ONCE Film to be Featured on Reel13's Indie Series

A couple's road trip transforms their relationship. A country bumpkin leaves the family farm for the peacetime Air Force, much to the dismay of his new sergeant. A missionary and his bride travel to Hawaii to spread their Christian beliefs. An American dancer goes to London and falls in love. Stories of relationships and travel make up Reel13's featured classics in February.

Reel13's Indie revisits three independent films that made their U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival: Matthew Bonifacio's "Lbs." in 2004, Chris Terrio's debut feature "Heights" in 2005, and John Carney's "Once" in 2007. Also featured in February is the Chinese drama "The Piano in the Factory" (2010), from directors Zhang Meng and Jae-young Kwak.

Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña.

The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.


"Two for the Road" (1967) Dir: Stanley Donen

Travels across Europe change a marriage. With Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.

"Heights" (2005) Dir: Chris Terrio

Five New Yorkers are challenged to find their destiny in a 24-hour period. With Elizabeth Banks, Glenn Close and James Marsden.


"No Time for Sergeants" (1958) Dir: Mervyn LeRoy

A naive Georgia rube joins the peacetime Air Force. With Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick and Nick Adams.

"Lbs." (2004) Dir: Matthew Bonifacio

A 315-pound man moves to the country to kick his food addiction. With Carmine Famiglietti, Michael Aronov and Miriam Shor.


"Hawaii" (1966) Dir: George Roy Hill

A New England missionary and his bride bring Christianity to 1820s Hawaii. Based on the novel by James Michener. With Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow and Richard Harris.

"The Piano in the Factory" (2010) Dir: Zhang Meng, Jae-young Kwak

To fight for custody of his daughter who loves playing the piano, a steel factory worker decides to forge a piano from scratch. With Yongzhen Guo, Shin-yeong Jang and Qian Liu


"Top Hat" (1935) Dir: Mark Sandrich

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers spar, dance cheek to cheek, and fall in love in this witty RKO musical featuring the songs of Irving Berlin. With Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, and Helen Broderick.

"Once" (2006) Dir: John Carney

An Irish street musician and a Czech immigrant co-write love songs. Basis of the current Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. With Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Hugh Walsh

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