Overlooked Film Festival to begin Thursday, Feb. 21

ANGOLA, Ind. – Everyone is invited to forget the cost of theater admission, or watching reruns on television, and check out the Overlooked Film Festival at Trine University. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, one of six films will be screened through April 11.

The Overlooked Film Festival, presented by the Humanities Institute and Trine University, features films that did not get wide exposure, didn't play locally, or simply didn't find their full audience, according to Justin Young, event organizer and instructor in the Department of Language & Humanities. Admission is free.

"This semester we have a fun mix of films in our 'Advanced or Stunted'-themed series. From British ensemble dramedies to music satires, from pulse-pounding action films to historical thrillers, there's something for everyone," Young said.

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," rated PG-13, kicks off the series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Fabiani Theatre in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center. An all-star British cast, including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighly and Maggie Smith, headlines this story of retirees who head to India seeking solace from their lives. What they find instead are individual challenges about the lives they left behind and the lives they've always wished to live. (2:04)

Other films that will be screened at 7 p.m. in Fabiani Theatre are:

"Premium Rush," rated R, is set for Feb. 28. For Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("The Dark Knight Rises"), the life of a bike messenger in New York may appear perilous to begin with by having to dodge pedestrians and weave among auto traffic. Throw in a bevy of police offices and gangsters hunting him, and get one of the most action-packed and entertaining films of the year. Only his wits and speed can save him. (2:00)
"Argo," rated R, March 21. The 1979 storming of the U.S. Embassy in Iran resulted in the taking of more than 50 hostages, six of whom escaped. The Oscar-nominated film tells the amazing true story of the U.S.-Canadian joint operation to rescue them. CIA operatives created a fake science fiction film to extract them, but that's only the beginning of this take directed by Ben Affleck and starring Affleck, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. (1:31)
"Pitch Perfect," rated PG-13, March 28. A cappella music might not seem the ripest topic for satire, but it's the focus of one of the 2012's most surprising comedies. The Bellas are a college a cappella group that has seen better days and is in desperate need of an image makeover. Anna Kendrick ("Up In the Air," "50/50") stars with Rebel Wilson ("Bridesmaids") as the newest recruits into a group of misfits trying to sing their way to respect. (1:52)
"Arbitrage," rated R, April 4. Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth star in a gripping drama about the abyss of the human soul. Gere, a hedge-fund manager, finds himself on the edge of the biggest deal of his career, but when a tragic error begins to unravel his life, the intertwining series of events pulls back the facade that hides the very recesses of his soul. (1:47)
"Liberal Arts," rated PG-13, April 11. "Liberal Arts" could easily begin with the main character narrating, "Kids, it was the summer of 2012 when I finally met your mother." Josh Randor, of "How I Met Your Mother" fame, writes, directs and stars in this tale of a 30-something single guy returning to his alma mater and falling for a decidedly younger student. A challenging and warming drama about the lessons learned both in and outside of the classroom. (1:37).

For more information, or contact Justin Young.