Saturday, August 27

Special Events ArchiveMassachusetts Independent Film Festival 2016

Block B1: Shorts

Buy Tickets Festival and Day Passes also available. Brattle passes not accepted.

Presented by Massachusetts Independent Film Festival

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dir. Timothy Marc Hopper
“Grief Sleeps” centralizes around a Gold Star family dealing with the aftermath of losing their loved one who was killed in action. The main focus is on a mother who struggles to maintain her grasp on reality while trying to support her family emotionally.

dir. Maura Smith
When Ann Dunham asks Santa Clause to turn her into a boy for Christmas, her request throws her conservative mother into a tailspin.

dir. R. J. Daniel Hanna
To save her daughter’s life, a mother is forced to take desperate actions: To find and confront the bone marrow donor who is backing out. Watch the Trailer

dir. Derek J. Pastuszek
An inmate endures long-term isolation within a prison’s solitary confinement unit. Watch the Trailer

Filmmaker in Attendance
dir. Bob Celli
A world at war. A brother and sister. A day that changed their family forever. Figs For Italo is based on a true story and inspired by actual events. Dora is about to enjoy yet another family gathering at her home. A simple question from a journalist who is about to interview the next door neighbor, takes Dora back to a significant day in her life: It is autumn, 1943, in Dora’s small hometown in the hills of Italy. WWII is raging all over Europe and is about to change her and her family forever. Figs for Italo shows how the past ripples into the present and how it is often very much alive and very close to the surface. Watch the Trailer

dir. Harry Anderson
A middle-aged widower takes in a homeless teenage girl in an attempt to manipulate her into a copy of his dead wife.