'Strangers in a Strange Land' is theme

Trine University’s Overlooked Film Festival is set to take place Thursday through Nov. 13.

Trine students, staff and members of the public can visit Fabiani Theatre in Trine University’s Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center to view films that didn’t open locally or were generally overlooked by initial audiences.

“I think the series is really valuable because some of these films would be difficult for the local community to see, or even know about, otherwise. It gives the community a shared film history to discuss and talk about,” said Justin Young, assistant professor and director of the festival.

The theme for this semester’s film series is “Strangers in a Strange Land.” Young says the films showcased are “really stories about who we think we are, and sometimes who we discover ourselves to really be. The journey is sometimes tumultuous, but in most cases well worth it.”

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the films are scheduled at 7 p.m. on the following Thursdays.

Oct 2. – “Belle.” A mixed-race daughter born into an aristocratic 18th-centry English family is trapped between worlds as her skin color and lineage cause identity conflict. Rated PG.

Oct. 9 – “Ernest & Celestine.” An endearing animated film about the relationship between a starving bear and a headstrong mouse. Rated PG.

Oct. 23 – “Chef.” Celebrities Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson star in this film about a world-class chef on a cross-country pilgrimage to rediscover his passion for food. Rated R.

Oct. 30 – “Oculus.” This horror film provides a riddle of perspective as reunited siblings with differing memories face the evil that killed their mother 11 years prior. Rated R.

Nov. 6 – “Locke.” One of the most original and gripping films of this year, Locke tells the story of a man on a mission to redeem his soul as his world comes crashing down on the other end of a cell phone. Rated R.

Nov. 13 – “Begin Again.” Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley and Adam Levine star in a modern-day musical about a broken-hearted singer and a flat-broke producer rediscovering their passion for music. Rated R.

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

Admission to these events is free for all guests. For more information, visit trinehac.com/overlooked-film-festival/.