River Bend Film Fest moves to Goshen
River Bend Film Festival has a new home this year — downtown Goshen.
“We have wanted to have one here for years,” Carrie Lee Kendall, Goshen resident and entertainment coordinator for the festival, says. “There’s fantastic community support. I think that’s what’s interesting about Goshen, why I fell in love with this place. There are people who are so supportive of any entrepreneurial efforts, especially the arts.”
The 15th year of the festival felt like the right time to change venues, local filmmaker and festival director Tim Richardson says. The festival started at Indiana University South Bend and made the move to the Century Center a few years ago. Things were starting to feel a bit static, he says, when the talk of moving the festival came up again.
“It all came together as a perfect storm,” Richardson says. “Goshen came up for a number of reasons, and we saw how much the city was behind it. They’re very artsy, and full of pride and enthusiasm.”
Goshen Theater will serve as the main hub, but Art House, located on Main but accessed through the alley, will act as the second screen. There also will be two free community talks with Goshen-native filmmakers Jordon Hodges and Jim Strouse on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Ignition Garage.
The festival will have blocks of short films, as well as four feature presentations, including the Indiana-focused documentary “The Flying Dutchmen” today, Hodges’ “Sand Castles” and John Hancock’s latest film, “The Looking Glass,” both filmed locally, on Friday and Strouse’s “People, Places, Things” on Saturday. All four films have received national praise, including a nomination for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for “People, Places, Things.” Strouse also will have a round-table reading of his next screenplay, as yet untitled, on Saturday afternoon.
“Obviously, seeing the films will be a dream come true,” Kendall says. “I love the atmosphere of having the filmmakers so accessible. It makes the art form very tangible for future or current artists in film. It makes it very realistic from the production standpoint.”
Richardson agrees. All told, 47 films will be screened during the festival. He also will have a short film in one of the showcases, too.
“I like being able to meet the people involved in the production,” Richardson says. “You can also get to see cool things happening right in your backyard.”
Because the film festival runs over Goshen’s monthly First Fridays event, free screenings of family-friendly short films will be held at Art House.
But, perhaps more importantly, the festival also show-cases films from student and amateur filmmakers — folks who may not have the opportunity for such a large audience regularly.
“Films are made for an audience,” Richardson says. “It’s just great to see films in front of a large audience. It’s inspiring, if you’re making films or looking into it. Going to a festival should make you leave wanting to be involved in a film.”
“You might see the next up-and-coming people here,” Kendall says. “Having films from students and seasoned, world-class filmmakers next to each other is something that’s important at a film festival.”
Kendall says the table read of Strouse’s forthcoming film is unique; the opportunity for the local actors who’ll read it is “unprecedented,” she adds. Although it doesn’t have a title, Kendall describes it as a “break-up comedy.”
If going to River Bend does make you want to produce a film, Richardson says anyone is welcome to come to the monthly meetings of Mid America Filmmakers, which meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at WNIT Public Television in downtown South Bend. The group is open to anyone interested in any aspect of filmmaking, whether that be directing, screenwriting, acting, production or anything else. Each month, the group hosts guest speakers and discussions based on various aspects of filmmaking. For more information, check out midamericafilmmakers.org.
“The festival is a way to get people excited about doing a project, because art is hard,” Richardson says with a smile.
River Bend Film Festival 2016
• Where: Downtown Goshen. Specific locations for each screen are available on the event’s website.
• When: Today through Saturday
• Cost: $145-$12. VIP all-access weekend passes available, as well as tickets to individual screening blocks.
• For more information: Visit RiverBendFilmFest.com for a complete schedule and description of films in each screening block.
River Bend Film Festival schedule packs plenty of punch
GOSHEN — The River Bend Film Festival will take place Thursday through Saturday at multiple venues in downtown Goshen and include 76 short films and eight feature films, as well as workshops and question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers and actors. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit riverbendfilmfest.com. The schedule for the three-day event is as follows:
• 4 p.m. — Ticketing opens @ The Goshen Theater, 216 S. Main St.
• 5 p.m. — *Opening Party @ Gateway Cellar Winery, 211 S. Main St.
• 7 p.m. — Feature Film: “Miss Sharon Jones!” (93 minutes) @ Goshen Theater followed by Q&A with Dap Kings member, Binky Griptite.
• 8:30 p.m. — Filmmaker and VIP reception @ Blank Space, 109 E. Lincoln Ave.
• 8:45 p.m. — Shorts Block: Learn through Comedy (94) @ Art House, 211 S. Main St. (upstairs).
• 10:30 p.m. — Shorts Block: Fright Night (95) @ Goshen Theater
• 9:30 a.m. — *Coffee Talk – “The Flying Dutchmen: A Year Later” @ Ignition Garage, 120 E. Washington St.
• 10 a.m. — *Coffee Talk: Filmmakers Panel featuring Matt Litwiller, Wes Jones, Sarah Elizabeth, Whitney Valcin, Leila Djansi and Jordan Hodges @ Ignition Garage
• 11:30 a.m. — Shorts Block: Indiana (123) @ Goshen Theater
• Noon — Talkback: Screenwriting w/Wes Jones, screenwriter for the critically acclaimed Showtime series “Billions,” @ Art House
• 2 p.m. — Workshop: Makeup for Film w/Sarah Elizabeth, television, film and theater makeup artist, @ Art House
• 2:15 p.m. — Shorts Block: Local (91) @ Goshen Theater
• 4 p.m. — Feature Film: “Blues for Willadean” @ Art House
• 4:30 p.m. — * Short Film: “Kush” (20) @ Goshen Theater followed by Skype Q&A w/director Shubhashish Bhutiani
• 5 p.m. — * Feature Film: “Wig’d Out” (85) @ Goshen Theater followed by Q&A w/executive producer Sandy Rusk
• 5 p.m. — VIP/Filmmaker/Sponsor reception @ Blank Space
• 6:30 p.m. — Shorts Block: Seeking Wisdom (83) @ Art House
• 7:30 p.m. — Feature Film: “Like Cotton Twines” (96) @ Goshen Theater followed by Q&A w/director, writer and producer, Whitney Valcin.
• 9 p.m. — Feature Film: “Leap 4 Your Life” (80) @ Art House featuring makeup artist Sarah Elizabeth
• 10 p.m. — Feature Film: “Donnie Darko” (113) @ Goshen Theater
• 9 a.m. — *Coffee Talk w/Hollywood actress Beth Grant @ Ignition Garage
• 10 a.m. — Shorts Block: Documentary (108) @ Goshen Theater
• 11:30 a.m. — Talkback: Casting for Film and Television w/Los Angeles-based casting director Whitney Valcin @ Art House
• 12:30 p.m. — Shorts Block: Student Shorts (110) @ Goshen Theater
• 1:30 p.m. — Talkback: The Art of Acting w/Hollywood actress Beth Grant @ Art House
• 3:15 p.m. — Shorts Block: Award Winning Shorts (60) @ Goshen Theater
• 3:45 p.m. — Shorts Block: Finding Love (82) @ Art House
• 4 p.m. — Listening party w/Dap-Kings guitarist Binky Griptite @ Ignition Garage
• 5:30 p.m. — Feature Film: “The Things We’ve Seen” (80) @ Goshen Theater followed by Q&A by director Tre Manchester
• 6:15 p.m. — Shorts Block: Life and Death (87) @ Art House
• 8:30 p.m. — Feature Film: “Tenn” (80) @ Goshen Theater (first public screening of film directed by James Franco and starring Beth Grant)
• 10 p.m. — Wrap Party @ Goshen Theater
* Free event
River Bend Film Festival
This celebration of independent cinema from around the globe extends from Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 4 in beautiful downtown Goshen. During May First Fridays, enjoy a taste of the film festival with free activities in downtown businesses including receptions with filmmakers, short films, workshops, music, and more!
Thursday, May 2 | 6 – midnight
The festival kicks off with an opening reception for filmmakers at 6 p.m. After mingling with filmmakers, enjoy an evening of cinematic entertainment including both short and feature-length independent films.
Friday, May 3 | 10 a.m. – midnight
Workshops, short films, receptions, and music fill the day with ample opportunities to enjoy great cinematography and learn about filmmaking.
Saturday, May 4 | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Goshen packs as much filmmaking as possible into this final day of the festival. Demonstrations, workshops, music, awards, and of course, films, conclude the event.
Details and tickets are at riverbendfilmfest.com
For other uses, see Riverbend.
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Riverbend is a 1989 film directed by Sam Firstenberg. The screenplay was written by Samuel Vance, who produced the film.
Three rebellious African-American army officers disobey orders in Vietnam and refuse to destroy a village inhabited with innocent people. They are sent to Georgia and are going to be court-martialed. The officers know that justice will not be served and manage to escape. The fugitives end up in the small town of Riverbend, taking refuge in the home of a sympathetic widow. The town is controlled by a brutal, racist sheriff who kills those opposing him and takes whatever he wants from the terrified residents. This bothers one of the officers who, with plans to take down the sheriff, convinces the others to help him create a secret training camp in the woods. They then begin recruiting the local African-Americans men and training them for combat. When they are prepared, the angry rebels take over the town, incarcerate the sheriff and all his cohorts and hold the rest of the town hostage in a church until their demands for media attention and an end to racism are met.
Although the film is not available on DVD, it can be found on VHS on sites such as Amazon.com.
- ^Riverbend [VHS]: Steve James, Margaret Avery, Tony Frank: Video. ASIN 6302174686.
The River Bend Film Festival, Goshen, Indiana
River Bend Film Festival Regional Film Jury
Carrie Lee Bland Kendall
River Bend Film Festival Industry Film Jury
A BAFTA/LA Award winning writer, director, and producer, Leila Djansi began her filmmaking career in Ghana at the age of 19 with the Ghana Film Company. She subsequently moved to the United states to study film at the Savannah College of Art and Design on an Artistic Honors Scholarship.
Her 2009 directorial debut I Sing of a Well netted an unprecedented 11 nominations at the African Academy Awards, winning the special Jury Award for Overall Best Film. She followed up with the Black Reel Awards nominated Ties That Bind, starring Kimberly Elise (Confirmation, John Q) in 2012.
Her film, Like Cotton Twines, explores issues of modern day slavery and won the best narrative feature at the 2016 Savannah film festival, winning the same category at the River Bend Film Festival in 2017. Her other credits include Where Children Play with Grammy Winner Macy Gray, the UNiFEM advocacy film Sinking Sands and the LA Film Festival Best Episodic Television Show 40 and Single for AMC's Urban Movie Channel.
Leila Djansi has been recognized by various international organizations for continuously using her art to bring light to women’s issues, and she has consistently made movies for women and about women, whiles employing diversity behind and in front of the camera.
Veteran film and television actor Brett Baker has worked opposite some of Hollywood’s most noted actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Crudup, Chad Coleman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jason Bateman, Dermot Mulroney, Nicolas Cage, Peter Weller, and Jon Voight.
His stage work includes performances at The Mark Taper and The John Ford Theater. Between solo acting gigs, Baker produced original sketch comedy at the Comedy & Magic Club, The Improv, The Ice House, and The Comedy Store.
In 2006, he formed Luck up Studios to produce Broken, an 11 track solo album, which he recorded in his living room.
An actor by trade and a producer at heart, Baker formed B2 Entertainment, LLC to facilitate, The Shade Shepherd, his first producing effort behind the camera with producing partner Jordon Hodges. Baker plays a cameo appearing as Styx, the salty harmonica playing boat captain.
With a professional career spanning 25 years, Stephen has written for a variety of acclaimed directors and producers, including Mike Nichols (The Graduate), Taylor Hackford (Ray), Kathleen Kennedy (Star Wars), Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), Michael Bay (Transformers), and Marvel Comics.
Stephen’s first produced feature film, The Grudge, was produced by legendary director Sam Raimi. With a budget under $10M, it grossed nearly $200 million worldwide in its theatrical release. It remains one of the most financially successful horror films of all time.
Four of his films – The Grudge 1 & 2, The Possession, and Texas Chainsaw 3D – placed #1 at the U.S. box office, and two others (Red, starring Brian Cox, and High School, with Adrien Brody and Michael Chiklis) premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Beyond the Reach, a thriller he developed and produced with Michael Douglas, premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
His directorial debut, Unfriended: Dark Web, was produced by horror maven Jason Blum (Get Out, The Purge, Insidious, Split, Paranormal Activity), premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. It became a New York Times' Critic's Pick and was a selection in the New York Times’ “standout films” list, lauded as "an exhilarating take on one of the most intriguing and terrifying aspects of our current culture", and was included on many "Best Of" horror lists for the year.
He is currently developing a horror comedy for Will Ferrell, a true-story thriller for Ben Stiller, and a branching narrative feature for Netflix.
Raised in the South, Beth Grant moved frequently as a child and enjoys claiming several towns and cities in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina as home. She was a Page in the North Carolina Senate, attended the North Carolina Governor's School for Gifted and Talented students, and received a governor's appointment at the age of nineteen.
Grant was president of the East Carolina University College Democrats for two years, receiving the Outstanding College Democrat Award from then Senator Edmund Muskie. She is a graduate of ECU with a BFA in Acting and Directing.
One of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, she has starred in over seventy feature films including this year's Best Picture Academy Award nominated Little Miss Sunshine (2006). She delighted in creating the character you love to hate, Pageant Official Jenkins, making Grant the happy recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast In A Feature Film.
Other popular studio pictures include Rock Star (2001), The Rookie (2002), Matchstick Men (2003), Rain Man (1988), City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994), To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), and Speed (1994).
Grant has appeared in over thirty plays from Los Angeles to New York including two productions at The Ahmanson, William Inge's Picnic (with Jennifer Jason Leigh), and Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke (with Christopher Reeve) under the direction of Circle Rep's Marshall W. Mason. She has created roles in the world premieres of Holy Ghosts by Romulus Linney, On A Southern Journey by Maya Angelou, The Day Emily Married by Horton Foote, Sordid Lives, and The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife by Del Shores.
Grant is a recipient of The Los Angeles Drama Critics Award and The L.A. Stage Alliance Award and The Backstage West Garlan Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Del Shores' The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.
On television, Grant was a favorite on the Six Feet Under (2001) episode, Six Feet Under: In Case of Rapture (2004). This season, she married then cheated on Jason Lee on My Name Is Earl (2005). She has been a regular or recurred on many television shows including Malcolm in the Middle (2000), King of the Hill (1997), Yes, Dear (2000), Everwood (2002), Delta (1992), and Wonderfalls (2004).
She has guest-starred in hundreds of hit television series such as Friends (1994), The X-Files (1993), Angel (1999) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000). Grant starred in Tony Hillerman's A Thief of Time (2004), produced by Robert Redford (PBS), The Image (1990) with Albert Finney (HBO), Switched at Birth (1991), and Fall from Grace (1990) (NBC). Grant has produced documentaries, comedy reviews, and television; she has run a theatre company, raised money for schools and was a celebrity coordinator for Jimmy Carter's first presidential campaign. But what she really loves to do is act. Grant is a student of Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. She is married to actor Michael Chieffo, they have one child, Mary Chieffo.
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