Cinephiles can celebrate New Year’s Eve their own way, as First Night Boston offers plenty of film programming as part of its all-day festivities on Dec. 31.
The Festival of International Short Films, a collection of recent family-friendly films from around the globe curated by the Museum of Fine Arts film department, screens at the MFA in one-hour increments at noon, 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. Admission to all screenings is free with a First Night button.
For the first time, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square will be a part of the annual First Night celebration, now in its 37th year. First Night button-holders are invited on Dec. 31 to attend a free double feature, with the Hollywood classics “The Thin Man” (2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and “After the Thin Man” (4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.). And it’s the gift that keeps giving: Viewers will get a special discount on tickets for the month of January just by showing their First Night button at the box office.
Back across the river, First Night also hosts the “Magic Lantern Picture Show” at the Hynes Convention Center, Hall C, 1-6 p.m. This program for all ages is a trip back to the wonder of early motion pictures, featuring whimsical shorts and animated photoplays.
The Roxbury International Film Festival, New England’s largest film festival dedicated to works by and about people of color, again teams with First Night to present a film program at the Hynes Convention Center, Room 200, 7-10 p.m. Curated by the Color of Film Collaborative and ACT Roxbury, the slate includes the acclaimed documentary “The Contradictions of Fair Hope,” coproduced and codirected by Rockell Metcalf and Emmy-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” tells the story of the Fair Hope Benevolent Society in Alabama, one of the last surviving examples of the benevolent societies founded just after Emancipation by freed slaves across the South. The film screened, with Merkerson on hand, at the RIFF in June.
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