An International Film Festival, Right Here in Beloit
This year marks the 14th anniversary of the Beloit International Film Festival. Located in the heart of Beloit, this year’s screenings are being held at The Hendricks Art Center, Bushel & Peck’s, Bagels & More, Domenicos, La Casa Grande and the Beloit Public Library. The festival offers an eclectic selection of films, ranging from narrative features to documentaries to shorts. Some of the films being shown this year are “Bullied”, a documentary “that tracks the causes and consequences of bullying, along with programs and solutions that have had an impact on mitigating bullying in schools”, “The Book of Birdie”, a religious horror film about “a fragile, imaginative teenager placed in a dying convent” and “The Lost Boyz of Chicago”, a documentary short that follows “a youth baseball league playing to reclaim their community from gang violence within one of the of the most violent neighborhoods in America.”
In addition to the film screenings, BIFF has held up the tradition of hosting interactive events. Two film workshops are open to the public for free. The topic of this year’s filmmaker workshop is movie marketing with zero budget, and the workshop will feature Gavin Booth, celebrated for his work on the first live movie broadcast “Fifteen” and award-winning director James Choi. B.A.D or BIFF After Dark features live music every night that the film festival is taking place. Among the musical acts is Chris Behren’s Jazz Quartet, playing at the Grand Avenue Pub. On BIFF’s website, the event is described “The name says it all. It’s jazz at it’s finest. Nightly drink specials and no cover charge.”
Countless film festival events are happening in Beloit until March 1st. Go and check it out.