Friday night At The Movies Returns To The Astra Theatre This Week

SWIFF 2015 FBJASPER (Local Sources) – Friday night at the movies returns to the Astra Theatre this week.

In conjunction with a weekend of events planned for the historic theatre by Next Act, Inc., on Friday evening Film Dubois County will present a special screening of films submitted to the second annual Southwest Indiana Film Fest. Doors and concessions open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

This will be followed by a series of seminars, stunt and special effects demonstrations and professional panels on Saturday at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

The Film Fest will culminate Saturday evening with an awards ceremony naming the winners of our 5-minute, short and feature-length films contest. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

But on Friday, it’s time to get some popcorn and soda and meet at the movies.

Eleven movies submitted to the second annual film fest will be screened throughout the night.

In addition to those 11 films, five locally produced 5-minute films will be shown as well. These shorts are written, produced and created by local students and residents as part of the 5-minute film contest designed to highlight different parts of Dubois County. Attendees of the 5-minute films will have the opportunity to pick the audience favorite.

Being able to show the films in the Astra Theatre has been made available through the efforts of Next Act, Inc.

Next Act formed in 2014 with the sole purpose of raising the funds necessary to purchase the Astra and create an endowment to support the continued maintenance and operation costs for the theatre.

The group raised the money necessary to fund the endowment in June of this year. Now they are fundraising to cover the purchase of the theatre. The weekend’s events are designed to raise money as well as recognition of their efforts.

In addition to the film fest, Next Act will host Boscoe France in a special showing of his documentary followed by a concert by the blues artist on Saturday evening. Tickets can be purchased here (

“We expanded the film fest to include feature films and shorts produced outside the area and received several great films from filmmakers in St. Louis and Indianapolis as well as locally,” Film Dubois County President Matt Crane said. “I can’t think of a more appropriate way to highlight the grassroots efforts of a group like Next Act than to show films created by the grassroots efforts and passions of the local film community.”

With breaks planned throughout the evening and films ranging from 15-minute shorts to 55-minute features, the audience will have its choice to stop in for a specific film, or genre, or stay the entire evening.

After a short introduction from Next Act at 6 p.m., the audience will be able to see the entries in this year’s 5-minute film category. The entries all feature local faces and places and are designed to highlight some of Dubois County’s greatest assets. Attendees to these films will have the opportunity to choose which one gets the audience favorite award.

Then, at 6:30 p.m., the award-winning documentary Take the River will be shown. This film features historic reenactments of the Revolutionary War on the Ohio River as well as a daring Civil War raid, opulent steamboats, Native American kidnappings and many more true tales of Indiana and the Ohio River.

Next up, starting at 7:40 p.m. is the feature To Kill A King: The True Testament of the Gentlemen Jasper Price. In the year 1898, a bullet wound lands a hiding gunman into a sleeping widow’s home. Here the gunman, Jasper Price, confronts his past. Here the gentleman becomes legend. Here is where he makes history.

After these two features, the rest of the evening will be filled with short film entries. Most are less than 25 minutes in length and will be shown in blocks based on their genre.


8:45 p.m. – Cowboy Ninja of 2090: The timeless story of a man, his horse, and his nunchucks, searching for meaning in the post-apocalyptic wasteland.

9:26 p.m. – Quest For Adventure: A comedic adventure is in store for a group of teenagers when they come across a mysterious pirate.

9:42 p.m. – Bestest Friends: Annie Dundalk (aka Princess Penelope) is your run of the mill party princess. One day, on what she thinks is just a normal day on the job, she stumbles across Taylor. Annie thinks this is just a normal party, but she’s about to get the surprise of her life!


10 p.m. – Anytime: A tale of a father and daughter in late afternoon.

10:05 p.m. – A Wedding Like That: This poignant comedy is about Sam Kessler, a loving, devoted father who can’t quite get it when he learns his “little girl” is getting married to her girlfriend. While trying to come to terms with his feelings, he is amazed to discover other people in his life are gay. When stopped by a TV news reporter while trying to protect his daughter from a mob of same-sex marriage protesters, Sam inadvertently drops a bombshell on live TV. When he encounters his conservative future in-laws, his outlook changes.

Drama (and a little bit of Horror)

10:55 p.m. – The Video Guy: A down on his luck video store owner deals with customers and his personal life a unique way.

11:23 p.m. – Overdue: When two teenagers are kidnapped after stumbling across a compromising scene in an alley, they are faced with a decision that could mean life or death; stay and hope for the best, or run.

11:30 p.m. – Random: One night changes everything.

11:38 p.m. – Out Of The Basement: Weeks after his brother Danny’s suicide, Owen Davidson is given his brother’s audio recorder by the landlord, Edgar. As Owen listens to the recordings, he learns of Danny’s fear of demons, brought on by a Halloween night summoning exercise. Owen internalizes his brother’s fears and starts to wonder whether something sinister was indeed trying to get out of the basement.

Then on Saturday, the Southwest Indiana Film Fest will move to Vincennes University Jasper Campus for a day of seminars and panels by actors, directors, stunt coordinators, special effects artists, writers and cinematographers.

Designed to inspire and instruct fledgling and veteran filmmakers, the seminars are free to all and will be held in the campus tech center.

Topics include stunt coordination by Dale Miller and The Rangers, The Importance of Sound Production by Evan Elrod, Special Effects and Makeup by Jacob Beam FX/Make-Up Artist for Waverly Hills Haunted House (we heard something about creating a dismembered appendage), and The Business of Acting with Rich Williams, “Tammy” & “Runoff”.

We will also feature a special video presentation by Jeffrey Reddick, the creator of the Final Destination franchise.

See for a schedule of seminars.

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