FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marty Densch- BIFF Executive Director
Beloit, Wis. – BIFF continues strong this week with films daily and a variety of popular special events that have been associated with BIFF for years. Films will be screened Monday through Thursday at 5:30 and 7:30 at Domenico’s and the Hendricks Center for the Arts at Beloit College. The week offers a great opportunity to catch some of the popular films that are sold out on the weekends.
And then starting Friday, the weekend is loaded. Films start screening at 2:30 on Friday and at noon Saturday and Sunday. Saturday afternoon BIFF will turn its attention to this year’s Festival recognition of Women in Film with a discussion led by Melissa Houghton, executive director of Women In Film & Video in Washington, D.C. The panel is at 2:30 p.m. in the Rooftop Room at the Hotel Goodwin and is free and open to the public. Underwritten by an anonymous donor, seating is limited.
The final night of BIFF features The BMO Harris Silent Film Showcase, presenting Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 silent classic The Kid, accompanied by the award-winning Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Chris Behrens. It will be presented at the Beloit Memorial High School auditorium, 1225 4th St., at 7 p.m on March 2. Tickets are $20 and children are $5. The venue offers adequate seating and convenient parking.
And Sunday will see one of the largest crowds of BIFF at Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theatre for the annual free First National Bank and Trust Company Classic Film at 2 p.m. This year’s film, selected in a poll of First National Bank customers and Beloit Film Society members, will be the 1964 Oscar winning Mary Poppins.
The BIFF downtown Festival Box Office in the Abba Gallery in CELEB at 439 East Grand Ave. opens each day at 11 a.m. and tickets may still be purchased online.
Scores of Filmmakers will be visiting and staying in Beloit throughout BIFF and are always available for coffee, a beer and a conversation.
The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 14th 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.