Massachuestts Independent Film Festival (MassIFF)

Showcasing the Best Contemporary Indie Films in All Genres (drama, experimental, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, animation, documentary...)

Thu, Sep 5 - Sat, Sep 7, 2019

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The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival (MassIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by filmmakers, film writers, and film lovers. Our goal is to showcase films from around the world made by truly independent filmmakers. We want to show the best of contemporary independent filmmaking In all genres(drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, and more). We dedicate Q&A time and conduct video interviews for visiting filmmakers. We also help promote the selected films to find a new audience. We love the art of cinema and we welcome all to join us! Please visit our website for a glimpse into previous festivals.

Day 1, Thursday, 5pm - Block 1
Only People -1:28:00
Two friends who’ve had feelings for one another for years decide to set aside their current relationships for a weekend to meet and explore what could’ve been.
Olivebridge - 25:00
Soon after receiving a letter from her ex, Elizabeth spends an evening with her close friend Katie and comes to terms with her feelings of longing, regret and uncertainty about her past relationship.
Run Time: 1:53:00

7:05pm - Block 2
We Are Thankful - 1:34:00 (subtitles)
The true story of Siyabonga Majola, a young man from a South African township with dreams of being a actor who does all he can to make his dreams a reality when a film production comes to a nearby town.
Astray - 23:00
“Astray” is a minimalist, thriller-mystery that follows a young man as he searches for help for an injured dog that he hit on an isolated, rural highway. When we find him all alone on a dark stretch of road, Danny is running away from his home, family and from his life. He thinks separating himself is the way to cope. “Astray” tries to portray the message that if you are running from pain, you are usually running from yourself. Eventually, there is nowhere left to run. The film is an allegory about what it’s like for a young man dealing with isolation, guilt, and pain.
Run Time: 1:57:00

9:05pm - Block 3 - Documentary 1
Who Am I - 1:41:00
Journey with Dr. Ming Jie Wu into an ancient healing practice. A story of compassion, teaching and healing.
As I See It - 6:00
A color analogue photographer and a black and white iPhonographer use their juxtaposing styles to explore what it means to develop a creative lifestyle.
Run Time: 1:47:00

Day 2, Friday, 5pm - Block 4 - Viva La Revolution (Doc 2)
Arm with a brush - 1:25:00 (subtitles)
armed with a brush a nÈma doc to make a change for the better in a peaceful way, wouldn’t that be great? the chilean brigada ramona parra pursues that goal. for years and years members of the brigada..
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.
Run Time: 1:50:00

7:05PM - Block 5 - Italian Cinema
Rwanda - 1:30:00 (subtitles)
On the 6th of April 1994, the small African republic was involved in one of the fastest and most systematic genocides in history: one million deaths in just 100 days. Augustin is Hutu, and he must kill. Cécile is Tutsi, and she must die. However, something gives them the strength to do the right thing and accomplish a very brave act never to be forgotten: Saving many innocent civilian lives. What happened during that bloody spring changed not only Augustin’s and Cécile’s life, but also the one of two young actors called to interpret them on a stage boards many years later. Based on a true story
08 june ‘76 - 17:00 (subtitles)
One day, in late spring of 1976, the group “Brigate Rosse” killed three men of state: the judge Francesco Coco, his driver Antioco Deiana and his security guard Giovanni Saponara. That day, the breaking news quickly reported the terrible events occurred in Genoa. Angela, the guard’s wife, and Luigi, his firstborn, listened the news…
Run Time: 1:47:00

9:00PM - Block 6
The Graveyard Gang - 1:44:00
Dalen Gus refuses to grow up. He’s held it off so long, that he finds himself as a twenty-six year old, never having held a real, full-time job. But that doesn’t mean Dalen’s never had lofty goals. He’s interning at a movie producing company, he’s working on his next big screenplay all while working the graveyard shift, a few nights a week, at a newspaper factory with his three best friends. But when Dalen meets Ellie, the new and eccentric girl at work, he’s immediately veered off course from his ambitious path. Ellie lures Dalen down a dark, twisted road that takes him completely out of his comfort zone and challenges Dalen to ultimately break through the barriers in hopes of crossing over into adulthood.
Rations - 8:00
Two sisters struggle to support their ailing mother during a devastating drought after the monthly water rations are unexpectedly delayed.
Run Time: 1:52:00

Day 3, Saturday, 12pm - Block 7 - Asian Cinema
The girl in a tiny room - 1:22:00 (subtitles)
Heeju becomes a recluse from bullying at high school. She learns how to regain confidence from Dong-ha who she met from online live streaming. Dong-ha teaches her how to do self-hypnosis using a pendulum. He also encourages other recluses like him to get better. Heeju, who’s spent an entire year in her room, regains confidence slowly and finally leaves the room. She also makes up with her mom and decides to re-enter the society but Haeyoung, the bully, finds out where she lives and the harassment starts again.
terrolun and lunlun - 50:00 (subtitles)
Two lonely people, a youth story
Run Time: 1:57:00

2:15PM - Block 8
May 1967 (The Golden Age) - 1:47:00 (subtitles)
May 1967.
A penniless Franco-American producer living in Los Angeles returns to Paris, following in his mother’s footsteps to flee the Vietnam War.
He meets an ambitious French theater actress, who acts in small Parisian theaters in front of empty seats. Both desperate to change the world, they decide to embark on an artistic project together, ending up in a small village in the South of France: Saint-Tropez… In this village tinged with artistic revolution and music, the experiences they have together will soon force them to face up to their choices. How far are they willing to go to change this world that doesn’t
Finding Amelia - 9:00
A young woman struggling with her self identity and fitting in does whatever it takes to reach her goal, break records and shatter through the glass ceiling in the sky.
The Penis - 3:00
What do you need to get ahead in the work place? A penis!
Run Time: 1:59:00

4PM to 5PM, Downstairs FREE panel.
From Script to Screen
Taking the step to make your first film.
A panel of filmmakers discuss what it entails to move from writing a script and to take it into production and follow up in post. The winning strategies and the pitfalls.

4:30PM - Block 9 - Documentary 2
Vermont Fancy - 48:00
‘Vermont Fancy’ is the story of a single farmer in rural Vermont, struggling with the consequences of his choice of life style, and the existential problem of what happens in the future as he ages and faces losing the ability to maintain his farm.
The Ocean Knows No Borders - 38:00
The Ocean Knows No Borders follows the story of Aunofo Havea, the first female licensed captain in all of Polynesia and the creator of the whale swimming industry in her native country of Tonga, as she inspires other women to face the unknown and break the glass ceiling.
Recipe For Disaster: Green Crabs in The Great Marsh - 7:00 NE Film
Recipe For Disaster is the story of an ecological catastrophe in the making in four neighboring towns on the Massachusetts coast. As native scallops, mussels, clams, and protective eelgrass disappear under the explosive invasion of green crabs, scientists, local experts, and residents are scrambling to save the marsh from decimation.
Run Time: 1:33:00

6:15PM - Block 10 - Short Block
Put Your Feet Up - 21:00
A man discusses his unique fetish with a woman he met on Craigslist.
Adult A.D.R. - 29:00 NE FIlm
A home recording studio takes on a job helping a local actress and winds up being forced to sound design an adult film.
re|cord - 20:00 NE
You’re On the Air - 17:00
In 1999, radio host Max Tanner is caught in a hostage situation live on the air. Can Max keep the caller on the phone long enough or will we find out who Max really is?
Four-Sided - 12:00
Based upon the critically acclaimed novel, A Four-Sided Bed, by Elizabeth Searle, and starring transgender pioneer Rain Valdez, Four-Sided is an impressionistic romance exploring the dynamics between four lovers encircling a transgender woman’s rites of passage and her co-dependent ‘sister’. Each reacting differently when it comes to accepting their sexual identities and desires, unveiling uncomfortable truths.
Heartbeat - 11:00
From Within - 8:00
Run Time 1:58:00

9pm - After Party and Award Show!!!