What started as a two-day festival in 2004 has since expanded to include year-round events that empower audiences to connect with films, filmmakers, and one another.
Movie lovers, rejoice! The Indy Film Fest presented by Indiana State University is back for a milestone year. Hundreds of critics, film lovers, and directors will flock to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields to view a host of films that represent the best in traditional and indie film from around the world.
fans of film can see a schedule for all of the 140 feature-length and short films that will show at the 15th annual Fest. Sure-to-be favorites are When We Grow Up, a film with an entirely female crew and creative team and Film School Africa, a documentary about a woman who leaves a Los Angeles casting director job to teach filmmaking in an impoverished South African community; the subject and the director of this documentary went to Taylor University (Upland, Ind.). Both films have their world premiere at the Indy Film Fest. Another notable film is The Eight, a film about figure-eight racing directed by Indiana native Dan T. Hall. Hall’s film “The Li’l River Rats” was one of the films to show at the very first Fest in 2004.
The fest kicks off with the opening night drama Tully, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman -- the team that created Juno. Academy-award winning actress Charlize Theron of Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde fame plays a struggling mother of three who forms a unique friendship with her babysitter, played by Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049). After its premier, Tully was dubbed a “modern riff on ‘Mary Poppins.’”
The awards night film will have moviegoers donning “dissent collars” with RBG. Fest moviegoers get a special first look at 85-year-old United State Supreme Court Justice and unexpected pop culture icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s unique personal journey, legal legacy, courtroom fashion and workout routine. RBG is a revolutionary documentary with cameos from Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg.
Then the fest will close on a comedic note with a favorite from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Long Dumb Road. The film follows two men who accidentally meet when they are both facing personal, emotional intersections and they decide to embark on an unplanned road trip across the Southwest. The Long Dumb Road is directed by Indiana University graduate Hannah Fidell. Fidell is no stranger to the Indy Film Fest; she wrote and directed the 2011 short We’re Glad You’re Here about a rudderless twenty-something who moves back to her native Bloomington, Indiana from New York City.
During the fest, guests can enjoy more than 125 feature-length and short films from across the world, plus the 48 Hour Film Project, a recent addition to Indy Film Fest’s year-round programming in which local teams have one weekend to create an original short film. The 48 Hour Film Project films will screen April 30 and May 1.