By Indiewire | Indiewire April 3, 2003 at 2:0AM
Boston To Host New Indie Film Fest in May
by Jen Lux
The Independent Film Society of Boston will present the first Independent Film Festival of Boston from May 1 - 4. (This fest is not to be confused with the Boston Film Festival, which will be held September 5 - 14).
The new four-day event, according to a festival release, will "showcase the works of unknown filmmakers who seek to create films that are life changing, thought provoking and expose aspects of life in new and revealing manners." Narrative feature selections will include "13 Moons" (Alexandre Rockwell), "Happy Hour" (Mike Bencivenga), "Melvin Goes to Dinner" (Bob Odenkirk), and "Cry Funny Happy" (Sam Neave). Documentary features will include "7th Street" (Josh Pais), "Speedo" (Jesse Moss), and "Rockets Redglare!" (Luis Fernandez de la Reguerra). Shorts announced so far include "The Box Man" (Nirvan Mullick), "Shadow Boxer" (Vilka Tzouras), and "Tom Hits His Head" (Tom Putnam).
After the screening of each film there will be a Q&A session with each director. In addition to audience awards, a jury of film critics, film industry professionals, and professors will vote on awards for best narrative feature film, best documentary feature film, best short film, and best emerging filmmaker. Chris Gore, editor of filmthreat.com and "The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide" will host panels with directors, actors, and entertainment-industry professionals.
IFFB is expecting more than 25,000 attendees in its first year. Screenings will be held at three theatres: Somerville Theatre (Cambridge), Brattle Theatre (Cambridge) and Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline).
[ For more info, visit: http://www.iffboston.org. ]