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IFF2020: Movie Review – Climate of the Hunter (2019)

Climate of the Hunter (2019)

  • Director: Mickey Reece
  • Screenwriters: Mickey Reece, John Selvidge
  • Producer: Jacob Snovel
  • Cast: Mary Buss, Ginger Gilmartin, Ben Hall, Laurie Cummings

Premise: Two sisters, Alma and Elizabeth, are enjoying a stay at their own family cabin, eagerly anticipating the arrival of a man from their past, Wesley. It is rumored that Wesley’s wife, Genevieve, has ended up incapacitated in a mental institution, rendering Wesley, to some extent, a new bachelor. Through the time spent together, Alma begins to suspect Wesley may be a vampire, though she also suffers from mental health issues. Elizabeth is aware of Alma’s deteriorating condition but has her own demons to face in this gothic, psychological drama.

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IFF2020: Movie Review – Hum (2020)

HUM (2020)

  • Director: Henry Johnston
  • Screenwriter: Henry Johnston
  • Producer: Caleb Haydock
  • Cast: Tyler Ross, Sonaz Izadi, Andrew Oliveri, Bradley Grant Smith, Sierra Miller, Peter DeFaria
  • Cinematographer: Allen Chodakowski

Premise: Two years ago, a Chest appeared in the woods. It could not be moved. It could not be opened. Its contents were unknown. The Dead began to appear within the week. Today, David Parker, a police trainee, is tasked with guarding the Chest. For the first time since its arrival, the Chest has opened.

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IFF2020: Movie Review – The Last Christmas Party (2020)

The Last Christmas Party (2020)

  • Director: Julian Santos
  • Screenwriters: Kevin Nittolo, Julian Santos
  • Producers: Troy Enoka, Scottie Schwefel
  • Cast: Samantha Brooks, Anna Clare Kerr, Lainey Woo, James Williams, Martin Drop, Gabriel Armentano

Premise: THE LAST CHRISTMAS PARTY is a bittersweet holiday movie about the highs and lows of romance in college. The movie is told in nonlinear order and replays the same party from the perspective of three different couples. With its ensemble of characters, the movie paints a naturalistic depiction of young people in New York City, free from the usual nostalgia and cliches.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 178 – Indy Film Fest 2016 – Little Men, The Invisible Patients, 48 Hour Film Project, Rye Manhattan, Hell or High Water, Morris From America and More

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OV178 – Indy Film Fest 2016 – Little Men, The Invisible Patients, 48 Hour Film Project, Rye Manhattan, Hell or High Water, Morris From America and More

In this special solo episode, Matt shares his thoughts on the 2016 Indy Film Fest and the 7 features, 28 shorts, and 2-dozen 48 Hour Film Project entries he saw throughout the 10-day festival. For more information about Indy Film Fest and how you can attend their year-round events, go to http://indyfilmfest.org. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Closing Night, After Party, & Closing Thoughts

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Well, the 2015 Indy Film Fest is behind us. This was the first year I had the opportunity to experience more than just the opening night film and festivities. I must say, this was a spectacular year for a first time festivalgoer and I’m already looking forward to next year. Of course, you can read all of my Indy Film Fest coverage here. For now, here’s how Saturday’s closing night festivities went. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Closing Night Film Review – Wildlike (2014)

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Wildlike was the closing film of 2015’s Indy Film Fest on July 25th. You can find more of ObsessiveViewer.com’s coverage of the festival here.

Following the death of her father, troubled teenager Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is sent to Juneau, Alaska to stay with her uncle (Brian Geraghty) while her mother works out some of her own issues. When her uncle’s home proves not to be safe for Mackenzie, she goes on the run. While trying to survive on her own and evading detection, she crosses paths with Rene Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood), a man with his own troubles on a private quest for peace. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Best of American Spectrum Review – The Answers (2015) & Night Owls (2015)

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Saturday was Indy Film Fest’s “best of” screenings, which featured screenings of each of the festival’s winning shorts and features in their respective categories. Fortunately for me, one of the movies I wanted to see most of all this year, Charles Hood’s Night Owls, won best feature in the American Spectrum category. This gave me the opportunity to see it as the other screenings conflicted with my schedule. As an added bonus, it was paired with the “Best American Spectrum” short film, Michael Goode’s The Answers. Below you’ll find my review of both. Of course, you can find all of my Indy Film Fest coverage here.
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Indy Film Fest 2015: Shorts Program Review – Hoosier Reels

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As part of my ongoing (but limited) coverage of 2015’s Indy Film Fest, last night I attended a screening of the festival’s “Hoosier Reels” block of short films. The screening featured 6 short films “grown, filmed, dreamed, or situated” in Indiana. For this review, I’ll just go film by film and share my thoughts.
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Indy Film Fest 2015: Movie Review – Mistress America (2015)

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I watched Mistress America as part of 2015’s Indy Film Fest at The Toby in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. You can find more of ObsessiveViewer.com’s coverage of the festival here.

Mistress America is the latest comedy from Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, While We’re Young, Frances Ha) and stars Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the script. The movie is about Tracy (Lola Kirke) a college freshman that forms a bond with her older, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig) after being rejected from her school’s literary society. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Movie Review – Chrysalis (2014)

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I watched Chrysalis as part of 2015’s Indy Film Fest at the IMAX theater in the Indiana State Museum on July 17th. You can find more of ObsessiveViewer.com’s coverage of the festival here.

From writer Ben Kurstin and director John Klein, Chrysalis is a post-apocalyptic movie in the vain of 28 Days Later set in 2038. In this future where people infected with a virus attack what remains of humanity, Josh (Cole Simon) and Penelope (Sara Gorsky) roam the wasteland for shelter and food. When the couple take in lone survivor Abira (Tanya Thai McBride), their lives get suddenly get more complicated, throwing their survival into question. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Awards Night & After Party

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Last night was Indy Film Fest’s Awards Night. The film shown was Noah Baumbach’s latest Mistress America (opening August 14th). I’ll have a review of the movie posted tomorrow. For now, I just want to share my quick thoughts on Awards Night at the 2015 Indy Film Fest. Of course, you can find all of ObsessiveViewer.com’s coverage of the Indy Film Fest right hereContinue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Opening Night Film Review – Sleeping With Other People (2015)

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Sleeping With Other People was the opening film of 2015’s Indy Film Fest on July 16th. It will be released in theaters on September 11, 2015. You can find more of ObsessiveViewer.com’s coverage of the festival here.

Don’t let the title fool you. Sleeping With Other People isn’t simply a romantic comedy about two people ignoring physical attraction in an effort to keep things platonic. Instead, writer/director Leslye Headland has crafted a brutally honest look at dating and relationships when emotionally dysfunctional people are involved. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Opening Night & After Party

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Last night was the kickoff of the 2015 Indy Film Fest here in Indianapolis, Indiana. For the last 12 years, Indy Film Fest has been a July tradition for film fans and local creators in the Indianapolis area. With more than 100 films packed into 10 days, this year’s festival is well on its way to being a massive success. Continue reading