The Festivus Film Festival is getting ready to kick off tonight at the Bug Theatre, and we figured it was as good as time as any to dig into the festival schedule and try to find some stuff worth seeing. With somewhere around 60 films on display, there should be something for everyone, with large blocks of time dedicated to short films, local films and comedies spread throughout the weekend. Click through to see the five we're most excited about.
5. True Nature Thursday, 6:45 p.m., at the Bug Theatre
True Nature looks like a mesh between a thriller and horror movie. It follows the story of the Pascal family, whose daughter, Marianne, disappears while jogging, only to return a year later with no memory of the event. There is certainly something weird going on, but as far as we can tell, the film is going to withhold any truths until the very end.
4. Walled City Friday, 4 p.m., at the Oriental Theater, as part of the "Twisted Tales Short Films" block
Walled City is really just a teaser of everything else that will be showing during the "Twisted Tales Short Films" section of the weekend, but its mix between 2D and 3D with a clear homage to graphic novels is hard not to be impressed by.
3. Boy Wonder Friday, 6:45 p.m., at the Oriental Theater
We've seen this story time and time again in superhero movies, but judging by the trailer, it looks like Boy Wonder is taking the idea of a boy seeking vengeance for a childhood crime in a very serious manner, without the tights. We didn't even realize we wanted a serious revenge fantasy movie until we caught glimpse of this one.
2. Dreamscapes Sunday, 7 p.m., at the Bug Theatre, as part of the "Locals Only Colorado Film Showcase"
Dreamscapes kind of looks like a cross between, eh, Dreamscape (starring Dennis Quaid) and Inception, but in a nice, condensed form. As it's an indie film, we'd expect there to be a little more science involved, but it's hard to say for sure.
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1. David Wants to Fly Saturday, 8 p.m. at the Oriental Theater
Indie documentaries have an uncanny knack of picking up on the weird and the unusual, and David Wants to Fly seems to hone in on that idea. We honestly can't tell if this is supposed to be a comedy or a very serious look at transcendental meditation, but it looks cool either way.