Trine’s Overlooked Film Festival returns for spring

Overlooked film festivalThe spring edition of Trine University’s free Overlooked Film Festival begins Thursday, Feb. 23.

The theme for this semester’s series is “Mythmaking” and centers around the building of myths—whether about historic presidents, guardian angel street cats, bank robbers or comedy beginnings. Each film deals with where the bigger-than-reality legends begin.

“I’m really happy with the diversity of this series,” said Justin Young, assistant professor in Trine’s Department of Humanities and Communication and director of the festival. “We begin with ‘Southside with You’ for Black History Month and also include an adaptation of playwright August Wilson’s most famous work. Mixed in is fun improv comedy and a heart-tugging story of a man and his cat.”

The Overlooked Film Festival gives Trine students, faculty, staff and members of the community the opportunity to watch 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 Theatre, Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, 720 Thunder Drive.

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

Feb. 23 — “Southside with You.” In the summer of 1989, a young Barack Obama is about to take Michelle Robinson on their first date. Set over the length of that first date, the film is a funny, insightful look at two people who would later shape the future of the nation. Rated PG-13.

March 2 — “Hell or High Water.” Two brothers take on a corrupt system that wants to seize the land of their late mother. Together, they become a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, robbing banks in west Texas while pursued by a Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges). Rated R.

March 9 — “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” Young Ricky is an orphan nobody wants. Hec (Sam Niell) is a loner who wants nobody. Stranded in the wilds of New Zealand, the two have to bond to survive. Rated PG-13.

March 23 — “A Street Cat Named Bob.” Based on the inspiring true story of James Bowen. A homeless street musician is addicted to drugs until a ginger tabby cat gives him someone to lean on. Not rated.

March 30 — “Fences.” Denzel Washington stars in and directs an adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. Troy (Washington) is a garbage man in Pittsburgh who struggles to provide for his family while being bitter about the life he leads. Rated PG-13.

April 6 — “Don’t Think Twice.” The two classic rules of improv comedy are always say yes and don’t think. An improv troupe in New York has to face the challenge of those two rules as they drift into later life without the success they once dreamed about. Rated R.

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

For more information, contact Young at (260) 665-4290 or