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Indy Film Fest 2012: FATHER FIGURE SHORTS PROGRAM

Guest post by  Joe Ball
Bio: Proud Hoosier. Consumer of movies, music, smart jokes, tacos & bourbon. Attempting to grow up without selling out.

Father Figure, a series of seven films for the American Spectrum Shorts program, examines the traits of the fatherly role. Themes of discipline, redemption, selfishness, regret, pride, embarrassment, ambition, determination and reconciliation are woven both throughout the individual films and the program as a whole. Through the 103 minutes that the program lasts, viewers are taken into a multitude of situations that touch upon these themes and the outcomes of the choices made by father figures, either as the lead or supporting role.

‘HELLION’, the shortest film at 7 minutes, presents Petey, the youngest of three siblings, being picked on by his older brothers. When Dad comes home to discover Petey’s plight, his punishment is severe for the older boys, while he attempts to provide Petey with a life lesson.
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HELLION

Kat Candler 2012
Categories: American Spectrum Shorts
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After making a name for himself as the “Wrigleyville Burglar” and making off with approximately $4 million in stolen property, James Gardner lost decades of his life and precious time with his family to serving jail time. Ultimately, it took a father figure within the prison system to provide him with career assistance and essential tools to help him right his wrongs. ‘Love, Dad’ follows James as he begins to mend ties with the broken family he left behind while incarcerated. ‘Love, Dad’ examines opportunities for redemption after years of selfishness.
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Love, Dad

Ronnie Reese, Kristofor Husted 2011
Categories: Matter of Fact Shorts
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‘Spark’ focuses on new opportunities for a son as a result of the father figure choosing selfish actions. A son waits for his father’s romantic encounter to end so the two can experience lighting fireworks together. The boy’s plan is interrupted when the daughter of the father’s lover steals his hopes for a meaningful father-son moment. However, this film beautifully captures the crossover moment in adolescence when boys stop thinking about time spent with their fathers and want to be around those they are attracted to. ‘Spark’, clocking in at only 9 minutes, was a highlight of the program.
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Spark

Annie Silverstein 2012
Categories: American Spectrum Shorts
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Other highlights include ‘Atonal’ and ‘Fatakra’, both of which examine strained relationships between fathers and sons when one does not live up to the expectations of the other. ‘Atonal’ deals with a son finding his forgotten father decades after a disappointing moment in which the boy did not live up to his father’s dream. ‘Fatakra’ showcases a father reuniting with the family he left back in India to pursue new opportunities for them in America. Drawing parallels to an epic Hindu story featured in the film, the father goes to great lengths to prove himself to a son who feels abandoned. Though told through different perspectives and narratives, the two films echo each other during sweet father-son moments.
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Atonal

Derrick Hausen 2011
Categories: American Spectrum Shorts

FATAKRA
Soham Mehta 2011
Categories: American Spectrum Shorts
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It’s difficult to summarize all of the films featured in the program into a nice concise overview. What isn’t difficult is to acknowledge the influence, whether positive or negative, the fathers have on the lives of those in the films. Father’s Day may have occurred weeks ago, but this film series provides an excellent opportunity to take your dad to the Indy Film Fest and enjoy the unique perspective fathers play in film.
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Check out all the films included in this Shorts Program:

Father Figure

The 9th annual Indianapolis International Film Festival features more than 100 films in 10 days. July 19-29 at IMA and Earth House. See the entire 2012 line up!

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