BIFF Cares 2020
Inspiring Film Series
BIFF CARES 2020, sponsored and created in cooperation with Beloit Health System, presents new independent films that shed light on health and wellness issues that are informative and inspiring. This year the program includes compelling films that will take audiences from growing up in the Arctic regions of Canada, to growing old, and veterans’ challenges at home.
The films deal with some of the most critical issues affecting our daily lives. At a number of the screenings filmmakers and Beloit Health System professionals will be on hand to engage the issues after the screening.
There will be five films in this year’s BIFF Cares program presentation:
When All That’s Left Is Love is the emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband at home. The film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families while showcasing the power of love that sustains patients and caregivers.
Unprescribed is a film that focuses on military veterans who, amid the opioid and suicide epidemics, are ditching prescription medications in favor of cannabis. In his first feature-length documentary, veteran Steve Ellmore chronicles the lives of fellow veterans and family members coping with war-related trauma and the loss of loved ones brought on by over-prescription of pharmaceuticals.
The Grizzlies is an inspiring film about a group of Inuit students in a small struggling Arctic community who are changed forever through the transformative power of sport. The heroic efforts and life-changing journey of the citizens of Kugluktuk are portrayed as they deal with teen substance abuse, depression and suicide.
And for the fourth year, BIFF proudly presents the work of The Harlem Vet Project produced by the students of Harlem High School in Machesney Park, Ill. The Project has annually produced unique and powerful films that capture the experiences of veterans. This year’s screenings will include The Faces that Never Fade, which looks at the impact of the Vietnam War through the experiences of John Tuttle whose journey will show how war lives on in every veteran; and Mr. Clarence, focusing on the Heartland’s Hospice Veteran Pinning Ceremony for Rockford vet William Clarence, highlighting the importance of closure for veterans and their families.
The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 15th season as the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is sponsored by the Hendricks Family Foundation and Visit Beloit in association with Beloit College. 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. Critical individual support for BIFF is provided through gifts and membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.