The Butler and the Ball will have its world premiere at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston as part of the Scout Film Festival, which will take place in Fall 2020. The Butler and the Ball, which was selected from over 1300 submissions from 80 countries, is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer. The film is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert.
Founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston was conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. The museum established a reputation for identifying important new artists, and in pursuit of this mission, eventually parted ways with MoMA and changed its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1948. For more than 80 years, the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston has presented contemporary art in all media—visual arts, performance, film, video, and literature.
Scout Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization that produces an annual international event celebrating emerging filmmakers—aged 24 and under—through film.