IFFBoston heats up with Casey Affleck

caseyaffleckActor Casey Affleck has been tapped as the creative advisor of the Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston). Affleck will have a hands-on role, which includes outreach to studios, filmmakers and talent on behalf of the festival, offering programming input, connecting the festival with local charities and advising on festival growth. He will make an annual appearance at the festival, running thru Tuesday, April 30 at the Somerville Theatre.

“The independent film community has given me the opportunity to experiment as an actor and a filmmaker and to find an audience for films that I’m deeply proud of,” Affleck says. “I hope I can help IFFBoston continue its growth as a world-class film festival.”

The festival, complete with over 130 film screenings, 99 films, filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events will showcase the best in current American and International cinema.

There will be several panel discussions during the festival including a distribution panel featuring David Laub of Oscilloscope Laboratories, Matt Grady of Factory 25, and Jonthan Marlow of Fandor. All panel discussions will be free to the public and will take place at The Somerville Theatre. Other panel topics will include end credit sequences and documentary editing.

There will be numerous parties during the festival. The Friday night dance party will happen at The Davis Square Theatre. Saturday night’s party will be at Sabur in Teele Square, Somerville, and the Sunday night Awards Party will take place at The Emerald Lounge in downtown Boston.

Among the awards to be given out on Sunday April 28th will be the 4th annual Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. This award was created to honor the memory of beloved Boston documentary film editor Karen Schmeer who was tragically lost in a hit-and-run accident in January of 2010. The Karen Schmeer Award is presented by The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.

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