If you're a Boston-baserd cinephile, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of the year for you, as the Independent Film Festival Boston has returned with one of their strongest line-ups ever. Running from April 24 through May 1 at the Brattle, Somerville and Coolidge Corner Theatres, there's so many great movies showing at this year's Festival that we've had to split our preview up into three parts. Check back soon for our second and third pieces about this year's lineup, but for now, here are some choice cuts from the first three days of the festival's programming. Tickets and more information are available at the IFFBoston website.
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Friday, April 26 at 9:45 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre
Local filmmaker Kevin J. James tackles a subject near and dear to our hearts in his new documentary: The plight of the independent video game store in an era that seems to be all about digital downloads and game streaming. It’s about what’s lost when a medium, once dependent on physical media, seems to give up on the format that might make preservation easier, and what gets lost in translation. Spoiler alert: It’s a whole lot of history. We’re excited to check this out, mainly because we’re sad and scared that the local game shop will go the way of the video store (mostly dead) or the way of the arcade (hipster bars filled with beer-soaked bros who’ve puked on the only Mortal Kombat II cabinet).