While it may still be technically springtime, our thermometers say otherwise: it is hot! Summer is here, albeit unofficially, and with summer comes film festivals. Stay tuned for information regarding Fright Night, the LGBT Film Fest, and Lebowski Fest. But for now, let’s talk about the Flyover Film Festival.
Now in its fourth year, Flyover is put on annually by the Louisville Film Society, whose mission is to bring a greater understanding and appreciation of film to the citizens of our fair city. There is a lot to discuss, so let’s get started.
The festival starts this Thursday at the Speed Art Museum with The Filmmaker Follies, a collection of short films including, among others, “The Executive” - which is an homage to the silent films of comedy greats Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd – and “One Big Holiday,” which is simultaneously a portrait of Louisville and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a big arena show for My Morning Jacket. Stick around after the films for a dance party hosted by DJs Glitter Titz. Doors open at 6:00; the films begin at 8:00.
The festival continues on Friday at the Speed Art Museum once again. The films begin at 7:00 with “Sun Don’t Shine,” a road movie said to be partly influenced by films such as “Deliverance.” The Eastern Kentucky-produced “Pilgrim Song” screens at 8:30, telling the story of a musician trying to figure out his life.
Films on Saturday begin at the Dreamland Film Center with a new adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” at noon. “Made in Milwaukee” (a group of shorts) screens at 2:30, followed at 4:00 by the documentary “Detropia,” which shows the “failure of the Great American Experiment.” Finally, a third group of short films, “Through the Rainbow,” screens at 6:00.
Saturday night concludes at Headliners with an 8:00 screening of “The Comedy,” starring the infamous Tim and Eric, and a 10:00 showing of the silent film “The Unknown” by Tod Browning (“Freaks,” “Dracula”) with live accompaniment by Seluah.
The action returns to the Speed Art Museum on Sunday, the last day of the festival. It starts at 12:30 with the shorts group “From the Festival Circuit,” followed at 2:00 by “Tchoupitoulas” (subtitled “The Story of an 11 Year Old Kid”), and concluding at 4:00 with “Kid-Thing,” a portrait of a “troubled child” – or is she?
Cost is $10 per film ($8 for LFS members), and full festival passes can be purchased for $75 ($50 for LFS members). Full details and ticket sales can be found at the Flyover website.
Image courtesy of the press release