The Indy Movie Fest begins with Eric Bana in “The Dry”.

After a year of feeling like living on Groundhog Day, the Indy Film Fest’s opening thriller could be the dramatic medium we need.

Based on Jane Harper’s best-selling novel, The Dry tracks a federal agent returning to his drought-stricken Australian hometown where it appears his childhood friend has killed his family. Eric Bana plays the agent who has to face a secret that he and his late friend once shared.

“The Dry” is the first of a handful of films to be shown at the Tibbs Drive-In Theater as part of a festival that includes hybrid in-person and online screenings. The Indy Film Fest runs Thursday through May 19 and is punctuated by live shows on Thursday May 6 and May 13. Most films can be streamed for the entire festival, but some have limited dates and are geographically limited for those outside of . You can find the list at

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Here’s what you should know about the live and online shows.

‘Night Mov (i) es’ at Tibbs

Visit the Tibbs Drive-In to see the kickoff films in person every Thursday. Duplicate features and shorts are on deck and “First Date”, “Swan Song” and “The Dry” are only shown in person. Tickets are $ 11 per person. Visit to reserve your spot.

Eric Bana plays the lead role

  • Thursday. The double feature consists of “The Dry” and “Hell is Empty”, in which a woman in a sister woman cult triggers a rebellion. Short films before and between features include “If Not Now Then When?”, “Fit” and “The Last ”.
  • May 6th. “Swan Song”: A retired hairdresser regains confidence as he travels through his small town to style a former client’s hair for their funeral. “Workhorse Queen”: Ed Popil developed the drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis for years before he was finally cast in RuPaul’s Drag Race at the age of 44.
  • May 13th. “First Date”: Criminals, cops and a cat lady threaten to turn Mike’s plans with Kelsey upside down. Short films will follow.

Online festival

Approximately 130 short films, feature films and documentaries are waiting for the honor to play on your digital home screens. The full catalog of the Indy Film Fest 2021 can be found at Check out these highlights.

You can view the short films in blocks that summarize several films and are organized according to a topic. Short highlighting blocks include:

  • “POC-POV”: Six films tell stories from the perspective of people with color, including the 2020 Racial Justice protests, the experience of growing up black in Milwaukee, and the persistence of wrestlers.
  • “Seeing the humor in it”: Seven films that record a man who confuses asparagus with unfiltered Cuban cigarettes, emergency therapy and a world in which people can only recognize each other by their shoes, among other things.
  • “The long farewell”: Four films that feature a woman whose husband can only remember his first love because of his dementia, the natural burial movement in the United States and the pranks of the brothers in the remote Faroe Islands.

Hoosier Lens focuses on Indiana locations, themes, and filmmakers, including:

  • “Welcome to Monterey”: As the number of residents and businesses declines, the of Hoosier takes stock of whether it will survive.
  • “Bleeding Audio”: The matches reached the height of their fame when the music industry changed drastically with declining record sales, illegal downloads and streaming. Director Chelsea Christer was born in Indiana.
  • “Street festival and the resurgent German culture of the region”: The documentary explores the history of the celebration and German heritage in Jasper.

Feature films and documentaries produced in the U.S. and around the world include:

  • “Inspector Ike”: The understudy of a theater group removes the leading actor and has to face New York’s greatest cop.
  • “Black Milk”: After being separated for decades and growing up in a completely different environment, two sisters meet in Mongolia and discover what it is like to be women in different cultures.
  • “Tereza37”: After another miscarriage, Tereza reevaluates her relationship with her husband, family, and world.

Prices and the length of the on-demand window may vary depending on the film. Visit for a $ 75 all-access digital pass or a $ 60 out-of- digital pass that’s discounted as not all movies are available outside of Indiana. The passes are not valid for the Tibbs in-person performances.

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