Indy Film Fest

31Aug/110

We Built It :: Will You Come?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Summer seems to be winding down (can you believe it's September tomorrow!?!), but it wouldn't be complete without a trip to the ball field. We've cooked up a special night to make sure you get at least one last visit in this season. Roving Cinema returns for a special screening of Field of Dreams at Victory Field.

This year, the Indians are celebrating 125 seasons of professional baseball in Indianapolis. We can't think of a better way to pay tribute to that rich history than to screen the ultimate baseball flick right on their big scoreboard. Join us for peanuts, some brews and some serious Kevin Costner action.

Thursday, September 1
Doors open at 7:30pm | Show at Sunset, approx. 8:15
Ticketing options & event details!

View the trailer:

Check out the event on facebook to see who else is coming.

7Aug/110

I had a cooler weekend than you.

Posted by Lisa Trifone

No, not me - it was the 40 teams who banded together to make a movie in 48 hours. They had an awesome weekend with the 48 Hour Film Project, delightfully summed up in the anthem "I Had a Cooler Weekend Than You."

What these groups went through - from writing to shooting to editing and mixing, plus working in a specific character, prop and line of dialogue - in the span of just two days was on display at the IMA Saturday night as all 40 films screened to friends and fans alike. I was lucky enough to serve on the jury, and while not every film was award-worthy, every team clearly had a blast along the way.

Every film had to manage to work an orange (yes, the fruit) into the shot; had to have someone say the line "I would prefer not to..."; and had to make room for a character named Jonathan (or Jolene) Taylor, a lawyer. What's more, each group pulled a genre at the start of the weekend - whatever they created had to be a western, a dark comedy, a thriller or even a musical, among other categories. There was a found-footage foray into a haunted mansion, an awkward dinner between a divorce lawyer and her two boyfriends, and a spot-on superhero spoof complete with a secret lair hidden behind a bookshelf door.

The prospect of watching 40 films in quick succession was daunting as we kicked off at 5 o'clock on a Saturday evening. But by the time the last film rolled at 11:30 at night, I found myself invigorated. Sure, the quality wasn't always pitch-perfect, and a couple films looked like they'd been shot on a cell phone. But the passion of these crews, the fun they all had - it was infectious! And several films shined above the rest for their writing, cinematography, acting and music. The ability to pull all those elements together in such a short period of time - and to do it well - is a talent, to be sure.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a world-wide event; over the course of the year, projects run in cities all over America and abroad. The winners will screen with winners from every city and even has the chance to screen at Cannes in 2012!

To see all that talent - all that LOCAL talent - concentrated on a single project for one moment in time...it's why we do this. It's why Big Car produces the event, why the Indy Film Fest, iMoca and The Film Yap support it. Because all that potential exists out there, and deserves its moment on the big screen. Congrats to all who participated, and congrats to the winners!

Want to see the best of this year's Indianapolis 48HFP? I found one of the Best Film runners up online here. But for all of them, mark your calendar for August 25, when all award winners (and some Judge's Picks!) will screen at Big Car. Deets to follow!

6Aug/110

Video Recap!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Scott Smith, a volunteer, made this video for us after filming throughout the 2011 Indy Film Fest. Thanks, Scott!

Covering everything from the lobbies, to the workshops, to the parties, this is a pretty good account of what went down in 2011. We hope you enjoy it!

Can you spot yourself in it?