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Whiskey Creek Film Festival returns with 6 shows September 9-15

Film festival goers can purchase an all-access pass for $35 or single-film ticket for $8 for those 13 and older, $7 for those 65 and older and $6 for those 12 and younger.

The Whiskey Creek Film Festival draws people to the Cozy Theatre from across the region.
The Whiskey Creek Film Festival draws people to the Cozy Theatre in Wadena from across the state.
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WADENA – The Whiskey Creek Film Festival is returning to Wadena after a year hiatus. Six films will be featured including romance, action, comedy and animated films. The fun starts on Friday, Sept. 9 and concludes on Thursday, Sept. 15 with all films playing at The Cozy Theatre , 223 Jefferson Street S.

The Whiskey Creek Film Festival was named after a river that runs through the east side of town.

“I wish I could tell people a neat story about whiskey being poured into the river during prohibition, but I don’t know how the river got its name,” said Dave Quincer, one of the event organizers and owner of Cozy Theatre.

The Whiskey Creek Film Festival began in 2005, after Quincer and his friend Jamie Robertson discussed the idea. What was a dream became reality as they figured out the logistics of the film festival. A board was formed and the rest seemed to fall into place.

“We wanted to bring films to town that normally wouldn’t play because most are independently produced,” he said.

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Getting access to films can be a challenge, as not all are available. Through contacts made, the film festival board (Quincer, Robertson, Alice Martin, Rod Nordberg, Mary Dye Moen and Elizabeth Hawkins) have been able to secure films that were notable box office hits at venues that play independent films.

An investigative TV show filmed at the lodge in Perham in late February.

“We (the film festival committee) pick movies that will appeal to our customer base,” Quincer said. “We start with a lot of ideas and titles and narrow it down from there. This year we are offering six films.”

Film festival goers can purchase an all-access pass for $35 or single-film ticket for $8 for those 13 and older, $7 for those 65 and older and $6 for those 12 and younger.

The films to be shown include:

“Vengeance,” a dark comedy thriller about a podcaster who goes to a funeral of a fling because the woman’s family was under the impression the two were a couple. He learns some locals believe the death was a murder.

“As actor, writer and debuting director, a seriously funny B.J. Novak takes aim at an America broken by disconnection,”said Peter Travers, ABC News. “He doesn’t hit every target, but when he does this tale of a New York liberal battling Texas gun nuts comes alive with mirth and menace.”

Director B.J. Novak may draw viewers because of his work on the hit show “The Office,” as may other well-known actors in the film, including Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook and Louanne Stephens. However, the rave reviews on IMDb from viewers and critics alike suggest this film would’ve been a hit regardless.

“Vengeance” debuts at the festival on Friday, Sept. 9 at 9:15 p.m. and has a second showing the same time on Saturday, Sept. 10. Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. the movie will again be offered, with a final showing on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

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“A Love Song” is about widowers in their twilight years connecting to see if a long-extinguished flame will spark once again. The PG-rated film was directed by Max Walker-Silverman, who made his directing debut in 2019.

“This is a very gentle, low-key humanistic tale told with a lot of subtlety and grace,” said National Public Radio Movie Critic Claudia Puig.

The film, which was released in late July, will play on Friday, Sept. 9 at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3:15 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7:10 p.m.

“The Phantom of the Open” is the true story about a crane operator who is a novice golfer that managed to qualify for the British Open Golf Championship.

“Despite its light subject matter, ‘Phantom’ is about something more than an obscure British folk hero … It’s a story about following your passion, not because of the heights this path will take you to, but because it makes you happy,” said Washington Post writer Michael O’Sullivan.

Craig Roberts directed the PG-13 rated film that found its way to theaters in June. Roberts has a long resume of acting in films and three credits as a film director. His directorial debut was in 2015.

The film will be shown on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1:15 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7:10 p.m., and at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept. 15.

“Mr. Malcolm’s List” is quite literally about a list that a wealthy man made highlighting qualities he seeks in a perfect match. One woman fell short and became a jilted suitor. The experience pushes her bruised ego to teach the wealthy man a lesson in humility.

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“This amiable and engaging cinematic truffle is tasty fun for romance fans,” said Randy Myers of the San Jose Mercury News.

The PG-rated film is directed by Emma Holly Jones and was released in July.
“Mr. Malcolm’s List” will play at the Whiskey Creek Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 3:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11; and 7:10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12.

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” is an animated film, presented as a documentary, that touches on many aspects of life, from danger to grief and friendship to wisdom and is done with grace and humor.

"Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" will make your spirit soar and remind you to enjoy those you love, inhale a bit of fresh air, and respect the earth every second as though it were your very first time,” said Carla Renata, a movie reviewer for RogerEbert.com. “ It's a reminder to embrace all the stages of grief and see our dark chapters as changes that somehow make us better on the other side.”

The PG-rated film was directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp and released in July. Fleischer-Camp began his journey in films in 2008 as a film editor. Since then, he has added writer, producer, editorial department, actor, cinematographer and director to his resume.

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” will play at the Whiskey Creek Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” is adapted from a 1958 novel that tells the story of a housekeeper’s quest to purchase a high-end dress at the fabled House of Dior. Fun follows in the PG rated film that was released in July.

“I was charmed by this unapologetic fairy tale about a cleaning woman who dreams of wearing a beautiful ball gown designed by Christian Dior,” said critic Leonard Maltin. “Lesley Manville is a marvel, and this film is a lovely vehicle for her—the perfect embodiment of Ada Harris.”

The movie is directed by Anthony Fabian, who began working in the movie industry in 1994.

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” will debut at the film festival on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., with more showings on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept. 14.

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