The New England premiere of “For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism” at the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB) was a great occasion. An audience of 275 came to the ICA/Boston on a Monday night, April 27, and about 25 of the crowd stayed on for an after-the-show gathering at the nearby Barking Crab restaurant: conversation, beer, and fried seafood.
Before our screening, our talented guitarist-composer, Bobby Keyes, and his svelte trio (Marty Ballou on bass, Jim Gwin on drums, and Billy Novick on clarinet and sax), performed a jam in the lobby of the museum. Great stuff, including some of the evocative original music that Bobby wrote for the movie.
Show time! All those who worked on the movie were asked to stand and take a bow, and that included crew, APs, cinematographer Ed Slattery, and our two fabulous editors, Aleksandar Lekic and Sabrina Zanella-Faresi. Yes, the audience was highly partisan, maybe why we got such a grand, good-hearted reception. As home-town heroes!
What did this stunning, mesmerizing night feel like? Amy and Gerry eloped five years ago, so this was like the wedding we never had: well-wishers coming up from all parts of our lives—relatives, friends, co-workers, and oh-so-many local filmmakers. Wow! Thank you very very much! April 27, 2009, will not be forgotten.
I’ve been having a fantastic time at the IFFB while Gerry has been away at the RiverRun Film Festival. Great parties, wonderful films and very friendly filmmakers. I especially liked the “Lost Son of Havana” about the great Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant, who attended the event with his family. What an unbelievably genuine man! And, I’ve never heard an audience go so crazy, clapping and howling and laughing. And, we all yelled “Luis, Luis” when he came up on stage. It was so special.
While I didn’t get to see “Automorphosis,” which I heard was also a terrific movie, I did ask someone to snap a photo of me with one of the cars that was transformed into a phone. Tomorrow night is our big screening at the ICA. Hope to see you all there!
Some good news: Boston Globe critic Ty Burr included “For the Love of Movies” as one of his 10 films to watch at the IFFB. Check out his review.
Chris Faraone of the Boston Phoenix calls the movie a “…feat fit for civilians and fellow arbiters alike…”
Tickets are still available at the link above or at the box office the night of the show.
We are thrilled to announce the New England premiere of “For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism” at the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB). The screening will be held on Monday, April 27 at 7 PM at the ICA/Boston. Tickets ($9) are now on sale on our page at the IFFB website. To purchase, scroll down to the “screenings” section, and click on the “buy tickets” button.
For this special occasion, our talented composer, Bobby Keyes, and his incredible trio (Marty Ballou on bass, Jim Gwin on drums and Billy Novick on clarinet and sax), will perform a pre-screening jam in the lobby of the museum. Snacks and wine will also be available for purchase in the cafe’ area prior to showtime.