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On Screen and In-Between at Indy Film Fest

Our guest blogger today is Sara McGuyer, a marketing strategist for SmallBox Web and volunteer marketing director for the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

In its eighth year, the Indianapolis International Film Festival has screened hundreds of films that might otherwise not grace the big screen in Indy. For the third year, the fest takes place exclusively at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Screening July 14-24, we are proud to share 100 more selections we hope will entertain, challenge and expand perspectives.

The mission of the Indy Film Fest is to create a shared experience around film. Increasingly our fans and friends tell us they want more than just access. They want to participate in talks, meet-ups and to be part of a community where local filmgoers and filmmakers can connect and interact.

The IMA serves as the perfect setting for us to further our mission and provide just that type of interaction. With three theater spaces to screen films, meeting rooms for panels and Nourish Cafe for lounging, there are plenty of places for people to mingle during the festival. Not to mention the museum’s exhibits and green spaces – perfect refuges for thoughtful, inspired breaks between films.

The Indy Film Fest board and volunteers team have worked towards creating a more engaging and interactive experience for you, and this year’s lineup offers plenty to see on the screen and more to do in-between.

On the Screen

Summer Nights
This is our first year to partner with IMA on their popular Summer Nights Film Series. We can’t imagine a more carefree, magical way to spend a summer evening than watching a good flick under the stars with a glass of wine from Nourish. First up, Clerks on July 15. Then, stay tuned for our Secret Screening on July 22. Will it be a cult classic, or something new? We’ll announce this very soon, but for now you’ll just have to wait and see!

Subtitles, please!
In the Songs of Love and Hate, a teen daughter explores her sexuality amidst the backdrop of her family’s lush vineyard. It’s a dark portrayal of a father-daughter relationship toeing a taut rope-walk of tension, sexual and otherwise. I’m still mulling over the characters’ psyches. (For fans of Twisted Roots from the 2010 Indy Film Fest).

Short Shorts
I’m a huge fan of the little film that packs a punch in two minutes or less. There are a few gems in this year’s fest that do just that, including Los Gritones. Sometimes sharing your love with the world isn’t as perilous as sharing it with the one you love. Watching people react to this film is just as joyous for me as the first time I watched it. (For fans of I want to Spend the Rest of My Life with You from the 2010 Indy Film Fest)

Still from short film “Los Gritones.”

This is just small sample of the selections from this year’s fest. See the full lineup for the 2011 Indy Film Fest here.

In-Between & More

Panels and Talks Galore
Stick around after select screenings to catch visiting filmmakers offer a Q&A session in-house. For some filmmakers who aren’t able to attend, we arrange to Skype them in to answer your questions. Between these Q&As, panels, and workshops, we’re building in more ways for you to learn about the craft that goes into the films.

If you hung out at the festival last year, chances are you met Ryan Andrew Balas or saw his world premiere of Everyone Say I Look Just like Her. This year, he’s offering our first ever Skyped-in workshop titled “Hits, Likes and The Really Cool Show to talk webisodes and more. He’ll share a few of The Really Cool Show episodes featuring local Indianapolis talent, as well as tips on keeping a show alive and well on the internet.

Ryan Andrew Balas, second panelist from left, participates in a filmmaker panel at the 2010 Indy Film Fest.

Snap-Happy
Have your own Hollywood moment and get your picture taken on our red carpet in the IMA lobby. Be sure to get your photo snapped at our new Spinshot photo booth sponsored SmallBox, which will be set up at our opening and closing night parties.

Mix and Mingle
New festival partner RJE Knoll is outfitting IMA’s Fountain Room with some swank furniture to help create the 2011 Festival Lounge. This will be the place to be between screenings to catch up with friends, chat about the films, and maybe meet a director or two! Pair a Sun King, our Official Beer of the Fest, with popcorn from Just Pop In, and relax to the tunes of DJ TwinPeaks with shufflers from My Old Kentucky Blog (MOKB) mixed in. The lounge will be open July 15-17 from 4 to 11 p.m.

Still looking to hang out? Once the movies have ended each night, you want to talk about what happened, mix with other local film lovers and keep basking in the vibe of the festival. Meet up at the official after-party spots for drinks and good times. You might even get to hob-knob with a director or actor from the film you just watched!

Get the Conversation Started!
Follow the fest on twitter @IndyFilmFest and use the hashtag #indyfilmfest to keep up with what’s going on. Get started by letting us know what you’re most looking forward to about the fest this year. We’d love to hear from you!

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