The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) has announced the films that will be featured at the 2009 Independent Film Festival of Boston.

The seventh annual festival will be held April 22-April 28, 2009. In the continuing expansion of the festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston has been added as a screening venue. A new Presenting Sponsor, The Liberty Hotel, has joined the festival and the official hotel of the Independent Film Festival of Boston. The liberty Hotel joins returning presenting sponsors Ford and JetBlue Airways. B-Side, a leading technology partner for film festivals, has also joined as a Premier Sponsor for the Independent Film Festival of Boston in 2009.

B-Side will manage all ticketing pages of the festival website and provide interactive features for audience members. The festival, complete with film screenings, filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events, will showcase the works of filmmakers who seek to create films that are life changing, are thought provoking and expose aspects of life in new and revealing manners.

“THE BROTHERS BLOOM” directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, and Rachel Weisz, will open the festival on Wednesday, April 22nd at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. Rian Johnson and selected cast will be in attendance for the Opening Night screening.

Some highlights of the 2009 festival include Ondi Timoner’s (“Dig!”) Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, Guillermo Arriaga’s (writer of “Babel”, “21 Grams”) directorial debut THE BURNING PLAIN starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, LA MISSION starring Benjamin Bratt, IN THE LOOP starring James Gandolfini, Hirokazu Koreeda’s STILL WALKING, Robert Siegel’s (writer of “The Wrestler”) BIG FAN starring Patton Oswalt and Kevin Corrigan, and Olivier Assayas’ SUMMER HOURS starring Juliette Binoche, and WORLD’S GREATEST DAD directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

Numerous films with strong Boston ties will make their New England premieres at the festival this April, including Jonathan Hock’s THE LOST SON OF HAVANA, Bestor Cram’s JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON, Aron Gaudet’s THE WAY WE GET BY, Laura Longsworth’s LUCKEY, Gerald Peary’s FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM, Amy Grill’s SPEAKING IN CODE, Andrew Bujalski’s BEESWAX, Alex Karpovsky’s TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, Ian McFarland’s CHIP ON MY SHOULDER, George Kachadorian’s SHOOTING BEAUTY, Al Ward’s BLOOD, SWEAT & CHEERS, and Tze Chun’s CHILDREN OF INVENTION.

Special guests attending the festival include Chris Cooper, Benjamin Bratt, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Kevin Corrigan, Luis Tiant, and many more to be announced in the coming weeks.


Narrative Features

500 DAYS OF SUMMER, directed by Marc Webb

THE ANSWER MAN, directed by John Hindman

BEESWAX, directed by Andrew Bujalski

BIG FAN, directed by Robert Seigel

BIRDWATCHERS, directed by Marco Bechis

BRONSON, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

THE BROTHERS BLOOM, directed by Rian Johnson

THE BURNING PLAIN, directed by Guillermo Arriaga

CHILDREN OF INVENTION, directed by Tze Chun

THE ESCAPIST, directed by Rupert Wyatt

FROM INSIDE, directed by John Bergin

GRACE, directed by Paul Solet

HELEN, directed by Joe Lawlor & Christine Malloy

THE HIGHER FORCE, directed by Olaf De Fleur

IN THE LOOP, directed by Armando Iannucci

MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE, directed by The Deagol Brothers

THE MISSING PERSON, directed by Noah Buschel

LA MISSION, directed by Peter Bratt

PONTYPOOL, directed by Bruce McDonald

STILL WALKING, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

STINGRAY SAM, directed by Cory McAbee

SUMMER HOURS, directed by Olivier Assayas

THAT EVENING SUN, directed by Scott Teems

THE VICIOUS KIND, directed by Lee Toland Kreiger

THE WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

Documentary Features

ART & COPY, directed by Doug Pray

AUTOMORPHISIS, directed by Harrod Blank

BEST WORST MOVIE, directed by Michael Stephenson

BLOOD, SWEAT & CHEERS, directed by Al Ward

CHIP ON MY SHOULDER, directed by Ian McFarland

CRUDE, directed by Joe Berlinger

FOOD, INC., directed by Robert Kenner

FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES, directed by Gerald Peary

HERB AND DOROTHY, directed by Megumi Sasaki

I NEED THAT RECORD!, directed by Brendan Toller

INVISIBLE GIRLFRIEND, directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin

JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON, directed by Bestor Cram

KIMJONGILIA, directed by NC Heikin

THE LOST SON OF HAVANA, directed by Jonathan Hock

LUCKEY, directed by Laura Longsworth

MINE, directed by Geralyn Pezanoski

MONSTERS FROM THE ID, directed by David Gargani

NOLLYWOOD BABYLON, directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal

OF ALL THE THINGS, directed by Jody Lambert

PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI, directed by Paul Saltzman

SHOOTING BEAUTY, directed by George Kachadorian


SPEAKING IN CODE, directed by Amy Grill

THE SWEET LADY WITH THE NASTY VOICE, directed by Joanne Fish and Vincent Kralyevich

TRIMPIN: THE SOUND OF INVENTION, directed by Peter Esmonde

TRINIDAD, directed by PJ Raval

TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, directed by Alex Karpovksy

UNMISTAKEN CHILD, directed by Nati Baratz

UPSTREAM BATTLE, directed by Ben Kampas

THE WAY WE GET BY, directed by Aron Gaudet

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, directed by Ondi Timoner

WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE, directed by Sarah and Emily Kunstler

WINNEBAGO MAN, directed by Ben Steinbauer

Short Films

THE ARCHIVE, directed by Sean Dunne

BEAN, directed by Giovanna Federico

THE BLINDNESS IN THE WOODS, directed by Martin Jalfen and Javier Lourenco

BOOB, directed by William Murnion and Jon Milott

FUNNY GUY, directed by Frank Rinaldi

HA’ AGAM (THE LAKE), directed by Boaz Lavie


I AM SO PROUD OF YOU, directed by Don Hertzfeldt

I KNEW IT WAS YOU, directed by Richard Shepard

THE INCIDENT AT TOWER 37, directed by Chris Perry

INSTEAD OF ABRACADABRA, directed by Patrik Eklund

JULIE, JULIE, directed by Liam Creighton

KANISZA HILL, directed by Evelyn Lee

KNIFE POINT, directed by Carlo Mirabella=Davis

I LIVE IN THE WOODS, directed by Max Winston

LOLLIPOP MAN, directed by Michael Axelgaard

MELANCHOLY BABY, directed by Sean Hood

NEXT FLOOR, directed by Denis Villeneuve

NO WIND, NO WAVES, directed by Julian Higgins

O.W. HOUTS AND SONS, INC., directed by Aaron Matthews and Richard Sherman

PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD., directed by Dan Montgomery

SHIKZIEN, directed by Jeremey Clapin

SHOCKWAVES, directed by Serge Ou

SHORT TERM 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

THE SLEUTH INCIDENT, directed by Jason Kupfer

SMALL COLLECTION, directed by Jeremiah Crowell

THE SNAKE MOUNTAIN COLADA, directed by Calvin Reeder

TENDER AS HELLFIRE, directed by Jason Stone

THEO, directed by Georgi Banks-Davies

UNDONE, directed by Hayley Morris


WHAT IS SHE TO YOU?, directed by Aiden Burgess

The Independent Film Festival of Boston will reach a diverse audience by incorporating a number of venues in the greater Boston community including:

Somerville Theatre in Davis Square
Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square
Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline
Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

All festival venues are easily accessible by MBTA public transportation and are all located near area parking.

Passes will be available online at on March 22, 2009.

Individual tickets will be available online at on April 1st, 2009.

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