The Butler and the Ball will premiere in Boston as part of the Scout Film Festival, a festival for filmmakers age 24 and under. 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.
Originally scheduled to have its world premiere at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston in April 2020, The Butler and the Ball will now screen online on the Eventive platform in the session Keeping alongside films from the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Slovakia, and Denmark. The session becomes available Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 9am. The listing for The Butler and the Ball on the festival website can be accessed here, and passes are available here.
Scout Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization that produces an annual international event celebrating emerging filmmakers—aged 24 and under—through film. Scout Film Festival partners with the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, who for over 20 years, has worked with young filmmakers in its award-winning program, Fast Forward. 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.