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Double Dose of Film at the IMA: La Mission and Criss Cross

The Toby Theater is going to be busy this week. The performing arts space, located inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, is a fairly common venue for Indianapolis events, especially when the IMA is hosting a film series, which it does about bi-annually. However, this week the Toby Theater is going to be doing double duty as two award winning films will be playing at the popular Indianapolis museum. Luckily for avid Indianapolis art fans, the films will be shown on two different nights, Thursday and Friday, so you don’t have to worry about the Toby being packed to capacity. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will be showing the modern drama La Mission on Thursday, January 13, 2011 and the classic noir flick Criss Cross on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Toby Theater.

Video of a scene from Criss Cross, showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis January 14, 2011

 

La Mission: January 13, 2011

Released in 2009, La Mission was directed by Peter Bratt and tells the story of a Chicano father and his son. Che, the father, is a recovering alcoholic and former inmate trying to turn his life around on the streets of San Francisco. His closest confidant is his son, Jesse, but when Jesse reveals his homosexuality, Che flies into a rage. Beaten and disowned, Jesse is cast away and broken while his father must fight to convince himself of the rightness of his actions. Set in the Mission District of San Francisco, La Mission is a film about acceptance, self-discovery, and the very human price of homophobia. Hailed as “a satisfying and movingly acted story” by the Chicago Tribune, La Mission premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and has shown at the San Francisco and Palm Springs International Film Festivals.

Video of the trailer for La Mission, showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis on Thursday, January 13, 2011

 

A special treat for film goers attending La Mission in Indianapolis: director Peter Bratt will be on hand to discuss the film after the showing. Presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indiana Youth Group, and the Latino Youth Collective, this showing of La Mission is presented with close captions and an ASL interpreter, so everyone can enjoy this modern drama.

Criss Cross: January 14, 2011

Continuing the noir theme of the 2011 Winter Nights Film Series at the Indianapolis Museum of Art is Criss Cross, showing at the Toby Theater on Friday, January 14, 2011. This classic noir flick, starring Burt Lancaster, Dan Duryea, and Yvonne DeCarlo, was directed by Robert Siodmak and released in 1949. Based around a love triangle between Steve Thompson (Lancaster), his ex-wife, and a mobster, Criss Cross is full of deceit, flashbacks, beautiful noir cinematography, a trademark femme fatale, and of course, plenty of crime. Criss Cross was originally the subject of tepid reviews, but it’s since become a film noir staple, hailed as “1940’s film noir at its most influential,” (Dennis Schwartz, 2004) and “an archly noir story replete with triple and quadruple crosses, leading up to one of the most shockingly cynical endings in the whole genre” (Chicago Reader).

Video of the trailer for Criss Cross, showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis on January 14, 2011

 

As usual, the IMA wants to educate viewers as well as entertain them. Their showing of Criss Cross will be no different: Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, will be on hand for an introduction and after film discussion on the artistry and impact of Criss Cross. As is befitting a classic noir film, Criss Cross will be shown using 35mm film, just like Blood Simple was shown last week.

This week, the Indianapolis Museum of Art gives Indy residents a double dose of film in the Toby Theater. La Mission will be showing at the Indianapolis theater on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Toby Theater. Access to La Mission is completely free, and there will be a discussion after the movie. Criss Cross, part of the 2011 Winter Nights Film Series, will be showing in the Toby Theater on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:00. The viewing of Criss Cross costs $9 for regular access and $5 for IMA members; there will be an introduction and after film discussion by Eddie Muller. If you’re a fan of modern drama, classic noir, or both, you’ll be right at home at the Toby Theater when the IMA shows La Mission and Criss Cross on January 13 and 14, 2011.

La Mission at the Toby Theater
Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
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2011 Winter Nights Film Series Presents Criss Cross
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9/public, $5/members
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