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Social satire, suds-soaked sophomores and super suits

Tomorrow night, Sept. 21, a fundraiser will be held for The Gendercator, a short satirical film being shot in Indianapolis and Mooresville, Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 with local talent. Award-winning independent filmmaker Catherine Crouch, who co-wrote the HBO Original movie Stranger Inside, is writer/director for the project and Indianapolis native Joel Umbaugh (Fake ID) is producing.

The movie follows Sally, a hippie who passes out in the woods outside of Bloomington in 1973 and wakes up 75 years later in 2048 to discover (amongst other social changes) that feminism has utterly failed. Sex roles and gender expression are rigidly binary and enforced by law and social custom. When Sally rejects the feminine hairdo and short skirt she is given, a government official called the “Gendercator” informs her that butch women and sissy boys are no longer tolerated – gender variants are allowed to choose their gender, but they must chose one and follow its rigid constraints. Uh oh.

Volunteers are needed for several areas of production. To obtain more information, go to This Thursday’s fundraiser will be at Deano’s Vino Restaurant and Wine Bar, 1112 Shelby Street in Fountain Square. Dinner will be served from 6-10pm. For $35 you will get a salad, choice of three entrees (vegetarian and vegan options available) and dessert. Music is being provided by DJ Dicky Fox. Call 317-423-3154 for more info.

Animal House Live

Mark your calendars. Hollywood Bar & Filmworks (247 S. Meridian St.) has announced the Animal House Reunion, set for Friday, Sept. 29, Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. The reunion will feature personal appearances by Karen Allen – Katy, long-suffering girlfriend of the forever-partying Boon, who tried to convince him to skip a drunken frat house bash by saying, “I’ll write you a note. I’ll say you’re too well to attend”; Mark Metcalf – Neidermeyer, the horse-riding sadist whose eyes glistened when tormenting pledges (“You’re all worthless and weak! Now drop and give me twenty!”); Steven Furst – Flounder, the hapless Delta House member whose behavior prompted Dean Wormer to say, “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son”; and Martha Smith – Babs, the big-hair blonde who tirelessly tried to bring happiness to her boyfriend, pausing only long enough to say things like, “Greg, honey, is it supposed to be this soft?” Over the weekend, the group will meet fans, autograph collectibles, introduce each screening of the classic 1978 comedy and take questions from the audience. For more info, call Hollywood Bar and Filmworks at 317 231-9250.

Superman suits at IMAX

Fans going to see Superman Returns: An IMAX 3D Experience (20 minutes of action footage is in 3D) are in for a treat. Indianapolis native Dane Nash – one of three major collectors of Superman collectables in the United States – has loaned his collection of Superman suits to the museum, where they will be on view through Jan. 16. The exhibit includes two costumes worn by George Reeves, whose mysterious death is the focus of the new 35mm film, Hollywoodland, along with costumes worn by Christopher Reeve and Lois and Clark star Dean Cain. The IMAX Theater is located at the Indiana State Museum downtown. Call 317.233.4629 for details.

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