Tuesday, March 22, 2011

IFFBoston announces film lineup for 2011 fest

The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) announced the films that will be featured at the 2011 festival kicking off on Wednesday, April 27 and closing on Wednesday, May 4.

The ninth annual festival will take place at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, and the Stuart Street Playhouse in downtown Boston. The festival, complete with over 110 film screenings, filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events will showcase the best in current American and International cinema.

"Being Elmo" directed by Constance Marks will open the festival on Wednesday, April 27 at the Somerville Theatre. This marks the first time the IFFBoston will open with a documentary. The film follows Kevin Clash, from humble upbringings as he follows his dream to become a puppeteer and one day work with his idol, Jim Henson, to the present day where he has traveled the world performing as the puppeteer and voice behind Sesame Street’s breakout star, Elmo. Director Constance Marks, Kevin Clash, and Elmo will be in attendance on opening night.

"Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," directed by Rodman Flender, will close the festival on Wednesday May 4th at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The documentary follows late night host Conan O’Brien from the days just after his breakup with NBC following their proposal to move the Tonight Show past midnight and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of O'Brien’s touring stage show of 2010. Director Rodman Flender will be in attendance on closing night, which will take place in O’Brien’s hometown of Brookline.

Click here for more information on Boston's Independent Film Festival. Also, click here for the latest on IFFBoston 2011

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