What to expect from Indy Film Fest 

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From Hoosier-made films to Hollywood hits, the Indy Film Fest always offers an embarrassment of riches.

This year’s 12th annual festival opens on Thursday, July 16 at the IMA. The lineup of films was released today. It kicks off with an edgy comedy about love in the modern age called Sleeping with Other People, starring SNL alum Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie from NBC’s Community.

The festival’s awards ceremony will take place in the IMA’s Toby Theater after a screening of the new comedy from the Woody Allen-esque filmmaker, Noah Baumbach (While We’re Young, Greenberg). A follow-up to Frances Ha, Mistress America follows a similarly spunky young woman (Greta Gerwig) in New York City.

These are just a few of the 100-plus films featured in the ten-day festival.

“The number of films submitted and ultimately programmed with ties to Indiana was the highest it’s ever been,” said Craig Mince, Executive Director of Indy Film Fest. “This was a terrific year for local filmmakers and movies made here in the Hoosier state and we are extremely proud to showcase them as Hoosier Lens films.”

Noteworthy Hoosier Lens films include two harrowing documentaries. One Day in April takes a fly-on-the-wall look at cyclists mentally and physically preparing for the grueling Little 500 race. Peanut Gallery follows twentysomething filmmaker Molly Gandour back home to Lafayette where she speaks with her parents about her sister’s death from cancer 16 years earlier.

You could probably use a drink after those two films. On Sunday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m., Indy Film Fest will welcome beer fans for a brewers’ brunch, followed by a special screening of Blood, Sweat, and Beer, a documentary about the craft beer industry and the struggles of two start-up breweries. Attendees that purchase brunch tickets will enjoy breakfast, beer, and the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with the filmmakers and several Indiana brewers that will be in town for the 20th Annual Microbrewers Festival. A limited number of tickets will be sold for the event, which is expected to sell out. Tickets for the film only are also available.

The festival will close out with a “best of the fest” series, featuring screenings of all the award-winning films as well as the Alaskan adventure/family drama, Wildlike.

Most films will be screened at the IMA with the exception of Friday evening films, which will include additional screenings at the downtown IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum. For a complete schedule and film previews, visit www.indyfilmfest.org, and follow @IndyFilmFest on Twitter. Tickets and ticket packages will also be available starting July 1 on the Indy Film Fest website.

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