The 12th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) is taking place Thursday, July 29 through Sunday August 1. Founded to promote films that were written, produced and directed by filmmakers of color, RIFF is now in its twelfth year and is New England’s largest film festival of its kind.
Despite the opening night film being a romantic comedy called Speed Dating, many well known documentaries dominate the festival. American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi, a political biographical documentary about Condoleezza Rice, Up from the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream, a film chronicling the migration of African Americans from the rural south to the prosperous north during the Civil War years, and the film festival favorite, Do It Again, a movie about a Boston Globe reporter and his quest to reunite the 1960s British band, The Kinks, are just a few of the many insightful documentaries you can expect at RIFF.
Along with more than 50 films including features, shorts documentaries and youth-produced works, RIFF will also host several panels and discussions. Attendees can expect an acting workshop with one of Hollywood’s premiere coaches, Troy Rowlands, a distribution panel with Quincy Newell, Executive VP and GM of Codeblack Enterprises, and a conversation with Peter Allen hosted by NECN reporter Latoyia Edwards.
Films and panels will be held at theaters all over Boston and Roxbury including the Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Coolidge Corner. Tickets and passes to all events can be purchased through their website.