BOSTON SPRINGS A FETHIVAL: IFFB announces 2016 slate, Krasinski’s “The Hollars” to open fest

iffboston2014Actor/writer/director John Krasinski’s latest film The Hollars will open the 2016 Independent Film Festival Boston, which runs from April 27-May 4 this year. Most screenings will be held at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville and the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, with select screenings at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline and on the UMass Boston campus.

For the second year in a row (and maybe the third), documentaries outnumber narratives almost two to one. While I have no problem with docs, I am also noticing more than a few narrative titles that I think would have likely been sure-fire bets for IFFB a couple of years back are missing from the announced lineup.

Of the wish list of fifteen titles I posted two weeks ago, only two made it in – Ira Sachs’ latest critically acclaimed film Little Men and one of our favorite docmasters’ latest effort, director Ian Cheney’s Bluespace.

Among other familiar titles this year are some of this year’s Sundance favorites, such as Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Morris From America, Weiner, and Kate Plays Christine, plus a few titles from the other January fests as well as several from South By SouthWest.

We’ll have daily coverage of IFFB beginning April 27, with daily schedules and commentary. We’ll also have a count-up to the festival featuring a few of the films we think are worth taking a look at, and commentary on the festival itself as it rolls through it’s eight day schedule.

For now, here’s the complete list of features:

Opening Night Film:
THE HOLLARS , directed by John Krasinski .

Closing Night Film:
THE INTERVENTION , directed by Clea DuVall .

Narrative Features
THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK directed by Joel Potrykus
ALWAYS SHINE directed by Sophia Takal
BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER directed by Osgood Perkins
COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS directed by collective:unconscious (Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein)
DISORDER directed by Alice Winocour
DON’T THINK TWICE directed by Mike Birbiglia
DONALD CRIED directed by Kris Avedisian
EMBERS directed by Claire Carré
EYES OF MY MOTHER directed by Nicolas Pesce
THE FITS directed by Anna Rose Holmer
FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE directed by Maris Curran
FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY directed by Jeff Grace
FREE IN DEED directed by Jake Mahaffy
HIGH RISE directed by Ben Wheatley
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE directed by Taika Waititi
LITTLE MEN directed by Ira Sachs
MORRIS FROM AMERICA directed by Chad Hartigan
PAPERBACK directed by Adam Bowers
RAINBOW TIME directed by Linas Phillips
TEENAGE COCKTAIL directed by John Carchietta
THERE SHOULD BE RULES directed by Linda-Maria Birbeck
TRANSPECOS directed by Greg Kwedar
UNDER THE SHADOW directed by Babak Anvari

Documentary Features
THE ANTHROPOLOGIST directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger
ANTS ON A SHRIMP directed by Maurice Dekkers
ASPERGER’S ARE US directed by Alex Lehmann
AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY directed by Jeff Feuerzeig
BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS directed by Garrett Zevgetis
BEYOND THE WALL directed by Bestor Cram & Jenny Phillips
BLUESPACE directed by Ian Cheney
BOONE directed by Christopher LaMarca
COLIN HAY- WAITING FOR MY REAL LIFE directed by Nate Gowtham & Aaron Faulls
THE DWARVENAUT directed by Josh Bishop
GLEASON directed by Clay Tweel
THE GUYS NEXT DOOR directed by Allie Humenuk & Amy Geller
HAVEABABY directed by Amanda Micheli
HIGH ON CRACK STREET: LOST LIVES IN LOWELL directed by Maryann DeLeo & Richard Farrell
HOOLIGAN SPARROW directed by Nanfu Wang
KAMPAII! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE directed by Mirai Konishi
KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE directed by Robert Greene
LOS PUNKS: WE ARE ALL WE HAVE directed by Angela Boatwright
THE LOST ARCADE directed by Kurt Vincent
THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT directed by Robert Cannan & Ross Adam
A NEW COLOR: THE ART OF BEING EDYTHE BOONE directed by Marlene “Mo” Morris
NEWTOWN directed by Kim A. Snyder
PAPER LANTERNS directed by Barry Frechette
THE PEACEMAKER directed by James Demo
PRIMARIA directed by Mary Jane Doherty
REAL BOY directed by Shaleece Haas
SEED directed by Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz
SKIPS STONES FOR FUDGE directed by Ryan Seitz
TICKLED directed by David Farrier & Dylan Reeve
TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU directed by Joe Berlinger
WEINER directed by Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg
WHO IS LYDIA LOVELESS directed by Gorman Bechard

Check out the IFFB’s website for full schedules and ticket info in the days ahead – you can also become a member and get a whole host of extra perks throughout the year – as a member myself, I can say they are definitely worth it. Info can be found at

We’ll see you all at IFFB 2016!