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IFFBoston Review: 'The Whistleblower' Plays More Like A Whisper

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 5, 2011 2:44 AM
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Hollywood hasn’t gotten tired of taking great leading actresses and sticking them in films meant to showcase their strengths, usually in an exaggerated plea for an Oscar. Larysa Kondracki’s “The Whistleblower” is just this for Rachel Weisz, only the major flaws in the film’s structure detract from the admittedly great performance Weisz turns out.

IFFBoston Review: 'Terri' Follows An Odd Budding Bromance

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 4, 2011 1:59 AM
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Azazel Jacobs has built a career on slow-moving portraits of everyday life. He first came to the indie scene’s attention with “Momma’s Man,” a film that wowed Sundance audiences in 2008. This year he’s back with a much more refined film called “Terri,” about an overweight, teenage outcast who finds friendship with the school principal.

IFFBoston Review: 'Bellflower' Is A Homespun Work Of Love

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 3, 2011 9:06 AM
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One of the great things about watching films on the festival circuit is that reviewers get to see some crazy films. “Bellflower” was the strangest this writer has seen in a long time. It’s a film that will probably get a very small audience, but with a little cleaning-up, there’s an opportunity for it to find its place in the niche market.

Tristan Patterson Talks Form of 'Dragonslayer' And Creating An Authentic Experience

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 2, 2011 3:21 AM
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Writer and director Tristan Patterson is flying pretty high right now. His first feature-length film "Dragonslayer" just won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and he's in the middle of negotiations for distribution. The film follows Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a pool skateboarder from California, in his daily wanderings. Patterson took some time while promoting his film at the Independent Film Festival of Boston to sit down with us to talk about the odd form of his documentary, what type of viewer he's interested in and what it was like to win a major award after only one film.

IFFBoston Review: 'Dragonslayer' A Fantastic Portrayal Of Modern Skateboarding Man

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 1, 2011 4:24 AM
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Though many haven’t seen Tristan Patterson’s documentary “Dragonslayer” yet, there’s a high probability that it will be one of the most talked about documentaries of the year, much like last year’s “Catfish” or “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” The film follows West Coast skateboarder Josh “Skreech” Sandoval in his daily life as he searches for empty swimming pools, smokes a lot of weed and comes to terms with life after fatherhood.

IFFBoston 2011 Review: 'On the Ice' Falls Through the Cracks

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • April 30, 2011 2:14 AM
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It’s not often that we see an entire film taking place in the barren wilderness that is Alaska. When there is an Alaska-based movie, it’s usually a horror film manipulating the isolation and constant darkness factors for the ultimate scare. In Andrew Okpeaha Maclean’s “On the Ice,” Alaska is as stark as we’ve ever known it, but it’s the tight-knit community of people that cause the most trouble here.

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