Trine's Overlooked Film Festival returns Oct. 12

Trine University and the Humanitites Institute Present the Overlooked Film Festival

Trine University’s annual Overlooked Film Festival begins Thursday, Oct. 12, and will continue through Thursday, Nov. 16.

The Overlooked Film Festival gives members of Trine’s local community the opportunity to watch free films that were not released locally or that were generally “overlooked” at the time of their release. All films will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Fabiani Theater in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center.

“The Overlooked Film Festival is one of the bigger outreaches that the university does to the local community, so it’s an event where the audience is a mix of local community members, Trine faculty and staff, and students, all coming together on a weekly basis,” said Justin Young, director of the film festival.

The theme for this year’s festival is “The Old World,” which refers both to Europe, where many of the films are set, and a world before that of the films’ time.

Young suggests attending the festival with “an open mind that it’s not one type of genre or film. Some of the films might surprise you in ways you’re not expecting, so coming with an open mind and that willingness to be surprised is very useful.”

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Humanities Institute and the Department of Humanities and Communication, the films scheduled for viewing are:

Oct. 12 – “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” Based on a true story, this film is about two keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped shelter and conceal hundreds of people and animals through the German invasion of Poland during World War II. Rated PG-13.

Oct. 19 – “This Beautiful Fantastic.” This new-age fairy tale follows the unlikely friendship between a reclusive young woman aspiring to be a children’s book author and a widower. This story is set in a beautiful garden in the heart of London, as Bella Brown is forced by her landlord to care for her neglected garden, where she meets widower Alfie Stephenson. Rated PG.

Oct. 26 – “It Comes at Night.” This horror film follows a man who learns that the evil haunting his family home may only be the beginning of a long bout with horrors that come from within, as he must choose between protecting his family or his soul. Rated R.

Nov. 2 – “The Lost City of Z.” Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson star in this true story following a British explorer, Col. Percival Fawcett, whose obsession with a lost Amazonian city drives him to risk everything as he repeatedly voyages through his beloved jungle. Rated PG-13.

Nov. 9 – “Their Finest.” Burdened by World War II, the British ministry turns to propaganda films in an attempt to boost morale at home. Realizing that their films could use a “woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole to write the films’ female dialogue. Cole eagerly accepts the job, even if her work is never recognized as her own. Rated R.

Nov. 16 – “A United Kingdom.” This true story follows the lives of Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, and Ruth Williams, a London office worker. Their proposed marriage faced challenge from both their families and the British and South African governments. With their continued romance came the possibility of civil unrest in his home. Rated PG-13.

In addition to the free movies, popcorn and drinks may be purchased outside of Fabiani Theater from the sisters of Phi Sigma sorority. Fabiani seats 320 guests, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early if they have specific seating preferences.