There are so many indie films released every single day that is seems impossible to keep up with them all. My feeds are overflowing with new articles, reviews, technological advances in film making, project casting news and casting surprises, festival updates and more. And consider all the ways new distribution models available making it even easier to find and screen new indie films. From web based platforms for short films and serial video projects to full streaming services for short and feature length projects, guerrilla screenings, film festivals, film societies, film schools, and film loving friends screening what they like (and often have created themselves) in their basements and impromptu theaters. There is no shortage of opportunities to see indie film no matter where you live in the world. Particularly here in Winchester where the filmmaker and the film lover are embraced.
Between our own monthly programming and the annual September film festival at Skyline Indie Film Fest, the Shenandoah Valley also has the Magic Lantern Theater, regular programming from Alamo Drafthouse Winchester, traveling film festivals make stops here such as the SPROUT Film Festival and the Virginia Independent Horror Festival, the annual foreign language film festival held at the local university, as well as local film clubs. Each complementing the other yet distinctly different. It’s a great time to be a film enthusiast if you live in the Shenandoah Valley.
It may be obvious, but my favorite vehicle for film discover is the independent film festival, nicely articulated here:
David and I tend to think of festivals as an alternative distribution and exhibition circuit. That circuit makes available films that won’t come to your local multiplex, or even your local arthouse. ~Kristen Thompson
I share this sentiment. If you like the idea of screening new, undistributed indie films then Skyline is the place for you. Join us in September and help us foster the indie spirit.