Hobnobben Film Festival

Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 at 10:00am

Embassy Theatre
125 West Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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At Hobnobben Film Festival, we aim to champion unique and diverse storytellers. Our 5th annual festival will be held October 23rd-25th at the Embassy Theatre!

Cinema Center’s mission is to provide unique opportunities to explore our world through the art of film, and Hobnobben allows us the opportunity to do this – like whoa.


10:00am - 12:00pm: Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera

Opera + cowboys! Riders of the Purple Sage follows a classically trained composer as he adapts a 1912 dime novel masterpiece by Zane Grey into a grand opera. The convergence of opera’s hallowed traditions and America’s cowboy culture set the backdrop as performers and creators make this story stand up and sing.

12:15pm - 1:15pm: Big Stories, Tiny Humans

The young talent in this block of films will impress you like whoa. Seriously. From outer space, to present-day Ghana, and even Nazi-occupied Poland, this block of films features children dealing with some heavy life circumstances.

Note: This block highlights work starring stunningly talented children, but is not necessarily kid-friendly viewing.

- The Mirror
- Better than Neil Armstrong

1:30pm - 3:00pm: The One and Only Jewish Miss America

From disappointment to determination, Bess Myerson, a talented musician and beauty queen from the Bronx, won the world’s most famous beauty pageant 75 years ago, at the tail end of World War II. To this day, she remains the first and only Jewish Miss America to ever have been crowned.

3:15pm - 6:00pm: Relationships through the Bars

The five short films in this block examine the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways hegemonic systems of oppression influence function within the characters' lives. From an Israeli jail, to a Mexican border town, to a Hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico, the characters in these films try to persevere and fight the oppressive forces that control their lives.

- November 1st
- La Ráfaga (The Gust)
- Cell 364
- Sin Cielo

6:15pm - 7:45pm: Dark and Twisty and Pretty Fun

If dark comedy is your jam, get on this train — just  make sure to wash your hands. In these films, some people would do anything to get to their family members: lie, fight, steal a cop car. Others, not so much (we’re looking at you, Rare Bird).

- Sticker
- Escape Velocity
- Rare Bird
- The Night Express
- Anna

8:00pm - 9:30pm: Let’s Forget about the World being on Actual Fire and Watch Some Murderous Puppets, Clowns, and Rainbows

From the curators who brought you Scintillating Shorts for a Saturday at last year’s Hobnobben, here’s  a delightful block of shorts featuring topics like putting together an IKEA bed, installing a sex swing, drug addicts battling white supremacy, an alien trying to get an abortion, and a world of Barbies.

- Stuck
- The Clown
- Human Being
- Buffalo and Trout
- Fuzzysurf - "Killing Time" (Music Video)
- Eat the Rainbow

9:45pm - 11:30pm: Ninja Badass

Join Rex, his armless sensei, a badass ball ripper, a dragon, a gang of puppies, some detached feet, and a mean ninja motherf****r who trains by beating up cows for an experience that'll make you wanna eat egg rolls until you sh*t your pants. And yes, there is a reason we’re showing this late at night.

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