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Turn on and Tune in to Old Time Radio at BIFF, Feb. 24
The Beloit International Film Festival focuses most of its ten days to the work of emerging film makers, focusing on the narratives, documentaries and short films they are producing today.
But one of the most popular elements of BIFF in recent years has been a throwback to the past in content and technology. On opening night, leading off the festivities, vintage classic radio becomes the art form of the moment.
This year BIFF welcomes the Janesville Radio Players for a performance of the radio drama, All About Eve. The hour-long performance will be live at La Casa Grande on Fri., Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. It will be simultaneously broadcast live on WCLO Radio replete with music, sound effects and a live studio audience.
Sponsored by Beloit Regional Hospice and WCLO Radio, the free presentation transform the spacious screening venue at La Casa Grande. Directed by Jim Stewart the Janesville Radio Players include all local actors.
All About Eve is based on the Oscar winning 1950 movie starring Bette Davis as a highly regarded but aging Broadway star whose career is threatened by an ambitious young fan who insinuates herself into her life and her personal relationships.
“Vintage radio theatre has become a popular part of BIFF over recent years when they outstanding actors have broadcast Casablanca and the Maltese Falcon,” notes BIFF Executive Director Max Maiken. “It is extremely well done, whether you are introducing another generation to the way live radio used to be produced or taking a trip down memory lane yourself.
“And the nice twist on our production is that if you get there before the ‘ON AIR’ light goes on, you can get a taco and a margarita.”
The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 13th season, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with additional support provided by Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.