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October 26, 2012

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Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (October 26, 2012)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

The weekend closest to Halloween- without going over- features even more classic horror movies and horror comedies than you might have expected- with some of them in appearing in locations where you might not expect to see a movie at all. On top of that, the Heartland Film Festival winds down, the Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts gets underway, and several films open in limited theatrical release. And there is some very good news on the horizon for anyone in Central Indiana who is longing to see more limited release films on a big screen in a local theater. For all that and more, keep reading below….

Note: For trailers, cast and crew, and suchlike follow the title link to the movie’s official website. For showtimes and directions for the non-multiplex venues, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.

OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE

Chakravyuh– Wikipedia says that this this Hindi-language film from India is a “political thriller”; according to its own official site, Chakravyuh involves “anger”, “deep social unrest”, the “bloodiest armed mutiny” that India has ever seen, and young people rebelling against “injustice, against tyranny, [and] against exploitation”. Chakravyuh started Wednesday at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis; it continues there until at least November 1.

Ghostville– From the Facebook page for production company Vizmo Films, linked to in the title: “All across the country groups are forming to probe, investigate and communicate with the paranormal. Filmmaker Dan T. Hall chronicles the exploits of these citizen ghost hunters as they traverse the paths of the unknown….” Ghostville will be shown on Friday and Saturday at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis.

Girl Model– “Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. GIRL MODEL follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career….” This doc opens Friday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Middle of Nowhere– Writer/director Ava DuVernay won the U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for Middle of Nowhere, which will be at the AMC Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis starting Friday. The plot synopsis- or part of it, at least- from the official site: “As Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) rides a bus through the inner city streets, she wills herself to push away memories that crowd her. Four years earlier, she was a vibrant medical student married to the love of her life, Derek (Omari Hardwick). Now, she makes her way to the maximum security prison on the outskirts of town. This is where her love now resides…. But through a chance encounter with hard-working bus driver Brian (David Oyelowo) and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to the core, she is soon propelled in new and often frightening directions of self-discovery….” And by the way- as clunky as “U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic” may sound or look, that is indeed the official name for the award on the Sundance Festival’s site.

Simon and the Oaks– From the official US site: “An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon (played as the adult by Bill Skarsgård, son of Stellan, and named by the Berlin Film Festival Jury as one of the Shooting Stars of 2012 for this performance), who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place…. SIMON AND THE OAKS is based on the Swedish bestseller of the same name, written by Marianne Fredriksson. It offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II. SIMON AND THE OAKS, has received a record 13 nominations for the 2012 Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards (the local equivalent of the Oscars), including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography.” Simon and the Oaks starts Friday at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Stars in Shorts– Keira Knightley, Julia Stiles, Judi Dench, Jason Alexander, Lily Tomlin, Colin Firth, Sarah Paulson, and Kenneth Branagh are some of the name actors in this compilation of seven short subjects, which opens on Friday at the Yes Cinema in Columbus. According to official site’s “Dates & Locations” page for the US, no future screenings are planned for Indianapolis- or for any other city in the state, for that matter.

War of the Worlds: The True Story– This new indie film is based on the premise that there really was a war between Earth and Mars around 1900- and that a “film crew captured the memories of the last living survivor” of that war. War of the Worlds: The True Story will have a one-night-only showing at the Georgetown 14 on Tuesday at 7.

Now a one-off showing like this typically would not make its way into the “Opening This Week in Limited Release” section, but WotW:TTS is an exception to this rule because it is the first presentation by “Chaos Cinemas” at the Georgetown 14- and because this is where the “very good news” mentioned in this week’s opening comes into play. Chaos Cinemas is the brainchild of Ron Keedy, of the much-missed Key Cinemas on Indy’s south side. According to the Chaos Cinemas Meetup page, Chaos Cinemas will be “the new home for Indianapolis and Regional Filmmakers to exhibit and promote their works, works in progress and completed films. A place to ‘strut your stuff’ for the first time on the big screen. A home where you can invite cast members, friends, families and potential investors to see your latest projects. A place to meet, organize, promote and discuss all aspects of filmmaking! A cinemas that will be showing Local Filmmakers, Independent Films, Art Films, LGBT Oriented Films, Foreign Language and just about anything that is ‘Off-The-Wall.’ The new location is inside the GEORGETOWN DIGITAL CINEMAS at 3898 Lafayette Road and is operated by former Key Cinemas owner Ron Keedy.”

I have no idea what is next for Chaos Cinemas, but that description- especially the last part- is very promising. The variety and depth of art films that Key Cinemas showed, from both US indies and filmmakers from around the world, has been sorely lacking from Indy’s theaters in recent years. The Keystone Art Cinema offers a good selection of art films, most of which- apart from some titles released by Sony Pictures Classics, and other occasional exceptions like Simon and the Oaks and The Other Dream Team– tend to be from the more mainstream side of the art house spectrum. Still, the Keystone Art Cinema’s contribution to the local movie scene should not be overlooked- just as the occasional appearances in this column of other local theaters should not be ignored. But Key Cinemas offered so many art and independent movies of the sort that other theaters in and around Indy show only occasionally, if at all- and if Chaos Cinemas can bring these movies back to Indianapolis, then that really is very good news indeed.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

Celeste & Jesse Forever– Rashida Jones (who also co-wrote the script) and Andy Samberg star in this romantic comedy/drama; it returns to Indiana on Friday with an opening at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Liberal Arts– “When his favorite college professor invites him to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse [writer-director Josh Radnor] jumps at the chance. He is prepared for the nostalgia of the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars; what he doesn’t see coming is Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen)—a beautiful, precocious, classical-music-loving sophomore.” Liberal Arts holds over at the Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The Other Dream Team– “The Other Dream Team is the story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, a group of trailblazing athletes who won the bronze at the Barcelona Olympics and left an indelible mark on the history books.” The documentary holds over at the Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis with reduced show times.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower– “A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by director Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up.” It holds over at the Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, Rave Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, Rave Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, Goodrich Theaters Hamilton 16 in Noblesville, and at three AMCs: Bloomington 11, Indianapolis 17, and Schererville 16; it also starts today at the Carmike 20 and Coldwater Crossing Stadium 14 in Fort Wayne, the Bedford 7, the New Albany 16, and three more AMCs: the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the South Bend 16, and the Muncie 8.

Student of the Year– This Bollywood rom-com holds over through at least November 1 at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. It doesn’t appear to have an official site aside from its Facebook page, which is what the title link will take you to.

Sleepwalk with Me– “Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his hilarious semi-autobiographical story—already an off-Broadway smash and a best-selling book—to the screen as writer/director/star in his cinematic debut. Occasionally commenting ruefully on the action (“Remember: you’re on my side!”), Birbiglia plays alter-ego Matt Pandamiglio, a struggling stand-up comedian avoiding commitment with his long-time girlfriend.” It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE

State Wide

John Carpenter’s Halloween– yes, the original, from 1978- will be shown on Tuesday night at nine theaters across the state; details are here. A “Special Feature” called You Can’t Kill the Boogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween also will be screened as part of the event.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The annual Heartland Film Festival runs through tomorrow. Most showings have been at the AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Traders Point 12, but the closing night movie, the music documentary Under African Skies, will be shown at the IMA’s Toby Theater; the doc is followed by a wrap part at The Jazz Kitchen in south Broad Ripple.

The final movie in the Keystone Art Cinema’s seasonal midnight movie series is bad movie cult favorite Troll 2, with shows today and tomorrow.

Also on Tuesday, at 8 at the Irving Theater is “Halloween Zombie Bash,” with special guest Sammy Terry to emcee. There will be a double feature of Hell Walks the Earth and Darksyde: Hell Walks the Earth II (funny how there are sequels to movies you’ve never heard of…), a zombie costume contest, “and much more.”

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, meanwhile, screens at the Irving on Saturday at midnight.

Frightful: A Silent Halloween– A cat, a Keaton, and a Caligari* are on the bill for this event on Halloween night (aka Wednesday) at the Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis. Felix the Cat stars in the 1928 animated short Sure-Locked Holmes, which will be followed by the 1921 Buster Keaton short The Haunted House; German silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari rounds out the bill. Mark Herman- “winner of the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Organist Competition”, according to the press release from Indiana Landmarks- provides musical accompaniment, while film historian and collector Eric Grayson introduces the films. A cash bar and door prizes are part of the show as well- all for $12 a ticket (although Indiana Landmarks members get $2 off).

*My apologies to Carnac the Magnificent for that turn of phrase, by the way…. and a tip of the hat to anyone out there who- without using Google or its ilk- has any idea what that refers to.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame– Another silent classic will be shown at another atypical venue- Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis- at 7 on Friday night. Dr. John Fenstermaker- an “internationally acclaimed organist and Indianapolis native”, according to the event’s page- will provide “spooky accompaniment”.

A Clockwork Orange will be shown on Halloween at the IMA’s Toby theater.

The next movie in the Indy Film Fest’s music-themed fall series is Moulin Rouge– the one with Nicole Kidman, not the one with Jose Ferrer and Zsa Zsa Gabor. It shows Thursday at the State Museum’s IMAX Theater at 7.

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is the weekend movie at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin; it shows today and tomorrow at 2 and 7:30.

The Georgetown Market in Indianapolis will have a free screening of the documentary Forks Over Knives on Saturday morning at 11. According to an email about the event, “a short discussion and liquid refreshment” follow the screening.

Finally, the Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts started Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis. Several films will be screened during the course of this event, starting with a free showing of the excellent doc The Rape of Europa on Saturday at 7.

Southern Indiana

The Ryder film series this week offers up screenings of All Together, Julie Delpy’s Two Days in New York, and the doc Side by Side; see their site for more information. All Together, by the way, is especially noteworthy, for several reasons- for one thing, it is Jane Fonda’s first (predominantly) French-language film in nearly four decades, from what I’ve read- and it also opened in the US just last week. That’s a short trip to Bloomington….

At the IU Cinema this week: A lecture by film scholar Jacqueline Stewart, the 2012 Sylvia Plath Symposium Film Program, and screenings of In a Glass Cage, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, Beverly Lane, Freaks, The Bride of Frankenstein, Anjos del Sol, Juan of the Dead, The Connection, and The Healthcare Movie. The showing of that last title will be followed by a panel discussion; see the theater’s site for dates, times, and further information.

F. W. Murnau’s silent film Faust will be shown at 7:30 PM on Friday at the IU Auditorium. From the page for the event on the venue’s site: “IU alumnus Dennis James returns to Bloomington to perform his annual Halloween organ performance. This year will be the Bloomington debut of his collaborative performance ensemble Filmharmonia Duo, where James is joined by experimental percussionist Mark Goldstein as they perform their original accompaniment to Faust on October 26 at 7:30 p.m.”

In addition to Stars in Shorts, the Yes Cinema in Columbus will show Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 several times this week.

Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theater shows The Rocky Horror Picture Show twice over the weekend.

Shelbyville’s Skyline Drive-In shows American Graffiti and a sing-along version of Grease on Friday night; both will also be shown on Saturday night, followed by the original Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974).

Meanwhile, the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville shows The Ghost and Mr. Chicken on Sunday at 2 PM; they also are showing Scooby-Doo as a fundraiser for the Shelby County Cancer Society at 7 on Saturday.

Northern Indiana

The Cinematheque for All repertory series in West Lafayette departs from its usual program of recent foreign and indie films for a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Screenings are Wednesday nights on the Purdue campus; fall season lineup.

In addition to Girl Model and Celeste & Jesse Forever (see above), the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will have a midnight show of David Cronenberg’s version of The Fly on Saturday, and a 7 PM screening of locally-produced horror film Aftermath on Wednesday.

Films for this week at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center: Moonrise Kingdom, Take This Waltz, The Blob (the original), and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse; see their site for dates and times.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

The Sessions starts either next Friday or November 9 at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- different parts of Landmark’s page for the theater were saying different things on Thursday night. If I had to bet, I’d go with November 9- for now, at least.

Manoranjan’s site says nothing- again, as of Thursday evening- about any new Hindi-language/English-subtitled films opening next Friday at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

And I’ll try to put some news about future weeks in a comment or two- it’s too late at night/early in the morning to do anything more now; thanks, multitudinous Firefox crashes!

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  1. Oct 26 2012

    As a loyal Key Cinemas patron (who mourned the theater’s closing for a long time) I’m very intrigued by Chaos Cinemas. Not so much by the idea of local filmmaker support as by the promise of foreign films, however.

    Ron was always vocal in his complaint/lament that northsiders refused to come to Key’s south Keystone Ave part of town. Obviously that wasn’t entirely the case, after all I went there and I knew other northsiders who made the trek; but he had a point. Next time I see him he’ll probably be saying the same thing about Lafayette Square- with the same degree of truth. However, the Lafayette Square/38th St corridor has things going for it that the old southside location didn’t, including a lot of civic and arts community boosters. While I’m skeptical as to its broader audience appeal, it isn’t a bad idea at all to try to tap into that network by establishing a venue for local indie filmmakers.

    Kudos to the Republic Theaters chain and the G14 management for being open to different programming ideas. I expect we also owe a debt of gratitude to Manoranjan for proving the commercial viability of the “cinema within a cinema” model.

  2. Miriam
    Oct 26 2012

    You’ve stumped me, though I recognize all the elements of your “a cat, a Keaton etc” teaser. Even a committed early to bed person such as myself remembers Carnac the Magnificent but I can’t imagine how even the great Johnny Carson managed to combine the three.

    I’ll second Helen’s comments re Chaos Cinemas and add one other caution to our initial euphoria for a reincarnated Key Cinema. I remember what difficulties Ron had trying to book many films because the distributors didn’t think he could sell enough tickets. That’s not likely to change with this location but I hope Indy cinephiles will prove them wrong.

  3. Mike
    Oct 31 2012

    Hmmm- it looks like the Meetup group for Chaos Cinemas is down today- as in Meetup now says that the group doesn’t exist. I hope that isn’t a bad sign, already….

    My hopes for this idea are related to the fact that the theater itself is in the Lafayette Square area: it’s closer to at least some of the core audience- Broad Ripple, Butler- than Key Cinemas; the Big Car people are just across Lafayette Road, so there is some potential, at least, for cross-pollination of sorts, with publicity for one venue’s events placed in the other venue- and maybe even some shared events, somehow; and the fact that Lafayette Square is now the “international” part of town, so it could be easy to promote movies to various relevant demographic groups at restaurants/stores/etc. in the area.

    I hope this experiment isn’t over already; weeks like the one starting Friday, November 2- when we won’t get any new limited release movies in the Indianapolis area, with one possible exception- show just how badly we need something like Chaos Cinemas in this town….

  4. Mike
    Oct 31 2012

    Oh, and I don’t imagine Carnac ever uttered that phrase above- I just thought it sounded like something that might possibly have been a Carnac “answer” to a “question” like “Name a ________ , a ______ , and a _____ “:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnac_the_Magnificent (for anyone who has no idea what this Carnac business is all about….)

  5. Mike
    Oct 31 2012

    And for anyone who is free on Friday at noon, or on Monday evening, and wants to see what sounds like a political/advocacy doc: Bitter Pill: America and Healthcare in America- a film by Flint, MI brain surgeon Dr. Vivekanand Palavali- will have free showings at all Goodrich theaters in Indiana on November 2 at noon, and on November 5 at 7 PM. More information is here:

    http://bitterpilldoc.com/#/synopsis/

    I have no idea what the running time is- I couldn’t find it on IMDb or Wikipedia- but I assume it is feature-length.

    (This, by the way, is the “one possible exception” mentioned two comments ago- the only movie that possibly could be considered a limited release film opening in the Indianapolis area on Friday….)

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