Indiefest 2005 Film Festival
The third annual Indiefest presents a plethora of films exemplifying (we're told) "vision without compromise and the spirit of the independent filmmaker." The ten-day festival, which runs from July 29 through August 4, kicks off with the world premiere of Todd Kniss's thriller Blood Deep, in which a hypnotist at a party accidentally elicits a confession of murder from an old friend. Other premieres include Don Polier's high-school drama Debating Robert Lee, starring Beau Bridges as a gifted debating coach who reaches out to troubled students but makes their lives even worse, and Don Lett's documentary Punk: Attitude, in which the likes of Thurston Moore, Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins wax eloquent about the true meaning of mohawks, safety pins, etc. Screenings take place daily between noon and 10pm at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, and between 5 and 10pm at the screening room of Le Meridien Hotel. After-parties will follow every evening; locations will be listed in the festival program. For ticket prices and further information, visit the festival's website at www.indiefestchicago.com.
Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
2828 N Clark St between Diversey Pkwy and Orchard St (773-509-4949). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 22 (24 hrs), 36, 76.
Le Meridien Hotel
521 N Rush St at Grand Ave (800-543-4300). El: Red to Grand. Bus: 2,3, X4, 10, 26, 29, 65.