Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ to open Independent Film Festival Boston -The Boston Globe

Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ to open Independent Film Festival Boston

Bo Burnham, director of “Eighth Grade.”
TAYLOR JEWELL/INVISION/AP Bo Burnham, director of “Eighth Grade.”

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.

Other highlights of this year’s IFFB include locally-directed films such as “Dawnland” by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip; “Lovesick,” directed by Ann S. Kim and Priya Giri Desai; “Nothing is Truer Than Truth,” directed by Cheryl Eagan-Donovan; and an in-progress screening of “Life Without Basketball,” directed by Tim O’Donnell and Jon Mercer.

There’ll also be plenty of films with familiar faces, including “Hearts Beat Loud” starring Nick OffermanKiersey ClemmonsToni 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.

Sophie Cannon can be reached at sophie.cannon@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @the_grandCannon

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