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  • Courtesy photos Gunslinger Motion Pictures' “Calamity” features the work of a Hoosier cast and crew. Gunslinger has premiered a project each year at Hobnobben Film Festival.

  • Courtesy Nate Utesch’s poster for “Eraserhead” is among works on display during “Remake.”

  • “Mudras Calling” is a full-length feature film exploring love and history in Myanmar. Due to local interest, the film is being screened twice this weekend.

Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00 am

Hobnobben showcases variety of voices

Varied group of voices taking part in annual Hobnobben

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

If you go

• For a full schedule and ticket information for Hobnobben Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, go to

Also Cinema Center's annual "Remake" exhibition is underway at Artlink. This year's show features posters created by local artists for David Lynch movies and the TV series "Twin Peaks." Curated by Josef Zimmerman, "Remake" includes work by Daniel Dienelt, Bob Storey and Nate Utesch. The work is on display at Artlink, 300 E. Main St., through June 22. Gallery hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The posters are on silent auction during the exhibit, and smaller versions can be purchased for $25. "Remake" is a fundraiser for Cinema Center.

Hobnobben Film Festival brings film lovers and filmmakers together as it returns downtown for a third year.

The four-day festival, which began Thursday night, will show 54 films including more blocks of short films such as the hour of children's shorts at noon Saturday.

“The different shorts are always a good thing because people don't normally get to see short films, especially on a big screen,” festival chair Joe Kokosa says. “So people are excited about that.”

Most film screenings take place at the ArtsLab in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St., and Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St.

Short films will also be shown on screens during Blocknobbentonight. The community block party begins at 6 p.m. and expands beyond the Arts United Center plaza this year into Freimann Square.

There will be food trucks, drink stations and a pop-up market of local vendors on the plaza. The square will be home to music from Calder the Band, Horizon Arcs and a duo from Rosalind and the Way.

There are several full-length features on tap for the festival such as “Becoming Burlesque” about a young Muslim woman finding balance between her faith and the self-confidence she finds in the world of burlesque.

Kokosa says the full-length “Mudras Calling” has been getting a lot of local interest. It is a love story and exploration of history set in Myanmar. A second screening was added for the film, which will be shown tonight and Saturday.

In a time when there are growing discussions in the entertainment industry about representation, Hobnobben attendees will find projects from a diverse group of filmmakers, including 17 women.

“We really want to reflect the community around us,” Kokosa says.

Other films slated for the festival include projects by students and documentaries.

Festival award winners will be announced at 8 p.m. Saturday in Cinema Center. The winning narrative, shorts and documentary winners will be screened again Sunday in Cinema Center's new Spectator Lounge theater.

Jury members are digital strategist Alix Watson, photographer Marianne Bay and local filmmaker Cam Clark.

Clark, executive vice president of Open Sign Entertainment, says the films he watched for the competition each showed the filmmakers' dedication to their projects. His work has previously appeared at Hobnobben, and he was pleased to see Indiana so well represented.

“I watched many films and was thrilled to see how many had actually come from our own state,” he said by email. “It shows just how incredibly prevalent the industry here is and one day soon, it will begin to have recognition in the entirety of Indiana.”

The festival includes a Hoosier Spirit section, which features films made by Indiana filmmakers or made in the state.

In addition to movies, Hobnobben on Saturday includes a panel from the local filmmaker group Summit Film Collective at 11:30 a.m. and an open mic spoken word event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the ArtsLab at Auer Center for Arts and Culture.

Film industry veteran Vanessa Theme Ament will give a talk, “Foley Work and Women in Sound,” at 2 p.m. today at Cinema Center.

Ament has won several awards for foley work, which is the creation of sound effects. She is a member of several professional groups including Motion Picture Sound Editors, the Screen Actors Guild and the Television Academy. Her talk will include a question-and-answer session.

Ament has worked as a foley artist and voice actor in films such as “Platoon,” “Predator” and “Die Hard” and TV shows including “Dallas” and “Hill Street Blues.” She is a professor at Ball State University and is teaching the online course “Mad About Musicals” for Turner Classic Movies this month.

Single-screening tickets and festival passes are available, and Kokosa says the local community is excited. About 1,500 people attended films during the festival last year.

People have been coming into Cinema Center with their festival guides “and they have all the films circled that they want to see, and there's a lot of people that are going to be sitting in theaters all day long!” Kokosa says, laughing.