If you are looking for something a little different to do this month, you need to check out the 12th Annual Boston Underground Film Festival, one of the largest festivals in New England. Beginning March 25th, this eight day festival features “insane film/video artists” who are the best in pushing the envelope in non-traditional filmmaking. “The festival seeks the alternative, the confrontational, the political and the controversial.” The underground festival started as an all-night program of short films at the Revolving Museum in Boston, but now, 12 years later, BUFF is a platform for new innovative filmmakers to express their creativity through the medium. “The most significant BUFF tradition began during our 2000 festival, where Bacchus, the demonic bunny trophy on a vibrating pedestal became our official award and has since become an icon of the festival,” noted on the BUFF MySpace page.
Not only will BUFF entertain you with its alternative visions and sounds but it will captivate audiences with screenings of films like Stuck! directed by Steve Balderson at the legendary Kendall Square Cinema. Stuck! is about a young woman named Daisy who is framed for killing her mother. Daisy is found guilty of murder and sentenced to die by hanging. We spoke to Balderson about his film and he told us it’s not your typical prison movie. “It faithfully re-produces the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist.” “My films Underbelly and Watch Out were previously shown at BUFF,” Balderson told HEC. “I went to the festival to present the movies and fell in love with the festival. It’s one of the great festivals celebrating truly independent filmmaking. The whole BUFF organization is really supportive and I look forward to attending this year to present Stuck! with Mink Stole.” Balderson and Stole will not only be there to present the film but will also be available after the film for a Q&A. Watch the trailer here:
If you want to find out the latest news and events on BUFF, become a fan on their Facebook page. The final list of the 2010 films being featured at this years’ underground festival is posted so take a look and get your tickets now. BUFF will be accepting submissions for next year’s festival in June.