We've found five must-see movies at the Independent Film Festival Boston, in town from April 27 to May 4, with star casts including locals like John Krasinski and Anna Kendrick, and Friends producer Kevin S. Bright.
In the first film of the festival, Boston’s John Krasinski plays John Hollar, a frustrated graphic novelist awaiting the birth of his baby with girlfriend Rebecca (Portland, Maine’s Anna Kendrick). But, when his mother, Sally (Margo Martindale), is diagnosed with a brain tumor, John must fly back home to a family set on denial. The trip has John taking another look at the life he left behind. April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville
Free in Deed, which premiered and won the Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in September, is based on actual events of a pentecostal minister's attempts to heal an autistic boy. The project, shot in Memphis, stars David Harewood from Homeland and Edwina Findley from The Wire. April 30 at 7:45 p.m.Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville
This documentary from a Boston team isexecutive produced by Friends' Kevin S. Bright andtells the story of a blind young woman, Michelle Smith, who must navigate the world after graduating from Perkins School for the Blind. In addition to a traditional film screening, the Best and Most Beautiful Things team has created a format accessible to everyone—audio descriptions of the film’s visuals will be broadcast over the cinema’s surround-sound system for the visually impaired, and captions will be provided on screen for the hearing impaired. Sighted viewers have the option to be blindfolded so they can “see with their ears.” April 30 at 2 p.m. Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville
The Anthropologist tells the stories of two women; Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America, and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. May 1 at 5:15 p.m. Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville
Defiant city kid Ricky gets placed with a new foster family—loving Aunt Bella, cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac—and finds a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. But when tragedy strikes and threatens to place Ricky in another home, he and Hec run away and a national manhunt ensues. May 1 at 6 p.m. Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge