FFF12: 4th Flyover Film Fest Kicks off in Hours

The signature event of the Louisville Film Society may not offer the scope or magnitude of its larger and more storied peers. But seeks instead to distill the very best of those films and experiences into a 4-day indie-flick explosion at multiple venues across town.

With festival alumni including the likes of independent heavyweights “Winter’s Bone” (Jennifer Lawrence launchpad), “Meek’s Cutoff” and “Another Earth”, the Flyover FIlm Festival continues its promise of bagging the best and freshest of the festival circuit (and some hometown highlights where avaialable), while demonstrating an impressive knack for choosing material that’s both current and vital.

Louisville-rocker short documentary amongst the opening night festivities.

Starting in mere hours at the Speed Art Museum, the opening night of Flyover 2012 begins with a reception at  6:30pm (Thursday) and continues with the festival’s first salvo of short films screening at 8:00pm.

A documentary following the exploits of Louisville-native (and imminent Forecastle Fest headliners) My Morning Jacket will likely be the most boisterous among this opening crop of shorts. Playing as part concert film, part day-in-the-life doc and part hometown meditation, “One Big Holiday” was directed by Michael Feld and also features the Louisville Youth Orchestra and fellow Derby City artists Wax Fang amid others.

Continuing into Friday, the local love rolls on when Kentucky director turned imposing up-and-comer Martha Stephens returns with her sophomore effort “Pilgrim Song”. Stephens screened her cinematic debut “Passenger Pigeons” as part of last year’s event and has since seen her silver-screen footprint swell well outside the bounds of the bluegrass. Her latest was filmed on location in Louisville, features tons of local talent (including that of local musicians Andrew Iafrate and Jonathan Glen Wood) and was named in the top 10 of Austin’s prolific South By Southwest Film Festival by Film Comment magazine.

"Pilgrim Song" sees a down-on-his-luck musician (Louisville's Timothy Morton) in search of direction in Appalachian wilderness.

Featuring almost 3 dozen films running tonight through Sunday (July 7-10), Flyover 2012 aims to to continue the festival’s good work of bringing Louisville’s voice to the international film discussion. Almost all of the films come with a $10 price tag (or $75 for an all-access pass), with screenings spread across the Speed Art Museum, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville Film Society’s own Dreamland Film Center and Headliners Music Hall (home of “The Comedy” on Saturday night).

Much more info, including a full schedule and tickets available via flyover’s website. And stayed tuned this weekend as festival coverage continues on LouisvilleKY.com and on the Pulse of the City Facebook page.

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