Staff Pick: Independent Film Showcase offers comfort for during blockbuster season

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

As we are about to head into the summer season of constant Hollywood wannabe blockbusters, you can find a little comfort that there are still outlets for independence.

The Gateway Film Center will be trotting out the indies with their third Independent Film Showcase featuring a whopping 18 films.

Among the more intriguing drama offerings is "Electrick Children," a tale of a teenager in a fundamentalist Mormon community who claims her pregnancy is immaculate conception after finding a cassette of rock music. Also recommended is "The Silence," a German thriller about the unsolved disappearance of a young girl.

The slate of comedies is led by "He's Way More Famous Than You," featuring Halley Feiffer offering a comedic take on her own struggles in Hollywood after appearing in Noah Baumbach's indie darling "The Squid and the Whale." It's like indie film Inception!

Documentaries are well represented, including "Ain't in It for my Health: A Film about Levon Helm," an intimate portrait of the late drummer/singer of The Band.

Most films are limited to two or three showings, so you can either check the schedule on the Gateway website or, in true indie fashion, just take a chance and see something unexpected.

Gateway Film Center

Various showings May 10-16