Friday, April 23, 2010

Indie Spirit Film Festival: Must-see movies

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Though they won't name winners, we convinced Indie Spirit Film Festival organizers Jim Turner, Chris Loud and Matt Stevens to name a few films that stand-out from the crowd. With 101 films in the festival these are just a small taste, but all are expected to have filmmakers in attendance.

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We hope you'll check out the schedule, see some films yourself and vote for your favorites at the fest starting downtown at noon today and running through Sunday, April 25. See more on the fest in today's Indy here and on featured filmmaker Aloura Charles here.

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Golden Earrings: A psychological thriller about six close friends. When one friend disappears, her roommate begins to unravel as they try to determine what happened. Turner: “It’s probably our lowest-budget feature, but it’s good. They develop the characters well, it’s got twists, and it keeps your attention." Loud: "It creeped me out.”

The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner: An Oscar-nominated short documentary from Colorado College alum Daniel Junge. When popular Washington state governor Gardner leaves office and is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he launches a ballot initiative for assisted suicide. Turner: “I have to say it’s one of the most balanced documentaries I’ve seen.”

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Bomber’s Moon: Girls Beneath the Bombs: A documentary from Colorado Springs director Richard Randall (and three other locals) aired by Rocky Mountain PBS, about women who survived air raids as young girls in WWII and the men who flew the bombers overhead. Turner: “It’s very well done. Impressive."

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Earthwork: A feature film about real-life Kansas artist Stan Herd, who uses a plow and other tools to turn landscapes into giant art works best viewed from the air. Loud: “Honestly, one of the things that struck me about it, was that it felt good. You don’t leave feeling beat up.” (The artist will also appear with the filmmakers.)

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Do Elephants Pray?: A film from the U.K. that follows an advertising executive whose life has fallen into routine when a mysterious French woman shows up and shakes things up. Loud: “It definitely went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting it to go — I had mainstream romantic films in my mind — but I really liked where it went.”

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“The Esoteric” (short series): This reel of short films was initially titled “What the #$%@ Did I Just Watch?” but was renamed to more politely describe films that are unique, experimental, poetic or simply indescribable. Loud: “You’re going to talk to the people you sit with because you’re gonna want to ask, ‘What did you think that meant? Wow, what was that?’”

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