"The Spectacular Now"
"The Spectacular Now"

The Independent Film Festival of Boston has set the lineup for their 2013 edition -- running April 24-30. The festival will feature 99 films alongside Q&A sessions, panel discussions, parties and events.

This will be the first edition of the festival featuring Casey Affleck as the festival's new Creative Advisor. Affleck will be attendance at the festival, which will open with James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" and close with Lake Bell's "In a World..."

Full press release below.

Boston (March 20, 2013) – The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) has announced the films that will be featured at the 2013 festival. The eleventh annual festival will take place April 24- April 30, 2013. The festival will take place at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, and new venues UMass Boston and Theatre 1 in Boston. The festival, complete with over 130 film screenings, 99 films, filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events will showcase the best in current American and International cinema.

The Independent Film Festival Boston has been recognized as the premier film festival in the Boston area by the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and Indiewire. IFFBoston was voted “Best Film Festival in Boston” in 2011 and 2012 by Boston Phoenix readers.

The Independent Film Festival Boston is proud to welcome our new Creative Advisor, Casey Affleck at the 2013 edition of the festival. Casey Affleck will serve a multi-faceted role which includes outreach to talent, connecting the festival with local charities, and advising on festival growth. Casey Affleck will be in attendance for the early part of the festival.

THE SPECTACULAR NOW directed by James Ponsoldt will open the 11th annual festival on April 24th at the Somerville Theatre. James Ponsoldt will be in attendance on Opening Night.

“IN A WORLD…” written, directed, and starring Lake Bell, will close the festival on Tuesday April 30th at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Lake Bell and other special guests will be in attendance on Closing Night.

Other notable films screening at the festival include:

            - The World Premiere of WILLOW CREEK, with director Bobcat Goldthwait in attendance

            - The World Premiere of  BEST KEPT SECRET, with director Samantha Buck and special guests in attendance

            - The World Premiere of SECUNDARIA, with director Mary Jane Doherty in attendance

            - The World Premiere of THE ELDERS, with director Nathaniel Hansen in attendance

            - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Joss Whedon

            - FRANCES HA, starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Noah Bumbauch

            - COMPUTER CHESS, with director Andrew Bujalski in attendance

            - STORIES WE TELL, directed by Sarah Polley

            - DOWNLOADED, with director Alex Winter in attendance

      - PRINCE AVALANCHE, starring Paul Rudd and directed by David Gordon Green

      - THE EAST, starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson and directed by Zal Batmanglij

      - TOUCHY FEELY, starring Alison Janney, Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Rosemarie DeWitt and directed by

Lynn Shelton

There will be several panel discussions during the festival including a Distribution panel featuring David Laub of Oscilloscope Laboratories, Matt Grady of Factory 25, and Jonthan Marlow of Fandor. All panel discussions will be free to the public and will take place at The Somerville Theatre. Other panel topics will include end credit sequences and documentary editing.

There will be numerous parties during the festival. The opening night party will take place at Orleans in Davis Square, Somerville. The Friday night dance party will happen at The Davis Square Theatre. Saturday night’s party will be at Sabur in Teele Square, Somerville, and the Sunday night Awards Party will take place at The Emerald Lounge in downtown Boston.

Among the awards to be given out on Sunday April 28th will be the 4th annual Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. This award was created to honor the memory of beloved Boston documentary film editor Karen Schmeer who was tragically lost in a hit-and-run accident in January of 2010. The Karen Schmeer Award is presented by The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.

The Revere Hotel is the Official Hotel of the Independent Film Festival Boston.

WBUR is the Official Media Sponsor of the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston.

Rule/Boston Camera is the Official Production Sponsor of the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston.

Rockland Trust is the Official Bank Sponsor of the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston.



Narrative Features

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO directed by Peter Strickland

COMPUTER CHESS directed by Andrew Bujalski

CONCUSSION directed by Stacie Passon

CRYSTAL FAIRY directed by Sebastian Silva

THE DIRTIES directed by Matt Johnson

THE EAST directed by Zal Batmanglij

EXIT ELENA directed by Nathan Silver

FRANCES HA directed by Noah Bumbauch

A HIJACKING directed by Tobias Lindholm

HOUSTON directed by Bastian Gunther

THE HUNT directed by Thomas Vinterberg

IN A WORLD… directed by Lake Bell

THE LAND OF EB directed by Andrew Williamson

THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST directed by Craig DiFolco

LAURENCE ANYWAYS directed by Xavier Dolan

LONELY BOY directed by Dale Fabrigar

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING directed by Joss Whedon

PRINCE AVALANCHE directed by David Gordon Green

SIGHTSEERS directed by Ben Wheatley

SOFT IN THE HEAD directed by Nathan Silver

SOME GIRL(S) directed by Daisy Von Scherler Mayer

THE SPECTACULAR NOW directed by James Ponsoldt

THIS IS MARTIN BONNER directed by Chad Hartigan

TOUCHY FEELY directed by Lynn Shelton

V/H/S 2 directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, and Jason Eisener

WASTELAND directed by Rowan Athale

WILLOW CREEK directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

Documentary Features

12 O’CLOCK BOYS directed by Lotfy Nathan

THE ACT OF KILLING directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME directed by Victor Buhler

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT… directed by PJ Raval

BEST KEPT SECRET directed by Samantha Buck

BLACKFISH directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

BLOOD BROTHER directed by Steve Hoover

CASTING BY directed by Tom Donahue


DIRTY WARS directed by Richard Rowley

DOWNLOADED directed by Alex Winter

THE ELDERS directed by Nathaniel Hansen

THE FINAL MEMBER directed by Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math

FUTURE MY LOVE directed by Maja Borg

THE GARDEN OF EDEN directed by Ran Tal

THE GENIUS OF MARIAN directed by Banker White & Anna Fitch

GIDEON’S ARMY directed by Dawn Porter

GOLD FEVER directed by JT Haines, Tommy Haines, & Andrew Sherburne

GOOD ‘OL FREDA directed by Ryan White & Jessica Lawson

GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA directed by Nicholas Wrathall

HERE ONE DAY directed by Kathy Leichter

MUSCLE SHOALS directed by Greg Camalier

NARCO CULTURA directed by Shaul Schwarz

NIGHT LABOR directed by David Redmon

OUR NIXON directed by Penny Lane

OXYANA directed by Sean Dunne

PERSISTENCE OF VISION directed by Kevin Schreck


THE PUNK SINGER directed by Sini Anderson

REMOTE AREA MEDICAL directed by Farihah Zaman & Jeff Reichert

REWIND THIS! directed by Josh Johnson

SECUNDARIA directed by Mary Jane Doherty

STORIES WE TELL directed by Sarah Polley

SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME directed by Jane Gillooly

TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL directed by Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith

TOKYO WAKA: A CITY POEM directed by John Haptas & Kristine Samuelson

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM directed by Morgan Neville

Short Films

AFTER YOU directed by Damien O’Connor

THE ATTENDANT directed by Ian Beattie

BEN: IN THE MIND’S EYE directed by Iva Radivojevic

BETTER PEOPLE directed by Mark O’Brien

THE BIRDMAN directed by Jessie Auritt

BLACK METAL directed by Kat Candler

DEAR VALUED GUESTS directed by Jarred Alterman

DIE LIKE AN EGYPTIAN directed by Matt Mamula

THE END OF THE COUNTER directed by Laura McGann

FERAL directed by Dan Sousa

THE GAMBLING MAN directed by Aron Gaudet

GOLD PARTY directed by Nellie Kluz

HOME directed by Aoife Kelleher


IRISH FOLK FURNITURE directed by Tony Donoghue

JESUS FISH directed by Bryce James McGuire

THE LAST ICE MERCHANT directed by Sandy Patch

MAGNESIUM directed by Sam De Jong

MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN directed by Tom Schroeder

OH WILLY… directed by Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef

PARADISE directed by Nadav Kurtz

POUTERS directed by Paul Fegan

THE PROFESSOR directed by Alison Maclean

THE RANCHER directed by Kelly Lynn Sears

REBORNING directed by Helen Hood Scheer & Yael Bridge

REINDEER directed by Eva Weber

SEE THE DIRT directed by Chelsea Hernandez & Erik Mauck

SKIN directed by Jordana Spiro

SLOMO directed by Josh Izenberg

SOCIAL BUTTERLFY directed by Lauren Wolkenstein

A STORY OF THE MODLINS directed by Sergio Oksman

TRACK BY TRACK directed by Anna Moot-Levin

TWO HEARTS directed by Darren Thornton

TWO WHEELS, GOOD directed by Barry Gene Murphy

VLADMIR PUTIN IN DEEP CONCENTRATION directed by Dana O’Keefe & Sasha Kliment

WE WILL LIVE AGAIN directed by Josh Koury & Myles Kane

WHEN THE ZOMBIES COME directed by Jon Hurst

WORLD FAIR directed by Amanda Murray

The Independent Film Festival of Boston will reach a diverse audience by incorporating a number of venues in the greater Boston community including:

-       Somerville Theatre in Davis Square

-       Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square

-       Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline

-       UMass Boston

-       Theatre 1 at The Revere Hotel in Boston

All festival venues are easily accessible by MBTA Public Transportation and all located near area parking.

Individual film tickets will go on sale in early April.  Film-Only Passes and Chrome All-Access passes and the festival schedule will be available on the festival website in late March.