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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Preview: The Last 5 Years
Mar31

Preview: The Last 5 Years

So I’m sure we’ve all attended at least one musical in our lifetimes, at least I hope we all have. But – have you ever seen one with only two actors, who perform together for just one scene in the middle of the musical? It’s a story by Jason Robert Brown, about five years of a marriage, from intense love to a final, painful separation. The man lives the five years from beginning to end, but the woman lives the five years backwards, from end to beginning. Thus, their timeline crosses only once, and they meet together for one duet. Premiering this Friday, April 1st, Three Rivers Music Theatre is presenting The Last 5 Years at the Parkview Physicians Group Artslab. Not only is this the first time Fort Wayne will see a production of The Last 5 Years, but this will also be the first time Fort Wayne is seeing a production from Three Rivers Music Theatre. Three Rivers Music Theatre, the parent company of Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy, is Fort Wayne’s first professional theatre company. This is a dream that has been a long time coming for Executive Artistic Director Andy Planck, and not just in regards to the theatre and the academy, but the production itself as well. For Billy Dawson playing Jamie in The Last 5 Years, this is a “dream role” for him. He is not only an accomplished actor and singer, but is also a Co-Founder of and the Director of Social Media for Three Rivers Music Theatre. He has been with this project since its inception, and states that the theatre is “a step in the right direction for this town.” I had the courtesy of attending a rehearsal earlier this week, and this is definitely a “must-see…and hear.” I’ve attended, and participated, in many musicals through my lifetime, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. It may be that I can’t quite get over the fact that there are only two characters in the entire production. Or it could be that I’m in awe that we finally have a professional theatre company in Fort Wayne. But most of all, the music from The Last 5 Years touches upon so many different feelings, pulling you from romance, to comedy to heart-break. Whether you’ve been to many musicals or none at all, this is not a production you will want to miss out on! Shows run April 1st -10th: 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm Saturdays and Sundays. Purchase tickets here on the Arts United website, or call the Box Office at 260-422-4226. For more information about Three Rivers Music Theatre, visit their website. And stay in the loop through updates on their Facebook, Twitter and...

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