a used car magnate whose personal demons dismantle his life.
Soul Kitchen

Zinos tirelessly attempts to save his Greek restaurant and relationship with his girlfriend while keeping his brother out of jail in this German comedy.
Tiny Furniture

The return home of newly graduated Aura causes family upheaval as she navigates her family’s expectations and warily chooses between 2 potential boyfriends.
Winter's Bone

Ree desperately searches for her father whose disappearance after posting bail risks her losing their Ozark home. Stars John Hawkes (Deadwood, Lost).

Documentary Features

8: The Mormon Proposition

Investigates the Mormon Church’s role with passing California’s Proposition 8.
9500 Liberty

A county in Virginia becomes a battleground for immigration policy in the U.S.
American: The Bill Hicks Story

An oral history about the life of the late, influential comedian told in a revolutionary animated style by the people who knew him best.
Anne Perry: Interiors

Intimate portrait of the author who was the inspiration for HEAVENLY CREATURES.

Twelve Nicaraguan banana workers sue Dole Food over their use of a dangerous pesticide known to cause sterility.
Bear Nation

From the director of SMALL TOWN GAY BAR comes a look at one of the lesser-known subculture within the gay community. Includes interviews with Bob Mould and Kevin Smith
Beijing Taxi

The lives and struggles of three taxi drivers navigating their way through a rapidly changing city is revealed.
Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Alex Gibney (THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER) investigates lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his trail of lies and deceit.

An examination of the loss of bee population that is by turns lyrical and straightforward.

A fascinating glimpse of the turbulent machinery behind the 2008 Democratic Convention.
Dirty Pictures

The ”father of ecstacy” discusses how chemistry has led to enlightenment for him and his wife.
The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan

Retired US Army Lt. Dan Smith, revisiting the battlefields of Vietnam in 2006, encounters, McKinley, a private who disappeared 40 years earlier.
Do It Again

Boston Globe writer Geoff Edgers fights an uphill battle to reunite the Kinks.
The Elephant in the Living Room

Documentary about the dangers and responsibilities associated with keeping exotic animals as pets.
Erasing David

Director David Bond attempts to disappear to find out just how much private companies and government know about him.
Family Affair

At age 10, Chico Colvard accidentally shot his sister in the leg which inadvertently exposed a shocking, long buried family secret.
His & Hers

A 90-year-old love story told through the collective voice of 70 ladies at different stages of their lives
How to Fold a Flag

Examines the difficulties facing returning veterans of the Iraqi War.
I’m Dangerous with Love

Dimitri Mugianis, addicted to drugs and alcohol is aided by an experimental treatment utilizing ibogaine, a hallucinogen used by African shaman for centuries.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Portrait of the short life of celebrated Neo-Expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Captivating scars-and-all portrait of the iconic, hardworking Joan Rivers.
The Last Survivor

Survivors struggle to understand the tragedy of genocide by educating others about the mass atrocities that they endured.

Follows the legendary heart of Motörhead from his LA apartment to an arena in Russia and back.
Life 2.0

A filmmaker adopts an avatar to fully engage and explore the world of Second Life, an online community where the inhabitants are the digital representations.
The Lottery

Examines the anxious months preceding the lottery for Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful public charter schools in the country.

A man deals with being savagely beaten by creating beautiful photographs of G.I. Joe and Barbie dolls to narrate his fantasy life.
NY Export: Opus Jazz

In this vivid, gorgeously-shot adaptation of a lesser-known ballet by Academy Award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins (WEST SIDE STORY), New York City Ballet dancers take to the streets and warehouses of New York, bringing an invigorating new energy to the form
The Oath

The story of two brothers-in-law, close to Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and their very different outcomes post 9/11.
October Country

Intimately tracks a year in the life of four generations of a family trying to attain stability in an impoverished area of Upstate New York.
On the Other Side of Life

A gripping account of two brothers struggling to balance modernity and tradition in Cape Town.
Orgasm Inc.

This hilarious and thought-provoking documentary explores the world of pharmaceutical companies attempting to get FDA approval for the first Viagra-like product for women.
The Parking Lot Movie

“It’s not just a Parking Lot. It’s a battle with humanity” This doc explores the lessons of learned by those that work in parking lots.

The transformative and influential power of soccer is explored in areas as far flung as Bolivia, to China, Kenya, Iraq and Brazil.
Searching for Elliott Smith

Intimate portrait of lo-fi, indie rock sensation Elliott Smith
Secrets of the Tribe

Fascinating documentary about the effects of anthropologists on a remote tribe in the Amazon
Strange Powers: Magnetic Fields

A rare opportunity to become acquainted with cantankerous musician and writer, Stephen Merritt
Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam

Traces the origin of Muslim punk scene from its conception in a novel by Michael Muhammad Knight to a fully realized movement.
War Don Don

Thoughtful examination of the protracted, costly and questionable process of how war criminals were prosecuted in Sierra Leone.