Pin It

The Long & Short of the Indy Film Fest 

The 11th Indy Film Fest (note the new, refreshed name for what you may have previously known as the "Indianapolis International Film Festival") aims to delight locals with a selection of movies from near and far. From edgy documentaries to animated shorts, the screening schedule has something for almost anyone -- or at least for folks who appreciate singular stories told from intriguing points of view. There will be thrillers, comedies, puppets, ghost peppers and much more.

To prep for the diverse viewing experiences, here are my thematic picks to delight music lovers, science enthusiasts, sports fanatics and, of course, art fiends -- each a pairing of one feature-length flick and one short. After all, one of the best parts of the fest is the chance to see shorts on a surface larger than your flat screen.

Sonic Selections

Long: Jingle Bell Rocks
A documentary that explores obsessive music collecting AND includes Santa Claus is a Black Man and John Waters? Yes. Jingle Bell Rocks dives deep, deep into the world of people who are trying to reinvent the holiday -- one track at a time.

Short: Strange Fruit
In 1930 in Marian, Indiana, a mob lynched two young African-American men. In response to the widely published photographs from the incident, a Jewish high school teacher in New York wrote a protest song, Strange Fruit, which became a Billie Holiday signature. This film, produced by the faith-based SALT Project, recounts the events that inspired the song -- and the response and resistance embedded in its lyrics.

Silver Screen Science

Long: I Origins
A molecular biologist (Michael Pitt) wrestles with science and spirituality, as his longing for a woman and travels to validate his discoveries create conflict and confusion. I Origins will open the festival Thursday evening at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Toby Theater.

Short: Ghost Pepper Eating Contest of Jefferson County
Scientists try their hand at breaking the Guinness world record for consuming the most bites of the hottest kind of pepper. Essentially, it's nerds with their mouths on fire, red-faced from Scoville-scale busting chilis.

Sport Cinema

Long: Beyond All Boundaries
Cricket might be a topic of political debate in the Circle City, but in other communities, it's much more than a sport. This film follows three Indians who try to use cricket as a pathway to new lives -- both on and off the field.

Short: Chaperone
A schoolteacher fends off a motorcycle gang at a church-basement dance in 1970s Montreal. Decades later, the teacher and the party's deejay recall the event. And then director Fraser Munden creates a stereoscopic, 3-D film with animation, puppetry, Kung Fu and a score in the style of blaxploitation soundtracks based on the interviews. Seriously.

Bonus Short: Gnarly in Pink
Three little rough-and-tumble skateboarders, who happen to be girls, show that pink helmets, tutus and glitter can pair perfectly with kick flips.

Picture Shows

Long: Impossible Light
Leo Villareal set out to create an enormous public art project on San Francisco's Bay Bridge, at the cost of $8 million and using 25,000 LED lights. Jeremy Ambers documents the process, drama and struggle of creating a giant abstract work.

Short: Virtuoso Virtual
Ink pools, shifts, pours and pulses along overlapping lines in this visual representation of orchestra music, following harmonies and counterpoints in dynamic black and white. It's a part of the Shorts for Shorties program -- which seems as perfectly suited to folks in the non-school-age bracket as the little movies buffs who will certainly be there.


How To Go

The Indy Film Fest runs from July 17 to 26. Tickets can be purchased online or at screenings (as long as they don't sell out). Bargain hunters have just today to take advantage of the group's Living Social offer of two-for-one tickets. But die-hard film fans will likely want to buy the all-access pass or the ten-ticket packs.

Additional details on many more films, screening locations and even recommendations for transit options can be found on the Indy Film Fest site.

  • Pin It

Speaking of...

  • The Show Must Go On

    Performers share their tips to avert disaster on stage and on the road, whether due to technical difficulties or impromptu illnesses.
    • Feb 16, 2016
  • Best of the Rest: Jan. 22, 2016

    Take a look at the other arts and entertainment stories that made news in and around Indy this week.
    • Jan 22, 2016
  • Positive Impressions

    Ben chats with IMA’s artist-in-residence about introducing the process of woodblock printmaking to the masses.
    • Jan 10, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Taxi Driver Wisdom

    Thursday evening Indiana City Brewing Co. will host filmmaker Itziar Garaluce and screen Taxi Libre, her debut documentary on the perils and pleasures of cab drivers in Mexico City.
    • Feb 3, 2016
  • Silver Screen's Spine-tingling Scores

    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to bring thrills and chills next week, performing haunting Hollywood scores from Hitchcock's famous flicks.
    • Jan 5, 2016

About The Author

Kirsten Eamon-Shine

Kirsten Eamon-Shine

Bio:
Kirsten has written for a number of online outlets, a handful of nonprofits and a mighty little food truck. She was raised by a writer-photographer-editor and an engineer, both lovers of museums and books. In her spare time, she dances to vinyl records with her husband, son and two cats.

More by Kirsten Eamon-Shine

  • 4 First Friday Shows to See

    From a rare peek at a reclusive artist’s work to a yoga-centric art experience, November’s First Friday offers plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the city’s cultural output.
    • Nov 6, 2014
  • The Bad Feminist Comes to Town

    Essayist and novelist Roxane Gay will bring her savvy take on culture, writing and feminism to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library on Wednesday evening.
    • Oct 6, 2014
  • A Decade of Big Car

    The community-minded arts collaborative celebrates 10 years of engaging events, neighborhood outreach and cultural creations with the Big Car birthday bash.
    • Sep 9, 2014
  • More »

Latest in Film

  • Taxi Driver Wisdom

    Thursday evening Indiana City Brewing Co. will host filmmaker Itziar Garaluce and screen Taxi Libre, her debut documentary on the perils and pleasures of cab drivers in Mexico City.
    • Feb 3, 2016
  • Silver Screen's Spine-tingling Scores

    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to bring thrills and chills next week, performing haunting Hollywood scores from Hitchcock's famous flicks.
    • Jan 5, 2016
  • The Long and Short of It

    Award-winning filmmaker Michael Goldburg appreciates a Hoosier homecoming while participating in the 2015 Indy Film Fest with his horror-comedy short.
    • Jul 22, 2015
  • More »
© 2017 CICF
Twitter
Facebook
Privacy Policy
Contact Us:
P: 317.634.2423   F: 317.684.0943
info@skybluewindow.org
Central Indiana Community Foundation
615 N. Alabama St. #119
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1431
Sky Blue Window is presented by:

Website powered by Foundation