Hobnobben Film Festival Preview
Jun14

Hobnobben Film Festival Preview

After an impressive inaugural year, the annual Hobnobben Film Festival is back and more eclectic than ever before. That’s a good thing too, because even more so than the year prior, the festival has such a generous offering for film buffs to devour and a handful of community based gatherings to stumble upon for those casually walking around downtown. Make no mistake about it – your June 15th through the 18th should be spent near and around the Main Street area to watch movies, celebrate the city, and experience one of the most unique film festivals in the entire region.   I was privileged to serve as a member of the 5 person jury for this year’s crop of movies, which altogether added up to 47 entries in every category except for the headlining “Eye-Opening” films. As someone who has seen just about all the festival has to offer, I have to say that you’re in for a treat. especially when you factor in all of the extra events Hobnobben has in store over the course of the weekend. Thursday night gives filmgoers a chance to meet and greet at the opening night gathering. Friday evening is be dedicated to Blocknobben in the Arts United Plaza featuring food trucks, local vendors, and live music. The night is capped off by an outdoor screening of the ’07 Coen Brother’s classic film, No Country for Old Men, accompanied by a live score. Saturday is the most loaded and diverse day of the weekend, featuring the Awards Ceremony at the Arts United Center as well as two Sound & Shadow Redux showings of classic silent films. As for the last day, there are four wide-ranging and well-received pictures to enjoy at the Cinema Center.   The festival program is available in digital format and can be downloaded at Hobnobben.org. Two breakouts from this year’s Sundance Film Festival – Dina and The Hero – both screen on Thursday and are must-sees for the weekend. I’d also recommend Lemon, One Week and a Day, and Lost in Paris. On Saturday afternoon there is the “Class Act” collection of student made short films, and they are a mightily impressive group. The same goes for the “Short Haul” and the “Hoosier Spirit Showcase.” Some of the very best entries in this year’s festival were short films either made locally, by up-and-coming talents, or from universities around the state. I’ll be reviewing the big “Eye-Opening” films on my personal website LoganBushey.com, but make sure to check out the smaller offerings on the schedule as well; some of them are truly outstanding.   If you happen to be downtown grabbing a meal on a patio or sharing a drink with friends,...

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LFW Reviews: Three Rivers Music Theatre’s The Last 5 Years
Apr04

LFW Reviews: Three Rivers Music Theatre’s The Last 5 Years

This past weekend, Three Rivers Music Theatre raised the curtain at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab for its stage debut and production of The Last 5 Years. Living Fort Wayne’s Susan Tsai and Rachelle Reinking attended the performance and are here to give you a first look. Susan: So as I stated in my preview last Thursday, this is definitely a show you do not want to miss! My feelings I gained through a sneak peek at their rehearsal were confirmed when I attended opening night. The two characters were played by two amazingly strong actors, Billy Dawson and Jessica Butler. They pulled you into their characters so deeply, I could feel each glimmer of hope and each crack of heartbreak. The music, the lighting, and the stage, all helped bring the story of the relationship to life. For anyone attending, don’t expect to leave on a happy note from the story though. You’ll certainly be blown away by the stunning performance itself, but as for the story, you start and end in a dichotomy of happiness and sadness, each represented by one of the characters. Rachelle: To echo Susan, this production is a must-see! I hadn’t ever seen a live performance of this show, but the actors brought it to life. Dawson and Butler filled the stage with their presence, no ensemble necessary. The music, which alone is full of fantastic ballads and catchy tunes, added to the emotional spectrum the couple went through. From the first glance of love at first sight to the pain of separation (or vice versa if we’re talking about Kathy’s perspective), both actors gave powerful delivery of each part of Jamie and Kathy’s relationship. There is also plenty of comic relief throughout the show. Some scenes are a bit adult for little ones, but overall it’s great for a date night or a night out with friends. The Last 5 Years definitely is an accurate portrayal of romantic relationships that makes you feel all of the emotions. Three Rivers Music Theatre set the bar high with their inaugural premiere, and I can’t wait to see their next show. There are still four more opportunities to catch the show! Friday, April 8 at 8:00pm Saturday, April 9 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm Sunday, April 10 at 1:00pm Adult Tickets are $25, Students with ID can get tickets for $18, and Adults 60 and over can get $20 tickets. Click here to buy tickets online or call the ArtsTix Box Office at (260) 422-4226. Also, be sure to keep up to date on the Three Rivers Music Theatre’s other upcoming productions on their website and...

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Hobnobben Film Festival
Nov18

Hobnobben Film Festival

The Hobnobben Film Festival, a multi-day, multi-verse event, will be the first of its kind in Fort Wayne. We have never had a film festival before and I had the chance to interview Jonah Crismore, executive director of Cinema Center, about the Hobnobben festivities. In celebration of Cinema Center’s 40th anniversary, Jonah hopes that this festival will highlight major talent in our city and inspire others to make and submit future films. For filmmakers on the fence about submitting a film to Hobnobben, Jonah says just “do it”. There are many categories ranging from social justice documentaries to low-budget zombie films. Jonah states that he would like to see this festival be a platform for a filmmaker’s career to begin. Cinema Center, in partnership with Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne and the University of Saint Francis, will be screening short and feature length films shot by Fort Wayne locals. The venues for this festival include Cinema Center, Arts United Center, Arts United Parkview Physicians Group, ArtsLab Theater, and the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center. It will take place from June 16 to June 19, 2016. In addition to featuring local filmmaker’s work, there will also be panel discussions, meet and greet opportunities, and Q+A sessions. He hopes to help educate the audience over the process of filmmaking and make them active and aware film viewer. Hobnobben Film Festival is looking for volunteers to help make this festival a success! Email volunteer@hobnobben.org to fill out an application. Don’t miss Northeast Indiana’s first BIG film...

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