Lockerbie United Methodist Church
Through Sept. 2
The IndyFringe Festival describes itself as “Outrageous Outbursts of Fun: 10 days of edgy performance and visual art.” I experienced that sentiment at the Fringe fund-raiser a few months back. I had the same feeling this past weekend at IndyFringe Film, where I was able to see a wide variety of movies — everything from shorts to documentaries to animation, curated by the Indianapolis International Film Festival.
IndyFringe chose a wonderfully unique venue for the screenings, all in keeping with the general feeling of the Fringe Festival. Lockerbie United Methodist Church mixed hip and cool with an old school church look/feel to it. I was a little shocked when I walked in and realized that I had entered a church that doubled as a coffee shop. But the general feeling of warmth was welcoming and inviting.
Offerings included a selection of short works by Dan Hertzfeldt, an underground animator, A Great Disturbance, a satiric look at Star Wars fans and an anthology of award-winning shorts from the Indianapolis International Film Festival.
These movies were going for something different. I started out seeing some animation, and it was like nothing I expected. I didn’t know I’d be seeing two cloud-like beings talking, or balloons turning on their owners.
The same could be said about the shorts. Directors utilized different angles and lighting. Anything was fair game for these movies, and the variations in themes, the original use of music and the methods employed in the making of these films hit all parts of the spectrum.
Expect to have many reactions to these movies. In addition to laughing, being moved and getting excited, expect to also find yourself scratching your head on occasion. Or wishing they could rewind the movie, because you’re wondering if you really saw what you thought you just saw? (Yes, you did.)
Shows are playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Sept. 2. Be sure to pick up your Fringe badge for $3, and movie tickets for $10 at the door. Check out www.indyfilmfest.org/ffi for more information.