Reviews: Indiana Spotlight Films 

A few of our thoughts about the films made by Hoosiers at Heartland Film Fest

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Your Catfish Friend: Philip Campbell


A testament to the power of patience. This documentary follows an artist who chips away at wood for years, carving masterworks that inspire the city's entire art community. Philip Campbell is responsible for revitalizing the Fountain Square art district, renovating the Murphy Building and launching projects like Masterpiece in a Day. Your Catfish Friend is a quietly profound exploration of how Campbell's work affects Hoosiers and himself. (Listen closely when he talks about how his carving of drifting boats helped him deal with the death of his father.)

Oct. 17, 5:45 p.m. and Oct. 24, 3 p.m. at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12; Oct. 21, 5:15 p.m. at AMC Castleton Square 14

My Grandpa's Garage


Heartfelt evidence that one man's trash is another man's treasure. In this love letter to her grandfather, director Adrienne Wagner squeezes through his cluttered garage, shedding light on all the keepsakes he crams into the small space. He's not a hoarder; he's a historian of his own life. My Grandpa's Garage is a passionate reminder that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and that you can find art in unexpected places. Like the other entries in this category, it's a modest yet moving film.

Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12; Oct. 19, 3:45 p.m. and Oct. 21, 7:45 p.m. at AMC Castleton Square 14

A Stone's Pace


Like Your Catfish Friend, this film explores the kind of artwork that leaves artists' hands rough and wrinkled. It focuses on a father and son working together in one of Indiana's major stone mills, chiseling the state's architecture out of the limestone belt that runs through the southern part of it. A Stone's Pace is a tender, lighthearted look at rough work and the rugged men who do it.

Oct. 20, noon at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12; Oct. 21, 4:45 p.m. and Oct. 24, 8 p.m. at AMC Castleton Square 14

One Day in April


A fly-on-the-wall look at life in the fast lane. IU alumnus Thomas Miller captures the whirlwind experience of his alma mater's most popular sporting event — the Little 500 bike race. This is a rare kind of sports drama — a co-ed one, following members from four racing teams. The film is an intimate documentary portrait, getting up close and personal with the coaches and cyclists. While it skimps on their lives off the track, it includes all the gritty details of their time riding on it. Through cameras built inside the cyclists' sunglasses, the film thrusts you into the race. You'll practically feel the dirt beneath their tires kicking up into your face. It's an exhilarating spectacle, making a small-town college sports community seem larger than life.

Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Oct. 18, 5 p.m. at AMC Castleton Square 14; Oct. 24, 5 p.m. at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12

Citizen Teklit


Director Tim Taylor hangs out with a joyful young man from East Africa named Teklit as he waits for U.S. citizenship. The twentysomething exudes an endearing sense of wonder about America. "Getting food here isn't even hard. You just go to the grocery store, grab whatever you want, and it takes two, three minutes," he says with wide-eyed, childlike excitement. Citizen Teklit isn't an earth-shattering exploration of the citizenship process. It's a breezy, beguiling reminder of what Americans take for granted.

Oct. 20, 7:45 p.m. at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12; Oct. 21, 4:45 p.m. and Oct. 24, 8 p.m. at AMC Castleton Square 14


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