April 26May 3, 2017
April 26May 3, 2017

IFFBoston

independent film festival boston

Panels

Tips For Planning and Personalizing Your IFFBoston Experience.

Attend a Panel

The Mass Works-In-Progress Competition takes place at UMass Boston.
All other panels take place at the Somerville Theatre.
All panels are free to the public on a space‑available basis.

Apr
27

Mass Works-In-Progress competition (At UMASS)

4:00 PM THURSDAY, 4/27

Presented by the UMass Boston Film Series (part of the IFFBoston/UMASS Boston Film Summit)

The Mass. Works-in-Progress Pitch Session spotlights local filmmakers at various stages in their careers and at different stages of production with their projects. The IFFBoston/UMB Film Series’ WIP event takes place before a general audience of filmgoers, potential funders, broadcasters, festival programmers, brand partners and industry insiders. The goal of the event is to create a unique coalition of awareness and support for local filmmakers.

WIP FILMS

  • BRINGING IT HOME — Directed by Ellen Brodsky
  • THE FIGHT TO RUN — Directed by Benjamin Severance
  • MINOR ATTRACTION — Directed by Amelia Evans
  • MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY — Directed by Jeff Bemiss & Lisa Molomot
  • THE MOUNTAIN AND THE MAGIC CITY — Directed by Bridget Besaw
  • SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE INCARCERATED — Directed by Denali Tiller
  • TETHYS — Directed by Ben Pender-Cudlip

Jurors

  • Christopher Hastings — Executive Producer and Editorial Manager of Content for WORLD Channel
  • Gina James — Boston StorySLAM Producer for The Moth
  • Monika Navarro — Senior Manager of Content at ITVS
  • Kavita Pillay — Fulbright Scholar, Filmmaker and PRI contributor

Moderator

Chico Colvard — Filmmaker, Professor of Cinema at MassArt and UMB Film Series Curator

Apr
29

Boston Open Screen

12:00 pm SATURDAY, 4/29

Open Screen is Boston’s one and only open mic night for movies! Whether you sold your home to finance your 35mm masterpiece, or you made it last night in your basement—if your movie is under 10 minutes, we’ll screen it. Come see a “Best Of” presentation along with a shorter version of our regular screening. If you have a short that’s 10 minutes or less, we’ll screen it at IFFBoston!

With your hosts: Vatche Arabian, Adrian Atwood, Phil Healy, and Adam Van Voorhis.

Apr
30

The Long & Short of It:
Contemplating the Edit for Features & Shorts

2:45 pm SUNDAY, 4/30

Presented by the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

In this conversation, we will be exploring the edit for feature-length and short films. What are the differences (and similarities) in the ways editors approach their work? How does one inform the other?

Panelists

  • Laura Longsworth—Director of THE GLORIOUS FUTURE
  • Peter Rhodes—Editor of EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE and THE GLORIOUS FUTURE
  • Eric Stange—Director of EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE

Moderator

James Rutenbeck—Documentary Editor and Director (RAISE THE DEAD, SCENES FROM A PARISH)

Apr
30

Scoring for Television & Film:
A Film Composers Panel

3:00 PM SUNDAY, 4/30

Presented by The Arts Fuse

The Boston Cambridge area has long been a hub for documentary film and for the production of shows for public television. For the past several decades, film departments and music schools have also been providing the film industry with production resources and talent. Add to the mix the long and varied music culture in Boston. Mason Daring, John Kusiak, and Sheldon Mirowitz each began as performers in the Boston music scene in the 1970s. Individually they have built careers scoring feature films, PBS programs, commercials, television, as well as for museums, live orchestras and ensembles. They will talk about their process and the evolution of their work, provide insight into the development of a successful score, and discuss the challenges of their craft

Panelists

  • Mason Daring — Composer and Producer
  • John Kusiak — Composer
  • Sheldon Mirowitz — Composer, Professor in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music

Moderator

Tim Jackson — Filmmaker, Musician, Actor, Writer for The Arts Fuse


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