Movie lovers, rejoice! The Indy Film Fest presented by Indiana State University is back for a milestone year. From April 26- May 5, 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.
The Fest kicks off on Thursday, April 26 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 on April 28 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 on May 5 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.
More to Come
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 on April 31 and May 1. The entire Indy Film Fest lineup will be released on Friday, April 6 at www.indyfilmfest.org.
But Until Then…
The best way to get access to these films is to become an Indy Film Fest Member. Ticket packages start at $50 and offer benefits year-round. All members receive discounts on individual ticket sales and merchandise, a member-exclusive t-shirt, access to parties and more! Fans of film, register at www.indyfilmfest.org/membership and get a discounted rate until April 12 on the Fest’s Kickstarter.
“In our 15th year we have really plugged in to the film circuit and are raking in big movies like Tully, RBG, and The Long Dumb Road,” said Dan Moore, Indy Film Fest Executive Director. “Movie lovers should really take the next step and become Fest Members because our film lineup for this year is truly amazing.”