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The 2018 Boston Film Festival Winners


This Years Winners

The Boston Film Festival closed out the 34th program on Sunday, September, 23rd with the U.S. premiere of “Grace,” directed by Devin Adair, starring Tate Donovan, Katie Cassidy, Debby Ryan, Matthew Lillard. A Question and answer session followed with Donovan and Adair. Closing night celebration was in Boston’s back bay district at Strip by Strega. Opening night party was hosted by Empire in the Seaport. The Godfrey Hotel presented the Friday night fete at the Lobby Bar catered by Raku. On Saturday, a perception took place at NineZero hotel for the cast of NBC’s new series “New Amsterdam”and a post screening gala was at Sip. Films were screened at the new ShowPlace Icon Seaport, The Paramount Center, and Simons IMAX.

  • Best Film - Green Book, Director Peter Farrelly, Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures Writers Nick Vallelonga/Brian Currie/Peter Farrelly
  • Best Actor - Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  • Best Actress - Tessa Ferrer, The Passing Parade
  • Best Director - Cameron Nugent, A Boy Called Sailboat
  • Best Cinematography - The Etruscan Smile, Javier Aguirresarobe
  • Best Screenplay - A Boy Called Sailboat, Cameron Nugent
  • Best Story - Ride, Writers Alex Ranarivelo, Hadeel Reda, Jack Reher, Jean Marie Sobeck
  • Best Editing - Turning Point, Edited by Elisa Bonora, Parker Laramie
  • Best Ensemble Cast - The Etruscan Smile, Brian Cox, JJ Field, Thora Birch, Rosanna Arquette, Tim Matheson, Peter Coyote, Treat Williams
  • Audience Favorite - Grace, Devin Adair Writer/Director
  • Best Documentary - Turning Point, James Keach Director
  • Mass Impact Award - James Keach, Turning Point
  • Best Short - The Culture, Ernest De Greer Director

This Years Schedule


Thursday September 20th

The Passing Parade
The Passing Parade
  • Showing time: 7:00PM
  • Running time: 88 Min
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
  • Writer/Director: John Hindman
  • Starring: Tessa Ferrer, *Hal Ozsan, *Graham Sibley, Kim Hamilton
  • Synopsis: Errol Larson wrote the best play of the last ten years. Unable to recapture the magic and romance of her previous work she dives into the past in the hope of saving her flagging career. With the help of fantasy, reality, the past and the present, Errol realizes that our lives are just a story that we tell ourselves. And, the story may not be true.
Green Book
Green Book
  • Showing time: 9:30PM
  • Running time: NA
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
  • Director: Peter Farrelly
  • Writer: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • Producer: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
  • Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Octavia Spencer, Kwame L. Parker, John Sloss, Steven Farneth
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini,Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, P.J. Byrne
  • Synopsis: When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

Friday September 21ST

The Etruscan smile
The Etruscan Smile
  • Showing time: 6:00PM
  • Running time: 107 Min
  • Location: Paramount Theatre, Bright Screening
  • Directors: Mihal Brezis, Oded Binnun
  • Writers: Michael McGowan (screenplay), Michal Lali Kagan (screenplay)
  • Cast: Brian Cox, *Thora Birch, JJ Feild, Rosanna Arquette, Tim Matheson, Treat Williams, Peter Coyote
  • Synopsis: The Etruscan Smile stars acclaimed British actor, Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved, isolated Hebridean island who travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, just when he least expects it, through a newly found love for his baby grandson.
A Boy Called Sailboat
A Boy Called Sailboat
  • Showing time: 9:15PM
  • Running time: 86 Min
  • Location: Paramount Theatre, Bright Screening
  • Directors: *Cameron Nugent
  • Producers: *Andrew Curry, Richard Gray
  • Cast: J.K. Simmons, *Jake Busey, Noel Gugliemi, Julian Atocani Sanchez, Elizabeth De Razzo, *Miranda Skerman
  • Synopsis: A Hispanic family finds hope in their extraordinary son named Sailboat when a personal gesture awakens a global desire. Armed with a "little guitar," Sailboat leads an offbeat cast into the miraculous story of the greatest secret never told.

Saturday September 22nd

Shorts Program 1
  • Show Time 12:30PM - 2:40PM
  • Location: Paramount Theatre, Bright Screening
    • When I’ve Wanted To Die (11 min) Director: Anna Akana Synopsis: A collection of moments where a young woman has wanted to kill herself - ranging from being dumped in 8th grade for her feet being too small, to her struggles with depression and her sister's suicide.
    • A Year (14 min) Director: Jisun Jamie Lee Synopsis: A Himalayan village woman yearns to provide a better future for her young daughters. But time are harsh, and the only way she sees is surrogacy – a choice that will explode her domestic tranquility and become a searing dilemma.
    • The Critic (15 min) Director: Stella Velon Producer: Jean Gabriel Kauss Synopsis: A starry-eyed actress with a troubled past faces her harshest critic during an interview gone wrong.
    • Freehand (14 min) Director: Adam Turkel Synopsis: A police sketch artist works with the survivor of a sexual assault to come up with a drawing of the suspect.
    • A N*gga Like You (15 min) Director: Theoliphus "Theo" Lacey Synopsis: As an unconscious white woman lies at their feet, two Black men from drastically different worlds clash at the crossroads of life & death, while struggling to discover the definition of the Black Identity.
    • The Culture (25 min) Director: Ernst De Geer Synopsis: Arvid has arranged for his sister to fill in for the orchestra at the concert house where he works. But when he ends up in a petty conflict with another man, who she in turn is praised by, his narcissism and need for attention leads to a path of self-destruction.
    • Minos Records (9 min) Director: Nickolas Grisham Synopsis: An abuser discovers a difficult truth about himself.
    Satan & Adam
    Satan & Adam
    • Showing time: 4:00PM
    • Running time: 80 Min
    • Location: Paramount Theatre, Bright Screening
    • Company: Kennedy/Marshal Film Company
    • Directors: Scott Balcerek
    • Musicians: Adam Gussow
    • Producers: V. Scott Balcerek, Frank Marshall, J.R. Mitchell, Ryan Suffern
    • Synopsis: SATAN & ADAM chronicles the unlikely pairing of legendary one-man-band Sterling "Mr. Satan” Magee and harmonica master, Adam Gussow. Shot over 20 years, the film showcases one of the greatest blues duos you’ve probably never had the pleasure of seeing. Magee and Gussow came together on the streets of Harlem in the 1980s, a time when race relations in New York City were at an all-time low. From completely different worlds, these two musicians forged a lifelong relationship that showcases the unifying power of music.
    A Boy Called Sailboat
    New Amsterdam
    • Showing time: 7:00PM
    • Running time: 45 Min
    • Location: Paramount Theatre, Bright Screening
    • Directors: Kate Denis
    • Producers: Eric Manheimer Executive Producers; Peter Horton, David Schulner
    • Starring: Ryan Eggold, *Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, *Jocko Sims, *Anupam Kher, *Tyler Labine, Christopher Cassarino, Christine Chang, Stacey Alyse Cohen
    • Synopsis: Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before. Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital — the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the President of the United States under one roof — and return it to the glory that put it on the map.“New Amsterdam” is inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer’s memoir “Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital” and his fifteen years as Medical Director at the hospital.
    The Turning Point
    Turning Point
    • Showing time: 7:30PM
    • Running time: 79 Min
    • Location: Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium
    • Director/Producer: James Keach
    • Executive Producers: Michele Farinola, Nancy Lynn
    • Cast: Dr. Paul Aisen, Russell Barton, Dr. Randall Bateman, Lauren Emily Brunke, Dr. Goldie Byrd, Maria Carrillo, Ron Cohen, Tom Cole, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, Ronald DeMattos
    • Synopsis: Synopsis – It’s been called the final frontier of medicine, the real health care moonshot, the holy grail of science. Alzheimer’s disease -- the most feared of all maladies, with no way to cure, stop or even slow its insidious progression. But now, after decades of perseverance in the lab, researchers are on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough that could be the first step toward making Alzheimer’s itself a distant memory. In the gripping new documentary Turning Point, acclaimed filmmaker James Keach takes us inside the quest for the first medication that that could treat the underlying process of Alzheimer’s disease, more than a century after Dr. Alois Alzheimer first described the brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills. Along the way, we meet the people behind these grand experiments, the scientists driven as much by personal convitcion as professional innovation. And we discover why medical science is never easy, often unpredictable and potentially perilous – and, as America’s preeminent scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson reminds us, always worth the pursuit.
    Ride
    Ride
    • Showing time: 9:15PM
    • Running time: 97 Min
    • Location: Paramount Theatre, Bright Screening
    • Directors: Alex Ranarivel
    • Producers: Ali Afshar, *Hadeel Reda
    • Composer *Jamie Christopherson
    • Starring: Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, *Sasha Alexander, Shane Graham, Blake Sheldon
    • Synopsis: BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF BMX CHAMPION JOHN BUULTJENS: Following a violent incident at 8 years of age, John McCord, a troubled youth from a white supremacist family is sent to a juvenile detention center by the courts. After spending the better part of his childhood locked up, a persistent social worker finally finds John potential foster parents: Eldridge and Marianna Buultjens. John’s hope subsides at the arrival of his foster parents as he discovers that Eldridge is black. With no better alternative, John agrees to go home with them. Things are tumultuous at first, but Eldridge is determined to get through to John. When Eldridge discovers John’s fascination with BMX and teaches him how to ride a bicycle, the two start to form a bond and helps thrust John down the path to BMX glory.

    Sunday September 23rd

    Shorts Program 2
    • Show Time 12:00PM - 1:30PM
  • Location: Paramount Theatre, Bright Screening
    • Egg Day (10 min) Director: Grasie Mercedes Synopsis: A dark comedy short about the egg retrieval process during a couple’s IVF experience.
    • Shoebox (13 min) Director: Michael Killen Synopsis: On a Pennsylvania farm in the 1980’s, if an animal didn’t serve their purpose they did not survive. Five-year-old Beth, the youngest in a large family, struggles with the parallels to her own position, so she makes it her mission to care for the weak. Based on the autobiographical book “Shoebox Funeral” by Elisabeth Voltz.
    • Shradda (Faith) (23 min) Director: Jasraj Padhye Synopsis: Shraddha is a short narrative drama that explores ideas of faith and spirituality. Through the film, different perceptions that people have about religious leaders in the country are investigated. This film was made as my thesis project for my MFA at Emerson college, Boston.
    • Too Long At The Fair (14 min) Director: Jessie Barr, Lena Hudson Synopsis: Charlie (Jessie Barr) and Val (Lena Hudson) are best friends and owners of a fledgling Princess Party business in Los Angeles. After a mishap at an important client's party the two find themselves in the hole and desperate for funds. They meet a charming divorcee (Chris Messina), and what begins as a provocative yet seemingly harmless adventure takes a downward turn that will alter their lives forever.
    • Grasp (16 min) Director: Eunbi Kwak Synopsis: When an art critic's anxiety over her loving relationship begins to bring up childhood trauma of mental abuse, Leah inadvertently puts more at risk than just staying together with her boyfriend.
    • The Sky Inside (15 min) Director: Brett Ziebarth Synopsis: A young man recounts the arc of his romantic relationship with the next door neighbor while trying to balance his increasingly tangential connection to reality.
    The Sinner
    The Sinner
    • Showing time: 2:30PM
    • Running time: 60 Min
    • Location: Paramount Theatre, Bright Screening
    • Creator: Derek Simonds
    • Cast: Bill Pullman, Dohn Norwood, Jessica Biel, and Christopher Abbott
    • Synopsis: The Sinner’s second installment lures Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) back to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart wrenching crime -- parents murdered by their 11-year-old son (Elisha Henig), with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realizes there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He’s pitted against those who’ll stop at nothing to protect its secrets -- including the mysterious Vera (Carrie Coon), a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle.From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), Derek Simonds returns as executive producer and showrunner, along with executive producers Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple through their company Iron Ocean, and executive producer Charlie Gogolak. Brad Winters and John Coles will also serve as executive producers. Antonio Campos, who directed the first three episodes of last season, will return to direct and executive produce the first two episodes.
    Grace
    Grace
    • Showing time: 7:00PM
    • Running time: NA
    • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • Writer/Director: Devin Adair
    • Stars: Katie Cassidy,Tate Donovan, Matthew Lillard, With Debby Ryan, Mircea Monroe
    • Synopsis: GRACE is a quirky drama in the vein of LADYBIRD meets GOOD WILL HUNTING about Dawn, a girl from the wrong side the tracks, who goes to work as an assistant/housekeeper for an eccentric recluse, Charlie, whom she hopes might become her mentor. Charlie, a world famous recluse writer, is spiraling out of control and unable to write, and Dawn discovers he’s closer to a spoiled child than the great man she’s read about. Outraged by his idiosyncratic behavior and privilege, their vitriolic fights lead to a future neither one of them could predict. Eventually, Dawn acts as the Huckleberry Finn to Charlie’s Sleeping Beauty, waking him up to a larger world, and some things he doesn’t want to face--including the fact that his agent has embezzled all his money. In the process, Dawn must confront some unsavory truths about herself. Can she grow up or will she destroy the biggest chance she will ever get?

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