SATURDAY

Two decades after MTV shook up the music business, there’s another music-video revolution going on: Home-computer editing and animation programs now make it possible for indie acts to produce professional-looking videos without mega-corporate budgets. This program of selections from the second annual Indie Music Video Festival features clips by bands from around the world, with an emphasis on Canada. (The fest is based in Vancouver.) There’s lots of animation, relatively little performance footage, and only a few videos in which a singer archly lip-syncs while walking through some incongruous situation. The bands represented include such indie-label stars as Bright Eyes and the Get-Up Kids, but most of them are obscure, probably deservedly so. (That’s one problem with the selection: These are music videos, after all, yet the images are usually more interesting than the songs.) Highlights include the Faint’s “Agenda Suicide,” which riffs on the schematic drawings and Soviet Constructivist typography of the band’s album covers; Boy’s “Joey,” which looks like children’s-book illustrations come to life; and Spookey Ruben’s “Shauna,” a conventional singer-walks-through-some-incongruous-situation video, but one that brings a welcome bit of spontaneity to the proceedings. This screening is co-sponsored by the Justice Through Music project, which is associated with Epoxy, a local trio. Epoxy’s “Killing Field,” (pictured), which addresses George W. Bush’s enthusiasm for capital punishment, is the edgiest clip in a fest that is preponderantly a celebration of indie-pop whimsy. The Indie Music Video Festival screens at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)