Independent Film Festival Boston to Open with "Lonesome Jim," and Close with "Me and You and Everyone We Know"

by Brian Brooks

Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim" will open the third Independent Film Festival Boston next month.

Organizers of the Independent Film Festival Boston released details of their third annual event yesterday, with Steve Buscemi's Sundance competition feature "Lonesome Jim" kicking off the event April 21. The four-day festival will feature over 100 screenings, filmmaker "Q sessions," and panels. Buscemi is expected to attend the screening, about a wayward youth (Casey Affleck) who returns to his dysfunctional family in Indiana.

Twelve narrative features will screen in the festival along with "Lonesome Jim," including fellow Sundance alumn "Childstar," by Don McKellar, which had its world premiere last year in Toronto. Also slated is Arnaud Desplechin's "Kings and Queen," which won a César this year for its lead actor, Mathieu Amalric. Toronto and Sundance feature "Mysterious Skin" will screen. The film, directed by Gregg Araki, is the story of a boy's rough upbringing in small town America. Jem Cohen's latest, "Chain," meanwhile, brings to the screen the mundane and everyday life of women from disparate backgrounds.

Ellen Perry's doc, "The Fall of Fujimori" focuses on Peru's controversial former president, now living in exile in Japan. The film is one of twenty docs set to screen during the event. Legendary documentarians Albert and David Maysles will honored with the first Independent Film Festival of Boston Career Achievement Award on Friday, April 22, 2005 at the Museum of Fine Arts. Al Maysles will be on hand to accept this award and David's daughter, Celia Maysles will accept the award on behalf of her late father. In other special events, Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe will moderate a conversation with Melvin Van Peebles on Sunday, April 24. Van Peebles will discuss the roots and changing face of independent film.

"Me and You and Everyone We Know" by Miranda July will close the Independent Film Festival of Boston on Sunday, April 24 at the Museum of Fine Arts. The drama, also from this year's Sundance, centers on the unlikely pairing of a shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist.