Indy Film Fest


Follow the Filmsquatch to the IMA and beyond!

Posted by Kate Pell

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This year's 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will find us at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for most screenings, but as night falls we will move in to some of the great venues of Indy.

Part Festival, part Roving Cinema, 2013's line up includes:

Friday, July 19::MEDORA at The Harrison Center Gym

Monday, July 22::HEY BARTENDER at The Libertine

Tuesday, July 23::LOST FOR WORDS at Tibbs Drive In

Wednesday, July 24::OUT OF PRINT at Indiana Historical Society

Thursday, July 25::FALL AND WINTER at Eiteljorg Museum

Friday, July 26::DETROIT UNLEADED at Big Car Service Center

Check out our video featuring our evening programming.


We’re Popped Up!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We're still reeling from Craig's big win at Big Car. The challenge was to pitch an arts + tech idea that revolutionizes our city for the inaugural 5x5 event. This series of themed idea-pitching events awards $10,000 to one big idea, and is hosted by local innovators like Big Car and People for Urban Progress, and funded by CICF, the Efroymson Family Fund and Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

Five finalists got the chance to pitch for the $10K. Our idea: bring movies to the people all over this city for some pop up cinema! The funds will be used to purchase a screen worthy of any outdoor venue and a portable sound and projection set up. Any field, any warehouse or gallery - any place at all is fair game. Who knows what we'll dream up?

We were incredibly honored to receive both the audience and judges' votes. Getting one of those over-sized checks is a pretty amazing thing! Thanks to Big Car, CICF and the rest of the crew for this incredible opportunity. We can't wait to turn this city into our theater!

For more, see NUVO's great slideshow of photos by Stacy Kagiwada and check out the slides (made lovely by Lodge Design) below!

Craig Mince: Popped Up! 5x5 slideshow by Big Car


Look Out, 2013

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We just released some details about our programming for the upcoming year, and all I can say is, watch out 2013. Here's a sample of what's in the works.

Key Events
• Feb 24th – Movie’s Biggest Night @ 45 Degrees
• May 10th - The Bigger Picture Show @ Big Car Service Center
• June 13th – Indy Film Fest Preview Party
• July 18th – 28th – Indy Film Fest - Multiple Locations

Roving Cinema sponsored by Butler Scion - Tickets on sale now! Get 'em while you can!
We bring movies to you, in places you love to hang! We're so pleased to welcome Butler Scion as the 2013 sponsor for Roving Cinema.
• Jan 24th - THIS IS SPINAL TAP @ Do317 Lounge
• Feb 28th - THE NEVERENDING STORY @ Indy Reads Books
• May 16th - FIGHT CLUB @ Indianapolis City Market Catacombs
• June 5th - MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL @ Sun King Brewery
• Aug 29th - WAITING FOR GUFFMAN @ IRT Upper Stage
• Dec 11th - SANTA’S BATTLE ROYALE (Audience Selection) @ Sun King Brewery (Tickets available after movie vote in Oct/Nov)

Spring Series
Ooh, fancy! We're trying something new for us. Film and food pairings are TBA, but we're so excited to partner with Indy Fringe to bring you dinner and a movie! (Corporate sponsorships available. Email for details!
• March 13th - Spring Series – Dinner & Movie @ Indy Fringe Theatre
• March 27th - Spring Series – Dinner & Movie @ Indy Fringe Theatre
• April 10th - Spring Series – Dinner & Movie @ Indy Fringe Theatre
• April 24th - Spring Series – Dinner & Movie @ Indy Fringe Theatre

Fall Film Series sponsored by SmallBox
We're bringing music-themed films back this fall, and we're super pleased that SmallBox is sponsoring this for the second year in a row! Films and location TBA, dates are tentative.
• Sept 26th – Fall Series
• Oct 10th – Fall Series
• Oct 24th – Fall Series
• Nov 7th - Fall Series

We live for this stuff. More to come.

p.s. If you like what you see and want to support this programming, you can make a donation to our Grand Holiday!


Welcome, Fancy Bloggers!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

If you've been in tune with the fest, you just might have heard us hollering about our freshly announced 2012 line up. We couldn't be happier with the slate of films, our many sponsors and partners, and one outstanding group who is helping us spread the word about our films this year.

Back in February, we sent out a Valentine to a few handfuls of people we admire, people who have witty and smart things to say about art and culture in Indianapolis. We opened it up for a few more people to toss their name in too, in case people weren't on our radar. In the end, a really stellar group agreed to watch and review a few movies for us. In the coming days, you'll see our blog lit on fire like never before. Man alive, it's gonna be great.

Without further ado, please help us welcome these super stars!

Adrienne BaileyAdrienne Bailey
Bio: PR @ Young & Laramore. Music enthusiast w/ the travel bug. I love the outdoors, bike rides, food, art, beer/wine, movies and sports.

Aimée MacArthurAimée MacArthur
Bio: Aimée writes the blog, Indianapolis Amy, where she takes photos and shares her recommendations on food, movies, pop culture, and travel.

Ben TraubBen Traub
Bio: visual/audio artist that plays in bands, makes pictures, & loves film. movies are ok too. appreciates the absurd, enjoys romance, digs stuff

Brian WyrickBrian Wyrick
Bio: I am Brian, I like many things. Sometimes I like to write about them or share them.

Claire BrosmanClaire Brosman
Bio: Exploring how to build my life with my hands -- from my clothing to my soap and everything in between (while remaining socially acceptable).

Dan DarkDan Dark
Bio: Dan is a screener for the IIFF (Docs) and loves seeing movies in empty theaters. During the day he is Director of Content at Raidious.

Daniel FahrnerDaniel Fahrner
Bio: Marketing Man @SmallBox by day, underground strategy board game enthusiast and music business professional by night. Proud papa to be.

Elizabeth FriedlandElizabeth Friedland
Bio: Senior PR Manager living the ad agency life. Voracious consumer (and sometimes publisher) of the written word, culture, politics and music.

Evan StrangeEvan Strange
Bio: I'm an Indianapolitan working in tourism who loves tasty food, live music and just about every type of film.

Heath BenfieldHeath Benfield
Bio: Indy-based film fanatic ready to remake Hollywood in the Midwest. Instructor of Media Arts and Animation at Ai Indy

Heike BairdHeike Baird
Bio: Heike is a social media specialist for BLASTmedia. She also blogs for Indianapolis Monthly and puts hot sauce on everything.

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

Kate FranzmanKate Franzman
Bio: Copywriter at Pivot Marketing in Fountain Square. I love very old things and very new things. Francophile. Roller girl. Cat lady.

Kate PellKate Pell
Bio: Supporter of cool things & cool people. Lover of previews & movie trailers. Communicator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Kelly MillspaughKelly Millspaugh
Bio: Office Manager at Formstack. Addicted to coffee and discovering new music. I prefer cold weather and speak sarcasm fluently.

Leslie Bailey
Bio: freelance writer | lifestyle blogger | cultural observer | fancy-pants columnist | martini lover | adventuress living a semi charmed life

Melanie WoodsMelanie Woods
Bio: Comm/marketing pro. Indy-ophile. Colts junkie. Art addict. Movie collection ranges from Harry Potter to City of God.

Nik Browning
Bio: Began musical blogging under myspace/facebook dev. - movies.

Rebecca MasbaumRebecca Masbaum
Bio: Social Media over-sharer, life & style blogger, and a natural red-head. I'm obsessed with my bike, food, and grammatical correctness.

You can see the whole list on twitter. Since you like movies, you should probably just follow them all so you can talk shop over the twittersphere!


See this gauntlet? It’s thrown.

Posted by Lisa Trifone

The time has come once again, friends - the time when a city goes to the polls and has their say in one of the most anticipated votes of the year.

Nope, not talking about the election. The time has come to vote in Nuvo's Best of Indy poll.

Did you know there are about a half dozen film festival in and around Indianapolis? It's true. And we're all working hard to bring the best of all types of films to the Circle City. But here are three quick reasons why you should vote Indy Film Fest as the city's best:

We're better than ever in 2012
If ever there was a year we're doing our best, it's 2012. From our Spring and Fall Film Series to The Nooner, The Bigger Picture Show and Roving Cinemas around the city, anywhere you turn you'll see the Indy Film Fest. When you think movies in this town, you think of us.

We've got something for everyone
Looking for a Turkish cop drama? Got it. A quirky romantic comedy from Chile? Check. How about a documentary about the Green revolution in Iran? We're your source. A one-of-a-kind screening of classics like The Big Lebowski and Goonies? Yup. Us too.

We're Indianapolis's Film Festival
Unlike any other film festival in town, we ARE yours. We ARE Indianapolis. From Castleton to Broad Ripple to Speedway to downtown, we're the festival you can be proud of. Up there with the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis International Film Festival is repping you, and we don't take that responsibility lightly.

And here's where we throw down. If (and when!) we're officially named the Best Film Fest in Indy (announced in the July 25 issue of NUVO), we're going to give you the perks - we're going to make a Best of the Fest screening on Sunday, July 29 totally free. That's right - when we get the best, so do you: a FREE screening of the 2012 Grand Jury Award winner.

Voting ends May 28, so don't delay - have your say on this year's Best of Indy.


Clear your calendars. May has arrived.

Posted by Lisa Trifone

Kind of hard to believe just how busy the month of May is here at the Indy Film Fest, especially when we're just a couple months away from our annual film festival. Nothing like keeping those social calendars filled up!

Read on for all the details on what we've got going this month. From parties to screenings to environmentally-friendly community days, we've got you covered.

Monday, May 1 - 3p, to be exact :: The 2012 FOR FLICK'S SAKE fundraiser officially ends on Tuesday afternoon. We've successfully met our funding goal, and we can't thank you enough for that. Haven't gotten in on the ticket deals yet? Make a backing by 3p and you'll get in on the effort. What's more, back the Festival and you'll get access to a discounted membership at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. And rest assured, every penny raised goes right back into making the festival awesome.  Back now

Sunday, May 6 :: in partnership with Earth House Collective, we're excited to help present FRESH, a documentary screening as part of Food Independence Day presented by Head out to this community hub for a day of speakers and local food, then stick around for the film that makes the point that healty, local eating is attainable for us all. Watch the trailer | Learn more

Thursday, May 10 :: our first ever Spring Film Series continues with ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, screening 7pm at Earth House. A slow burn, this Turkish film follows a police crew searching for a dead body in the countryside. The search proves more of a journey for the men involved, however, as the culprit leading them to the body is fuzzy about the exact location. Watch the trailer | Get tickets

Friday, May 11 :: Perhaps the most anticipated event of the year - besides the festival, of course! - the Bigger Picture Show returns for the third annual gallery review of movie posters re-imagined by local designers. This year, join us for music, drinks, food truck bites and a silent auction where you could take one of these unique pieces home with you that very night! RSVP on Facebook

Saturday & Sunday, May 19 - 20 :: The perfect way to kick off the summer of arts experiences is at the Broad Ripple Art Fair, a two-day extravaganza of artists and arts organizations, including the Indy Film Fest this year. Come by and snag something new for your wall and say hello to us while you're there. Get tickets

Wednesday, May 23 :: Sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada and in partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, we're proud to present a screening of INDIE GAME: The Movie, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival officially selection about the blood, sweat and tears it takes to create a video game. Watch the trailer | Get tickets

Thursday, May 24 :: The 2012 Spring Film Series wraps up with a screening of the bad-ass buddy flick BELLFLOWER. Complete with a Mad Max style ride and a love story that'll tear you up, this 2011 SXSW official selection wraps up the series on a high note. Watch the trailer | Get tickets

Friday, May 25 :: Our new program, The Nooner, continues over the lunch hour. Join us for a selection of short films that are a great break in your busy day. Grab a bite at the Earth House cafe and wrap up one of our busiest months to date with a little bit of afternoon delight.

There you have it - a whole month of Indy Film Fest goodness, out there for the enjoying. We'll see you at the movies!


Calling Short Filmmakers :: Screen at The Nooner!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

It's hard to believe, but our regular call for submissions are soon coming to a close. March 31 is our final deadline for the 2012 festival (submit here if you haven't had the chance!). Fear not - we do have additional screening opportunities throughout the year.

We currently accepting submissions for The Nooner, our monthly lunch & shorts program. This free program is all a part of our not-so-secret plan to increase access to short films in Indianapolis. On the final Friday of each month at noon, we're meeting up in Earth House Café to screen 40-50 minutes of delicious short films. In February we launched this program to a full house.

What are we looking for? Anything! Narrative, documentary, animation - we're featuring a little bit of everything. What's different about our normal submissions process is that these films don't need to be new. We're happy to re-introduce audiences to oldies but goodies.

Want to submit? In this inaugural year, we're keeping things pretty casual. No submission fees, no formal process - just email a link to your movie here or mail a physical copy to: Sara McGuyer, Indy Film Fest, 237 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

p.s. If you're in Indy, the next Nooner is this Friday, 3/30! RSVP here.


Because what we do is movies

Posted by Lisa Trifone

It brings me immeasurable pleasure to announce this next big program for the Indy Film Fest. What we do is movies - we bring them to you, we create experiences around them, we expand your world through them.

And so, we're beyond stoked to announce our first ever Spring Film Series.

Who says the great films are only available during the 10-day festival in July? We're presenting six films over the course of March, April and May that are every bit as worthy of your time as the ones we program over the summer. This time around, it's a mix of the best U.S. and international independent films of 2011 - films that haven't otherwise been seen on the big screen in Indianapolis.

Here's the line-up. Each film is on a Thursday night, 7p at Earth House:

March 8 :: Le Havre - When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

March 22 :: Tyrannosaur - Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.

April 5 :: King of Devil’s Island - Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

April 19 :: The Interrupters - A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

May 10 :: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia - A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

May 24 :: Bellflower - Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa".

Check out each film - read up on reviews, watch trailers and more - then snag tickets to one (tickets are $10/film) or the whole series (available here) for just $40.

Even better news? We're planning a Fall Film Series, too!


A New Home

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We've moved. And we have to say, we couldn't be in better company. Our new office is located inside of Earth House Collective, an Indianapolis community hub that collaborates with local organizations and artists to support the arts, encourage healthy living and promote sustainable community. We're sharing the office space with the very forward thinking Big Car, who we've partnered with on The Big Picture Show in the past.

The Earth House building is an inspiring place to be - gorgeous stained glass and woodwork, ever-changing art exhibits and a great cup of fair-trade, organic coffee is always on hand. Did I mention there's a foosball table in the area where our screening committee is meeting to view films? Oh yes.


When they call it a "hub" they aren't kidding. In one visit you might find a belly dancer departing after teaching a class while a crowd gathers for an all ages rock show. In December we held our first event there, screening Being Elmo to a very enthusiastic crowd. Look for more to come from us there. We're only just beginning to visualize what all will be possible within that space.

In the mean time, take note of our new address:
237 N. East Street
Indianapolis 46204

We are not opposed to love letters and sweet everythings from you!


Fall Movie Bonanza – November

Posted by Lisa Trifone

We're right in the thick of things, movie fans. Fall movie season is in full swing, and we've seen some great titles release to date. But November brings another round of great titles opening and it's time to take stock.

Featured in November are releases that define what awards season is all about - big names, lush productions and dramatic storylines. From a silent film quieting even the most skeptical critics to a leading man in his second release of the season, the temperatures are cooling down just as the box office is heating up, particularly with a promising Thanksgiving weekend slate on the books.

Check out previous Fall Movie posts (here's September, and here's October) to see what else I've been seeing these last few weeks, and then click over to continue reading what I'm looking forward to in November.