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Overlooked Film Festival begins Thursday

SEPT. 30 -- Trine University’s free Overlooked Film Festival begins Thursday and continues through Nov. 5.

The Overlooked Film Festival allows Trine students, faculty, staff and members of the community to view free films that did not open locally or were generally overlooked by audiences at the time of release. All films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Fabiani, Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, 720 Thunder Drive.

“It’s always fun exposing people to films they might otherwise miss. There are so many great films being made today, but all you ever hear about are the blockbusters like ‘The Avengers’,” said Justin Young, assistant professor and director of the film festival.

The theme for this semester’s festival is “Prisoners of Our Own Device.” With regard to the films, Young said, “These are all stories of people imprisoned within their own lives. Sometimes there are outside forces keeping that prison locked, but in all the cases they have the key to their own salvation —physically, psychologically, spiritually — whether they realize it or not.”

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the following films are scheduled to be shown:

Oct. 1 – “Big Eyes.” Amy Adams stars as Margaret Keane, a woman whose husband steals credit for her “big-eyed waif” paintings that are adored across the country. Rated PG-13.

Oct. 8 – “’71.” In this tense thriller, a young soldier in 1971 Belfast struggles to survive when he is abandoned by his unit in the middle of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Rated R.

Oct. 15 – “Love & Mercy.” John Cusack portrays Brian Wilson, the brilliant Beach Boy whose life story is depicted in this haunting behind-the-music film. Rated PG-13.

Oct. 22 – “Slow West.” When an incident drives the woman he loves to the American frontier, Jay Cavendish teams up with an outlaw to rescue her from impending danger. Rated R.

Oct. 29 – “It Follows.” Taking inspiration from John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” this horror film trails the young people of suburban Detroit while a horrible entity stalks them. Rated R.

Nov. 5 – “Danny Collins.” Al Pacino portrays a faded rock star who must decide whether he can make one last great album after a letter from John Lennon encourages him not to sell out his music. Rated R.

Attendees seeking concessions may purchase popcorn and drinks from the sisters of Phi Sigma sorority outside of the theatre. Fabiani seats 320 guests and attendees are encouraged to arrive early if they have specific seating preferences.