Event cut to five days for economic reasons

BOSTON — This year’s Boston Film Festival will be scaled back to five days as it makes the transition to new executive director Robin Dawson.

Originally run by Loews Cinemas (and its predecessor in Boston, USACinemas), it has been operated for the past several years by Mark Diamond and Susan Fraine, who had previously worked for the theater chain. Dawson said the fest’s advisory committee suggested the cutback for economic reasons. She hopes to return to a full-week schedule in 2006.

This year’s event includes more than a dozen films, including Universal’s “Prime,” with Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman; and Warner’s “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer, and “North Country,” with Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand and Sissy Spacek.

As in past years, fest will also spotlight local productions, including indie pic “Touched,” with Jenna Elfman, and “Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits,” directed by John Fiore. Calling card for the latter film is that Fiore and several castmembers are alumni of HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Docus include “Buddy,” about former Providence, R.I., mayor Buddy Cianci, convicted in a corruption scandal, and “Rex Trailer’s Boomtown,” chronicling a popular and long-running local children’s TV program.

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