Boston Underground Film Festival 2018 Reveals Final Wave and Debuts New Poster


In two weeks time supporters of the Boston Underground Film Festival will gather at New England’s venerable temples of cinema, the Brattle Theatre, and Harvard Film Archive, for the 20th annual bacchanalia of sound and vision. Fans will spend five days, March 21-25, in synaptic snap-crackle-and-pop ecstasy, worshiping at the altar of fantastically strange and unusual moving pictures from around the world. BUFF recently revealed the first wave of film and today the remaining titles are finally added!

BUFF is honored to be presenting the World Premiere of Orson Oblowitz’s THE QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD, a sublime and stylish thrill ride along. The film stars No Wave luminary Rosemary Hochschild (1978’s Table Conversation, 1979’s Minus Zero, 1983’s King Blank), badass Queen (of all our hearts) Mary must navigate Los Angeles’ seedy underworld of violence, prostitution, and murder to save her kidnapped son and her strip club.

“A gift to cinephiles and genre fans, QUEEN is a lovingly crafted neo-noir tale of vengeance that evokes The Grifters with a Cassavetesian sensibility and a lush color palette that would make Michael Mann blush,” says Director of Programming Nicole McControversy. The film also features the legendary Michael Parks (Kill Bill Vol. 1, Then Came Bronson, From Dusk Til Dawn) in his final role.

The East Coast Premiere of THE RANGER and New England Premiere of THE THETA GIRL round out a triple threat of lady-led ass-kicking and name-taking narrative features in this year’s program. In Christopher Bickel’s THE THETA GIRL, drug dealer Gayce must avenge the deaths of her all-girl-rock-band pals and discover how the drug she peddled connects them all in a web of murder and reality-bending mystery. After its SXSW World Premiere next week, Jenn Wexler’s punk rock slasher The Ranger heads to BUFF, delivering a raucous thriller-in-the-woods that find sharp-witted Chelsea and her pals facing off against an unhinged park ranger.

BUFF is pleased to present the New England premiere of Agnieszka Holland’s (Europa Europa, The Secret Garden) genre-inspired mystery SPOOR, an unconventional, charming, and visually stunning masterpiece that blends magical realism, forensic crime, and animal rights activism. Agnieszka Mandat stars as Janina Duszejko, a nature-protecting woman living alone in the Klodzko Valley who finds herself embroiled in an unusual murder mystery.

Not missing out on the mystery genre, BUFF is happy to present a midnight secret screening of… well it’s a secret for now. This highly-anticipated genre gem is appropriately placed at the witching hour for the most adventurous and bravest amongst us. BUFF is psyched beyond belief to present the East Coast Premiere of a truly unforgettable documentary, Josh Polon’s Slamdance award-winner MEXMAN, which follows Germán, a young Mexican-American artist, and filmmaker striving to complete his first feature film while plagued by the ghost of a long-lost love and battling his producers for creative control.

Guillermo Del Toro and Stephen King’s favorite genre film of 2017, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, lands in Boston with an almighty roar as BUFF’s penultimate screening. Fusing social realism and fantasy, writer/director Issa López will be on hand at the Brattle Theatre to present her incredibly moving tale of children caught in the crossfire of Mexico’s cartel wars. Stunning and unforgettable, a truly must-see film.

The festival will be closing its 20th year with the end all be all of Brazilian werewolf lesbian musicals: Marco Dutra & Juliana Rojas’ GOOD MANNERS. GOOD MANNERS is vanguard filmmaking at its best and bravest: a lush, matte painted, lycopanthic fairytale centered on the unusual relationship between two women from very different walks of life in São Paulo. GOOD MANNERS grabs you by the hand and takes you on an incisive, werewolf-Almodovarian moonlit-stroll through class division and a love that knows no social bounds. Make sure to check out the veritable bounty of shorts programming, celebrating fantastic music videos, animation, transgressive horror and more!


GOOD MANNERS – New England Premiere | Closing Night Film

Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra | Brazil, France | 2017

Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.


MEXMAN – East Coast Premiere

Josh Polon | USA | 2018 | Documentary

Germán is a young artist and filmmaker striving to complete his first feature film while plagued by the ghost of a long-lost love and a battle for creative control with his producers.


SECRET SCREENING – East Coast Premiere

For the brave, bold & beautiful creatures who crave a little terror at midnight.


SPOOR – New England Premiere

Agnieszka Holland | Poland | 2017

Janina Duszejko, an elderly woman, lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who or what the murderer is, but nobody believes her.



Orson Oblowitz | USA | 2018

On her 60th birthday, the proud owner of a Los Angeles strip club finds herself in hot water over a twenty-five year old debt to the mob, leading her on a downward spiral of violence and revenge through the underbelly of Los Angeles.


THE RANGER – East Coast Premiere

Jenn Wexler | USA | 2018

When Chelsea and her friends get in trouble with the cops, they flee the city and go on the run. Fueled by a hallucinogenic drug called Echo, they hope to lay low—and get high—in an old family hideout in the woods. But Chelsea’s got reservations about going back to nature and secrets she’s not sharing with her friends. When a shot rings out, her past comes crashing back, and the punks find themselves pitted against the local authority— an unhinged park ranger with an ax to grind.

THE THETA GIRL – New England Premiere

Christopher Bickel | USA | 2017

Gayce, a take-no-shit young woman, deals a hallucinogenic drug called “theta,” facilitating an audience for her friends’ all-girl rock band. When Gayce’s friends are brutally murdered, she must solve the mystery behind the murders and protect herself from the killer. She discovers the connections between theta and the murders – and learns a terrifying truth. That the world — indeed her whole reality — is not as it seems.


TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID – New England Premiere

Issa López | Mexico | 2017

A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

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Rosalia likes to spend her nights watching Netflix or reading a good book. Her interest for horror came from a very young age. Her mother nurtured this obsession and she thanks her for it. She also thanks the film IT for her dislike for clowns. She is currently finishing her Bachelor Degree in Cinema and Television Arts and hopes to be behind the camera shooting the next big thriller.

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