Indy Film Fest


Can you chip in?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Grand HolidayMy movie-watching comes in seasons. It's that time of year for what is perhaps one of my favorites: re-watching all of my beloved holiday flicks. In the quiet of the end of the year, I try to take stay-cation, and have started a new tradition of going to the theater solo. In the bitter cold of January, I re-visit the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And then something magical takes place: I transition to watching screening copies of our film submissions.

Our summer fest may seems worlds away, but even today, we're putting all sorts of moving parts into place: seeking sponsors, planning parties, negotiating vendor contracts. This 10 day festival is a long time in the making, and needs a lot of care and support to come into being.

Now through the end of the year, we're in a mad dash to make it a Grand Holiday and raise $2,500, all of which will support our tenth festival. Ten is a big, exciting milestone for us, and we're committed to making this the best fest yet.

$2,500 isn't a huge amount. We're not looking for one or two people to swoop in and take out our whole goal. What we're wishing is for all of our fans to come together and chip in. Can you give $5? Cool. $50? Fantastic.

In case you aren't convinced, here are a few reasons to give:

1. The fest brings awesome movies to Indy.
2. We have a film reel wearing a santa hat. I mean, can you really say no to that?
3. A lot of volunteers pour heart, soul and sweat into this thing. Our collective hearts will swell with gratitude for you.

Seriously I love this festival, and I know I'm not alone. Let's all make a grand holiday for the fest, shall we?


The Beginning of the End Party

Posted by Craig Mince

Whether you put any stock in it or not, the countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar is quickly approaching, and I for one want to make sure all my bases are covered for the “End of Days.”

So, as the end draws near I find myself saying, “What should I do with myself?” Should I take that Airstream vacation with the family to the Grand Canyon I’ve always dreamed about? Or, should I invest in MREs and shotgun shells? Better yet what movie — or movies — should I watch before we all float into space?

I just don’t know.

(These are the types of things that keep me awake at night. Well, that and the occasional episode of HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO.)

After much thought, and a few beers, I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to start the beginning of the end with my friends, drinking a couple of pints of Sun King, munching on some tacos and watching that post-apocalyptic cult classic SHAUN OF THE DEAD.

With that thought in mind, the Indy Film Fest is presenting our (and potentially last if the Mayans knew what they were talking about) Roving Cinema at Sun King Brewery on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm — 10 days before the end of the Mayan calendar. Tickets are just $8. Bring your “end of the world buddy,” a camping chair or blanket and a healthy appetite for all things post-apocalyptic.

If the movie isn’t enough to get you out of your doomsday bunker, how about a special beer, brewed by Sun King? Yep. They’ve got you covered with a special Armageddon brew that will be tapped that night. Rumor has it, this beer has been inspired by the Mayans themselves and will set you on the path to meet your maker. Our buddies at Sun King are also going to be tapping 9 other classic beers that night — 10 beers for your 10 final days, get it? And no one will go home thirsty. Sun King will be filling up growlers after the film.

Man can’t survive on beer alone you might say. Well Taco Lassie,, is going to be on hand dishing up some of the finest food this side of the Rio Grande, and our good friends at Just Pop In!,,  are going to be making sure your popcorn fix is curbed. I hear they have a new bacon flavored snack that will blow your hair back.

As if all of this isn’t enough, we’re going to be announcing the 2013 Indy Film Fest event calendar that night!

So here is your doomsday checklist:

  • Buy your advanced tickets are just 8 bucks. (
  • Be at Sun King at 6:30pm on the 12th when the doors open.
  • Bring something to sit on.
  • Bring extra cash for the beers and food.
  • Enjoy what maybe the last film you'll ever see!

Portions of the beer and door proceeds will go towards the Salvation Army Indiana Division to help buy children toys for the holidays!

Let’s have a great send off to the world as we know it. Oh, and it’s probably not a bad idea to go ahead stock up on MREs and shotgun shells, just to be safe.

See you all at Sun King!

Craig Mince

President, Indy Film Fest


Go West, young woman, go West and make us proud!

Posted by Craig Mince

Today the Indy Film Fest, and Indianapolis as a whole, says goodbye to one of its shining stars, Lisa Trifone. Lisa leaves tomorrow to take on a new role with the internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival. Although we are very sad to see her go, we are also very excited to see her follow her passions and dreams.

It's safe to say the Indy Film Fest would not be where it is today without the dedication and support of Lisa. You might have seen Lisa announcing films and rocking Q & A with filmmakers at events, but the lion share of her work was behind the scenes. She pounded the pavement, getting our name out there to filmmakers and studios alike. She created systems and processes that took our DIY-to-the-extreme organization to a much more organized place. Her tireless efforts have helped catapult this rag tag film festival into the national spotlight (I mean, you guys saw her in the Hollywood reporter, right?) and we will forever be in her gratitude.

Please join us in saying thank you and goodbye to one of Indy’s best and brightest.

Since we are movie nerds we always speak in movie quotes so…

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” – Humphery Bogart as Rick Blaine


The Fall Film Series Will Rock You

Posted by Lisa Trifone

After the most successful festival to date, we're excited to kick off our 2012 Fall Film Series, with the help of SmallBox, Nuvo and IMAX at the State Museum.

This time around, the five films in the series all have one awesome thing in common - they'll rock your socks off. With a musical theme behind them, you're going to love what you see - and hear.

Here's the breakdown - click on any title to get your tickets!

In April 2011, LCD Soundsystem called it quits at the height of their fame. This concert doc not only logs the final performance of their greatest hits, but chronicles headliner James Murphy and how he came to the decision to move on. Watch the trailer.

ALMOST FAMOUS - October 11
Cameron Crowe's seminal work about one kid with a love for rock and roll who gets a close-up look at the business of a band on tour. Watch the trailer.

Concerts make for a great night out, but the concert poster is what lingers long after the band's packed up. A movement for decades, this intriguing documentary covers the origins of one-off gig posters and the designers making them more and more unique with each tour. Watch the trailer.

MOULIN ROUGE! - November 1
Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star as star-crossed lovers in Baz Luhrmann's imaginative and over-the-top musical about the famous can-can club in 19th century Paris. Watch the trailer.

A hit at Sundance Film Festival in January, California Solo follows a former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm who gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for many years.  His efforts to stay in the U.S. force him to confront the past and current demons in his life.  Watch the trailer.

Each film is at 7p at the IMAX at the State Museum, which is now serving beer and wine alongside movie popcorn and candy! With the support of SmallBox, we're excited to present a great slate of independent films and classic favorites throughout the fall.

See you at the movies!

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2012 Award Winners Announced!

Posted by Lisa Trifone

The 2012 Festival Award winners were announced at tonight's Closing Night event, and they'll be screened all day at Earth House at our Best of the Fest program! This year's winning films are:

Best American Spectrum -- Feature
Somebody Up There Likes Me (directed by Bob Byington)

Best American Spectrum – Short Film
Narcocorrido (directed by Ryan Prows)

Best Matter of Fact – Feature Film
Detropia (directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady)

Best Matter of Fact – Short Film
Cutting Loose (directed by Adrian McDowell and Finlay Pretsell)

Best World Cinema – Feature Film
Patang (directed by Prashant Bhargava - filmmaker in attendance!)

Best World Cinema – Short Film
The Maker (directed by Christopher Kezelos)

Audience Award Winner - Feature Film
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (directed by Kristi Guevara-Flanagan)

Audience Award Winner - Short Film
Mondays at Racine (directed by Cynthia Wade)

Sunday's Best of the Fest screening schedule is as follows:

2p ::  MATTER OF FACT Winners (Detropia, preceded by Cutting Loose)

4:30p :: WORLD CINEMA Winners (Patang, preceded by The Maker)

7p :: AMERICAN SPECTRUM Winners (Somebody Up There Likes Me, preceded by Narcocorrido)

9:30p :: AUDIENCE AWARD Winners (Wonder Women!, preceded by Mondays in Racine)

All shows are at Earth House (map) and $10 per ticket. You can use a 10-ticket bundle voucher or your Living Social purchase for these screenings. Or, get a 4-film pass for just $30 here.


This one’s for you, Colorado.

Posted by Lisa Trifone

The 2012 Indy Film Fest is successfully under way, after an Opening Night event that exceeded all of our wildest expectations. I was up until 3am, and I'm pretty sure I was still on cloud nine when I did finally get to bed. We welcomed over 300 people to our screening of the well-received THE ORANGES, followed by a party where the anticipation of the amazing ten days of films, conversations and experiences to come was tangible, indeed.

The wind, however, has been knocked out of me this morning. Waking to the news about the tragedy at the late-night screening of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, my heart is heavy. Perhaps it's the timing most of all, but to hear of such a horrific turn of events occur at - of all places - a movie theater leaves me shocked, saddened and, in some strange way, filled with resolve.

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: the Indy Film Fest exists to create a shared experience around film. In an age when we can watch the latest releases in the palm of our hands, sound piped in via earbuds - the most solitary of experiences - the festival exists as an antidote. We ARE community. We ARE a gathering place. Three hundred people collectively laughing at the one-liners, gasping at the third-act reveals, cheering on the underdog - there is a humanity there, something palpable and inescapable, that has kept cinema seats full for decades.

It's why entire weekends full of screenings of TDKR have sold out across the country, why we don't think twice about going to a screening that doesn't even start till 3am. If we were truly OK with consuming these stories on our own terms - from our iPads, on the subway, on our own - movie theaters would've shuttered as a whole decades ago; the movie-going experience would've disappeared all together.

And yet, it persists. It persists because we gravitate towards community, we gravitate towards sharing our lives, our experiences, our opinions and our impressions with each other. What's the first thing you do when the credits start to roll? You ask the person next to you what they thought of the story you both just saw unfold on screen. You relive it, you disect it, you quote it and, if it's a truly special flick, you turn to it again and again down the road.

My heart and my prayers are with everyone who was in that theater this morning; I cannot imagine the fear, confusion, and sadness that unfolded during the tragic turn of events (and will continue to process, I'm sure). The Paris premiere of the film has been canceled out of respect of these events, an appropriately sober response. Here at the Indy Film Fest, we will go on. Not only will we go on, but we begin screenings today with that theater in our hearts. The 2012 Indy Film Fest is now yours, Aurora, CO.

As you come to a film at this year's festival - just one, or several over the next week - I have just one request of you: gather in the spirit of the shared experience through film that no one - no technology, no attacker, no one - can take away from us.



Posted by Amanda Harbeck

Aimée MacArthur Guest post by Aimée MacArthur
Bio: Aimée writes the blog, Indianapolis Amy, where she takes photos and shares her recommendations on food, movies, pop culture, and

“She would be interested in the community of women.  Certainly not against men, but for the community of women.”  Lynda Carter on her role as Wonder Woman

The documentary, Wonder Women!  The Untold Story of American Superheroines, really took me back to my childhood in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. I remember for a time, Wonder Woman was the only superheroine girls had to look up to.  I’m not gonna lie, as I kid I remember spinning around like Wonder Woman and wearing bracelets on each wrist.  To me and my friends, Wonder Woman was a true badass who could do anything.  She was the original trailblazer for many superheroines to come later.  Wonder Woman was a feminist and showed (along with a lot of other real life female trailblazers) many young girls that women and men should be equals.

While I loved male super heros growing up (Batman & Robin, Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker, Superman) as well, seeing a female being a superheroine, changed it for me.  It also helped me that I had strong female role models like my mother and my aunts around me.

The film explains the beginnings of the Wonder Woman comic book and later the TV show with Lynda Carter.  In addition, there are interviews with various authors and others who explain how inspiring Wonder Woman was to a generation of women who needed a superheroine.  The film highlights other superheroines in TV, such as "The Bionic Woman" (Lindsay Wagner), "Charlie’s Angels" and in films, like Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in the Alien films and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her killer biceps in Terminator 2.

Wonder Women!  The Untold Story of American Superheroines features interviews with Gloria Steinem (who featured an image of Wonder Woman on the first issue of Ms. Magazine), Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, Kathleen Hanna of the band, Bikini Kill and many more.  I thoroughly enjoyed this take on the changes of Wonder Woman through  the years (she wasn’t always so powerful). In many ways, Wonder Woman's journey parallels the feminist movement.  Young girls and women today still need Wonder Woman and other superheroines in their lives.  I enjoyed this no nonsense documentary by Kristi Guevara-Flanagan which masterfully intertwines clips and interviews with celebrities (and real people) to show what an impact Wonder Woman (and other superheroines) has had on popular culture.  Don’t miss this documentary.  It’s got it all- an interesting subject, humor, history and plenty of insights on society and women’s equality.

A current fact I didn’t know:  “Three percent of the decision making positions in media are held by women.”

WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan 2012
Categories: Featured, Matter of Fact Features

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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!


Indy Film Fest 2012: GENERAL EDUCATION

Posted by Amanda Harbeck

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

Everyone loves a good high school comedy—no, not those movies for high schoolers, with the latest teenage heartthrob; but those movies that showcase the peer, familial and personal struggles that happen around high school age. General Education delivers with a fun, entertaining high school comedy.

The film centers on Levi, the soon-to-be-graduating high school senior. Levi is on the cusp of success; he is days away from graduating high school and one tournament away from a full-ride tennis scholarship.  However, Levi’s ambition—or more like his father’s ambition—to be a star tennis player has caused him to miss one too many classes. In order to graduate he must complete summer school, and it’s not going to be easy.

Over the course of the 90-minute film, we see Levi in moments of brilliance and poor decisions. What keeps Levi’s journey entertaining are the characters. You have the overbearing father living vicariously through his son played by Larry Miller. There’s the overlooked, chardonnay-chugging housewife played by Janeane Garofalo. The strict, but sexy teacher played by Elaine Hendrix (who plays the same type of character in other films).  Levi’s friends and siblings round out the eccentric cast.

There are many stereotypical characters in General Education, and when you put them all in one scene there can be a lot happening. However, each character adds a unique flavor to the overall whole and gives you someone to cheer for.

General Education

Tom Morris 2011
Categories: American Spectrum Features

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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!


Indy Film Fest 2012: TILT

Posted by Amanda Harbeck

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

When I first heard “Tilt” was a Bulgarian movie set in the 1980’s Communist era, I wasn’t exactly optimistic about the film. Luckily, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“Tilt” opens with a group of guys in their late teens/early twenties doing typical Communist Bulgarian frat boy type things. They watch porn. They play arcade games. They ride skateboards, listen to the Beastie Boys (RIP) and pull pranks on one another. One of these “Jackass” style stunts done by a guy nicknamed Stash has him falling (quite literally) for a stunning and mysterious punk rocker girl.

Sparks fly, and from there it’s just your typical Bulgarian love story – boy falls for girl, girl falls for boy… and the Communist police try to keep them apart. It’s Romeo and Juliet, if Renaissance Italy was 1989 Eastern Europe.

Yes, you’ll have to do some reading (it’s subtitled, so bring your glasses), but this movie is well worth the extra effort. The chemistry between the two star-crossed lovers in intense, and the peek into Communist life (which isn’t as far back as it seems) is quite interesting.

Grab your crush and see this one. While they might roll their eyes when you tell them it’s a retro Bulgarian flick, they’ll come to realize love conquers all – even (perhaps) Communism.

Viktor Chouchkov 2011
Categories: World Cinema Features

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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!


Just Pop In! <3 Indy Film Fest

Posted by Lisa Trifone

It's here! The 2012 Opening Night event, once again presented by Just Pop In!, is upon us.

Don't have your tickets yet? Have we got a deal for you. Your just one Facebook like away from not only a four-pack of tickets (film and party included!) to the big event, but the amazing Just Pop In! prize pack pictured, too.

All you have to do is like us on Facebook. Easy as that. Like us by 3p Thursday afternoon and we'll pick a winner to join us at Opening Night. Already a Facebook fan? Leave a comment here naming your favorite film of all time, and you'll also be entered to win!

Learn more about Opening Night here - a screening of THE ORANGES starring Hugh Laurie, and a party at Sun King Brewing right after.

Want to guarantee a seat? Get your tickets here. Anyone attending is entered to win tickets to Hugh Laurie's upcoming concert at the Palladium, too. It could be your lucky night!