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2011 Independent Film Festival Boston Award Winners Announced

Rintaro Sawamoto and Atsuko Sakamoto in director Mike Ott's 'Littlerock.'

A press release from The Independent Film Festival Boston…

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The 2011 Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) came to a close on Wednesday night with a sold-out screening of Rodman Flender’s CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP. Roughly 100 guest filmmakers and celebrities were in attendance at the festival including Miranda July, Kevin Clash with Elmo, Azazel Jacobs, Annie Sundberg, Garret Dillahunt, Andre Ovredal, Sebastien Pilote, Wayne Duvall, Bill Ingersoll, Mike Cahill, Jim Mickle, and numerous others. Films were shown in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville over a total of 8 screens.

The jury and audience award prizes have been announced and are as follows:

Narrative Feature:
Grand Jury Prize Winner: LITTLEROCK directed by Mike Ott
Special Jury Prize Winner: GREEN directed by Sophia Takal
Audience Award Winner: 13 ASSASSINS directed by Takashi Miike

Documentary Feature:
Grand Jury Prize Winner: LAST DAYS HERE directed by Don Argott & Demian Fenton
Special Jury Prize Winner: CONVENTO directed by Jarred Alterman
Audience Award Winner: RAISING RENEE directed by Steven Ascher & Jeanne Jordan
Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing: HOW TO DIE IN OREGON directed by Peter Richardson

Short Film:
Grand Jury Prize Winner: ICH BIN’S HELMUT directed by Nicolas Steiner
Special Jury Prize Winner: THE STRANGE ONES directed by Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein
Audience Award Winner: FLYING ANNE directed by Catherine Van Campen

The Narrative Feature Jury was comprised of actor Stephen Toblowsky, Rooftop Films’ Dan Nuxoll, and filmmaker Bryan Poyser. The Documentary Feature Jury was comprised of Ashley Sabin (Invisible Girlfriend), Jason Springarn-Koff (Life 2.0), and Chico Colvard (Family Affair). The Short Film Jury was comprised of filmmaker Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Medicine For Melancholy), and film critic Alison Willmore (IFC).

Prizes included a $60,000 Panavision camera package rental towards the filmmaker’s next film (presented to LITTLEROCK), 6 free domestic Jetblue flights anywhere that Jetblue flies in the United States (presented to both LAST DAYS HERE and GREEN), and a copy of Avid Media Composer 5 (valued at $2500) presented to HOW TO DIE IN OREGON.

More information on the festival will be available shortly on the festival website at http://www.iffboston.org.

IFFBoston 2011: Video – Q&A with Director Azazel Jacobs (‘Terri’)

Jacob Wysocki and John C. Rielly in director Azazel Jacobs' 'Terri.'

Last night at the Stuart Street Playhouse in downtown Boston, director Azazel Jacobs presented his new film Terri during the Independent Film Festival Boston 2011. After the screening, he fielded questions from the audience…

IFFBoston 2011 – Ep. #7 – ‘The City Dark,’ ‘Project NIM’ and ‘Bobby Fischer Against The World’

Posters for director Liz Garbus' 'Bobby Fischer Against The World' and Ian Cheney's 'The City Dark.'

From the Davis Sq. Diesel Cafe in Somerville, Ma, John and I discuss three new documentaries from the Independent Film Festival Boston: director Ian Cheney’s “light pollution” exposé The City Dark; James Marsh’s follow-up to Man on Wire, Project NIM; and Liz Garbus’ biography of chess master Bobby Fischer, Bobby Fischer Against the World.

The Independent Film Festival Boston runs now through Wednesday, May 4th,  closing with a screening of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop at the Coolidge Corner Theater. Be sure to visit IFFBoston.org for schedule and showtimes.

This episode has a running time of about 13 minutes.

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IFFBoston 2011 – Ep. #6 – ‘Trigger,’ ‘Page One’ and ‘Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story’

Theatrical posters for Robert Bralver and David Ferino's Morphine documentary 'Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story' and the Bruce McDonald drama 'Trigger.'

Reporting from the Somerville Theater, John and I discuss a few more films from the Independent Film Festival Boston: the Morphine documentary Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story, the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times, and the Bruce MacDonald drama Trigger.

This episode runs approximately 10 minutes.

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IFFBoston 2011 – Ep. #5 – Our interview with Actor/Director Evan Glodell (‘Bellflower’)

The Medusa. All fired up in 'Bellflower.'

Joining us on the podcast is actor/director/techie Evan Glodell, the man responsible for Bellflower – which has its New England premiere this weekend at the Independent Film Festival Boston.

The interview was conducted in Boston a few hours prior to Bellflower‘s first screening at the Somerville Theater.

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IFFBoston 2011 – Ep. #4 – Our interview with Director Jim Mickle (‘Stake Land’)

Director, and vampire victim, Jim Mickle in 'Stake Land.'

Joining us on the podcast is Jim Mickle, director of the apocalyptic vampire flick Stake Land – which has its New England premiere tonight at midnight at the Somerville Theater, as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston.

In this 25-minute interview, we discuss the making of Stake Land. And, most importantly, how Stake Land isn’t anything like Twilight or True Blood. Raw, rabid, gutsy action is good.

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IFFBoston 2011 – Ep. #3 – Our interview with Director Andre Ovredal (‘Troll Hunter’)

Film students encounter a giant mountain troll in Andre Ovredal's 'Troll Hunter.'

Joining John and me on the podcast is Andre Ovredal, director of the Norwegian fantasy adventure Troll Hunter.

Our 25-minute interview was recorded Friday, April 29th, a few hours prior to the New England premiere of Troll Hunter at the Independent Film Festival Boston.

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IFFBoston 2011 – Ep. #2 – Our interview with Actress/Director Miranda July (‘The Future’)

Miranda July on the set of her new film 'The Future.'

Joining us on the podcast is actor/director/performance artist Miranda July, whose new film The Future screens this evening (Saturday, April 30th) at the Brattle Theater, during the Independent Film Festival Boston.

In this 30-minute interview, we discuss the making of The Future. And, you know… stuff.

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IFFBoston 2011 – Ep. #1 – ‘Stake Land,’ ‘Being Elmo’ and ‘Color Me Obsessed’

The man known as 'Mister' (Nick Damici) leads survivors of a vampire apocalypse to Canada in director Jim Mickle's 'Stake Land.'

Reporting from the Somerville Theater, John and I discuss three films from the first two days of the Independent Film Festival Boston: the documentary Being Elmo (the opening night film), the apocalyptic vampire actioner Stake Land, and the rock doc Color Me Obsessed: An Oral History of The Replacements.

Joining us in our discussion of Color Me Obsessed: An Oral History of the Replacements is my girlfriend, Sarah Pearlstein.

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Elmo’s Q&A at the Somerville Theater (‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey’)

The Independent Film Festival Boston 2011 kicked things off last night with a screening of Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. After the film, Elmo did a Q&A with the audience. Here’s a few clips…

Elmo Greets the Kids


Elmo’s Impersonation of Barry White

A Lady Walks Out on Elmo’s Q&A

Elmo Answers Questions from the Somerville Theater Balcony – Elmo is asked: What one word of advice do you have for the public at large? What do you do to pass the time? What’s it like working with Oscar the Grouch on a TV show? Does Kevin Clash ever do anything to make you angry?

Elmo’s Advice for Those Who Are Afraid of the Dark – Elmo is asked: Can I examine your hands? Can you dance? And, what advice do you have for those afraid of the dark?