Boston is a great film town, plain and simple. We have a bunch of wicked good movies that take place in the city and have been filmed on-location here: The Departed, Gone Girl, Fever Pitch, The Town, Good Will Hunting, and many more.
Beantown also boasts a host of great movie theaters — from the Coolidge Corner Theatre to the AMC Loews on the Boston Common to the historic Brattle. We’re also producing future talent with theatre and film powerhouse Emerson College and collaborative art institutes such as the Berklee School of Music and MassArt. With all this cinematic juice flowing through the city, it makes sense that film festivals in Boston are among the world’s best. The next big one one the docket is the Boston Underground Film Festival in Cambridge.
The festival has grown since its early DIY days in 1998 at the Revolving Museum in South Boston to its current home in the lovely and popular Harvard Square neighborhood of Cambridge. The festival’s two home theatres are excellent venues. The Brattle Theatre is a quaint cinema run out of a converted red brick townhouse. The Brattle often plays campy old horror movies alongside local independent cinema. Kendall Square Cinema plays more popular and current films while still showing some love to the indie side of things.
Balancing between an appreciation for homegrown film and a larger-house, more mainstream mindset, the two theatres offer ideal settings for the Boston Underground Film Festival. While we are not quite sure yet whose films will be playing at this year’s festival, we have gained a bit of context into the type of art that will be showcased at BUFF from their Call for Entries, which ended a little over a month ago.
According to BUFF, “The festival seeks the alternative, the confrontational, the political, and the controversial. BUFF seeks films that celebrate alternative visions and sounds, offering a platform that encourages new ideas and work and pushes the envelope in style and content.”
With so many of the world’s most memorable and beloved films coming from such a countercultural mindset, we can speculate that there is gold to be observed at the Boston Underground Film Festival. If you’re around town at the end of this March, be sure to head over to Cambridge, get a taste of Harvard Square, and check out the festival.
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Kendall Square Cinema
One Kendall Square
355 Binney Street
Cambridge, MA 02139