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Bobcat Goldthwait. (AP/Dan Steinberg)

Bobcat Goldthwait. (AP/Dan Steinberg)

James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now” opens this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston April 24 and Lake Bell’s “In a World …” closes it April 30. In between come, among others, Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Noah Bumbach’s “Frances Ha,” and Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell.” Among the world premieres are Bobcat Goldthwait’s “Willow Creek” and Samantha Buck’s “Best Kept Secret,” with both directors attending. WBUR is the media partner for this year’s festival.

Here’s the festival press release:

INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON ANNOUNCES 2013 LINEUP

Boston (March 20, 2013) – The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) has announced the films that will be featured at the 2013 festival. The eleventh annual festival will take place April 24- April 30, 2013. The festival will take place at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, and new venues UMass Boston and Theatre 1 at Revere Hotel in Boston. The festival, complete with over 130 film screenings, 99 films, filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events will showcase the best in current American and International cinema.

The Independent Film Festival Boston has been recognized as the premier film festival in the Boston area by the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and Indiewire. IFFBoston was voted “Best Film Festival in Boston” in 2011 and 2012 by Boston Phoenix readers.

The Independent Film Festival Boston is proud to welcome our new Creative Advisor, Casey Affleck at the 2013 edition of the festival. Casey Affleck will serve a multi-faceted role which includes outreach to talent, connecting the festival with local charities, and advising on festival growth. Casey Affleck will be in attendance for the early part of the festival.

THE SPECTACULAR NOW directed by James Ponsoldt will open the 11th annual festival on April 24th at the Somerville Theatre. James Ponsoldt will be in attendance on Opening Night.

“IN A WORLD…” written, directed, and starring Lake Bell, will close the festival on Tuesday April 30th at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Lake Bell and other special guests will be in attendance on Closing Night.

Other notable films screening at the festival include:
- The World Premiere of WILLOW CREEK, with director Bobcat Goldthwait in attendance
- The World Premiere of BEST KEPT SECRET, with director Samantha Buck and special guests in attendance
- The World Premiere of SECUNDARIA, with director Mary Jane Doherty in attendance
- The World Premiere of THE ELDERS, with director Nathaniel Hansen in attendance
- MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Joss Whedon
- FRANCES HA, starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Noah Bumbauch
- COMPUTER CHESS, with director Andrew Bujalski in attendance
- STORIES WE TELL, directed by Sarah Polley
- DOWNLOADED, with director Alex Winter in attendance
- PRINCE AVALANCHE, starring Paul Rudd and directed by David Gordon Green
- THE EAST, starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson and directed by Zal Batmanglij
- TOUCHY FEELY, starring Alison Janney, Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Rosemarie DeWitt and directed by Lynn Shelton

There will be several panel discussions during the festival including a Distribution panel featuring David Laub of Oscilloscope Laboratories, Matt Grady of Factory 25, and Jonthan Marlow of Fandor. All panel discussions will be free to the public and will take place at The Somerville Theatre. Other panel topics will include end credit sequences and documentary editing.

There will be numerous parties during the festival. The opening night party will take place at Orleans in Davis Square, Somerville. The Friday night dance party will happen at The Davis Square Theatre. Saturday night’s party will be at Sabur in Teele Square, Somerville, and the Sunday night Awards Party will take place at The Emerald Lounge in downtown Boston.

Among the awards to be given out on Sunday April 28th will be the 4th annual Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. This award was created to honor the memory of beloved Boston documentary film editor Karen Schmeer who was tragically lost in a hit-and-run accident in January of 2010. The Karen Schmeer Award is presented by The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.

The Revere Hotel is the Official Hotel of the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston.

WBUR is the Official Media Sponsor of the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston.

Rule/Boston Camera is the Official Production Sponsor of the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston.

Rockland Trust is the Official Bank Sponsor of the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston.

INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON 2013 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Narrative Features

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO directed by Peter Strickland
COMPUTER CHESS directed by Andrew Bujalski
CONCUSSION directed by Stacie Passon
CRYSTAL FAIRY directed by Sebastian Silva
THE DIRTIES directed by Matt Johnson
THE EAST directed by Zal Batmanglij
EXIT ELENA directed by Nathan Silver
FRANCES HA directed by Noah Bumbauch
A HIJACKING directed by Tobias Lindholm
HOUSTON directed by Bastian Gunther
THE HUNT directed by Thomas Vinterberg
IN A WORLD… directed by Lake Bell
THE LAND OF EB directed by Andrew Williamson
THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST directed by Craig DiFolco
LAURENCE ANYWAYS directed by Xavier Dolan
LONELY BOY directed by Dale Fabrigar
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING directed by Joss Whedon
PRINCE AVALANCHE directed by David Gordon Green
SIGHTSEERS directed by Ben Wheatley
SOFT IN THE HEAD directed by Nathan Silver
SOME GIRL(S) directed by Daisy Von Scherler Mayer
THE SPECTACULAR NOW directed by James Ponsoldt
THIS IS MARTIN BONNER directed by Chad Hartigan
TOUCHY FEELY directed by Lynn Shelton
V/H/S 2 directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, and Jason Eisener
WASTELAND directed by Rowan Athale
WILLOW CREEK directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

Documentary Features

12 O’CLOCK BOYS directed by Lotfy Nathan
THE ACT OF KILLING directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME directed by Victor Buhler
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT… directed by PJ Raval
BEST KEPT SECRET directed by Samantha Buck
BLACKFISH directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
BLOOD BROTHER directed by Steve Hoover
CASTING BY directed by Tom Donahue
THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA directed by Ann Shin
DIRTY WARS directed by Richard Rowley
DOWNLOADED directed by Alex Winter
THE ELDERS directed by Nathaniel Hansen
THE FINAL MEMBER directed by Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math
FUTURE MY LOVE directed by Maja Borg
THE GARDEN OF EDEN directed by Ran Tal
THE GENIUS OF MARIAN directed by Banker White & Anna Fitch
GIDEON’S ARMY directed by Dawn Porter
GOLD FEVER directed by JT Haines, Tommy Haines, & Andrew Sherburne
GOOD ‘OL FREDA directed by Ryan White & Jessica Lawson
GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA directed by Nicholas Wrathall
HERE ONE DAY directed by Kathy Leichter
MUSCLE SHOALS directed by Greg Camalier
NARCO CULTURA directed by Shaul Schwarz
NIGHT LABOR directed by David Redmon
OUR NIXON directed by Penny Lane
OXYANA directed by Sean Dunne
PERSISTENCE OF VISION directed by Kevin Schreck
THE PLEASURES OF BEING OUT OF STEP directed by David Lewis
THE PUNK SINGER directed by Sini Anderson
REMOTE AREA MEDICAL directed by Farihah Zaman & Jeff Reichert
REWIND THIS! directed by Josh Johnson
SECUNDARIA directed by Mary Jane Doherty
STORIES WE TELL directed by Sarah Polley
SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME directed by Jane Gillooly
TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL directed by Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith
TOKYO WAKA: A CITY POEM directed by John Haptas & Kristine Samuelson
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM directed by Morgan Neville

Short Films

AFTER YOU directed by Damien O’Connor
THE ATTENDANT directed by Ian Beattie
BEN: IN THE MIND’S EYE directed by Iva Radivojevic
BETTER PEOPLE directed by Mark O’Brien
THE BIRDMAN directed by Jessie Auritt
BLACK METAL directed by Kat Candler
DEAR VALUED GUESTS directed by Jarred Alterman
DIE LIKE AN EGYPTIAN directed by Matt Mamula
THE END OF THE COUNTER directed by Laura McGann
FERAL directed by Dan Sousa
THE GAMBLING MAN directed by Aron Gaudet
GOLD PARTY directed by Nellie Kluz
HOME directed by Aoife Kelleher
INSTALL: LIGHT, SOUND, & CRAIG COLORUSSO directed by Kevin Belli
IRISH FOLK FURNITURE directed by Tony Donoghue
JESUS FISH directed by Bryce James McGuire
THE LAST ICE MERCHANT directed by Sandy Patch
MAGNESIUM directed by Sam De Jong
MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN directed by Tom Schroeder
OH WILLY… directed by Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef
PARADISE directed by Nadav Kurtz
POUTERS directed by Paul Fegan
THE PROFESSOR directed by Alison Maclean
THE RANCHER directed by Kelly Lynn Sears
REBORNING directed by Helen Hood Scheer & Yael Bridge
REINDEER directed by Eva Weber
SEE THE DIRT directed by Chelsea Hernandez & Erik Mauck
SKIN directed by Jordana Spiro
SLOMO directed by Josh Izenberg
SOCIAL BUTTERLFY directed by Lauren Wolkenstein
A STORY OF THE MODLINS directed by Sergio Oksman
TRACK BY TRACK directed by Anna Moot-Levin
TWO HEARTS directed by Darren Thornton
TWO WHEELS, GOOD directed by Barry Gene Murphy
VLADMIR PUTIN IN DEEP CONCENTRATION directed by Dana O’Keefe & Sasha Kliment
WE WILL LIVE AGAIN directed by Josh Koury & Myles Kane
WHEN THE ZOMBIES COME directed by Jon Hurst
WORLD FAIR directed by Amanda Murray

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
- UMass Boston
- Theatre 1 at Revere Hotel in Boston

All festival venues are easily accessible by MBTA Public Transportation and all located near area parking.

Individual film tickets will go on sale in early April. Film-Only Passes and Chrome All-Access passes and the festival schedule will be available on the festival website in late March.

About the Independent Film Festival of Boston:
The Independent Film Festival of Boston is a non-profit organization run by a 100% volunteer staff of film enthusiasts. Additional information about the festival is available at http://www.iffboston.org or email info@iffboston.org. Follow the festival on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/iffboston

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