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New York Mills Regional Cultural Center helps sponsor Whiskey Creek Film Festival

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is continuing to foster the growth of arts, entertainment, and community this upcoming week. The Cultural Center is one of many sponsors who are bringing the 5th Annual Whiskey Creek Film Festival to life.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center was thanked by event organizers, as the Center serves as the Festival's fiscal agent and makes it possible for the Center's executive director, Jamie Robertson, to be involved in the event.

Several films will run throughout the festival, including Winter's Bone, winner of Best Picture and Best Screenplay awards at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film also won audience awards from the Boston Film Festival and San Francisco Film Festival.

Winter's Bone was praised by The New Yorker as "a work of art that grabs hold and won't let go." Rolling Stone magazine wrote of the film as, "Remarkable! Unforgettable! It means to shake you, and it does."

Also featured during the festival are such films as Cyrus: "a recently divorced guy meets the woman of his dreams - then he meets her son" (Rated R). Another film, Babies, "might restore your faith in our perplexing, peculiar and stubbornly lovable species" (Rated PG).

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work celebrates the comedienne's life and career as she turns seventy-five years old. "Joan Rivers is a comic force of nature, and this no-bull documentary offers a profanely hilarious peek into the 75th year of her life, on the road and off. Fasten your seat belts," wrote Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine. (Rated R).

Festival organizers said that The Kids are All Right was "the most talked-about movie at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and the winner of the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival."

The Kids are All Right was written by Lisa Cholodenko and written in collaboration with Stuart Blumberg. "Two children who are conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their life," write the festival organizers.

A.O. Scott of The New York Times calls the film Around a Small Mountain "as transporting and graceful as a ride in a balloon." The film, directed by Jacques Rivertte brings forth "lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art".

Free screenings of How to Train Your Dragon, a 3-D film, will be held on Friday, September 10, at 5 p.m., and 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. Anne Horowitz of the New York Post says that the children in the film "teach the adult Vikings peaceful coexistence with dragons." After the main character, Hiccup, can't bring himself to kill a dragon he captured, he sets it free.

Admission to one film is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, and $4.50 for youths. A six-film festival pass is $30. Tickets are available at the Cozy Theatre box office, An Open Book (Wadena), and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

The festival was funded, in part, by Legacy funding, money allocated to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

Other sponsors include Arvig Communication Systems, the Minnesota State Arts Board, First National Bank in Wadena, Ameriprise Financial: Craig and Associates, Wadena State Bank, An Open Book, and Cozy Theatre.

The festival also thanked the 5 Wings Arts Council, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minnesota State Legislature, and "the citizens of Minnesota who have provided major funding for the Festival."

Festival organizers also thanked David Quincer, owner of the Cozy Theatre, for hosting the event. Board members Don Garey, Mary Harrison, Sally Robertson, and John Husband were also thanked.

Organizers also spread thanks to "the fine patrons of the festival who continue to support fine film art in rural Minnesota."