7th Annual Whiskey Creek Film Fest coming up in Wadena
The annual Whiskey Creek Film Festival will return to Wadena's Cozy Theatre this year on Sept. 14-20. As always, the festival will aim to show the best current movies not available at most theatres in the region.
Seven feature films, plus a number of short films created by Minnesota filmmakers, make the festival an event that many people in the region anticipate. Included in the mix is a free family movie to be screened Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Highlights of the festival will include the highly-acclaimed "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "To Rome With Love," "Bully," and "Moonrise Kingdom."
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is the story of a 6-year-old girl on the brink of orphanhood, set in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, the girl believes the natural world is in balance with the universe - until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes.
Woody Allen's new comedy "To Rome with Love," a follow-up to last year's "Midnight in Paris," promises a romantic escape in one of the most alluring cities on earth. Stars in Allen's movie include himself, Roberto Benigni, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, and Penelope Cruz.
"Bully" is a documentary about a nationally important subject that has not been shown widely. Lee Hirsch, a Sundance Festival award-winning director, made the film, which follows five kids and families over the course of a school year.
"Moonrise Kingdom" features Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton telling a wonderful story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness.
A complete schedule and descriptions of movies can be found at whiskeycreekfilmfestival.org.
Tickets are available at the Cozy box office, the Harvest Thyme Bistro and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Price of a festival pass - all six films - is $30.
The Whiskey Creek Film Festival is made possible by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council with funding appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and from the Arts and Culture legacy amendment, by the Wadena Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and by many businesses in the region.