A whole lot closer to home than that celebrated film festival in the mountains of Utah, but with a comparable number of fine indie films, the Independent Film Festival Boston is fast approaching.
The IFFB, now in its 16th year, announced its slate of films recently, and Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” will open open the festival, which runs April 25-May 2 and includes over 100 titles. Organizers say Burnham, the onetime YouTube star from Hamilton, will hang around after the screening at the Somerville Theatre to answer a few questions.
Bookending the week’s screenings will be “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” a documentary by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville about the late Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Neville is best known for “20 Feet From Stardom,” his doc about backup singers which won the Oscar for best documentary in 2014 and a Grammy the next year for best music film.
There’ll also be plenty of films with familiar faces, including “Hearts Beat Loud” starring Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemmons, Toni Collette, and Ted Danson; “First Reformed” starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried; and “Damsel” starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, to name just a few.
As always, the Independent Film Festival Boston will hold screenings around Boston — at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.