IFF Boston Film Festival 2011 Kicks Off

Conan Documentary part of IFF Boston

The Independent Film Festival Boston officially opens up tomorrow Wednesday April 27th, 2011(thru May4th).  Where else can you see a host of great independent films that include both Elmo and Conan O’Brien.  Film festivals are a great way for film fans to see a wider range of movies than are generally not available at the major movie theaters.  Many movies won’t make it to the big screen nowadays because the numbers just aren’t there.  Luckily Boston is home to not only this film festival but the other Boston Film Festival that takes place in the fall.

Greater Boston has also been the home of some highly recognized films this year, specifically The Fighter which took a while to get made.  IFF Boston features short films, documentaries and narrative features that are not always considered main stream.  The movies will be screened at a variety of theaters around Greater Boston including the Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre (in Cambridge) and the Coolidge Corner Theater (in Brookline).  Tickets are individually available but the Passes are the way to go if you want to keep your options open.  The Chrome pass allows entrance to parties and other perks.  Also of note this year is the addition of an APP.  Of course, there has to be an IPhone App.  It allows you to sync to your Festival Genius schedule.  More details can be found on the Festival’s official How to Fest page.

As a Bostonian of course I’ve always been a Conan fan.  He is one of our “hometown” boys.  What I find interesting about the documentary is that he is so comfortable making fun of himself.  The clip below highlights his “Act as If” philosophy to improvisation.  Enjoy the festival!  Let us know what you think about Conan’s documentary and the other films on the Festival schedule.

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