"Rick" to Open the Independent Film Festival of Boston
by Brian Brooks
Curtiss Clayton's SXSW drama "Rick" starring Bill Pullman will open the Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFB) on Thursday, April 29th. The screening will be the drama's East Coast premiere, launching a four-day festival featuring narrative and documentary features, shorts and special guests including director John Waters, producer Ted Hope and Noam Chomsky.
IFFB includes a roster of 17 narrative films. In addition to "Rick," the festival will screen Guy Maddin's Sundance 2004 film "The Saddest Music in the World" as well as Rodrigo Bellot's Toronto 2003 feature, "Sexual Dependency." The film was Bolivia's entry for a foreign-language Oscar consideration.
Sundance docs also feature prominently among the 16 feature documentary offerings. Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar's look at the culture of big business, "The Corporation," will screen during the event along with Ondi Timoner's exposé of the relationship between two bands in the '90s (The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre) in "DIG!" Fellow music doc "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" will screen as well. The film captures a tumultuous period in the life of the heavy metal band prior to the release of an album. Race relations, meanwhile, is the focus of Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval's "Farmingville." The doc peers into the tense atmosphere of Farmingville, Long Island in the wake of an increase in illegal aliens living in that community.
John Waters will perform a one-man show, "King of the Midnight Movies," as well as discuss his latest film, "A Dirty Shame" starring Johnny Knoxville and Chris Isaak on Saturday, May 1st.
Activist/author Noam Chomsky will attend a Q&A on May 1 following a 7:30pm screening of "The Corporation," while producer Ted Hope ("American Splendor") is also scheduled to speak to IFFB audiences. The festival will close May 2 with the New England premiere of Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni's "The Story of the Weeping Camel."
[ For more information and a full list of films, visit: http://www.ifsboston.org ]