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Discover the Art of Film During Brown County's Arts Village Cinefest, June 17-18

June 11, 2016

In a nod to its rich art history, Brown County will host a two-day film festival featuring art and artists, June 17-18. The second annual Arts Village Cinefest not only will celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial, but also will highlight Brown County’s heritage through the art of film.

From film screenings to workshops, this unique event will offer an inside look into the lives of artists from Brown County and beyond. Documentaries, films, and photography will tell the story of Brown County’s famed art colony, as well as showcase both past and present art by local and statewide artists. There will even be some hands-on activities for festival-goers who are eager to immerse themselves in art.

Arts Village Cinefest will kick off on Friday, June 17 with an evening of documentary films and wine at the historic and newly expanded Brown County Art Gallery. Guests will be able to enjoy local spirits as they learn how early artists used both canvas and film to capture the character of Brown County's scenery and settlers. Documentaries for the evening will include Artists of Brown County and Hohenberger in Brown County. Friday’s event begins at 7 p.m. and costs $15 at the door.

Arts Village Cinefest continues on Saturday, June 18 with a day filled with film fun and more at the Brown County Playhouse. At 11 a.m., there will be an interactive workshop detailing smart phone video production. The workshop, Smarter Smart Phone Videos, will be led by master local photographer Tom Preston and will teach participants the ins and outs of snazzy smart phone video making. Videos made during the workshop will be shown at 4:30 p.m. on the Playhouse’s big screen for all to view. The cost of attendance is $5, which can be paid at the door.

At 2 p.m. two films will be shown at the Playhouse, followed by a discussion and Q&A session with scholars, artists, and relatives of early Brown County artists. Dive into the past and discover how art has shaped both Brown County and Indiana during screenings of 100 Years of Art and Artists in Indiana and Living Treasures of the Brown County Art Colony. Films and discussion are free to attend.

Up next on the Cinefest schedule is a video presentation of the work of photographer extraordinaire Jerry Uelsmann. At 3:45 p.m., excerpt from videos featuring the photography of Jerry Uelsmann, the forerunner of photomontage in 20th century America, will fill the Playhouse screen. This event is free to attend as well. Following the Uelsmann presentation, smart phone workshop videos will be on display beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Guests can top off their Cinefest fun with the festival’s feature film, Renoir, on Saturday evening. Renoir tells the story of Andrée Heuschling, the last model of Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and the first actress in films directed by his son, Jean Renoir. The link between the careers of two famous artists, this film captures Heushling’s connection to the Renoir’s, as well as showcases the work of both father and son. Admission to the feature film is $7 at the door.

As if all that wasn’t enough, a no-host Cinefest after party will take place beginning at 9 p.m. at the ever-popular Big Busted Bar in Big Woods Village. A hot spot for fun and entertainment, the Big Busted Bar features live music, local craft beers, and delicious food.

Arts Village Cinefest is organized and sponsored by Art Alliance Brown County and the Brown County Playhouse, along with the help of several generous donors. Art Alliance Brown County also hosts Brown County’s Village Art Walk, taking place the second Saturday of the month from May to November, as well as pARTake, a fine pairing of art and wine, on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Experience the art of film and immerse yourself in an arts heritage like none other during Arts Village Cinefest, June 17-18. Art is more than a past time in Brown County, it is a way of life.

For more information about Arts Village Cinefest, please visit, or call 812-340-8781. Information regarding other Art Alliance Brown County events also can be found online at

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