Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 22, 2011)


Lots and lots going on this week outside the multiplex. Check it all out below. What are your top picks?

TOTM aspires to completeness! If you know of a limited release film, special screening, festival, or other movie-related event coming up, or something happening this week that isn’t listed here, please leave a comment or send me an email using the “contact us” form.

Note: Title links lead to the movie’s official website.


Bride Flight– This lavishly mounted Dutch period drama follows the lives- and especially the love lives- of three young women who meet on the plane carrying them from their native Holland in the early 1950s to New Zealand, where they will join their fiances. Rutger Hauer is the familiar name in the cast. Bride Flight starts today at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.

Forks Over Knives– Agenda-driven documentary promoting veganism and raw foods as a preventative for degenerative diseases. Filmmaker Lee Fulkerson took a page from the Super Size Me playbook by incorporating the progress of his new diet into the film. It starts today at the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.

A Little Help– Indie comedy-drama about a woman dealing with the fallout from her unfaithful husband’s sudden death, including her overbearing family’s insistence she bring a medical malpractice claim and her son’s adolescent growing pains. Jenna Fischer (The Office TV series) stars; the film was written and directed by Michael Weithorn. A Little Help starts today at the AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17.

Singham– This Bollywood actioner is a fast turnaround remake of a 2010 Tamil film. It stars Ajay Devgn and Kajal Aggarwal and was directed by Rohit Shetty (Golmaal series). It doesn’t have an official site but there’s a Facebook page for the film here. I had some trouble interpreting the summary but the plot seems to revolve around a small town cop taking on a big time criminal. I’m not positive this one is subtitled, so if you’re interested you should call the theater first.

The Trip– Michael Winterbottom filmed comedians-actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a restaurant tour and the result was this movie, which looks hard to pin down, funny, and rather delightful in the trailers. The duo’s dueling impressions of Michael Caine and Al Pacino, among others, promise to be worth the ticket price alone. The Trip opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.


Beginners– Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer star as a father and son who draw closer after dad comes out of the closet (at 75) and discovers he has cancer. Melanie Laurent co-stars in this well-reviewed drama from writer-director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). Beginners holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis with two shows a day.

A Better Life– This indie drama set in East LA follows the struggles of an illegal immigrant working to make “a better life” for his teenage son. It was directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and stars Demian Bichir and Jose Julian as the father and son. A Better Life holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Buck– Documentary about a horse trainer whose rapport with horses transforms them- and often their owners as well. I’ve been seeing rapturous reviews for this one, and it’s clearly a must-see for animal lovers. Buck holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The Tree of Life– Terrence Malick’s new film. Do you need more of a reason to see it? Hm, well, it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year and it stars Sean Penn as a man reflecting on his childhood and his fraught relationship with his father, played by Brad Pitt. The mysterious and beautiful The Tree of Life continues at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara– Three friends take a life-changing road trip in this Bollywood comedy-drama filmed in Spain. Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, and Kalki Koechlin star. ZNMD holds over at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis for two shows a day through the weekend and one evening show through the rest of the week.


For additional information on the films, and when and where they’ll be showing, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.

State Wide

I’m honestly not sure exactly what this is but if you’re a fan then you’ll want to see it: “This special event is based on one of the most popular and well-known gaming brands in the world, TEKKEN. TEKKEN Blood Vengeance 3D will give fans a look into history and motivations of the fighters who join the King of Iron Fist Tournament.” Movie, clip show, interviews- whatever it is, it screens Tuesday at 7:30; visit the Fathom Events website for a list of theaters.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Tonight’s Summer Nights movie at the IMA is The Swell Season, a music documentary about the band of the same name formed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova following the success of Once. The screening is co-presented by the Indy Film Fest. The movie will be shown in the Toby at 9:30 (instead of the riverside amphitheater like normal- because it’s so insanely hot this week).

Speaking of the Indy Film Fest, it continues through Sunday at the IMA. Highlights include the closing night film on Saturday- the film preservation documentary These Amazing Shadows– and encore screenings of the audience award winners all day on Sunday.

Also in Indianapolis, Saturday is “Vintage Movie Night” at the Garfield Park Arts Center; the film is the 1953 oddity Sabaka. (The Vintage Movie Nights schedule, or at least the dates, is now up at the FILM Indiana page.) The Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s midnight movie series continues tonight and tomorrow with encore showings of The Big Lebowski, The Room, and 13 Assassins. The IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum has continuing showings of Born to Be Wild and Sea Rex, both in 3D.

The weekend movie at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre is the family film The Apple Dumpling Gang.

Southern Indiana

Shelbyville’s Strand Theater’s “Friday Night Frights” returns with a fun-sounding 1959 double feature of The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews. The theme? “When Animals Go Bad!”

On a different note, the documentary on bees Queen of the Sun and indie comedy Gabi on the Roof in July continue at the Ryder with evening shows this weekend in Bloomington; Queen of the Sun additionally has a showing Wednesday evening at the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville. Also in Bloomington, according to the FILM Indiana site, an Indiana filmmakers indie film double feature of Obsolescence and Young Islands will show Sunday at 6:30 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Tickets are $6 ($5 for students).

The Bartholomew Co. Historical Society in Columbus exhibit on silent western star and famous native son Ken Maynard runs through September. Find more info at the Yes Cinema website.

Northern Indiana

On Wednesday on the Purdue campus, Cinematheque for All screens Welcome, a 2009 French drama focusing on an unexpected friendship between a teenaged Kurdish refugee determined to swim the channel and the middle-aged swimming instructor who decides to help him.

If you live anywhere in the South Bend area and you have children you’ll want to check out the ANDkids World Film Festival at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. An eclectic program of features, documentaries, and short films from around the world, the festival continues through tomorrow. Some shows are sold out so check the DeBartolo’s website ahead of time for availability.


The IU Cinema is still on vacation this week, but screenings resume August 4 with The Tree of Life

The IMA’s film calendar is suddenly looking a lot more crowded, with “Animation Day” (an annual event for families) on July 31, a shorts program August 4, a Grease Sing-a-Long August 5, and the 48 Hour Film Project on August 6. Visit the IMA’s website for more information.

In other Indianapolis news, the Indiana Film Society has announced the titles for its fall series, “Follow the Leader;” the first showing is August 2 at the Indianapolis Senior Center.

Lastly, the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s coming soon page now lists indie coming of age drama Terri and China-set historical drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for July 29.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Next week’s Summer Nights movie at the IMA is Top Gun.

4 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 22, 2011)

  1. A few other things going on in Central Indiana this week-

    “10 Rules for Dealing with the Police”- described on its official site as a “short film” and “a legal rights tool used to present citizens with important information needed when faced with uncomfortable situations with the police”- shows at both 3 and 4:30 on Sunday, July 24, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

    Also, the documentary Make- about four self-taught artists- shows from 7 to 11 PM (?- not sure if it will really go that late) on Wednesday, July 27, at the Earth House Collective in Indianapolis.

    Since it can take a while for comments with links in them to post, I’ll put links in a subsequent post.

  2. 10 Rules… official site:

    EarthHouse site :

    Site for the documentary Make:

  3. I heard on the radio just this morning that the Tarkington Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel would have a free screening of something from the Hearltand Film Festival tonight. After checking the site for the Center ( and not seeing any information on the tile of the film in question, I went to Heartland’s site, and then their Facebook page, and found this post on their wall from yesterday: “Indy Friends – Join us TOMORROW at 7 p.m. for an evening of HFF shorts including GRANDE DRIP, VICTORIA and VALIDATION at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel! Call 317.843.3800 to reserve your FREE tickets!”. It sounds like the Tarkington Theater will be used mostly for non-film presentations in the future, but it’s good to see that the venue can be used for movie screenings.

  4. The documentary Welcome to Shelbyville will be screened in at the Indianapolis Museum of Art tomorrow night. I saw a notice in NUVO today about the showing, but they had the wrong date (NUVO said it would take place on Friday, July 29; the correct date is Thursday, July 28). The following information is cut and paste from a Facebook page for the event; the only info I would add is that I got an e-mail from the Indianapolis International Film Festival noting that “students and Indianapolis International Film Festival All Acess Pass-holders” can get tickets for $10, rather than $20:

    “Exodus Refugee is pleased to present a film screening of “Welcome to Shelbyville,” a documentary capturing the joys and challenges of refugee resettlement in rural America. Join us for this exciting night of film and discussion!

    Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011.

    Time: Doors will open at 5:30 pm for live music with DJ Kyle Long, and a tour of Refugee Art at the IMA. The film screening will begin at 7 pm.

    Location: The film screening will be held at The Toby, on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

    Food/Beverage: Guests will be able to purchase food and or beverages at the museum café. Cash bar will be available for the first 2 hours of the fundraiser.

    Cost: $20/ticket

    PURCHASE TICKETS online at

    All proceeds will benefit the work of Exodus Refugee in welcoming and resettling refugees from Burma, Iraq, Iran, Eritrea, Somalia, and other nations.

    Refugees come to our country with only what they can carry. Exodus arranges housing, furnishings, food and clothing as well as other basic items to ensure that individuals and families have what they require to begin their new lives. Exodus relies on donations from individuals, groups, churches and foundations to provide the items necessary to meet the basic needs of refugee newcomers.

    Join us for this exciting event to encounter the realities of refugee resettlement, and raise funds for the work of Exodus Refugee!”


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