By Steven D. Manning
Special to Frost Illustrated
This is the 14th year that Windsong Pictures is hosting the film festival, which is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m., March 14 in Neff Hall 101 on the IPFW campus. It’s co-sponsored by the IPFW film Festival Club. One of the great things about it is there has never been an admission charge, and this year is no exception.
Here’s a brief overview of the lineup of this year’s film festival:
Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.—Opening night. The screening of International films from Japan, India, England, and the US. Feature Films: All these motion pictures have been produced by the folks from Windsong pictures.
Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. —Calliope. This film is full of adventure, comedy, drama and intrigue along with a true recreation of circus life in the 1970. It was shot in Fort Wayne, Peru, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan. There is a cast of over 400 people hailing from Ft. Wayne, many other states and several countries.
Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m.—Alaskan Gold Fever. This theatrical film was shot in Alaska And in northern Michigan. In the story line a group of college students are led by two college professors on a summer excursion to Alaska to receive college credit.
Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.—Indiana Aviation Heroes & Spreading Wings. This film was produced by Windsong Pictures 10 years ago and features Amelia Earhart who flew into Smith Field many times when she worked at Purdue University. The cast also features Harry Levell, outstanding Tuskegee Airman from Richmond, Ind., and aviation pioneer Margaret Ringenberg from Fort Wayne.
Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m., three new 2013 Windsong Short Films—Mrs. Claus is Missing. This film was shot in Fort Wayne, on Mark’s Ark Farm in Auburn and in North Pole, Alaska. In it, Mrs. Claus is kidnapped by agents of the Christmas Grinch. The Grinch lieutenants force Mrs. Claus to bake her world famous cookies which are sold on the black market to raise funds to buy a new Grinchmobile.
Wedding Coordinators. In this highly hilarious film, two bungling wedding coordinators on the verge of taking the plunge into the poor house finally land a wedding job through the help of a wily friend.
The Nasty Neighbor. This satirical comedy pits the most dreaded, nastiest neighbor in town against the entire neighborhood.
An exciting addition to the film festival will be the on location shooting of Windsong’s 2014 feature film entitled “Street Symphony,” on March 16 and 17. Auditions for dancers and actors for the movie are scheduled to be held 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m., March 16 in Neff Hall 101 at IPFW.
For more information about the International Windsong Film Festival, call Executive Director Michael Floyd, at (260) 348-5510
Steven D. Manning serves on the Board of Directors of Windsong Pictures. He’s also president of the IPFW Film Fesitval Club and CEO of Manning Video Productions LLC.