The 2012 Boston Independent Film Festival Schedule Has Been Released!

It’s exactly three weeks until 2012’s Boston Independent Film Festival kicks off, and to that end the slate of films to be shown at the fest has been released. There’s a great amount of range here, from horror/exploitation flicks like V/H/S and Headhunters to new Todd Solondz as well as the latest from Bobcat Goldthwait, God Bless America; that’s to say nothing of the documentaries, which include the very well-received We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists as well as Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Quite the gamut there. I’ve reproduced the list below, and highlighted the films I’m hoping to see in maroon. Read on, and let me know what films tickle your fancy here and which ones you think I should be checking out. (Full information about attending the festival can be found at IFFBoston’s website.)

Opening Night Film

Sleepwalk With Me
Wed. 4/25 – 7:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
Adapted from Mike Birbiglia’s “This American Life” segments, this comedy is a charming, hilarious exploration of the difficult prospect of facing reality. Produced and co-written by Ira Glass.

Closing Night Film

The Queen of Versailles
Wed. 5/2 – 8:00pm – Coolidge Corner Theatre
A character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.

Narrative Features

2 Days In New York
Sat. 4/28 – 6:45pm – Brattle Theatre
In this follow-up to 2 DAYS IN PARIS, Marion (Julie Delpy) has moved to New York City to live with new boyfriend Mingus (Chris Rock). When her family visits from France, mayhem ensues.
Beyond The Black Rainbow
Sat. 4/28 – 11:30pm – Brattle Theatre
In this homage to sci-fi greats from Cronenberg to Kubrick to Carpenter, a young psychic is held hostage by a scientist who researches spiritual enlightenment.
Booster
Sat. 4/28 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
When his brother is arrested for armed robbery, Simon is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.
Dark Horse
Sat. 4/28 – 7:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
Todd Solondz critiques the “man-child” movie trend with a protagonist who never redeems himself and a screwed-up love interest. Stars Selma Blair, Christopher Walken, and Mia Farrow.
Fairhaven
Sun. 4/29 – 12:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
In this naturalistic drama, a southern Mass native returns to his hometown after years away, and the circle of friends he left behind must deal with unfinished business. Stars Chris Messina and Sarah Paulson.
For Ellen
Fri. 4/27 – 9:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
With his head firmly floating in the clouds, struggling musician Joby (Paul Dano) hasn’t been around to be a dad, and now is his last chance to fight for shared custody of his daughter, Ellen.
Francine
Sun. 4/29 – 8:00pm – Brattle Theatre
Academy Award winner Melissa Leo gives a fierce and restrained performance as Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison.
Gayby
Sat. 4/28 – 7:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Best friends since college, Jenn (straight, single) and Matt (gay, heartbroken), decide to have a child together—by having sex. An irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, and the family you choose.
God Bless America
Sat. 4/28 – 10:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
In Bobcat Goldthwait’s gleefully misanthropic comedy, one man seeks to rid the world of the most repugnant members of our reality TV-obsessed society.
Headhunters
Fri. 4/27 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
Mon. 4/30 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
A corporate headhunter turns to crime to support his lavish lifestyle in this Norwegian thriller based on the novel by Jo Nesbø.
I Wish
Sun. 4/29 – 2:30pm – Brattle Theatre
In the latest film by director Hirokazu Kore Eda (STILL WALKING), Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.
Keyhole
Sun. 4/29 – 8:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
In Guy Maddin’s supernatural tale, a gangster (Jason Patric) returns home after a shootout and takes a ghostly, surreal journey through a labyrinth of haunted rooms to find his mourning wife (Isabella Rossellini).
Kid-Thing
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
Sat. 4/28 – 4:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
Ten year-old Annie, who likes to destroy things, encounters a baffling mystery in the woods.
Liberal Arts
Thurs. 4/26 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
A college admissions counselor (Josh Radnor) pines for his days as an English major sixteen years prior. When he is invited to visit his alma mater, he must decide whether to act on his feelings for an attractive young student (Elizabeth Olsen). Also starring Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney.
The Loneliest Planet
Sat. 4/28 – 1:30pm – Brattle Theatre
Newly engaged, Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and Alex (Gael García Bernal) go backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains with a hired local guide. Amid the vast landscape, a momentary misstep threatens to reveal the fragility of their relationship.
Nobody Walks
Mon. 4/30 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
Sexually charged drama about a young experimental filmmaker (Olivia Thirlby) whose visit to Los Angeles to complete her film disrupts the idyllic domesticity of her host family (John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt). Directed by Ry Russo-Young; co-written by Lena Dunham (TINY FURNITURE).
OK, Good
Sat. 4/28 – 2:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
An actor dutifully attends humiliating commercial auditions and attempts to keep from losing it in the face of constant rejection.
Polisse
Thurs. 4/26 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, this smash hit from France follows the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police.
Rubberneck
Tues. 5/1 – 9:30pm – Coolidge Corner Theatre
A slow-burning, character-driven Boston thriller that explores the unraveling psyche of a scientist with a torturous infatuation.
See Girl Run
Fri. 4/27 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
When her comfortable life becomes too comfortable, Emmie (Robin Tunney) returns to her childhood home in search of her high school boyfriend (Adam Scott) to answer the great “what if.”
Sun Don’t Shine
Sat. 4/28 – 5:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
Two lovers on the back roads of Florida do very bad things.
Think Of Me
Sat. 4/28 – 7:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Single mother Angela (Lauren Ambrose) confronts the frightening question of how much she is willing to sacrifice to give her eight-year-old daughter a better life.
Trishna
Sun. 4/29 – 8:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Michael Winterbottom’s reinvention of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, relocated to India. Stars Frieda Pinto.
V/H/S
Fri. 4/27 – 10:15pm – Brattle Theatre
When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more horrifying found footage than they bargained for.
Welcome To Pine Hill
Sun. 4/29 – 8:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
Shannon, a reformed drug dealer, returns to his past, seeking freedom beyond the concrete jungle.
The Whirlpool
Sun. 4/29 – 3:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
A troubled young Frenchwoman begins an intense romance with a stranger who has a dark family history.
Without
Sun. 4/29 – 5:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
A young woman struggles with a recent heartbreak while caring for an elderly man on a secluded island.
Wuthering Heights
Sun. 4/29 – 5:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Andrea Arnold’s (FISH TANK) bracingly modern style creates a beautiful and evocative visual masterpiece that brings out the powerful emotions at the heart of Emily Brontë’s classic novel.
Your Sister’s Sister
Mon. 4/30 – 7:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
Iris (Emily Blunt) offers to let her friend Jack (Mark Duplass) recover from a tragedy by staying in her family’s cabin, where he meets her sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt). When Iris shows up, the three of them must confront their complicated feelings about each other.

Documentary Features

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Sun. 4/29 – 2:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
The inside story of China’s most prolific and provocative artist, a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film
Fri. 4/27 – 7:30pm – Brattle Theatre
Documents the community and culture of the early Boston Hardcore music scene from 1981 thru 1984, focusing on the straight-edge, DIY ethic of the time.
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
Thurs. 4/26 – 7:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most rigorous year of touring culminates in perpetual fever as he crosses the finish line on crutches.
The Atomic States of America
Sat. 4/28 – 5:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Is nuclear power part of America’s energy future? Activists and experts debate whether or not man can responsibly split the atom.
Beauty Is Embarrassing
Mon. 4/30 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
A funny, irreverent, and inspirational look into the life and times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White.
Beware of Mr.Baker
Mon. 4/30 – 9:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer of Cream and Blind Faith, lives in exile, but he hasn’t lost any of his fire over the years.
BURN
Fri. 4/27 – 7:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
Detroit as told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are on the front lines charged with the thankless task of saving a city—and an American Dream—that many have written off as dead.
The Central Park Effect
Sun. 4/29 – 6:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
Reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration.
Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica
Sun. 4/29 – 12:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
Transports the viewer directly into the mountain tunnels and stark salt flats of Bolivia’s Cerro Rico region, where mining has been a way of life for generations.
Code of the West
Thurs. 4/26 – 7:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, the state of Montana is poised to become the first in the nation to repeal its medical marijuana law.
Detropia
Fri. 4/27 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
Sat. 4/28 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
Detroit is emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. Is it actually a canary in the American coal mine? A cinematic tapestry of a city and its people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.
Downeast
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
In a time when most US companies are moving their factories offshore, a Boston businessman decides to revitalize a tiny Maine town by re-opening a seafood packing facility.
From Nothing, Something
Sun. 4/29 – 5:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
Creative individuals discuss how they turn their passions into art. Featuring Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara, novelist Tom Perrotta, comedian Maria Bamford, and Top Chef Masters Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, among others.
Girl Model
Sun. 4/29 – 5:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
An ambivalent model scout scours the Siberian countryside for fresh faces, while one of her thirteen year-old discoveries navigates the Tokyo modeling industry alone.
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Fri. 4/27 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sat. 4/28 – 2:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A behind-the-scenes look at photographer Gregory Crewdson’s ambitious Beneath the Roses, a project that takes a decade to complete.
High Tech, Low Life
Mon. 4/30 – 7:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Two of China’s first citizen reporters challenge the status quo by reporting on censored news stories.
How To Survive A Plague
Sat. 4/28 – 2:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
A comprehensive history of the ACT UP movement and the fight against AIDS, told with never before seen archival footage.
The Imposter
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
In 1994, a 13 year-old boy disappears from his home in Texas. Three years later, the family receives a call that he’s been found alive, in Spain. What follows is a riveting tale filled with astounding twists that rival any fictional thriller.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet
Sat. 4/28 – 9:15pm – Brattle Theatre
Musical prodigy Jason Becker has been battling ALS for more than 22 years. Using an eye communication system, Jason is able to escape the confines of his own body and release the music that is trapped inside his mind.
Jeff
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
The infamous Jeffrey Dahmer case as told through the eyes of the medical examiners, police detectives, neighbors, and everyday citizens of Milwaukee who were directly affected by it.
Just Like Being There
Sun. 4/29 – 7:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
Gig poster artists—including Daniel Danger and Jay Ryan, among others—the music they commemorate, MONDO film posters, fans, bloggers, galleries, collectors, and everything in between.
Knuckleball! (Sneak Preview Screening)
Sat. 4/28 – 4:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
Featuring Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox, this documentary deconstructs the mechanics and myths of the most maligned pitch in baseball.
The List
Sun. 4/29 – 2:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A modern-day Oskar Schindler story that focuses on a young American fighting to save thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. to help rebuild Iraq.
Love And Other Anxieties
Sun. 4/29 – 3:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
How do we choose to marry? And what happens when, decades into a relationship, that question is still alive? A personal exploration of the meaning of love and long-term commitment.
Love Free Or Die
Fri. 4/27 – 7:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
Follows the personal and spiritual story of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the history of Christianity.
One Night Stand
Sat. 4/28 – 4:30pm – Brattle Theatre
A funny behind-the-scenes journey from blank page to live stage, as top Broadway and TV writers, actors, and directors produce original short musicals in 24 hours. Features Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Rachel Dratch.
Paul Williams Still Alive
Tues. 5/1 – 7:00pm – Coolidge Corner Theatre
Paul Williams was one of the biggest, most ubiquitous stars of the 70’s. Then, in the 80’s, he just disappeared. For a long time, many people assumed he was dead. It turns out he’s not.
Pelotero
Thurs. 4/26 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 4
In the Dominican Republic, baseball equals opportunity. But while a few talented players will get millions of dollars, many thousands of others will get almost nothing. Two teenagers attempt to navigate a system ripe for abuse.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (Sneak Preview Screening)
Sun. 4/29 – 5:30pm – Brattle Theatre
A fast-paced, cleverly-edited portrait of participatory journalist George Plimpton, a witty, fearless man who truly lived life as an adventure.
The Revisionaries
Mon. 4/30 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 3
The Texas State Board of Education’s hearings on the textbook standards of public schools develops into a charged debate over the teaching of religion in science and history classes.
The Sheik And I
Mon. 4/30 – 9:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of “art as a subversive act,” independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (I AM A SEX ADDICT) is threatened with a fatwa.
Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film
Sat. 4/28 – 12:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
Instant photography enthusiasts rally to reinvent instant film after Polaroid discontinues its landmark product.
Under African Skies
Sun. 4/29 – 8:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
Paul Simon re-traces the incredible journey of the evolution of his classic Graceland album as well as the cultural and political climate of South Africa during that time.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
Sat. 4/28 – 7:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 1
Explores the evolution, activities, and purposes of some of the world’s most clandestine computer hacking groups.
We’re Not Broke
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
This polemic documentary follows grassroots activists as they protest corporate tax evasion and develop the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Short Films

24 Hours At The South Street Diner // Shorts 2
Sat. 4/28 – 2:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Mon. 4/30 – 6:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A behind-the-scenes look at Boston’s only 24/7 restaurant—a cultural landmark where clubbers, drag queens, celebrities, and shift workers mingle.
Aaron Burr, Part 2 // Shorts 4
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A contemporary re-imagining of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr explores the idea of history as a contested narrative.
Aglow // Shorts 3
Sat. 4/28 – 4:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sun. 4/29 – 3:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
A look at the art of Paul Chojnowski, the nation’s most renowned practitioner of the art of drawing with fire.
American Juggalo // Shorts 1
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Fri. 4/27 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Every year, fans of Insane Clown Posse gather together. This is their story, in their own words.
Bear // Shorts 4
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions have horrible consequences.
Belly // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so, he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.
Birdboy // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A terrible industrial accident changes little Dinki’s life. Now Dinki’s fate may ride on the wings of her eccentric friend Birdboy, a misfit who hides in the Dead Forest, lost in his fantasies.
Blanche Fraise // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A rabbit couple tries to survive in a dying forest.
Brute Force // Shorts 1
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Fri. 4/27 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Brute Force was on the verge of becoming a star in the late 60s when censorship dashed his dreams of fame and fortune. When his controversial music is reissued forty years later, he is given another chance to re-capture his dreams of rock stardom.
CatCam // Shorts 2
Sat. 4/28 – 2:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Mon. 4/30 – 6:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Intrigued by the daily disappearances of his cat, Jeurgen, a German engineer, creates a camera that fits around his cat’s neck. The footage that comes back surprises Jeurgen and the rest of the world.
Donald Cried // Shorts 4
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
After fifteen years Peter Sorenson is forced to return home, and the one person he doesn’t want to see is the only one who can help him.
Full-Time Ministry // Shorts 1
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Fri. 4/27 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Paul, a high school teacher who struggles to keep his religion outside the classroom, turns to ice carving as a way to spread his gospel.
The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar // Shorts 1
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Fri. 4/27 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Using personal home video footage, this documentary follows how a young boy’s attempts to avoid a poor mark on a school assignment in 1990’s Sarajevo may have contributed to a civil war.
Hellion // Shorts 4
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
All hell breaks loose when seven year-old Petey is left with his hell-raising brothers. But things go from bad to really, really bad when Dad gets home.
Hurdy Gurdy // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A look at a world that is always in motion, part animated, part real world. Can you tell which is which?
I Beat Mike Tyson // Shorts 1
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Fri. 4/27 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
In 2005, an unknown Irish boxer beat Mike Tyson in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Then he disappeared.
It’s Such A Beautiful Day // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems in this third and final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt’s “Everything will be OK” trilogy.
The Lookout // Shorts 2
Sat. 4/28 – 2:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Mon. 4/30 – 6:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
The term “Fire Lookout” is used to describe both a person and a place. Even in our modern age, both remain critical components in the detection and prevention of wildfires that can destroy our national forests.
The Love Competition // Shorts 3
Sat. 4/28 – 4:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sun. 4/29 – 3:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
The Stanford MRI Lab hosts the world’s first ever “Love Competition,” in which seven contestants have five minutes to neurochemically love someone “as hard as they can.”
The Maker // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.
Meaning Of Robots // Shorts 1
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Fri. 4/27 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
A portrait of an inventor/filmmaker who has been shooting a stop-motion robot sex film for the last 15 years, consuming both his life and his apartment.
Mondays At Racine // Shorts 3
Sat. 4/28 – 4:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sun. 4/29 – 3:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Every third Monday of the month, two bold, brassy sisters open the doors of their Long Island hair salon to women diagnosed with cancer. As locks of hair fall to the floor, women gossip, giggle, weep, face their fears, and discover unexpected beauty.
Neve & Sons // Shorts 2
Sat. 4/28 – 2:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Mon. 4/30 – 6:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A fourth-generation flower seller struggles to keep the family business under the mounting pressures of a globalized industry.
Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
An animated horror film constructed from the candid photos and handwritten messages of discarded high school yearbooks. As an unknown force seeps into the walls of the school, the student body is consumed, one extracurricular activity at a time.
Las Palmas // Shorts 4
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A middle-aged lady on a holiday in the sun tries to make new friends and have a good time. The role is played by a one year-old girl, while the rest of the cast are marionette puppets.
People Parade // Shorts 4
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
After the star of a long-running variety show passes away, his son is obligated
to reunite a weathered cast of television performers and host the final episode.
Slow Derek // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
The epic and spellbinding tale of Derek, an office worker, as he struggles with the true speed of planet Earth.
Song of the Spindle // Shorts 5
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Fri. 4/27 – 6:45pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Sat. 4/28 – 12:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A man and a sperm whale argue about who is smarter.
Spoils: Extraordinary Harvest // Shorts 2
Sat. 4/28 – 2:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Mon. 4/30 – 6:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Intimate portraits of 3 New Yorkers on a journey through the culture of dumpster diving, a practice as old as agriculture.
Tabula Rasa // Shorts 4
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Fernand floats listlessly through the ruins of the flooded French-Canadian city of St-Boniface, while Marie-Oiseau prays for a miracle.
BI // Shorts 1
Thurs. 4/26 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
Fri. 4/27 – 9:30pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
After four years of living separately, financial pressures force Allen and
Collette to cohabit in Collette’s one-bedroom apartment in this docu-comedy about romance and rent control.
We Refuse To Be Cold // Shorts 4
Sat. 4/28 – 10:00pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 2
Sun. 4/29 – 12:15pm – Somerville Theatre Screen 5
A poetic and lyrical portrait of a young couple spending a Montreal winter together.
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12 thoughts on “The 2012 Boston Independent Film Festival Schedule Has Been Released!

  1. Some quick recommendations: “The Imposter” – Best Doc of the year in my opinion (you can read my review from a few weeks ago); and “Gayby” – Funny for all audience and not just for an LGBT crowd.

    “Ai Weiwei” played at the Miami International Film Festival, but I was not able to go. Looking forward to your review.

  2. Wow, now that’s a line-up! Lots of good ones it looks like and I’ll be very interested to hear about your picks.

    If you have time you might want to check out Girl Model or The Imposter. They’re playing at the DIFF but I’m oddly curious to see the movie about George Plimpton.

    • I know, I was pretty impressed by the list of films being offered up here. Lots of really worthwhile picks. I know which ones I’m most interested to see, but I’m not going to get too ahead of myself.

  3. I’m intrigued the most by “Beyond The Black Rainbow.” First, I want to make it clear that my spirituality is between me and a God as I understand it. That being said: I never knew a psychic was considered spiritual–I think of the frauds gifted with psychotic illusions. I believe 1 person in 1 million have the gift. I rather believe they might hide it bcause the attention could be overwhelming. A scientist wants evidence to support that spiritual enlightenment is real? Possible? I have a feeling the scientist has the hostage to attempt to extract spiritual bullshit from until I hope he continues to discover at the end that spiritual enlightenment exists when, for example, I site it and relate it to another. Spiritual enlightment ultimately dawns on a person inside after a vigorous search outside every where. So that is why this movie interests me. To see another’s vision…

    • Let’s hear it for liberal communist Massachusetts!

      I’m curious to see it; the response I’ve read over it has been quite critical of it, so we’ll see how my mileage varies.

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