The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Movies

September 20, 2012

Bringing Hoosier films back home

This weekend's film festival features 21 movies with Indiana ties

ANDERSON, Ind. — During two days this weekend, the Homegrown Hoosier Film Festival will feature 21 movies, all with Indiana connections.

Themes range from “Soldier’s Song,” a drama about a wounded soul, to “Reality on Demand,” a zombie game show, to “Currency,” a multi-story look at the mysteries of life tied together by a coin.

Some were made on a shoestring budget. A few could use a little script tweaking. And in many, local residents will be able to spot familiar locales.

These three films, of those offered for screening, are excellent, full-bodied stories.

“Lucky Teter and His Hell Drivers”

Length: 45 minutes

Show time: 2 p.m. Saturday


A daredevil born in Noblesville, Earl “Lucky” Teter survived his own car crash and started in 1934 to earn money as a stunt driver at county fairs. He died in 1942 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds while performing his last stunt before he was to report for military service.

By talking to relatives and friends, Teter’s story becomes so vivid that audiences might overlook the fact that some photos show up over and over. But director Dan T. Hall shows he is an excellent storyteller and Teter’s life is well worth remembering.

“Karaoke Man”

Length: 90 minutes

Show time: 7:15 p.m.

Saturday


An introverted comic book illustrator tries to impress a waitress at a karaoke bar by dressing as a superhero. Of course it’s what is inside his heart that wins her over.

James Denton of “Desperate Housewives” has a role as the owner of the bar. Funny and touching, “Karaoke Man” is quirky and involving.

“The Sound of the Spirit”

Length: 128 minutes

Show time: 5:30 p.m.

Sunday


A lot of Indiana folks float through this full-length mostly-drama effort. The main character, played by Anna Lasbury of Indianapolis, is a 12-year-old parentless Messianic Jewish girl facing her bat mitzvah. But she confronts ill will from her traditional Jewish uncle and others in his synagogue.

While much of it is a learning experience for the audience, the story is told with great warmth.

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