GOSHEN — The River Bend Film Festival has something for everyone, even people who aren’t much into movies.
The three-day event will feature dozens of both short-length and feature films from local and national independent filmmakers, but also more.
“For the 2019 festival, we’re expanding to include other art forms, including fine art, spoken word and music,” said Adrienne Nesbitt, director of events for Eyedart Creative Studio, which coordinates the annual showcase.
The music of Rudy Love will be a featured topic during the events of the weekend.
The documentary “This is Love” at the Goshen Theatre tells the story of Love’s career, undercut by shady music business practices, and his irrepressible love of music despite that. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“At the heart of it, ‘This Is Love’ is about an artist – one who should be a household name – finally getting some of the recognition he deserves,” Nesbitt said. “And if his music doesn’t move you, check your pulse.”
The “This Is Love” screening Friday will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Rudy Love and film producer Shawn Rhodes, a former Goshen College student. Admission is $12 or a festival pass.
Special guests and events will be part of all the feature-length film screenings during the festival.
Love and Rhodes will host a listening party at downtown venue Ignition Music Garage at 2 p.m. The event will be broadcast live by 91.1 The Globe, and hosted by Globe station manager Jason Samuel. The listening party will highlight Love’s music, along with the music of artists he’s influenced. Admission for the listening party is $12 or a festival pass.
Then Rudy Love & The Love Family will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Goshen Theater, and tickets are $20 each.
Other special guests will be part of all the feature-length film screenings during the festival as well.
“His Girl Friday” will be shown at 11 a.m. Friday, at the Goshen Theater. The movie was directed by Hollywood legend Howard Hawks, a one-time Goshen resident. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with local historians. Admission is $12 or a festival pass.
“Don’t Be Nice,” a film about five African-American, Afro-Hispanic, and queer poets, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Goshen Theater. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with producer Nikhil Melnechuk on the theater stage. Admission is $12 or a festival pass.
“Spare Room,” a 2018 drama, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Art House on Saturday. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with producer James Portolese, originally from Mishawaka. Admission is $12 or a festival pass.
This year’s festival has a focus on Indiana filmmakers, including writer and director John Hancock (“Prancer”). Hancock will be at the Art House at 4 p.m. Friday for an intimate discussion about the art of filmmaking. Admission is by festival pass only.
Other artists will also be in the spotlight at the festival.
Makeup special effects expert and Goshen native Sarah Elizabeth will be at the Art House at 2 p.m. Friday leading a workshop focusing on fantasy makeup in film. The Goshen College graduate living in Vancouver, Canada, is an award-winning makeup artist for television, theater and film. She has worked on the TV series “iZombie,” “Travelers,” “Wu Assassins” and “Van Helsing.” Admission is by festival pass only.
A conversation with local artist Robert Townsend is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Art House. Townsend is the subject of “My Indiana Muse,” a short film to be featured in the documentary block of films beginning at 4:30 Saturday at the Goshen Theatre. This Art House event is free of charge and open to the public. Admission to the documentary block at the theater is $12 or a festival pass.
The River Bend Film Festival is a celebration of independent filmmaking.
“The River Bend Film Festival has made downtown Goshen a yearly destination for filmmakers and film lovers alike,” Nesbitt said.
Through screenings, workshops, celebrity guest appearances and VIP parties, the festival brings filmmakers and their fans together to celebrate the art of film. To purchase tickets and learn more about the festival, visit riverbendfilmfest.com or visit the Goshen Theater ticket office starting at noon Thursday. Online ticket sales end at noon Wednesday.