BSAF 2019: Independent Film Festival Boston, Day One

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! Boston Springs A Fethival 2019 is officially underway, and we’ll have info for all the various festivals and their schedules every day, so be sure to keep your browser turned to eCinemaBoston.com for all the latest info! It’s been a long, exhausting, and exhilarating season, and the FINAL FEST OF THE SPRING is here!!!

Independent Film Festival Boston kicks off eight days of its annual program tonight. And as always, the festival will kick things off in style with one of the buzziest films around coming out of the January festival circuit, the New England Premiere of the tense drama Luce – here’s the write-up that appeared in the Sundance Program Guide:

It’s been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.

The screening starts at 7:30 PM at the glorious Somerville Theatre in Somerville, and shockingly, as of this writing, tickets for opening night are NOT yet sold out, but you better move fast! And as always,  there is a Rush Line for any left over tickets that might become available at the Somerville box office. Director Julius Onah will be in attendance for what is likely to be a lively Q&A after the film. You can purchase your tickets here.

IFFB, as it’s commonly known, will continue through next Wednesday, May 1. Screenings for the rest of this week continue at the Somerville Theatre, as well as Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre, then moves to the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline for the final two nights. I have to admit, we had to pick and choose this year, because we’re doing so much right now that we don’t have time to catch as many films as we’d like to, but we’ll be in attendance at three films over the weekend and on Monday, so if you see us at “Love Antosha”, “Cold Case Hammarskjold” or “Well Groomed”, please say HI! We’ll have day to day ticket info here, but to be sure you can get in to what you want to see, check out the IFFB’s official site and order tickets as early as possible! There WILL be Rush Lines for most features at the locations, but you are NOT guaranteed a seat if they sell out – only a limited number of tickets will be available.

We’ll have your schedule every morning during IFFB’s run, and links to film and ticket information. We’ll also be covering this and the other NINE festivals and film series that happen in greater Boston between March 1 and May 1 every year coming up in late May on our two part “Boston Springs A Fethival” episodes of eCinemaOne‘s Subject:CINEMA podcast! And be sure to keep connected with our Instagram for pix of the festival!

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