Boston, MA – The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) – New England’s largest film festival celebrating people of color – begins its 16th year on Wednesday, June 25th with the Boston premiere of “The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne” at the Museum of Fine Arts at 7:30 p.m. and runs over the course of four days through Sunday, June 29th.
This year marks the first time that the festival will screen entirely at the Museum of Fine Arts. “The MFA has been a great supporter of the festival and it provides an incredible opportunity for filmmakers to screen their work at a world class cultural institution” said Lisa Simmons, festival director.
“The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne” is based on the real-life story of one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves who managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from Monte Carlo to Japan, and walk out with small fortunes. Directors Kirk Marcolin and Matthew Pond set out to uncover and tell the story of the now 83 year-old Doris Payne, and the over $2 million in jewels she’s stolen over a career spanning 60 years.
Produced by The Color of Film Collaborative, RIFF will screen approximately 30 films, shorts and documentaries hailing from China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States.
Of the festival’s 16th year, Simmons says that “we are proud to have been one of the few local film festivals that have been on the front lines of supporting home-grown and burgeoning filmmakers of color from around New England, while at the same time striving to showcase some of the undiscovered independent films and filmmakers from around the world.”
Some of the highlights of this year’s fest include:
• Narrative features (from Boston filmmakers): The Halls from co-directors Miranda Craigwell & Noah Christofer; Escapement from Jae Williams; and Lift (starring Kerry Washington in one of her first film roles), directed by Khari Streeter and DeMane Davis.
Narrative shorts: Women In Fragments by Quan Zhou and The Way You Love directed by Lydia Darly.
WOMAN IN FRAGMENTS (directed by Quan Zhou)
Screening Saturday, June 28 as part of our “Relationship Shorts Program”, 2pm, Remis Auditorium, MFA
A Chinese-American dancer’s discovery of her traditional mother’s hidden illness leads to an exploration of her own vulnerability, inner strength and love for her mother.
• Documentaries: The No Name Painting Association by Joe Griffin; The World’s Most Fashionable Prison directed and produced by Chun Kit Mak; and from the United States, American Promise directed by Michele Stephenson; and Anita: Speaking Truth To Power, directed by Academy Award®-Winning director Freida Mock.
THE WORLD’S MOST FASHIONABLE PRISON (directed/produced by Chun Kit Mak)
Screening Friday, June 27, 8:30pm, Remis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts
In the largest maximum security prison of the Philippines, award-winner fashion designer Puei Quinones conducts some of the weirdest fashion workshops we’ve met. Among 12.000 prisoners convicted for the most vicious crimes, Puei has found the best artisans to create extravagant and flashy red carpet gowns, staging a spectacular fashion show in the heart of the prison. Although considered by many as a future fashion star, last year Puei got busted for recreating fake label outfits.
THE NO NAME PAINTING ASSOCIATION (directed by Joe Griffin)
Screening Saturday, June 28 as part of our “Cultural Shorts Program”, 11am, Remis Auditorium, MFA
During the Cultural Revolution, when only art that served the political goals of the regime was allowed, a group of young underground artists met in Beijing’s parks to paint what was then considered subversive art – landscapes, still-lifes and self-portraits. They numbered some fifteen young people, men and women, between the ages of 16 and 30. At great risk to themselves and flaunting the laws against assemblies greater than three people, they gathered in small groups to paint, to exchange ideas, to pass along hand-copied forbidden books by Kerouac and Ginsberg.
Tickets for the festival are on sale at: http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/roxbury-international-film-festival
For more information on the festival, please visit www.roxburyinternationalfilmfestival.org.
To purchase passes to this year’s fest:
Gold Access Pass: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/668580
Silver Access Pass: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/668598
About The Roxbury International Film Festival:
The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) is produced by The Color of Film Collaborative, a non-profit organization that works to support media makers of color and others who have an interest in creating and developing
new and diverse images of people of color in film, video and performing arts. The festival collaborates with many arts institutions and organizations whose mission it is to promote and support independent artists and contribute to the creative economy of the Commonwealth. For more information on the Color of Film Collaborative, visit www.coloroffilm.com.