Preview: Opening highlights at this week’s 2017 Independent Film Festival Boston

Between the schizophrenic weather and the weird playoff showings of the Bruins and Celtics, it’s been hard to be excited about much this April outside of Free Fire and Fate of the Furious hitting theaters.

But fear not, Bostonians: The 15th annual Independent Film Festival Boston is back to give you a week’s worth of stimulating and interesting new movies for you to see and talk about, and a bevy of panels and parties to attend, as well. It runs from April 26 through May 3 at several locations around the city (though mainly the screenings are at the Somerville Theatre and Brattle Theatre). Over the next three days, we’ll be posting about some of our most-anticipated movies at the festival this year, and today we’re covering the first three days of the festival, which include films about Jersey rappers, arm transplants, architecture, and aging western stars. Join us tomorrow for a preview of the best of the weekend’s films.

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The festival’s opening night film is a documentary that shines a spotlight on the story of local Will Lautzenheiser, a film professor who tragically lost his arms and legs to an infection, and underwent experimental trials at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to receive arm transplants. Stumped was filmed over the course of four years, and follows Lautzenheiser through all of his trials and tribulations — from physical therapy to trying out stand-up. Director Robin Berghaus premiered a short film about Lautzenheiser at the IFFB a few years back, and the full feature is not to be missed.

Stumped screens at the Somerville Theatre on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available here.

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