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Celebrity Theatres to present Indie Film Festival

March 28, 2013

 

“Anna Karenina,” played by Kiera Knightley, is one of the films to be shown in the festival. – Photo courtesy Universal Studios

KAAMILYA SALAAM
Staff Reporter

 

Bright lights, big stars, cameras flashing and red carpets this is not; this is Indie, baby.

 

The Ruston Independent Film Festival is taking over Celebrity Theatres next month.

 

Jessica Bryan, the manager at Celebrity Theatres, said the film festival is a way to draw in larger crowds and showcase the art.

 

“The Ruston Independent Film Festival is a festival we host every winter and spring,” Bryan said.

 

She said this is Celebrity Theatres’ second annual film festival, after its first received great reviews.

 

“We decided to do a festival to show appreciation to the films that we weren’t able to get into theaters when they premiered,” Bryan said.

 

The festival starts April 5 with five films.

 

The films featured at this year’s festival came out in 2012 and are award-winning films, ranging from comedy to drama.

 

The opening film “Hyde Park on Hudson” is a biographical comedy-drama about the affair of Margaret Suckley with America’s 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

Like all film festivals, Ruston’s festival will end in a big finale on April 18 with Oscar nominated film, “Anna Karenina”.

 

Anna Karenina is the story of married Russian aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

 

The film features an all-star cast, with Kiera Knightley starring as Anna Karenina, Jude Law as Karenina’s husband and Aaron Taylor Johnson as Vronsky.

 

In addition to these two films, indie fans can also catch “Impossible,” “Stand Up Guys” and “Quartet.”

 

Each movie will premiere at 1, 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. on their reserved days.

 

“We gave each movie two days and four time slots so moviegoers will have an opportunity to catch the movie,” Bryan said.

 

A few students are looking forward to a chance to check out an independent film in a theatre setting.

 

Readul Mohammed Islam said he is glad to be able to catch an independent film at a local theatre.

 

“I’m stoked about the theatre having an independent film festival,” Islam said.

 

The doctoral civil engineering major said he usually has to wait until the films come out on DVD.

 

Similar to Islam, Shaneisha Richardson said, the film festival is a great idea for the local community because it presents the chance to watch art through film, instead of going to see a popular big budget movie.

 

“Bringing an independent film festival to Ruston is a great opportunity for students and residents of Ruston,” Richardson said. “It is a chance to experience a glimpse in culture, history, diversity, innovation and uniqueness through films.”

 

Unlike Islam and Richardson, Saeid Salehi Ashani is not a fan of independent films but he is interested in the festival.

 

Ashani, a civil engineering doctoral candidate said he looks forward to finally watching “Anna Karenina.”

 

“I’m interested in the festival because I watched the Oscars and read several reviews about Anna Karenina,” said Ashani.  “I’ve been wanting to see the film.”

 

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