BSAF 2019: Independent Film Festival Boston, Day Seven

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 for all the latest info! It’s been a long, exhausting, and exhilarating season, and the FINAL FEST OF THE SPRING is here!!!

Day Seven of Independent Film Festival Boston moves lock stock and barrel to the grand and glorious Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, where it will also conclude for the year tomorrow. Tonight there are two great features, both of which had raves at earlier festivals.

First up at 7:00 PM is the New England Premiere of The Sound Of SIlence, from director Michael Tyburski. Here’s the writeup from the IFFB offiical site:

Self-taught scientist Peter (Peter Sarsgaard) works in New York City as a “house tuner”—a unique, highly specialized profession he has invented. His clients approach him with troubles like depression, anxiety, or fatigue. After extensive analysis of their homes’ acoustic characteristics, he identifies some sonic combination that’s altering their mood — a radiator mixed with a kitchen appliance, for instance —and calibrates it. On a routine house call, Peter meets Ellen (Rashida Jones), who is experiencing exhaustion. After his initial conclusion proves incorrect, Peter obsessively searches for the fault in his practice. The more Peter tries—and fails—to help her, the more Ellen’s resulting skepticism pokes holes in his previously airtight theories. Mannered, meticulous, and methodical, Peter is shaken when the years he’s spent mapping New York’s natural harmonies come into question.

Tickets for this screening are here, along with further info. After the film, director Michael Tyburski will be in conversation with Erin Trahan, Film Writer from WBUR’s The ARTery.

Next up at 9:30 PM this evening is a huge fan favorite from this past March’s SXSW film festival, the comedy The Art Of Self-Defense, starring Jesse Eisenburg, and directed by Riley Stearns – here’s the IFFB Writeup:

In this dark comedy set in the world of karate, Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) is attacked at random on the street. He then enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and soon falls under his spell. Casey had hoped to learn how to defend himself, but what he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence, and hypermasculinity—and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. He undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

Tickets and more information are available here.

We were on hand last evening at the screening of the new documentary Well Groomed. I have to say this movie is eye opening and informative; I was unaware that there was anything resembling creative dog grooming until now, and sometimes I wish I could unsee some of what was shown…heh heh…seriously, these people take their dog art seriously. The film is very entertaining and hilariously funny in places and I highly recommend it.

IFFB, as it’s commonly known, will continue through tomorrow May 1. Screenings today and tomorrow take place at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.  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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