Indy Film Fest

5May/110

Classic Film Posters Re-Imagined

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Last year, the Big Picture Picture Show was one of my favorite events of the year. A whole slew of Indy's best designers and illustrators mingled with art and movie lovers in a packed house at Big Car in an atmosphere that I can only describe as electric. This year it's going to be BIGGER, so we've renamed it... wait for it... The Bigger Picture Show! We're adding a dj and setting up shop in what's sure to be one of Indy's hippest new spots.

Indy Film Fest and Lodge Design present the second annual Bigger Picture Show, featuring nearly 40 local designers re-imagining their very favorite movie posters from every genre and generation. Hosted at Big Car’s latest space, The Service Center will be alive with art, music (provided by Twinpeaks) and a cash bar to complete the evening. Our good friends at YelpIndy will also be on the scene with their soon-to-be-famous Yelpcorn (aka popcorn).

Friday, May 13 | 7:30 p.m.
The Service Center, 3900 Lafayette Road (just north of 38th Street)
Entry is free, but you can RSVP here.

As if the party isn’t reason enough to come by, every poster – professionally printed and framed – will be up for sale. Want a unique piece of movie art in your living room? Arrive early to snag the one and only exhibit copy for just $75. Additional unframed prints will be available for order.

Thanks to our partners helping to make this event happen.
Lodge | Big Car | Nuvo | Yelp | Carey Digital | Twinpeaks

Wondering what to expect? Check out last year's impressive art here: http://on.fb.me/kxNkfg

22Apr/110

Thanks for rolling with us!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

HUGE thanks to everyone who came out for Roving Cinema this past Wednesday. We got to see some tried and true festival friends and meet some new ones too.

People came in costume, donning robes, bowling gear and Achiever t-shirts. The "caucasions" were flowing, the yelpcorn, abundant. We quoted the heck out of the movie in unison - making us wonder, is there a more quotable film out there?

I think The Dude himself would have approved. See for yourself! (Photographic goodness provided by the one, the only Stacy Kagiwada. We always love it when she comes to snap the fest in action!) See the full album on Facebook.

Let's Roll :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

Not your average movie-going experience. That's how we roll :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

A Lane with a View :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

We agree, getting an Aaron Scamihorn poster is exciting :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

20Apr/110

You Want a Toe?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Tonight's the night! The long-awaited Roving Cinema Big Lebowski screening at Jillian's is here. Doors open at 6:00 & the show is at 7:30. Our reserved bowling lanes for Lebowski, Party of 6 are SOLD OUT, but fear not! There are still general admission tickets available for only $5. Get them here.

We're also pleased to offer this limited edition, silk-screened poster by local artist Aaron Scamihorn. It could really tie your room together, and for a mere $20. You want a toe?

Original, limited edition screen print by Aaron Scamihorn

1Apr/110

The Dude Abides

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We are pretty much beside-ourselves-ecstatic to share the details of our upcoming Roving Cinema. Wednesday, April 20 The Dude joins Indy Film Fest at Jillian's. That's right - you can get your bowl on with The Big Lebowski streaming in the background.

Wednesday, April 20
Doors 6 pm | Show 7:30 pm
Jillians, 141 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225
Get tickets here.

This time, we have two options for you. Regular admission is $5 and gets you in for the movie. You're on your own for seating (first come, first serve) and bowling. Bring a blanket to camp out on the floor near the lanes, or find a seat anywhere in the bar.

For $75, we're offering a premium package, which we're lovingly calling The Big Lebowski Party. This includes a reserved spot at your own bowling lane for up to 6 people. Ticket price includes admission, one game of bowling and shoe rental for a party of up to 6 people. Get your tickets here.

We'll be joined by Yelp once again, who will be providing complimentary popcorn. Jillian's will offer WHITE RUSSIANS for only $5, and the full bar and menu will be available, so come for drinks and dinner! And we'll also be selling awesomeness in the form of limited-edition silk-screened posters by local designer Aaron Scamihorn.

We can't promise this one will be the quietest screening you've ever been to. In fact, we hope it isn't. This one's gonna be a party. Mark it, dude.

Watch the trailer:

9Mar/110

We like to party. So do you!

Posted by Lisa Trifone

When what you do is a festival, it can be hard to wait an entire year to check out the next round of films, parties, panels and more.

Which is why we created The 355 and all the events we do the rest of the year. We've particularly been doing a lot lately between festivals - an event or two each month to keep you (and us!) excited about film in the city (see previous post!).

We've launched a couple of our Roving Cinema series, testing the waters for how those would be received. And we can confirm after super-great events at both Sun King Brewery and The Eiteljorg (pictured) - the water is wonderful! Look for an upcoming announcement of more Roving Cinema events. We have a feeling you'll like it, dude.

And last month, we hosted - with FortyFive Degrees - our best Oscars Viewing Party to date. It's the biggest night in Hollywood, and we threw a party you all seemed to love. The place was packed, the drinks were flowing and several lucky attendees walked away with great movie swag as door prizes.

What's more, we put up for auction some stellar Indy experiences and gift packages that would've made Santa blush. You came, you saw, and you bid! The whole evening was a smashing success - the best spot in town to watch the show. And amid the fun, you helped raise the money it takes to keep us doing what we do.

THANK YOU for your support - by attending, bidding, tweeting - what ever it is you do - you're making your voice heard for independent film and - more importantly - for arts in Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Film Festival in particular.

Watch this space and this space for all the latest on our upcoming, non-Festival events, as well as for updates on the 2011 Festival as well!

2Mar/113

Dare We Say It?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Is it just me, or does it feel like the Indy film scene is heating up? Dare we even label it a "film scene?" As a volunteer entrenched and smitten with this festival, I thought maybe it was just me being hyper-aware of movie happenings.

But lately it seems there's more and more to choose from - different venues, new themes. One minute I'm in awe of something the IMA is putting on, the next I'm intrigued by IMOCA's new series.

It isn't just me, apparently. The Indy Star had a great article summing up all of this magic, plus a handy list to keep at the ready.

What do you think? Are you happy with the local film offerings? Is there anything you'd want to see more of?

Image credit: Carbon Arc via Flickr

9Feb/110

Hey, Gunslingers! See you soon?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We're counting down the days until our next Roving Cinema event. Indy Film Fest will be bringing our big screen to the Eiteljorg on Feb 17 for a screening of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Get your tickets in advance here.

Five reasons why this is going to be awesome:

  1. The Eiteljorg is an amazing building. If you've never been, you're in for a real treat. It houses one of the best Native American and Western art collections in the world. That's right, THE WORLD. (We're so lucky in Indy, aren't we?)
  2. This is only one of the best westerns EVER.
  3. You're supporting the Indy Film Fest with your ticket purchase. Events like this allow us to continue bringing awesome film experiences to you.
  4. There will be beer.
  5. No one will look at you funny if you wear your cowboy hat and spurs.

Check out the trailer, gunslingers, This is gonna be one heck of a show.

25Jan/110

And the Nominations are In!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Awards season can be such an exciting time. Know what makes it even better? When a film we screened at the Indy Film Fest snags a nomination. Huge congrats to GOD OF LOVE, Indy Film Fest's 2010 Best Short Film, for being nominated in the category Best Short Film, Live Action in the 83rd Annual Academy Awards®.

If you're not planning a trip to the red carpet, why not spend movies' biggest night with Indy Film Fest? Join us for our annual Academy Awards® Viewing Party - watch the show, talk best dressed and bid on a grand assortment of items in our silent auction.

Sunday, February 27 from 6:30 p - 11 p
45 Degrees | 765 Massachusetts Avenue

Put on your favorite cocktail party number and come out for the red carpet treatment. We'll have complimentary appetizers and drink specials, plus swag bags and door prizes for a few luck party-goers. What's even better? Entry is free, so save your moolah for the silent auction.

Meet us at 45 Degrees? RSVP on Facebook.

Before you arrive, check out the full list of nominations and cast your ballot here. What do you think? Are any of your favorites missing? Any big surprises for you?

15Jan/112

Have Movie Will Travel :: Roving Cinema is Back

Posted by Sara McGuyer

ROVING CINEMA is back. This time, it's Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti western THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. And what better place to experience this western original than in Indy's premiere home for western art, the Eiteljorg. In this 1966 flick, Clint Eastwood stars as a gunslinger competing for buried treasure.

Please join us February 17, 2011
Eiteljorg, White River State Park
500 Washington Ave.
Doors open 6p | Show 7p

We are thrilled to partnering with the Eiteljorg and their young professional group, Agave. Started in 2006, the group plans events, raises funds, recruits new members and fosters relations with local community partners. Ticket admission may be applied to an Agave membership purchased on the evening of the event.

We'll have the drinks (cash bar), movie candy and complimentary popcorn from our friends at Yelp. In the first Roving Cinema at Sun King, it was BYOC, (bring your own chair), but this time, we'll even have the seats. All you've got to do is get your tickets here for $8. Tickets will be available at the door, but be forewarned. The inaugural Roving Cinema sold out - we recommend buying ahead of time.

p.s. We're still seeking your input on the future of Roving Cinema. Have an idea for an upcoming event? Tell us here.

About Roving Cinema:
Sure, there's something about the smell of popcorn at the theater, the big comfy seats and towering screen. But what if we brought you movies in venues perfect for the film? We're calling it Roving Cinema, and we'll be featuring movies all over the city, pairing stories with scenes right in your own backyard.

13Jan/115

Roving Ideas

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We are very close to finalizing plans for the first Roving Cinema in 2011 and we can't wait to announce it! We can say it will be on the evening of February 17, so mark your calendars and stay tuned here for more info very soon.

In the meantime, we wanted to give you a chance to weigh in on where the cinema should rove. Roving Cinema screens movies where they should be. For the inaugural event, Indy Film Fest screened Strange Brew, a cult classic flick set in a brewery, at Sun King in downtown Indianapolis. Our friends from Yelp provided complimentary popcorn, we had Bazbeaux pizza for sale and we packed the brewery with a sold out show.

Roving Cinema tickets and sign

To say the least, we had a blast, and now tentatively plan to hold 9 to 10 of these events in 2011. We have a few ideas and partnerships up our sleeve, but we want to hear your suggestions for movies matched with a unique location. Have a creative idea to share? Please tell us what you want to see and where!

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