I've been to a handful of film festivals across this fair state over recent years. Most international festivals are great for the diversity of cultures and topics covered in feature-length films. Yet a larger festival like the Louisville International Festival of Film can be daunting, with competing films divided by several venues, spreading over an entire weekend and digging into your wallet. That's why the Louisville Film Society and the 21c Museum have seen fit to offer a film series on a miniature scale tomorrow night, on the rooftop level of the museum parking garage. And it's free and open to the public.
The Showcase is an opportunity for local first-time and veteran filmmakers to share their gifted vision. The widely diverse collection of 15 shorts includes narrative, experimental films and documentaries on fascinating local subjects, including a series from the good people of Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY.
Short film festivals tend to be comedy-heavy, which is fine, but this Showcase lineup offers an even mix of themes. Whatever the theme, the showcase should prove that quality films can be made by local talent in our own back yards, and on a low or non-existent budget.
Oh, and just in case, in the event of rain, the showcase will move indoors to the 21c Atrium. I know, you wanted to watch movies on the roof like the lithe, free spirit you are, but judging by the forecast, you may want to shelve that dream for next year, and enjoy the films nestled safely in the museum walls.
Photo: Courtesy of Louisville Film Society