We are a little under two weeks away from the twentieth annual Boston Underground Film Festival! Wacky, weird and wonderful genre cinema from around the globe will descend on Cambridge, MA and the final wave of titles were announced near the end of the work week. Having its World Premiere elsewhere tonight but already catching on like fire Jenn Wexler's The Ranger is already booking at festivals across the country and will show up in Cambridge. Showing no sign of slowing down Issa Lopez's amazing Tigers Are Not Afraid is still touring the festival strong and is a title you simply cannot miss. Can. Not. Miss. And if yours truly were to recommend a couple more titles from this final wave of titles you also would be wise to get tickets for Spoor and the closing night film Good Manners. 20th Annual Boston Underground Film Festival Bares All With 20th Edition Poster and Gnarly Final Wave of Wild & Wicked Cinema Including the World Premiere of The Queen of Hollywood Blvd, … [Read more...] about Boston Underground 2018: THE RANGER, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID And SPOOR Top Final Wave of Titles!
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A shining beacon of the weird, the wonderful, the nasty, the niche, and the eclectic, Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 20th edition next month, and has announced its first wave of feature titles. I had the great pleasure to attend last year, and was blown away not only by the variety and quality of programming, but also the amazing staff, volunteers, and venue. Already they're knocking it out of the park, with films such as Revenge, Coralie Fargeat's new take on the revenge thriller; Deborah Haywood's heartbreaking Pin Cushion; and Let the Corpses Tan, the latest trippy mystery from Belgian duo Hélèn Cattet and Bruno Forzani. There's some exciting queer content with underground film Liquid Sky, and what looks to be a fascinating documentary, Something Wicked This Way Comes, an exporation of horror culture in New England. And have I mentioned there's Saturday morning cartoons? With cereal provided? But just don't take my word for it. Peruse the excellent … [Read more...] about Boston Underground Film Festival: First Wave Includes REVENGE, PIN CUSHION, LIQUID SKY & More!
TIFF isn’t the only festival opening in Toronto this week. For the last six years, the high-profile screenings along King Street West have been accompanied by a cadre of short silent videos screening on monitors in the city’s underground subway stations. The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF, a nice titular contrast with TIFF) draws submissions from all over the world and — due to its restricted format as much as in spite of it — elicits some of the most innovative filmmaking on show in the city. It’s also seen by thousands more viewers than its above-ground counterpart.This year’s event includes the regular assortment of 60-second films in every genre and style imaginable, but there are also several innovations as the fest expands to street level and online. Sharon Switzer, the festival’s founder and Director, talked with Filmmaker about what viewers can expect. (And those interested in submitting for next year should look for a mid-July … [Read more...] about Indie Film Truly Underground: The 2013 Toronto Urban Film Festival
Here’s the secret to compiling a list of films to see at a festival: go through the catalog and figure out what excites you. And then write down those anticipations. That’s all I’ve done here — given the catalog one pass and pulled out 25 films that will be at the top of my list. A number of these films are ones I’ve known of before, including quite a few from filmmakers who made our “25 New Faces” lists as well as those in the IFP Narrative Lab, where I’m a mentor. But there are others from promising young filmmakers I’ve been tracking, documentaries on subjects that interest me, films I’ve picked up buzz on and titles that just seem really fascinating from their catalog descriptions. I’m sure I’ve missed a few that should have been on here. Indeed, this list could have been 50 quite easily. But considering that I’m posting this via on-flight wi-fi, I think I’ll count my blessings if these 25 make it … [Read more...] about 25 Films I’m Anticipating at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
IFP, Filmmaker‘s parent organization, announced today the 120 feature film projects that will take place in its annual IFP Film Week, taking place September 17 – 22 for the first time in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Announced for the first time are the screenplays comprising the No Borders program, for projects seeking financing, and the doc works-in-progress seeking completion funds in Spotlight on Docs. They join the previously announced features in post-production from the IFP’s Narrative and Documentary Labs. Particularly noteworthy this year are the roster’s gender diversity states: 40% of the narrative directors and 60 % of the documentary directors are women.Highlights of note for Filmmaker readers include:* a number of projects from 25 New Faces — among them Zia Anger, Lily Henderson, Khalik Allah, Jennifer Phang, Tom Quinn, Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia, Myna Joseph and John Magary, Chloe Zhao, Reinaldo Marcus Green, James N. Kienitz, Amman Abbasi and … [Read more...] about IFP Announces No Borders, Spotlight on Docs Feature Films for IFP Film Week