by Joyless Staff
The Awards Season is upon us! Although we at Joyless Creatures are critical of their importance and relevance, there's no denying the power that national awards ceremonies wield. These little hunks of metal can go a long way toward determining a filmmaker or actor's future, and though they are notoriously bad at choosing films that will go down in history as classic masterpieces, they are a fun way to watch a lot of rich people suffer through each other's company or drunkenly swear on live television.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are just one set among many, but in advance of its February 21 awards ceremony, the Walker Art Center is offering free, members-only screenings of films nominated for Independent Spirit Awards in four categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Documentary, and the John Cassavetes Award. Sadly, these screenings are only open to members of the Walker Art Center or IFP Minnesota. (Then again, individual memberships start at $55, so it might be worth your while if you make it to all 20 films.) Below are the films among them that have made it under our critical microscope over the last year.