IMA Summer Nights Film Series: Across the Universe (June 4)

One of the most celebrated summer traditions in Indianapolis society is the Indianapolis Museum of Arts Summer Nights Film Series. Nothing beats an outdoor picnic in a beautiful setting as dusk cues a film’s beginning. Laze on a blanket as you dine on gourmet and homemade foods. Sip on wine as you anticipate the film, and simply relax. Friday, June 4, 2010 marks the official start of the Indianapolis Museum of Art‘s Summer Nights Film Series with Across the Universe by famed director Julie Taymor. Inspired by the music of The Beatles and packed with stunning visuals from Taymor’s artistic brain, Across the Universe provides a trippy journey through the lives a few young people during the turbulent 1960s.

Across the Universe interweaves a number of stories of several different characters whose lives cross paths during the late 1960s. The film begins in The Beatles’ home of Liverpool, England, where a young shipyard worker Jude asks if “anyone wants to hear his story all about the girl who came to stay.” Jude enlists in the navy, against the wishes of his mother and girlfriend, and travels by ship to the United States. The story meanders through the lives of the people Jude meets as he explore America.

When he befriends a Princeton student, Max, it sets Jude on a path to mingle with Max’s upper class society of eccentric and over privileged people consumed by drugs and alcohol. When he meets Max’s sister Lucy, Jude sings of love at first sight. But after a falling out with his parents, Max moves to Greenwich Village to live the bohemian lifestyle, taking Jude with him. From their the story continues as a journey of self discovery and trip through the iconic events of the 1960s enhanced by the music of The Beatles. Take a chance to remember the struggle for free speech, civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll in a stunning combination of love action, animation and the life changing music of The Beatles.

The cast of young actors in Across the Universe stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson. Cameo appearances are made by Selma Hayek, Bono, Eddie Izzard, Bill Irwin and Joe Cocker. With thirty four musical numbers, everyone’s favorite Beatles song is given light, including “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Dear Prudence,” “Blackbird,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Happiness is a Warm Gun,” “All You Need is Love,” and of course, “Hey Jude.”

Tickets the the Summer Nights Film Series are $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis museum and $10.00 to Indianapolis people. Indianapolis kids under six are admitted for FREE. The movies are shown in the gorgeous outdoor amphitheater on the grounds of the IMA, facing the 100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Doors open at 6:00 pm to members of the IMA and 6:30 pm to the public. The film begins at sunset.

Video: Across the Universe Trailer at the IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana

Enjoy a full barbecue with cash bar before the Summer Nights Film Series for only $30.00 ($25.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum). Barbecue tickets for kids at seven to ten are $19.00 for the public and $15.00 for members. For kids age four to six, tickets are $10.00. On the menu are freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, black bean burger and a variety of summer salads and treats. Barbecue starts at 6:00 pm.

After the film head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for cocktails from any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! m Make the Circle City your playground!

Across the Universe
IMA Summer Nights Film Series
Friday, June 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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