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The Focus

Welcome to The Focus, your source for festival news, interviews, and features.

March 22, 2019

Writers, directors, cinematographers, actors ... we’re all asking the same question: how do we truthfully depict the human experience?

The moment I changed my mindset from “competition” to “collaboration,” the film industry became no longer just tolerable, but fulfilling. We do often forget the students who are graduating will soon be our coworkers. If we can help educate the next wave of talent and give them all the appropria...

September 25, 2017

Who are some of your favorite female filmmakers, and in what ways do you think they have shaped or changed the industry?

As a horror fan and critic, I’ve always admired Debra Hill. She worked closely with John Carpenter, and deserves just as much credit for shaping the slasher subgenre as he gets.

I also have always loved Chantal Akerman and Maya Deren. The impact of these two women on non-narrative and arthouse cinema is tremen...

August 9, 2016

Below are the official selections of the 2016 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival!


Agonies and Remedies

Blood on Melies' Moon


Death On A Rock




From Grief to Gratitude

I Wish I Was That Bird

The Nike Chariot Earring

The Pamoja Project

Sideshow of the Absurd


Against the Tide

The Anchor

Cuidar a Ruth

Dear Santa

Democracy in the Driver's Seat

East of Hollywood

Es Rêver



September 12, 2015

You've been waiting patiently, and now the first round of interviews from this year's film festival is posted. In the coming weeks we will add more, giving you deeper access to each filmmaker's inspiration, process, and future projects. 


For those who missed out on the festival, the interviews are one way to catch a peek into the four-day action. If you were in attendance, be sure and check to see...

August 28, 2015



To listen in on a script reading is to take part in an intimate process for actors and writers. The average audience member will only hear a script in its final, polished stage performed by actors on the big screen. The MassIFF reading, however, gives its audience the rare chance to hear a group of actors engage the material live with one another for the first time.


This is the second year MassIFF has held a reading led by l...

August 21, 2015


Our Universe is an entity that depends upon opposites, matter and antimatter made of particles and antiparticles, a system which extends to a theorized equilibrium in nature on Earth. Balance is the essence of our humanity, and human opposition is a driving force of civilization. This is what makes a film like I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel so entertaining. Two opposites entangled in conflict can hook an audience, wh...

August 18, 2015


Now in its fifth run The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival will again honor distinguished filmmakers screening this year. The filmmakers and their films are given recognition based on their creative spirit particularly in the craft of storytelling and willingness to engage in thought-provoking ideas and issues.


Nominees are grouped in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Actor Featu...

August 13, 2015


For the second year in a row MassIFF has selected a short film from director Lance Marshall whose lead in Demon Deep In Oklahoma, Shannon Beeby, won MassIFF's 2014 Best Actress In A Short award. This year we are screening The Taking of Ezra Bodine. Another hauntingly rustic piece Marshall's Ezra features an all male cast which is given dialogue far less restrained than in Demon, but just as convincing. The Cinematography of...

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