The fourth annual Indianapolis Underground Film Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 beginning at 8 p.m. at Key Cinemas, 4044 S. Keystone Ave.
The mission of the festival is to showcase under-the-radar films from today’s up-and-coming directors. The organizers have brought in nationally-awarded films from five directors.
• Foo-Foo Dust (directed by Gina Levy and Eric Johnson) is a tragic 39-minute documentary about a drug addicted mother and son in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. This “tale of love and addiction” premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Doc Short at the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival and Special Jury Prize at the 2004 American Film Institute Silverdocs festival. Directors Levy and Johnson were both recognized in Filmmaker magazine’s 2004 list of the “Top 25 New Faces in Independent Film.”
• Anonymous (directed by Rayya Elias)is a 32-minute short film based on the director’s collection of short stories written about her experiences living on the Lower East Side of NYC in the 1980s. This raw, gritty episode deals with one day in the life of a lesbian hustler and the desperation that ensues from her eviction and scoring her next hit. This film captures a moment in time where the strength of the human spirit is central and unflinching in the face of a neighborhood’s, and an addict’s, turmoil. Elias was also recognized by Filmmaker magazine’s 2004 list of the “Top 25 New Faces in Independent Film.”
• Why Would Anyone Do Anything? (directed by Gym Jones) is the tale of a pregnant young lady who learns that smoking, drinking, drugs and abortion don’t always mix. A scathing commentary on nihilism and personal responsibility.
• Embolism (created by Indianapolis-based AnC Movies)is a satire directed at the trend in art movies where classic rational thought is replaced by a “self-enclosed system” based mainly on aesthetics and, to a lesser extent, vague concepts layered with symbols and motifs which never really come into focus. The AnC gang will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.
• Plus. a surprise screening.
Seating is extremely limited. Guarantee your spot by purchasing advanced tickets ($10) at one of the pre-sale locations through Nov. 6: downtown at Mass Ave Video (425 Massachusetts Ave.) or on the Northside at Lulu’s Electric Cafe (1460 W. 86th St.). Your ticket will get you into both the screenings and the after party at Guvernment (formerly known as Circle Bar Saloon) at 148 E. Market St. See www.thefilmcommune.com for more information.