Dorrington to Lead Panel Discussion
Oscar® nominated writer and Executive Producer of "The Fighter," Keith Dorrington will lead a panel discussion "From Script to Screen" at the 27th Boston Film Festival. The panel discussion affords attendees an opportunity to hear from an Academy Award® nominated writer-producer who has achieved outstanding success. The City of Boston has become a hot bed for filmmakers as well as screenplays and was featured in three movies that received varying Oscar® nominations this year ("The Fighter," "The Social Network," "The Town"). The BFF will run September 16-22, 2011 at the Stuart Street Playhouse in the heart of Boston's theater district. The program will showcase a combination of feature films, documentaries, and shorts.
The Boston Film Festival has a rich history of premiering some of Hollywood's top films as well as honoring renowned filmmakers and actors. Several awards are presented including a new category for Editing. Last year's honorees included Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo as well as Ed Burns, and Sam Rockwell who starred in Fox Searchlight's "Conviction" which was also named the festival's Best Film. Other noteworthy participants were Aaron and Jim Eckhart, Leslie Bibb, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Todd Stashwick, Joelle Carter, Kerry Bische and Ryan Merriman.
Recent filmmakers and actors who were lauded by the BFF include; Uma Thurman, Greg Kinnear, Jerry Weintraub, Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, and Sir Ridley Scott. In addition to the film premieres, Boston's top chefs and restaurants host evening receptions where filmmakers and talent have the opportunity to network.
Stuart Street Playhouse
The 27th Boston Film Festival will be located at Boston's new indie cinema, The Stuart Street Playhouse. Robin Dawson, Executive Director of the festival, said, "The charming Stuart Street Playhouse theatre will provide film enthusiasts with a modern cinema experience. It is perfectly located in the heart of the theatre district by the beautiful Boston Public Gardens and across from historic Beacon Hill."
The theatre features a 425 seat stadium design house and boasts a new 30 foot Super Glo screen with a Dolby Digital sound system. "There is an attached parking garage that includes a reduced rate for film attendees, and it provides extended time for moviegoers who want to enjoy dining at one of the many premiere restaurants in the area." continued Dawson. David Bramante is the owner of the Stuart Street Playhouse and brings more than 25 years of expertise operating the famed West Newton Cinema. "I'm pleased and proud that the Stuart Street Playhouse will play host to such an important cultural event for the City of Boston. With great restaurants & bars at the adjoining Radisson hotel, as well as a parking garage, and cinema all under one roof, the Playhouse will serve as an ideal home for the Boston Film Festival," added Bramante.
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2010 Award Winners
Best Film: Conviction
Best Documentary: 10 Mountains 10 Years
Best Director: Ed Burns, Nice Guy Johnny
Best Actor: Sam Rockwell, Conviction
Best Actress: Leslie Bibb, Miss Nobody
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for her roles in Welcome to the Rileys, Conviction and The Fighter
Best New Actress: Jessica Romero, Down for Life
Best Young Actor: Alexander Newton, Iron Cross
Best Ensemble Cast: Miss Nobody
Best Cinematography: Josh Silfen, To Be Friends
Best Screenplay: Rick Bieber, The 5th Quarter
Mass Impact Award: World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements
Eco Film: Lurking in the Trees
Best Short Film: Son of None
Best Soundtrack: Tree Adams, Black, White and Blues
Visionary Filmmaker Award: Joshua Newton, Iron Cross
Career Achievement: Roy Scheider
Patrons of the Arts: Ernie Boch, Jr.
2009 Award Winners
Best Film: "Desdemona," dir. Phillip Guzman
Desdemona: A Love Story: the recipient of 3 awards at the 25th Boston Film Festival in 2009: Best Feature, Best Cinematography & Best Actor for Jorge A. Jimenez: is now available on DVD. The link to order the Special Edition DVD of Desdemona: A Love Story (with the Behind the Scenes featurette & Filmmaker commentary) is on the film's official website: http://www.desdemonamovie.com.
Best Screenplay: "In/Significant Others," writers John Schwert & David Mulholland
Best Documentary: "My Big Break," dir. Tony Zierra
Mass Impact: "Hope Deferred," dir. James Siegel
Best Short: "Marbles With Thoreau," dir. Melody George
Best Actor: Jorge A. Jimenez, "Desdemona"
Best Actress: Uma Thurman, "Motherhood"
Best Ensemble Cast: "Handsome Harry," dir. Bette Gordon
Best Director: Barra Grant, "Love Hurts"
Best Comedy: "Love Hurts," dir. Barra Grant
Best Cinematography: "Desdemona," Philip Roy, Cinematographer
EcoFilm: "Earth Days," dir. Robert Stone
2008 Boston Film Festival
The Opening Night film "Appaloosa," starring and directed by Ed Harris, played to a sold out audience. A question and answer session followed the premiere with producer screenwriter Robert Knott, actor Adam Nelson, and renowned author Robert Parker who wrote the novel that the film was based upon. The 2008 BFF Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Robert Parker at the Landmark Theatre. Best Film honor was given to "Appaloosa" as well.
Universal Studios' "Flash of Genius," starring Greg Kinnear was the Closing night film. Director Marc Abrahams conducted a lively question and answer session with Greg Kinnear at the Landmark Theatre. The 2008 Best Actor Award was presented to Greg Kinnear for his portrayl of Robert Kearns who battled the auto industry. A grand Closing Night party followed at the Cheers restaurant and pub.
Other notable films honored were: the Iraqi movie "Jani Gal," that details the agony and suffering of the Iraqi people; the World premiere of "Childless," directed by Charlie Levy and produced by Graham Leder; the East Coast premiere of the Sundance hit "Death In Love," starring Adam Brody who was on hand to present the Best Director honor to Boaz Yakin. In Addition, an extensive schedule of poignant documentaries screened at the festival covering a range of topics such as "The Soviet Story" which details Stalin's pre-Hitler mass murder of Russian people; "Under the Skin," about the evolving medical crisis of Lyme disease, and "America's Lost Band," that critics believed would be the next international hit band following the Beatles, to name a few.
2007 Boston Film Festival