Amy’s top picks for the 2017 Indy Film Fest

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Commentary by Amy Pauszek

It’s that time of year again to grab your favorite film buff pal and get to the annual Indy Film Fest.

It’s one of my favorites because it has something for everyone, and it’s one of the hottest festivals in town to attend. The festival runs July 13 to 22 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Indianapolis 48 Hour Contest also will be featured at the festival. This is where local Indy filmmakers have 48 hours to write, cast and produce a short film. I have been a judge of the competition for five years and last year participated in a film just for fun. It’s a whirlwind of excitement but hard work. For tickets, visit indyfilmfest.org. Here’s the scoop on opening and closing night films and three of my favorite Hoosier films to see. Where’s Amy can’t wait to see you there!

(Submitted movie poster)

“WIND RIVER”

Opening night, showing at 7 p.m. July 13

An FBI agent teams up with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.

 

“PATTI CAKE$”

Closing night, showing at 7 p.m. July 22

Aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski (Patti Cake$) is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

“CHATTER BOX”

A short film, showing at 7:30 p.m. July 16 and 3:30 p.m. July 22

The Chatter Box has been an Indianapolis bar since the 1930s\ but hasn’t always been the establishment it is today. Current owner, David Andrichik, welcomes everyone to the historic bar where local jazz musicians can share their art each night of the week.

“THE THINGS WE’VE SEEN”

A feature film, showing at 9:15 p.m. July 19 and 3:15 p.m. July 22

A boy searches for his fugitive father in a town struggling to survive.

 

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“DEAD DRAW”

Feature film, showing at 9 p.m. July 17 and 8:15 p.m., July 21

Someone knows about the $25 million and the plane to Mexico. Someone killed the gateway pilot. As loyalty turns to suspicion and friends become enemies, four criminals try to find the rat and escape their past – if they can survive the night.

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