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Emerson-Made Films Screening Throughout IFF Boston

This week’s Independent Film Festival Boston is full of narrative films, shorts, and documentaries made in part by Emersonians.

Among the films with Emerson ties being screened between April 29 and May 3 are a number of shorts, up first on the IFFB schedule.

Senior Bethany Spreadborough’s animated short, This Year’s Angel, about a man who falls in love with a Christmas tree angel, will be screened as part of the Student Short Showcase Saturday, April 29, 1 pm, at the Somerville Theatre.

Hunt, directed by Sean Temple MFA ’16, about a woman who goes after abusive men, is playing with a slate of narrative shorts in Somerville on April 29 and 30. The Collection was directed and produced by Adam Roffman ’98, with cinematography by Nathaniel Hansen MA 04 MFA ’11. It’s about two friends who find a rare and valuable collection of film history in Omaha, Nebraska, and will screen with documentary shorts on April 29 and 30 in Somerville.

Two full-length documentaries to watch out for are Step (cinematographer Casey Regan ’12), which follows three seniors on the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women step dance team as they try to become the first in their families to go to college; and Oyate, directed by Dan Girmus ’16, about two families’ struggles on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Step will be screened April 29, 4:30 pm, at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, and Oyate will play in Somerville on Monday, May 1, 7:15 pm.

Band-Aid will close out the festival on Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 pm, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. This feature film about a couple who forms a band and uses their disintegrating marriage as songwriting fodder has a long list of Emerson credits, including producer Natalia Anderson ’06, co-producer Kristen Murtha ’09, production designer Hillary Gurtler ’07, unit production manager Jenna Lyng ’10, and production coordinator Sherri Pender ’05.

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