Films

Official Selections – Features

A Big Love Story


Screens Sat. 10/12 at 4 PM and Sunday 10/20 at 4 PM

Winner of 5 Best of Festival awards and the Hollywood Reporter notes that it: “brings fresh life to the overworked romantic comedy genre.” Sam is a former college football star whose chance to play in the NFL abruptly ended with a blown out knee. Seven years after his injury, he finds himself alone, working a minimum wage job and weighing a deadly 413lbs. The time has come for some change; the time has come for some weight loss Knowing this is not a road he can go alone, Sam hires a personal trainer to kick his ass into shape. From his setbacks to his successes, we follow Sam’s inspiring journey as he battles to lose weight and struggles to find love.


A Little Push (Boston Local Spotlight)

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Screens Sat. 10/12 at 5:30 PM and Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

Featuring Slaine, (“The Town”) and Jay Gianonne (“The Iceman”), “A Little Push” is a dramatic film written, directed , produced, and edited by Jeremy Jed Hammel (Winner, Best Comic-Related Film — Comic Con 2010). The short film/music video stars Skinny Cavallo and effervescent newcomer Sarah Duncan, and is inspired by the song of the same name by Skinny Cavallo. Skinny is a man at a crossroads in his life. After a chance encounter with a stranger, he looks back on his life and the choices that he has made. The memories of his past begin to blend together with his present, with what he imagines his life could have been if he made different choices, and with the future lives he could lead moving forward. The only constant in his visions is his relationship with Julie ‘Jules’ de Goncourt, a woman who reminds him that the the only thing that is real is the connection shared between two people.


City Baby

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Screens Sat. 10/19 at 5 PM

Between her best friend moving to Brooklyn, pressure to find employment from her pop (Daniel Baldwin), and juggling romances with an aging rocker boyfriend and a yuppie fling – Cloey is reluctantly plucked from her party girl reality to deal with her own set of common people dilemmas and accomplishments. Scattered with cameos from musicians like Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), live performances by Glass Candy and Starf**ker and a soundtrack featuring all local bands, “City Baby” documents the youth utopia of Portland Oregon, revolving through the lives of a few sexy, style-conscious kids surviving extreme love affairs and complicated friendships.


Clean Bin Project (Green Film Spotlight)


Screens Sat. 10/19 at 2 PM

This award winning documentary follows a year in the life of a young couple trying to live consumer and waste-free. It explores the larger issues of garbage in North America.


Demi Pointe (Boston Local Student Spotlight)

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Screens Sat. 10/12 at 5:30 PM

Awarded the 2013 Indie Soul Best Picture at the Boston International Film Festival, “Demi Pointe,” is a story about communication, told through the eyes of a young girl who struggles socially, physically, and psychologically with a Speech disorder known as Selective Mutism. In order to escape her social anxiety, the girl retreats to her vivid imagination as a way of manipulating her own perception of reality.


Down and Dangerous

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Screens Sat. 10/12 at 7 PM

This indie action/thriller that Filmmaker magazine calls “Amazing,” won both Best Editing and an Award of Excellence at the LA Film Awards. Always one step ahead of the Feds, Paul Boxer is the most inventive and principled smuggler in the trade, and has never needed to carry a gun. When violent mid-level traffickers coerce him into designing a foolproof plan to bring several kilos of cocaine across the México border, he maneuvers to rid himself of their hold over him once and for all. But when a sharp-witted woman from his past enlists his help to escape this rival outfit, Paul must confront the man that is hunting him down, and choose between his livelihood as a smuggler and his integrity as a man.


Dynamite Swine (Filmshift Alumni Spotlight)

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Screens Sun. 10/13 at 4 PM

“Dynamite Swine” won the Best Feature Comedy Award at the Indie Gathering. Rebel, a down-on-his luck gambler, promises to save his girlfriend’s “Hair Salon For The Homeless,” from foreclosure, but instead only falls deeper into debt to a sadistic Russian quadriplegic. After his adopted brother and their bumbling friends complicate things even further, Rebel must enter the biggest card tournament of his life in order to save the salon, himself, his brother, and the life of a very special pig.


Far

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Screens Sat. 10/12 at 5:30 PM and Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

Winner of 10 awards and screening at over 20 festivals around the world, “Far” was created by Filmshift alumni, Brian Crewe and Marion Kerr. David goes on a date with Hannah, a young woman, who isn’t quite what she seems.


Golden Earrings (Filmshift Alumni Spotlight)

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Screens Sun. 10/12 at 6 PM

Joe Dante (Director of “Gremlins,”) says about “Golden Earrings”: “Julia Marchese puts herself on the movie map with a riveting performance in an unexpected and carefully calculated chiller yjat delivers the goods with wit and economical style.” Ronnie and Sara are best friends and roommates. And for Ronnie, Sara is her whole world. But one day, Sara suddenly disappears and Ronnie is left with a hole in her life that she cannot deal with. And her apparent guilt over something she’s done causes everything in her life to collapse. Despite her friends attempts to calm her, Ronnie sinks deeper and deeper into her loneliness. Until one day, Ronnie suddenly starts ‘seeing’ Sara. Or does she?


The Legacy (Boston Local Spotlight)


Screens Sat. 10/12 at 5:30 PM and Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

Winner Best Film at Comic Con San Diego,”The Legacy,” was selected into the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, has over 700,000 views on Youtube, received national theatrical release with a mid-sized theater chain, Cinebarre, and it is available on Hulu.com, Roku.com, Xbox, and Indieflix.com. What would you do if you believed your father was a superhero? The Legacy brings to life a story about fathers and sons, imagination and magic, and believing in something larger than ourselves. Starring Paul Butcher, ( “Zoey 101,”) Louis Iacoviello, and Jo McGinley, “The Legacy” is a fun and exciting romp for audiences of all ages.


Maude (Boston Local Spotlight)

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Screens Sat. 10/12 at 5:30 PM

Featuring music from the band, Film School, a young woman sneaks into her basement and discovers a world all her own.


The Night Divine

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Screens Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

Lo-Fi Sugar had the Number One “Beatport,” song in October 2008 with Starchaser’s “So High.” She has also toured and recorded with world-renowned techno DJ, Paul Van Dyk.This version of the piece was edited by Jeremy Jed Hammel and won a Golden Kahuna Award for Excellence in Filmmaking from the Honolulu International Film Festival. “The Night Divine” is Lo-Fi Sugar’s first music video from her debut EP, “The Divine Edit.”


Nuit Blanche

Screens Sat. 10/12 at 5:30 PM and Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

“Nuit Blanche” explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy.


Prayers for Peace

Screens Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

“Prayers for Peace” is a narrative stop-motion animation confronting the memory of the artist’s younger brother killed in the current conflict in Iraq. Drawn entirely with pastels on a slate chalk¬board, the materials used to create the animation become a metaphor for the impermanence of life.


The Robber (Boston Local Student Spotlight)

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Screens Sat. 10/12 at 5:30 PM and Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

What happens when a “robber” wants a ride to the bank? A young man heads home for the night, but is taken for a ride by a robber.


Stoop (Boston Local Spotlight)

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Screens Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

Filmed entirely in South Boston with all local cast and crew. “Stoop” tells the story of Monty, currently living on and around a brownstone stoop, and Nelson, a Busker (street performer), new to the area. As Monty and Nelson vie for control of their self-proclaimed territories, themes of gentrification and the value of learning to coexist are played out by the characters.


This Is Kelly

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Screens Sun. 10/13 at 2 PM

“Tell me I can’t do it. Please.” At just over 400lbs, Kelly Gneiting rarely dodges anything, especially a challenge. This gentle giant from Fort Defiance, Arizona is about to show the world what a person of ponderous proportion can accomplish when heart, mind and focus are all of the same mass. This is no ordinary man. This is no ordinary feat. This is Kelly.


Wet Behind The Ears

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Screens Sat. 10/19 at 3:30 PM

This “Millenial” comedy premiered at the Studio City Film Festival and was awarded Best Comedic Feature and Best Actress in a Comedic Feature to Jessica Piervicenti, and has continued to screen and win awards across the country. Samantha Phelps has just finished college, but while her ego has matured her resume hasn’t. Unemployed and breaking the lease agreement she held with her best friend Victoria, Samantha finds herself living with her parents and in desperate need of an income, while her best friend must navigate the difficult world of corporate America and finding a roommate on craigslist alone. Whether it is a scorned coworker or taking a minimum wage job working for a high school nemesis, the girls just can’t win.


We Want The Airwaves: The WFNX Story (Boston Local Spotlight)

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Screens Sat. 10/19 at 7 PM and Sun. 10/20 at 2 PM and 6 PM

May 16, 2012: After 29 years as Boston’s fiercely independent Alternative music station, WFNX announces that it is being sold to Clear Channel Communications, and news of the sale rattles generations of music fans who have grown up listening to 101.7 on their FM dial. As the station counts down its last sixty days on the air, current and former WFNX employees reminisce about the station’s rich history and reflect on what the sale of this perennial David in a land of radio Goliaths says about the changing ways we relate to music and media.


Wild Girl Waltz (New England Local Spotlight)

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Screens Sat. 10/12 at 2 PM

This feature is one of the best reviewed “true” indie films of the year, including this praise from Sonic Cinema: “Pure, unadulterated laughs…hilariously, absurdly great.” Tara and Angie take some “goofy pills” to escape the boredom of their small town existence. Brian is stuck baby-sitting them until they come down from their righteous high. Comedic mayhem ensues. This feature portrays drug use and adult themes.

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