Films focus on characters on a journey

By Catherine E. Porter
communication major ’16

ANGOLA, Ind. -- Trine University invites the community to its spring 2015 Overlooked Film Festival. Everyone is welcome to visit Fabiani Theatre in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center to view films that didn’t open locally or were generally overlooked by initial audiences.

“Our theme this semester is ‘Pilgrims,’ so all of our films focus around characters on journeys,” said Justin Young, assistant professor at Trine and director of the festival. “Those journeys can be about physical distance, spirituality, personal growth or even the search for humanity in others.”

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

Feb. 12 – “The Good Lie,” Rated PG-13. The Sudanese civil war forced refugees to flee their homes, some traveling more than a thousand miles in search of sanctuary. Reese Witherspoon stars in this story inspired by “The Lost Boys” and their amazing journey from Africa to the United States. That journey, however, turns out to be only the beginning.

Feb. 19 – “Calvary,” Rated R. Brendan Gleeson delivers a command performance as Father James, who is told during confession that in one week he will be murdered — not only for his sins, but for simply being a good priest. Thus begins a whodunit where he might have one last chance to save a small, fallen Irish town.

Feb. 26 – “The Guest,” Rated R. A soldier appears on a family’s doorstep claiming to have been with their son when he died in action. Slowly, he begins to ingratiate himself with each member of the family, but all might not be what it seems. Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” stars in this tense, scary and shocking film that crosses genres with each plot twist.

March 12 – “Wild,” Rated R. When tragedy struck Cheryl Strayed she found her life spiraling out of control. Her solution was to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Based on Strayed’s best-selling memoir, this film garnered Academy Award nominations for stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.

March 19 – “Pride,” Rated R. In 1984, miners on strike across England and Wales found their finances dwindling and their ability to keep striking fading. Meanwhile, gay and lesbian rights activists in London saw kindred spirits being oppressed. An inspiring, hilarious true story starring Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy and Dominic West.

March 26 – “St. Vincent,” Rated PG-13. A misanthropic man named Vincent sees his lonely life thrown into upheaval with the arrival of a new neighbor and her son. Despite his best efforts, Vincent soon finds himself to be an important part of the boy’s life, even as bookies try to put his own life to an end. Starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy.

Attendees seeking concessions may purchase popcorn and beverages from the sisters of a local 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 films is free for all guests.