Acclaimed directors Erden Kıral and Zeki Demirkubuz are among the filmmakers attending the 12th annual Boston Turkish Film Festival, running March 21 through April 7 at the Museum of Fine Arts. Co-presented by the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England and the MFA, and programmed by Erkut Gomulu, the festival opens at 7:30 p.m. with “Inside,” Demirkubuz’s newest film.
Demirkubuz’s work has screened in past editions of the BTFF, including in 2007 when he received an award for excellence in Turkish cinema. “Inside,” adapted from Dostoyevsky’s “Notes From Underground,” is about a group of friends whose dinner conversation progresses from fond reminiscences to old grievances and, eventually, to an ugly showdown.
Kiral, considered one of the masters of Turkish cinema, will receive this year’s award for excellence, to be presented in a ceremony after the screening of his newest film, “Load” (March 22 at 8 p.m.). Kiral will also present his 1979 classic, “On Fertile Lands,” on March 23 at 12:30 p.m. Other BTFF guests include Ahmet Boyacioglu, editor of Ali Aydin’s “Mold” (screening March 23 at 3:15 p.m.), and filmmaker Hüseyin Karabey, who will be present for the North American premiere of his new project, “Do Not Forget Me Istanbul” (March 24 at 12:45 p.m.).
One of the premiere cultural events for the Turkish community, the BTFF includes award-winning films from last year’s 17th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition. The directors will be presented their awards at a ceremony following screenings of the films on March 24. “Silent” by L. Rezan Yeilba, winner of the best short film award at this year’s competition, also won the Palme d’Or for short film at Cannes.
All screenings take place at the MFA’s Remis Auditorium and all films are subtitled in English.
Cultivating a somewhat different audience and image, the 15th annual Boston Underground Film Festival carries on the event’s tradition of heralding, in its own words, “the bizarre and insane.” The BUFF takes place at the Brattle Theatre March 27-31. Codirector Robert Wilson and producer Lewin Webb will be on hand for the opening night feature, the East Coast premiere of “I Declare War,” about two groups of 13-year-old friends who play “war” in a local forest until the game gets more than a little troubling.
BUFF 2013 also hosts director Zach Clark and the East Coast premiere of his Christmas comedy, “White Reindeer,” as well as director E.L. Katz and producer Travis Stevens with “Cheap Thrills.” Stevens and director Mike Mendez will offer their tongue-in-cheek sci-fi-horror romp, “Big Ass Spider,” which comes to Boston fresh from its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Here it’s scheduled to be the closing night film.
For schedule and ticket information, go to www.boston
Local and regional women filmmakers will screen independent features, documentaries, and animation as Women, Action and the Media presents its third annual WAM! Boston Film Festival March 23-24 at the Brattle Theatre. The program includes Boston director Julie Mallozzi’s poetic documentary “Indelible Lalita” ( March 23 at 6:45 p.m.) and a preview screening of Trish Dalton’s “Bordering on Treason” (March 23 at 9 p.m.) about a single mother and photojournalist from New Paltz, N.Y., who keeps going to Iraq to put a human face on the Iraq war. The Boston festival is part of a national series of WAM! events in March.
For more information, go to www.wambostonfilmfest.org.
Scout Finch looks back
Mary Badham, who so memorably played Scout Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1962 that she earned an Oscar nomination when she was 10, will speak after an eveningscreening of the classic film on March 18 at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre. Badham will discuss the making of the film and her long friendship with Hollywood legend Gregory Peck, who played her father, Atticus Finch. Suffolk University Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence James Carroll will lead the conversation. At the Modern Theatre on March 19, Watertown filmmaker Sandy Jaffe will show her new documentary, “Our Mockingbird,” about two Birmingham, Ala., high school students who stage a multiracial version of Harper Lee’s classic novel. Jaffe will speak after the 7:30 p.m. screening with Badham and film critic Gerald Peary.
For more information, go to www.moderntheatre.com.
If you missed Faith Soloway’s “Lesbian Movie Schlock Therapy” in February, the comic-songwriter is back with another installment. This time, Soloway’s spoof with songs and commentary centers on a screening of the 2006 drama “The Gymnast,” which she describes as “Two ladies, lost in their own struggles on land, find love and a Vegas act in the air!” It screens March 19 at 7:30 p.m., at the Somerville Theatre.
State-of-the-art underwater cinematography and a soundtrack featuring, among others, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters, are highlights of director Jack McCoy’s latest love letter to surfing, “A Deeper Shade of Blue,” a film that traces the evolution of modern surf culture. A special, one-night-only screening takes place March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Regal Fenway and suburban theaters.
Boston-based filmmaker Jane Gillooly premieres her new film, “Suitcase of Love and Shame,” on March 30 at
7 p.m. at the Institute of Contemporary Art. According to the director’s description, the film constructs a narrative from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Recorded in the 1960s, the tapes chronicle a Midwestern woman’s adulterous affair. Gillooly will take questions from the audience after the screening.
For more information, go to www.janegillooly.com/films/suitcase-of-love-and-shame.