The Independent Film Festival of Boston gets under way this week, and as I’ve mentioned in my past coverage, it’s probably my favorite film-related event of the year. Given that I’m moving out to Seattle within two weeks, this’ll probably be my last IFFB for awhile, but it looks like it will not disappoint. After the jump, find the five movies that I’m really looking forward to this year, and feel free to share your own in the comments.
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I was a huge fan/supporter of Jonathan Levine‘s 2008 film The Wackness, which premiered years ago at Sundance and got dumped at the box office by Sony Pictures Classics. Levine has had some tough luck in terms of distributors — his debut feature, the critically acclaimed horror film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, yet has still never gotten a US release (both theatrically and even on dvd/blu-ray). But as they say, the third times the charm. I saw this film at an early screening a couple months back and it remains one of my favorite movies of the year. And I’m not alone, Germain also agrees.

50/50 (originally titled I’m With Cancer) is an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1′s Best Week Ever. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a 27-year-old who is diagnosed with cancer, and his sometimes funny “struggle to beat the disease.” The film, funded with Summit Entertainment’s giant pile of Twilight money, co-stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston.

50/50 won’t hit theaters until September 30th 2011, but I’m very happy to be able to give you guys/gals a chance to see it early. /Film is giving out 100 tickets to screenings in:

Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.

Screenings take place on August 30th (with the exception of Austin, which is on August 29th). Get your tickets now while they are still available. And as with any of these advance screenings, arrive a bit earlier than you normally would to ensure a seat.

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Actress Brit Marling’s career got a shot in the arm recently when she co-wrote, co-produced, and acted in Another Earth and Sound of My Voice, both of which made it into Sundance this year. This woman can do it all, and she’s apparently pretty damn good at it too.

I’m excited to see her performance in at Another Earth, which is why I’m even more excited that we’re giving away free passes to a Wednesday night screening of this film at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston. Afterwards, I’ll be hosting a Q&A with director Mike Cahill and Brit Marling. Hit the jump to learn how to get passes to this special event.
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/Film Boston: IFFBoston Announces Lineup

The Independent Film Festival of Boston recently released their full line-up and it’s a doozy. Sundance favorites such as The Future and Submarine will be there, along with awesome documentaries like Being Elmo (WITH ELMO IN ATTENDANCE!!!) and Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times. I’m looking forward to films I wasn’t able to catch at Sundance and SXSW, such as the legal documentary Hot Coffee, the heartbreaking How to Die in Oregon, and the new fascinating Conan O’Brien film. Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins also looks like it will rock the house.

The full line-up is below. The festival is April 27th through May 4th, and it’s one of my favorite movie events of the year. If you live anywhere in New England, I invite you to come and check it out. You can follow IFFBoston on Facebook for updates or buy your passes now!
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Spring is a great time for movie lovers who live in New England. Not only does old man winter seem finally on the cusp of relinquishing his cold, hard death grip on the region, but there are a couple of interesting film festivals taking place. For example, The Boston Underground Film Festival begins tonight, and brings with it some awesome screenings, Q&As, and events. Hit the jump for the full schedule. Read More »

Good news, Boston sci-fi fans! Tonight at 7:00 pm, there’s going to be a special advance screening of Source Code at the AMC Boston Commons theater. Afterwards, I’ll be moderating a Q&A with director Duncan Jones. I anticipate mind-bendy, sci-fi fun for everyone involved!

We have 40 free passes to give away to tonight’s screening. Hit the jump for the details on how to get one. (P.S. for those of you who can’t make it all the way to Boston, Duncan Jones will also be in NYC tomorrow night for a Source Code screening at Lincoln Center. You’ll have to buy tickets to that one, though). Read More »

45365

Lots of cool film-related stuff happens in Boston, Massachusetts and not that many people are here to document it, preserve it and spread the word about it. Special screenings, Q&As, panel discussions — we have them all, and frequently too. /Film Boston aims to be a bi-weekly column that will bring you audio and video content from film-related events around the Boston area. If you don’t live in Boston, I hope that this column will give you a window into some of the cool stuff that happens here regularly. If you do live here, hopefully you’ll come here to get the heads-up on what’s been going on, and what is to come. As always, every edition of /Film Boston is available at http://www.slashfilm.com/boston.

After the break, some thoughts on the powerful documentary 45365, which has been lighting up the festival circuit around America, and an interview with one of its filmmakers, Turner Ross.
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duplass

Lots of cool film-related stuff happens in Boston, Massachusetts and not that many people are here to document it, preserve it and spread the word about it. Special screenings, Q&As, panel discussions — we have them all, and frequently too. /Film Boston aims to be a bi-weekly column that will bring you audio and video content from film-related events around the Boston area. If you don’t live in Boston, I hope that this column will give you a window into some of the cool stuff that happens here regularly. If you do live here, hopefully you’ll come here to get the heads-up on what’s been going on, and what is to come. As always, every edition of /Film Boston is available at http://www.slashfilm.com/boston.

After the break, a hilarious interview with Jay and Mark Duplass, the directors of Cyrus (at least, it was hilarious for us). Plus, your chance to get free tickets to a screening of Cyrus this Wednesday at the Boston Commons AMC at 7 PM.
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