Boston Underground Film Festival returns for 23rd year

Night Siren - Courtesy Boston Underground Film Festival
Night Siren - Courtesy Boston Underground Film Festival /

The Boston Underground Film Festival is celebrating its 23rd year of presenting alternative film and video, and it all begins this month in Cambridge, MA.

This year’s lineup will be presented at Harvard Square’s The Brattle Theatre, and consists of five days of genre-blending films.

Boston Underground will present the world premiere of The Unheard, which will make its way to Shudder soon. Jeffrey A. Brown (Shudder’s The Beach House) directed The Unheard, which tells the story of a young deaf woman who receives an experimental procedure in the hopes of restoring her hearing. Instead, she begins to experience auditory hallucinations.

Divinity premiered at Sundance, but now we can watch it at Boston Underground. This trippy, retro sci-fi film stars Stephen Dorff, Bella Thorne and Scott Bakula, and was produced by the great Steven Soderburgh.

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Boston Underground will present more genre-related films

The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster will get its East Coast premiere at Boston Underground, after debuting at SXSW. A teen scientist grieving her murdered brother sets out to prove her theory that death is curable in this modern-day Frankenstein-themed film.

In folk horror film Nightsiren, a woman goes back home to her mountain village in search of answers regarding her mysterious childhood. Things turn on her when the villagers accuse her of being a witch.

Another folk horror film being presented at Boston Underground is Enys Men, set in the 1970s on an island on the Cornish Coast. A wildlife volunteer is the island’s only resident, and as she begins to daily observe a rare flower, she also begins a descent into madness.

How to Blow Up a Pipeline is a heist-thriller focusing on a group of environmental activists who hatch a plan to sabotage a pipeline in Texas.

Smoking Causes Coughing is a dark French comedy wherein a group of “super heroes” known as The Tobacco Force have begun fighting amongst themselves. Wanting to rebuild the team, their leader sets up a week-long retreat.

In addition to the many films that will be screened at Boston Underground, there will also be film shorts featuring animation, horror, music videos and comedy.

Boston Underground Film Festival will run from March 22 – 26. If you are interested in attending the festival, you can get more information on their website. Tickets can be purchased online as well.

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Are you in the Boston area, and planning to attend Boston Underground? Let us know which film(s) you are most interested in checking out in the comments section.