31st Festival Runs SEPTEMBER 17-21; Five World Premieres
BOSTON, September 10, 2015 – Continuing its tradition of featuring exciting new films, the 31st annual Boston Film Festival (September 17-21) will spotlight two local features and five world premieres that will expand to five different Boston venues.
Among the talent expected to appear are Shaun Toub, Adrian Sparks, and Medal of Honor recipients featured in the gripping new documentary “No Greater Love.” Other noted actors who will be present are Annika Noelle, Tom Beardwell, Robyn Coffin, Robert Cannon, Justin Lee and James Molinari.
Presenting sponsor of the 31st Boston Film Festival is Southfield. The event’s supporting sponsors are NBC Universal, A&E, and the Hollywood Reporter.
Filmgoers can access http://www.bostonfilmfestival.org to purchase tickets and for festival details and updates. Also find the BFF on Facebook and Twitter @Bostonfilmfest.
Thursday, September 17 Loews Theatre Boston Common – 175 Tremont Street
7:30PM PAPA • Drama • World Premiere • (116 Min) Loews Theatre
Director:Bob Yari • Writer: Denne Bart Petitclerc
Stars Joely Richardson, Giovani Ribisi, Minka Kelly, James Remar, Shaun Taub, Adrian Sparks, James Molinari, Muriel Hemingway
“PAPA” is a true story and follows journalist Ed Myers (Denne Bart Petitclerc) on his adventures to Cuba in the late 1950’s after Myers’ childhood idol, the legendary Ernest Hemingway, responds to his fan letter. Hidden away at a private estate with his wife Mary, the elusive author mentors Myers in fishing, drinking, and finding his voice, while the Cuban Revolution boils around them. In this turbulent landscape, beholding an icon in his declining years, Myers discovers his strength, while recognizing that all of our heroes are human.
Friday, September 18 JFK Library Theatre – Columbia Point
7:00PM The Aftermath • Drama • (84 Min)
Director: Tim McCann • Writers: Tim McCann, Shaun S. Sanghani • Producers: Benjamin Bickham and Shaun S. Sanghani
Stars Vanessa Ferlito, Sam Trammell and Missy Yager
Heartbroken, drug addicted, and living in squalor, Sonny (Sam Trammell) becomes obsessed with returning a necklace to his estranged wife for their anniversary. When the necklace is stolen by a gang of criminals led by a tough small-town madam named Franki, he risks his life navigating the seedy underbelly of his Louisiana town to get it back.
9:15PM You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South Documentary (88 Min)
Producers: Jude Hagin, Hilary Saltzman • Writer and Director: John Cork
A compelling documentary that revisits the 1952 murder case in which Ruby McCollum, a black woman, fatally shot a white doctor, state Senator-elect Clifford Leroy Adams in Florida. The film compiles research and interviews about the murder and subsequent court trial of Ruby McCollum in which she testified that Adams, the son of a powerful political family, had forced her into a long sexual relationship that resulted in an unwanted child, and that she shot him in self-defense. The slaying and ultimate trial stirred race relations in the southern town, and brought to light a left over legacy from the slavery era of a white man’s right to a black woman’s body, known in today’s lexicon as “Paramour Rights.”
Saturday, September 19 Boston Aquarium Imax Theatre – 1 Central Wharf
6:45PM No Greater Love •World Premiere• Documentary • (94 Min) Boston Aquarium Imax Theatre
Director: Justin Roberts • Producers: Brent Dones, Priyank Desai
“No Greater Love” explores a combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain, as he and his men fight their way through a hellish tour in one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan and then as they struggle to reintegrate home.
9:15PM Evan’s Crime • World Premiere • Drama • (94 Min)
Director: Sandy Tung • Producers: Molly M. Mayeux, Dale Rosenbloom, Sandy Tung
StarsDouglas Smith, David Arquette, Annika Noelle
“Evan’s Crime” is about a college student, Evan White, who is unjustly accused of selling marijuana and cocaine and is threatened with up to 28 years in jail by an ambitious Federal prosecutor. The movie is a dramatic portrayal of the inequities of the American justice system and one young man’s struggle against it.
Sunday, September 20 Revere Hotel, Theatre 1 – 200 Stuart Street
12:20PM – 2:15PM Shorts Program 1
2:30PM – 4:25PM Shorts Program 2
5:00PM Aside From That
Director/Writer Richard Tilkin Stars Stephen Wright
Aside From That: A Film About Everyone’s Least Favorite Topic. We know we’re going to die. And most of us are disturbed, not to say terrified, at the prospect.
Haunted by existential dread, we yearn for a bit of wisdom that might ease our path through
life and our passage to whatever — if anything — lies beyond.
Is there, to borrow a phrase from the corporate world, a best practice for thinking about our
own mortality? How should we live, knowing we are going to die?
We pose these questions to random pedestrians ambushed on their lunch hour with intimate
inquiries about death. Seeking expert perspective, we also probe the minds of prominent
philosophers, spiritual leaders, academics, and one stand-up comic.
7:00PM We the People: The Market Basket Effect • Documentary •
Director: Tommy Reid • Producers: Nick Buzzell, Mike Buzzell, Bobby Friedman, Paul Nero and Ted Leonsis • Writer: Jeff Pinilla
Narrator Michael Chiklis
“We the People: The Market Basket Effect” tells the epic story of the wildly successful Demoulas Super Market family empire that was rapidly pushed to the brink of collapse by greedy shareholders and their representative Directors and was ultimately saved by an inspiring groundswell of employee and community support. The chain of events leading up to and including the summer of Market Basket cut to the heart of the 30 year share holder battle, held the livelihoods of 25,000 employees hanging in the balance, and effectively resolved the volatile and emotional family feud in a way that courts never could or would.
9:20PM The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man •Dark Comedy• (85 Min)
Stars Tommy Beardmore, Rusty Schwimmer, D’arcy Fellona, Robyn Coffin, Sean Patrick Leonard and Kurt Conroyd
A man disillusioned with his failing marriage and dead end career abruptly decides to visit his past to figure out where it all went wrong.
Monday, September 21 Back Bay Events Center – 180 Berkeley Street
6:45PM 30-Love World Premiere • Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport • (96 Min)
Director/ Writer:Robert Cannon
StarsRobert Cannon, Brenda Vaccaro, Justin Lee, Mark Gagliardi and Robert Craighead
When his wife dies giving birth to their first child, a man starts playing tennis in an effort to hold onto her memory. He neglects his newborn daughter and focuses on winning tennis tournaments. Soon, his family intervenes and they begin a tug-of-war for control of his daughter.
8:40PM Dead of winter: The Richard Donner Party • World Premiere • Drama History • (84 Min) Back Bay Events Center
Director:Douglas Glover • Producer: John Joseph The Weather Channel
“Dead of winter: The Donner Party” tells the story of weather’s most-infamous tale. What starts as a call to the West quickly turns to a deadly journey for three families and their compatriots on a quest for the American Dream. Trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, they fall prey to sub-zero temperatures, torrential rainfalls, floods and ten foot snow drifts, and are eventually forced to turn on each other in order to survive.