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The local filmmaker crafting a new breed of social issue film with 'Indiana'

by Ben Sapet Most social issue films follow a similar, well-trodden formula. When a narrative is centered around an issue there are certain “musts” involved: it must demonstrate the damage of the issue, create empathy for those effected by the issue and ultimately justify the relevance of the issue. In fulfilling these (and many other) check boxes, social issue films become formulaic almost out of a sense of duty to the subject matter. How, then, does one create a mold-breaking social issue film? Indiana filmmaker Andrew Davis’s feature length debut, Indiana, has plotted what may be that mold-breaking approach to the social issue film. Rather than centering the film on an issue, as is customary for a social issue film, Davis centers his film around the realities of Midwestern culture and its tendency to be exclusionary despite its reputation for wholesomeness and humility.

Film pitch for Davis's 'Indiana'

Davis’s hand-drawn symbol for the film – Image from Seed&Spark
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