Thursday, May 3, 2007

Of interest to insomniac arachnophiles

Spider-Man 3 opens this weekend, and while it may not be the hardest of hard core sci-fi, genetically altered spider bites and alien symbiotes is good enough for me. Here's the list of Indianapolis-area theaters showing Spidey tonight at midnight.

UA Circle Center
UA Eagle Highlands
UA Galaxy Stadium 14
AMC Greenwood Park 14
Regal Village Park 17 (which is where you'll most likely find me tonight - after the post-Waitress bar crash, of course)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

We have done the impos... ah, you know how it goes.

On behalf of the entire sci-fi subcommittee of the Indianapolis International Film Festival, I'd like to thank everyone for coming out and seeing our shows. I had a chance to sit and talk with some of the board members (our very own Powers That Be) Sunday night, and they were quite pleased with the turnout for our sci-fi shows.

This was the first year science fiction was separated into its own section, and whether or not it became a recurring thing hinged a whole lot on the audiences' numbers and reactions to our shows, so it was a happy surprise when they asked us to start thinking about what we could show next year. (Happy not because I didn't expect it to happen, but because I didn't expect it to happen so soon.)

So that's it for the science fiction portion of this year's festival (emphasis on "this year's"). The festival itself continues through this Saturday, so I encourage everyone to check the film schedule and come see another movie or three. Remember that Waitress (featuring Nathan Fillion) shows this Wednesday afternoon and Thursday night. (The vast majority of the sci-fi committee will be there Thursday night, because someone has to give the love to Nathan, and it just doesn't seem like a television network is gonna do it.)

Also, be sure to check back here from time to time. Besides our own events through the Indianapolis International Film Festival, we'd like to make Indianapolis Sci-Fi a good source of information about other science fiction events in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. (If you know of any such events and we haven't mentioned them yet, be sure to drop us a line and let us know. Our email addresses are over there in the sidebar.)

Thanks again, everyone. See you at the movies!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Have you been practicing?

Ok, well then maybe it's just me. I really want to be prepared for the Buffy Sing-a-long. Or perhaps I'm just using it as an excuse to listen to the soundtrack over and over. Pretending that I'm dancing with Xander. Look! I'm dancing crazy!

Don't forget to get your tickets soon.

And I hope that everyone can come out for Battlestar Galactica. I'm so excited to see these two episodes on the big screen! The big space battle is going to look amazing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Battlestar Galactica!!

Battlestar Galactica, finally on the big screen where it belongs!!!
I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this screening.
Saturday April 28th at midnight
(technically Sunday April 29th in the morning)
FREE with ticket stub to any IIFF film
Episodes to be shown (tentatively): Exodus Part 1 and 2
both great episodes with lots of action, space battle scenes, and most importantly my favorite Fat Apollo!
A big thanks to NBC/Universal for working with us on this and being so great and supportive!
Updates to come if episodes change, otherwise I'll see you then!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Nathan Fillion Festival?

Ok, well that really can't be our official title can it?? So not only are we showing Serenity and Done the Impossible, but we are also showing Nathan's new film Waitress.
Wednesday May 2nd and Thursday May 3rd
details here:
This film is at a different location than the SciFi festival, but that's ok. :) I'm so excited to be able to go and support him. I'm considering going to both showings, just to be extra supportive (kinda like how I saw Serenity 10 times in the theatre).

Showing in the SciFi section is A Great Disturbance. If I have to add "in the force" for you to get the reference, then I am totally disappointed in you! :) This is the film that I have yet to see, which is awesome because then something will be new for me to see at the festival. Needless to say that this will limit my description to the following: it has something to do with Star Wars. But, really, do you need to know anything more. Everything that has to do with Star Wars is inherently wonderful and good. A description should soon be posted at:

And the final description of films for the SciFi Section is for First on the Moon:

By fluke of timing, we are able to present In the Shadow of the Moon in the same festival as the technically masterful faux documentary about space travel, First on the Moon. At first glance, some of the elements will seem the same - hero pilots training with the latest technology, pushing themselves and their machines to the limit, to successfully put a man on the moon. Only in this tale, it is Russian "cosmopilot" Ivan Kharlamov, who lands there 1938! Kharlamov crash lands in Chile and journeys home across the Pacific through Mongolia and China, not knowing that his government has mistakenly declared the secret mission a failure and obliterated every trace of it. The "documentary" draws on two recreated sources for its 1930s archival footage: vintage Soviet propaganda celebrating the extraordinary bravery of the cosmopilots, and "secret" footage gathered by miniature cameras that spied on the cosmopilots' every move. Anatoli Lesnikov’s cinematography is so skillful that the “footage” frequently seems real – lending this fictional work a convincing heir. The unwarned could believe the Soviets were there first.

Not your average work of science fiction, First on the Moon is at once a wistful celebration of a Soviet greatness that could have been, and a clear-eyed critique of the self-destructive paranoia and brutality that characterized the Soviet system.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Aliens, Fans, and Donkey Kong

Outta This World is a great collection of science fiction shorts. I've seen all of them and I can't recommend them highly enough! Extremely entertaining, and some of them really just freaked me out (in a good way).

When the world simply isn’t enough, we’ve packaged this collection of science fiction (and science fiction-ish) short films about astronauts, aliens, invaders – oh, and just for fun, a little story of sci-fi geeks in love.

Long after the End of The World has passed into myth, two diplomats must defuse a volatile international dilemma before the apocalypse happens for real in Ambassadors Day (David Kellum, US, 21 minutes).

A romantic comedy about sci-fi geeks told as if you were watching a real DVD (Ciro Altabas, Spain, 17 minutes): with audio commentary, scene selection, featurette, a music-video, trailer, deleted scene, alternative ending, etc.

In Microgravity (David Sanders, US, 12 minutes) Eniko has been orbiting the moon for far too long. When a malfunction forces her to perform a spacewalk, she must pit her wits, her training, and her will to live against the fatal certainty of cold, hard vacuum.

Dylan is having a bad day when events take an apocalyptic turn for the worst changing his outlook on life forever. The end is near in The Signal (Thomas C. Gaunt, US, 15 minutes).

After years of probing humans in every possible manner, two alien researchers meet at a late night diner to discuss a most unusual discovery about our species in They’re Made Out of Meat (Stephen O’Regan, US, 8 minutes).

This amazing line-up of Fantastic Fan Films was selected to please the Science Fiction geek in everyone. It provides a great balance of new and old favorites.

Chad Vader (Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda, Blame Society Productions, 34min) appears to be a mild-mannered day shift manager at a local grocery store, but living in the shadow of his older brother, Darth Vader, has left him somewhat socially challenged. Watch as Chad attempts to function in today’s society in this hysterical seven part series. Every grocery store manager should have a lightsabre!

The hugely popular “Firefly” series from Joss Whedon, led writers Nathan Towne and Alexis Braun to create Mosquito (Nathan Towne, 11min). This fan film is a loving mockery of our Big Damn Heroes that will cause any viewer to laugh all the way back to Jayne’s bunk. This fan film is sure to please any Browncoat.

Bam! Biff! Sock! What would happen if a vintage Spock and Captain Kirk met an equally vintage Batman and Robin? Writer/Director Christopher Allen wanted to step into the realm of fun and action with the Dynamic Duo, and the original characters from Star Trek with Star Trek vs. Batman (51min, Rasco Films). "Three things made those shows great… phasers, fighting, and hot women." Said Allen.

Showing at the same theatre as the SciFi section and on the same weekend are a bunch of other great films that are SciFi-ish:

King of Kong – Sunday 1:45pm
This film is about a person trying to attain the record high score for
Donkey Kong. Extremely entertaining.
The Creeps – Saturday 7:15
Til Night – Saturday 9:15

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

It's all in the details!

The official film festival website has been updated with lots of details.....

Ticket info:

Great info about tickets you can buy in bulk for a discount so that you can share with your friends here:

Schedule of showings (for entire festival):
Please note that all of the dates/times listed in the previous post are correct. :)

The official listing of all films in the SciFi Section:

Please keep checking back for lots of details about some of the films that you may not have heard of before. As promised, all details will be listed before April 12th, which is the first day you can buy tickets.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Film Line Up Announcement???

Ok, so here's the deal.....either the date was pushed back or there was a misunderstanding on my part (probably the later), but the official line-up announcement for the festival is not until next Tuesday April 3rd. However, I have the tentative line-up for the Science Fiction section, which I will post below. Please keep in mind that this is not the official line-up (i.e. things may have shifted or may shift when the official line up is announced, they are trying to coordinate over 200 films!), but it should be fairly accurate. I will note the official info next week to let you know if anything has changed.

SciFi Section of the festival will take place on Friday April 27th, Saturday April 28th, Sunday April 29th.
  • Once More with Feeling, Buffy Sing-a-long – 10pm Friday, 10pm Saturday
  • Serenity – 5:45pm Saturday, 7:15pm Sunday
  • Done the Impossible – 8pm Saturday, 9:30pm Sunday
  • Fantastic Fan Films – Chad Vader, Mosquito, and Star Trek vs Batman – Noon Saturday, 5pm Sunday
  • Outta This World - SciFi-ish Shorts including Ambassador’s Day, DVD, Microgravity, The Signal, They’re Made out of Meat – 4pm Saturday, 1:45pm Sunday
  • First on the Moon – 3:45pm Saturday, 3:30pm Sunday
  • A Great Disturbance – 2:15pm Saturday, Noon Sunday

Descriptions of all of these films will be listed at, however I have screened almost all of them and will post my non-spoiler thoughts about them and a brief description here over the next few days. I promise to have you completely informed before tickets go on sale on April 9th!

Monday, March 26, 2007

And that makes us mighty!

This will be our final announcement before the entire line up is announced on Wednesday 3/28. And continuing with our Joss-themed announcements…..

Done the Impossible, the documentary made by Browncoats about Browncoats, will be showing twice over our great SciFi-packed weekend! I am so happy to have this film show at our event. Finally, I can say to my friends “See! I’m not the only one!”

Full line-up announcement on Wednesday. See you then!

Thursday, March 22, 2007


I am pleased to announce that we will also be showing Serenity at this festival. And not just once, but twice!!! Once on Saturday 4/28 and once on Sunday 4/29. Official times will be announced on 3/28 along with everything else! And don't forget, ticket sales begin 4/9.

And, yes, you can go to see it twice. I know I will. I miss my Big Damn Heroes and I can't wait to watch them in the theatre once again. Shindig anyone??

Stay tuned for more details, as we continue with more Joss-obsessed festvial announcements!

Friday, March 16, 2007


Welcome to the Blog for the Science Fiction Section of the Indianapolis International Film Festival

We will use this blog to give you lots of great info about the amazing SciFi films we have coming to this event.

The official announcement of the entire line-up of films will not be until March 28th, but I will be announcing several films here before that date….so keep checking back for more info.

Our first announcement is a big one.

Every single night, the same arrangement…
You’ve been singing alone for years, and now you will finally have the opportunity to join other Buffy fans in a Once More With Feeling Sing-a-Long. The tour of the Buffy Sing-a-long will be making a stop in Indianapolis on the weekend of April 28th and 29th. Tentative plans are for a Friday and Saturday night showing. Lots of juicy details about this event are at, including some great youtube clips from previous events. And yes, we get to publicly yell at Dawn. Finally!

As with all of the films in the festival, the Buffy Sing-a-long is only $10.
Want to reserve a spot?? You can buy tickets to reserve your spot beginning on April 9th.

The festival offers some great ticket packages. All of the films will be announced by April 9th, so you will know which package will work for you.

1 ticket is $10
10 tickets for $75
These bundles are great because not only do you get a discount, but you can use them for any film at the festival (not just the SciFi films) and you can share with your friends (i.e. if you and your friend want to go to 5 films each, you can buy the 10 ticket bundle and share). Detailed info can be found at: Remember, these tickets are not on sale and spots cannot be reserved until April 9th.

I promise that lots of more details and information will be posted in the weeks to come, however if you have immediate questions please post them here. If you have private questions, email Ellen at For more info about the rest of the festival (for those of us interested in more than just SciFi),

Countdown to signing Buffy: 42 days
Ok, I’m already signing. Should I go out and fight the fight?