Saturday, August 29

Special Events ArchiveMassachusetts Independent Film Festival 2015

Echoes / The Secret Life of Balloons / Wildlike (D4B2)

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Day 4, Block 2 (D4B2)

Presented by Massachusetts Independent Film Festival

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dir. Frank Hall Green, w/Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty
Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, but as her mom’s phone calls become less frequent and her uncle’s care is not what it seems, she must flee. Her only thoughts are to escape her uncle’s grasp and contact her mother somehow, but as she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior she is suddenly helplessly alone. A chance connection with a loner backpacker, Rene Bartlett, proves to be her only lifeline. As Mackenzie shadows Bartlett across the last frontier, she thwarts his efforts to cut her loose until Bart has no choice but to help her survive in the wilderness. Against the backdrop of a spectacular Alaska landscape, they discover the redemptive power of friendship. Mackenzie and Bartlett prove to be the unlikely salve for each other’s scars, until the damage Mackenzie carries with her threatens to destroy her newfound sanctuary. Returning to civilization, Mackenzie is once again at risk of capture by her uncle as he hounds with manipulative calls and messages. When Bartlett finally discovers her alarming secret, he must make a bold choice to take real responsibility for Mackenzie and help her escape her traumatic past and return home.

“A beautiful and dramatic film.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“‘Wildlike’ is quietly profound.” – The Examiner

“A genre-defying film with unmistakable indie spirit.” – American Literary Magazine


Shows With:

ECHOESECHOS • World Premiere (short)
dir. Amy Leland
A young married couple, deeply in love, walk through New York City on a gray morning wrestling with personal tragedy as they face a heart-wrenching decision just as they reach the Brooklyn Bridge.
Filmmaker will be in attendance

dir. Lauren and Nina Graham
The Secret Life of Balloons explores the parallel journeys of a boy and his girlfriend at very different stages of existence. Left lost and believing they’ll never connect again, this uplifting short film asks questions about the boundaries of love, life and letting go. Sometimes there’s only one thing left to say and only one way to say it.

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Friday 8/28

Day 3 All Day Pass
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Friday 8/28 at 12:15 PM
Friday 8/28 at 2:15 PM
Friday 8/28 at 4:35 PM
Friday 8/28 at 7:00 PM

Saturday 8/29

Day 4 All Day Pass
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Saturday 8/29 at 2:10 PM
Saturday 8/29 at 4:40 PM

Festival and Day Passes also available – visit for full details. Brattle passes will not be accepted for MassIFF screenings. Please Note: MassIFF Day 1 & Day 2 screenings take place at Somerville Theatre – visit for full details.