Ryan Churchill | BIFF 2018 Honorary Chair

Ryan Churchill – BIFF Honorary Chair 2018

Ryan Churchill will return to his hometown of Beloit in February as BIFF2018 Honorary Chair. The actor, director and producer will be on hand to welcome filmmakers and audiences and participate in a number of programs during the ten-day festival.

Film Index – 2017

BIFF 2017 Film Index

Filmmaker Attending:


One of the very best aspects of the Beloit International Film Festival; filmmakers attending the festival to present their films to you the BIFF audience.

Attending filmmakers will introduce their films, field Q&A following the film screening and generally “be around” town and the festival to talk about their project. Filmmakers will frequently comment on the level of engagement they’ve received from you, our increasingly film-savvy audiences. Our festival attendees routinely comment that the opportunity to meet the filmmakers was among their favorite aspects of the BIFF experience. Frequently we’re told, the opportunity to meet and hear from the filmmaker is a factor (wink) in deciding which films to attend.

So, come join in the group hug.
In the days ahead we’ll be posting below which films will have filmmakers attending. You’ll see this on the individual film pages also.

Title & LinkCategoryGenreRating

Short Slot

Filmmaker(s)
Attending
@MeShort NarrativeComedy, DramaPG13WI/IL Two

YES!

19 - The Tony Robinson Shooting a Case of Deadly BiasDocumentarySocial issuesPG13

YES!

A Beautiful DayShort NarrativeDrama, ThrillerR

YES!

A Beautiful MessShort NarrativeDrama, ThrillerPG13BIFF Selects
A Brilliant GenocideDocumentaryHistory, WarR

YES!

Act IIShort NarrativeComedy, MysteryPG13WI/IL Two
All the Wrong FriendsNarrativeDrama, ThrillerR

YES!

American Street KidDocumentaryDramaR

YES!

American ZombiesShort NarrativeHorror, ComedyRWI/IL One

YES!

AmiShort NarrativeAnimationGKids Saturday Morning
Around the CornerDocumentaryTravelPG

YES!

Art of Flying - TheShort DocumentaryNatureGReel Reality
Ataxian - TheDocumentaryAdventure, DramaPG
Battalion To My BeatShort DocumentaryDramaPG13Social Justice Warrior
Bear and the Owl - TheDocumentaryHuman spiritG

YES!

Bernie and RebeccaShort NarrativeDrama, Romantic comedyPG13Live laugh Love
Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy - TheShort NarrativeDramaPGLive laugh Love
Beyond The Wall DocumentarySocial issuesPG13

YES!

Blood Shaped Hole in my heartShort NarrativeExperimentalPGWI/IL One
BlurShort NarrativeDrama, Social issuesRWI/IL Two

YES!

Buddhist Science of the Mind - TheDocumentaryPG13
Carpe Kilimanjaro: An Alzheimer's StoryDocumentaryFamily, BiographyPG13

YES!

Church Of Felons/DocumentarySocial IssuesPG13

YES!

Cleansing Hour - TheShort NarrativeHorrorRExtended Stay
CradleShort NarrativeSci-fiGKids Saturday Morning
Day 1NarrativeSci-FiR

YES!

Dead Slow AheadDocumentaryHorror, Sci-FiPG
Dead Van Drivin'Short DocumentaryLifestylePG13WI/IL One
Deer Queen - TheShort NarrativeExperimentalRWI/IL Two
DemimondeNarrativeDrama, MysteryR
Democracy in the Driver's SeatShort NarrativeAction, ThrillerPG13WI/IL One

YES!

Diminished Risk - TheShort NarrativeComedyPG13Cradle
End of Fall NarrativeCrime, ThrillerR

YES!

First of Our Friends to Get Married - The NarrativeComedyR

YES!

Freshman, TheNarrativeComedyGSilent Film Showcase
From Mass to the MountainDocumentarySocial issuesPG

YES!

Game of CheckersNarrativeDramaR
GemŸtlichkeitShort NarrativeMusicalPG13WI/IL Two

YES!

GorillaShort NarrativeRomantic comedyPG13
GRAS: Generally Recognized as SafeShort NarrativeNews, ThrillerRWI/IL Two

YES!

GroundedShort NarrativeDramaPG13Social Justice Warrior
Hear the SilenceNarrativeHistory, DramaR

YES!

Heart of Nuba. TheDocumentaryHuman spiritPG13

YES!

Her Friend AdamShort NarrativeComedyRBIFF Selects
High SignsShort DocumentaryComedyPG

YES!

Hold onShort NarrativeDrama, MusicPG13BIFF Selects
Hollywood Shorties - TheDocumentaryHistory, SportPG13

YES!

I Am GangsterNarrativeAction, CrimeR

YES!

IronheadShort DocumentaryPhysical ArtsPGReel Reality

YES!

JadaShort NarrativeDramaPGLive laugh Love
Jim Brown's Amer-I-Can DreamDocumentaryBiography, Drama PG13
JonahNarrativeDrama, RomanceR
JosephineNarrativeDramaPG13
Joshua Tree: Threatened WonderlandÊShort DocumentaryNatureGReel Reality
Journey to AleppoShort DocumentaryHuman SpiritPG13Reel Reality
Kewaunee River of the LostShort DocumentaryEnvironmentalPG13

YES!

KilishekShort DocumentaryPhysical ArtsPG13WI/IL One
Land Beneath Our Feet - TheDocumentaryHistory, WarPG13

YES!

Last Day Of SummerNarrativeRomantic DramaR

YES!

Last Kill - TheNarrativeCrime ThrillerR
LimboShort NarrativeDramaPG13Extended Stay
Lobster fra DiavoloShort NarrativeComedyPGWI/IL Two

YES!

Longing for a KissNarrativeDramaPG13
Lost FaceShort NarrativeThrillerRBIFF Selects
LotteNarrativeDramaR
Love is a StingShort NarrativeFamily, ComedyPGKids Saturday Morning
Make Like A DogShort NarrativeComedyPG13Live laugh Love
MemoirShort NarrativeAction, AdventurePGLive laugh Love
MildredDocumentaryBiography, FamilyPG

YES!

MoneyNarrativeCrime ThrillerR
Monster Within, TheDocumentaryHistoryPG13

YES!

MoomShort NarrativeAnimationPGKids Saturday Morning
My Brother is a ZombieShort NarrativeComedyPG13Live laugh Love

YES!

Napoleon: The TicketShort NarrativeAnimationGKids Saturday Morning
Not my LifeDocumentarySocial IssuesPG13
OmessaShort NarrativeFamilyRSocial Justice Warrior
OnereShort NarrativeSelf acceptancePG13WI/IL One

YES!

Open Door - TheNarrativeComedyR

YES!

Operation Wolf PatrolShort DocumentarySocial issuesPG13WI/IL Two
OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time MachineDocumentaryPhysical ArtsPG

YES!

PartnersShort NarrativeRomantic ComedyPG13Live laugh Love
Peoples of the AnacondaAnthropologyPG13
Reinvention of Normal - TheShort NarrativeHuman SpiritPG13Reel Reality
Saving BanksyDocumentaryPhysical arts, Social issuesPG

YES!

Screen: RighterShort NarrativeAction, ComedyPG13WI/IL One

YES!

ScreenagersDocumentarySocial IssuesPG
SEED: The Untold StoryDocumentaryNaturePG
SeperatedShort NarrativeFamilyPG
September MorningNarrativeDrama, HistoryR

YES!

Silence - TheShort NarrativeDramaPG13Social Justice Warrior
SingShort NarrativeDramaPG
So Good To See YouShort NarrativeDramaticComedyRBIFF Selects
Stone Story DocumentaryLifestyleR

YES!

Story of Percival Pilts - TheShort NarrativeAnimationPGKids Saturday Morning
StrongroomShort NarrativeCrime DramaRWI/IL One

YES!

Tables of IstanbulDocumentaryFood, culturePG
Thank You For Your ServiceDocumentaryDramaR
Think TwiceShort NarrativeAction, ComedyRWI/IL Two

YES!

Tied to the SystemShort DocumentarySocial issuesPG13Reel Reality

YES!

Tim Timmerman Hope of AmericaNarrativeComedyPG13
UnderpressureShort NarrativeDramaRCradle
Veil of SilenceShort NarrativeDramaRCradle

YES!

Virgin Soldier - TheShort NarrativeDramaRExtended Stay
WallsDocumentarySocial issuesPG13
WarehousedNarrativePsychological DramaPG13
Way of GiantsShort NarrativeAnimationPGKids Saturday Morning
What I did in Fifth GradeDocumentaryEducationPG
You See MeDocumentaryFamily, HistoryPG

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BIFF Year ‘Round | 2016-17

BIFF Year Round


Join us each week for complimentary Coffee & Dessert with your movie!

Sponsored by:


Blackhawk Bank

An Uncommon Opportunity


BIFF pre-screens some of the very best award winning films submitted for the film festival.

You can review and vote for inclusion in our upcoming film festival. We will also screen some of the most popular films from prior BIFF festivals along with some of the cinema classics.



Talk with the Filmmakers


Immediately following each BYR screening the filmmakers join us via live screencast for conversation.

You will have the uncommon opportunity to discuss the film with the filmmakers themselves. So join us for this exceptional opportunity to enjoy some of the very best in independent film being produced and meet the filmmakers themselves.



Tickets

On-site only. No online tickets. Cash/check only

  • Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Richardson Auditorium at Beloit College
  • FREE — Open to the Public but seating is limited
    (No tickets issued. First come, first seated)

Presented by:

B St Theatre LogoBeloit College | BIFF 2016 Sponsor

Melissa Gilbert
Tim Busfield
&
The Filmmakers Workshop

Melissa Gilbert who played Laura Ingalls Wilder for 10 years on Little House on the Prairie and former president of the Screen Actors Guild and Tim Busfield, director and Emmy Award winning actor for his work on Thirtysomething will present a workshop at BIFF of interest to filmmakers and students of film.

Ms. Gilbert has appeared in scores of films for television and the big screen, and toured on stage as “Ma” Wilder in a musical version of Little House. She is currently a candidate for Congress in Michigan.

Mr. Busfield has been a regular or recurring character on 11 television series. He has appeared in over 30 feature films and television movies, has directed more than 90 television episodes and has appeared in over 50 plays.

Tim Busfield is the founder of and sits on the board of B St Theatre in Sacramento, CA where education is a fundamental aspect of their mission.


The WorkShop


Among the topics they will discuss are getting started in filmmaking, making films on a tight budget without sacrificing storyline, film centers outside of New York and L.A., and turning a story into a screenplay.

A BIFF 2016 Hot Ticket


We’re thrilled that this duo has a narrative feature in this season’s BIFF, One Smart Fellow.

We scheduled two screenings of One Smart Fellow. Due to overwhelming demand though both screenings sold out well in advance. So, we have just added an additional screening for this film.

Additional Screening Added!
Sat. Feb. 27th, 7:30 pm, Hendricks Center for the Arts

(And if this one sells out also… well, we’ll figure something out, yes?)

One Smart Fellow Poster


Richardson Auditorium
Beloit College


Closest to Emerson & College St. Intersection



Hollywood Film Festival Affiliate

The Beloit International Film Festival
2016 Award Winners

This Year‘s BIFFY’s


From an uplifting documentary about an extraordinary woman scaling new heights despite the lack of arms and an extraordinary film demonstrating the persistence and courage of a filmmaker chronicling the Jihadist teaching and opposition in Pakistan, to the story of creative interaction between a five year old and a 50 year old and the creative work of individuals devoted to making film festivals successful, the Beloit International Film Festival handed out the laurels with the 2016 BIFFY awards Saturday evening.

Honoring feature length and short form narratives and documentaries, 10 BIFFYs were distributed at Saturday’s Awards Ceremony at La Casa Grande Restaurant in Beloit.

Many of the more than 100 filmmakers attending BIFF were on hand to receive the awards.

In addition to the awards for merit in specific film genres, there were also four “Feature” awards for overall achievement, designated by the selection committee that viewed all 800 films submitted to BIFF this year.

Power of Film Award


Among the Believers


BIFF’s top Power of Film Award, recognizing quality of filmmaking and impact on audiences, was presented to Among the Believers. It was accepted by director Hemal Trivedi, this year’s BIFF Honorary Chair. The courageous film examines the clash in Pakistan between the Jihadists and those who find the radical teachings in the madrassas, in conflict with the tenets of Islam.




Among the Believers poster


Among The Believers - Hemal TrivediAmong The Believers - Mohammed Naqvi

Directors
Hemal Trivedi
Mohammed Naqvi

Blackhawk Bank
BIFF Year ‘Round
People’s Choice Award


&


Best Documentary Feature


This year attendees at Wednesday evening BIFF Year ‘Round screenings of independent films under consideration for BIFF could vote for the Blackhawk Bank BIFF Year ‘Round People’s Choice Award. That award went to Right Footed a feature length documentary that tells the story of Jessica Cox, born without arms as a result of a birth defect, who learned to type, drive a car and fly an airplane, all with her feet. It follows her transformation into a mentor and leading advocate for people with disability. Right Footed also received the Best Documentary Feature Award.




Right Footed Movie


Directed by Nick Spark  Right Footed Movie - Nick-spark

Best Narrative Feature


Best Narrative Feature went to One Smart Fellow, co-directed by Tim Busfield and starring Busfield and Melissa Gilbert. It is the tale of a family weekend at the beach where they experience an event that will change their lives forever.




One Smart Fellow Poster


One Smart Fellow-Timothy BusfieldOne Smart Fellow - Tommy Lohmann

Directors
Timothy Busfield
Tommy Lohmann

Best Narrative Short


Fragile Storm


The Director of Programming Award was presented to Hell’s Heart from director-producer-writer Ryan Denmark. The narrative feature examines the demonic forces playing on a man as he prepares to marry the daughter of a woman he saw murdered when he was a child.




Fragile Storm Poster


Dawn Fields - Fragile StormDirected by Dawn Fields

Best Narrative Short


The award for Best Narrative Short was shared by two films. Fragile Storm, a 10-minute tear-jerker from director Dawn Fields concerns a scared young woman who goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking truth about why she’s really there. And Pony, a 31-minute film directed by Candice Carella examines the effect that a five year old and her 50 year old rock musician uncle have on each other.




Pony Movie Poster


NarrativeDirected by Candice Carella

Best Documentary Short


The Hermit


BIFF 2016 Best Documentary Short went to The Hermit, a 24 minute film by director Lena Friedrich. She tells the story of Christopher Knight, a man who lived 27 years in the woods of Maine with no human contact and became a celebrity overnight.




The Hermit Movie Poster


The Hermit - Lena FriedrichDirected by Lena Friedrich

The four named awards are selected by BIFF staff and reviewers who have viewed all the contenders, and are selected for special merit, creativity and influence.

Director of Programming Award


The Director of Programming Award was presented to Hell’s Heart from director-producer-writer Ryan Denmark. The narrative feature examines the demonic forces playing on a man as he prepares to marry the daughter of a woman he saw murdered when he was a child.



Hell's Heart Poster


Hell's Heart - Ryan DenmarkDirected by Ryan Denmark


Ken Hendricks Award for Excellence


Damien Patrik


The award this year was presented to a filmmaker Damien Patrik instead of a specific film, for his body of work and passion for filmmaking.

He is the writer/director/ producer of numerous short films which have collectively been official selections and winners in more than 160 film festivals.




In the Blink | Damien Patrick


In the Blink - Damien PatrikDirected by Damien Patrik

Josh Burton Award


The Josh Burton Award for Creative Excellence, honoring the creative spirit of the late Beloit actor and director, went to Field Niggas, directed by New York filmmaker Khalik Allah whose visceral and hauntingly beautiful documentary film portraits have been described as “street opera.”




Field Niggas Poster


Field Niggas - Khalik AlllahDirected by Khalik Allah

Executive Director Award


The Executive Director Award was presented to Resonate Web Marketing and Principals Rick McGrath and Ana Kelly for “extraordinary design and tireless partnership and creativity in communicating the programs and distinction of the Beloit International Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival.”
(We’re the BIFF webmasters, set up and manage ticketing/box office among other things. Very surprised by all this.)



Rick n Ana | Resonate - Beloit International Film Festival


Rick-n-Ana

Resonate Web Marketing | Beloit International Film Festival Web Designers

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52 Special | BIFF Block Party

BIFF Opening Block Party 2016

BIFF is taking over downtown for 10 days of films, festivities and fun. Check out the many activities we have before and after films this year. There’s something for everyone so be sure to join us for the best entertainment Beloit has to offer.

Hemal Trivedi | Among the Believers

Hemal Trivedi, Oscar & Emmy Recognized Director – BIFF Honorary Chair

Hemal Trivedi, director, producer and editor of the award-winning feature length film, Among the Believers, is Honorary Chair for BIFF 2016. She will discuss her film and will help to welcome the international array of guests and filmmakers to this year’s BIFF.

Birth of an Artist | Right Footed

Beloit International Film Festival raises disabilities awareness

Birth of an Artist | Right Footed

Press Release

Beloit, Wis. — “Life-changing” and “inspiring” are words that have been used to describe BIFF’s annual tribute to the human spirit, BIFF CARES. Encouraging change through the BIFF CARES series is BIFF’s way of recognizing the influence that film can have to move us.

This year BIFF will offer two films, shown together in the same slot, that illustrate the capacity of individuals, without the use of normal appendages, to achieve great things through perseverance.

Right Footed tells the story of Jessica Cox, born without arms as a result of a birth defect, who has overcome physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent, learning to type, drive a car and fly an airplane. The film follows Jessica as she develops as a leading advocate for people with disabilities.

Birth of an Artist follows handicapped 17 year old Dasha as she lives her ordinary day and doing what she does best – painting with her toes. The Ukranian teenager was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth but her brain cells were not damaged allowing her to communicate and develop the talent for painting.

The BIFF CARES films will be shown together three times during BIFF. Tickets are available now at BeloitFilmFest.org.

BIFF CARES is sponsored by Beloit Regional Hospice, the Rock County Christian School, and the Beloit Health System.

The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 11th year, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit. For more information, please visit the BIFF website at BeloitFilmFest.org.

BIFF Venue Volunteers

BIFF is looking for a few hundred good volunteers for BIFF 2016

biff-volunteers

Press Release

Beloit, Wis. — Now that the holidays are ancient history, it is time to start thinking about the fun that awaits us in the coming weeks. High on that list is The Beloit International Film Festival, less than a month away, starting its ten-day run on Friday, Feb. 19.

BIFF is searching for 300-400 volunteers to help with all aspects of the festival. Karen McKee, BMO Harris branch manager and BIFF board member, is chairing the volunteer effort for BIFF2016. She is looking forward to hearing from the BIFF veterans, who how number more than a thousand, and to welcoming a new group of volunteers who want to get involved in Beloit’s biggest event.

The BIFF Volunteer Page | Sign Up Today!

“Each year, BIFF changes just a bit which keeps it fresh,” says McKee. “But the one thing that remains the same and makes a marked impression on visitors and filmmakers from around the world is the warm welcome and great community involvement. Our volunteers are critical to the success of the Festival and they are great ambassadors for Beloit.”

There are a variety of ways to sign up. Volunteers may register online at beloitfilmfest.org/festival/volunteers. There will also be registration and training sessions during January at Bushel and Peck’s Local Market. Volunteer sign up dates are 9 am to noon on Saturdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13. Volunteer training will take place Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 pm and Tuesday, Feb.16 at 5:30 pm.

For more information on volunteering, check online at beloitfilmfest.org or call the BIFF offices at 608-312-4256.

For tickets and a complete listing of all BIFF films and events please visit the BIFF website at beloitFilmFest.org.

The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 11th year, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.

Wizard of Oz 1925 Movie Poster

BIFF Makes Original Silent Wizard of Oz Sing Again with Support of Outstanding Artists

Wizard of Oz 1925

Press Release

Beloit, Wis. — The BIFF Silent Film Showcase sponsored by BMO Harris Bank has been the centerpiece of the Beloit International Film Festival since its inception, and this year’s production will be a “Wiz of a Wiz” according to Rock River Philharmonic Music Director Robert Tomaro.

Following on the success of last year’s sold-out production of the silent “The Phantom of the Opera,” Tomaro and his friends are back, this time with an original music score and a new production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The program is built around the first silent film version of the story, but it may not be the Wiz you know.

The Silent Film Event Page & Tickets

 

Fourteen years before Judy Garland skipped down the yellow brick road, Hollywood came out with a very wild, very crazy silent film of The Wizard of Oz. Lost since then, Dr. Tomaro will revive it for BIFF with one performance at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Beloit College’s Eaton Chapel.

Tomaro’s original score will be complemented by songs such as If I Only Had a Brain and We’re Off to See the Wizard, selections from the Broadway musicals The Wiz and Wicked, and a memorable closing tribute to Judy Garland with Over the Rainbow. “This new moshed-up romp will have you rolling in the aisles,” the Maestro promises.

The film will be presented without intermission and will be preceded by a silent cartoon and period newsreel with musical support from the ensemble.

BIFF will welcome back two principal artists from the “Phantom” production with soprano Gaia Galvan, whose portrayal of “Christine” last year is still the talk of the town, and organist Robert Rub, whose performance on organ rocked the Castle last year. The ensemble will be filled out with musicians from the Rock River Philharmonic including Rob Tomaro on guitar and banjo; Dan Kastan on drums and percussion; John Mayers on trumpet; Ken Stein on saxophone and clarinet; and Tony Wisniewski on bass.

The “Wizard of Oz” has had a checkered history since Frank L. Baum published his book in 1900. What he described as a young girl’s dreamlike journey to an enchanted land over the rainbow is purportedly filled with hidden messages. It was made into a play that took veiled jibes at popular figures of the day, including Teddy Roosevelt and John D. Rockefeller.

In 1925, a little known vaudeville impresario, Larry Semon, adopted it as a vehicle to support a slapstick film romp starring himself as a farmhand from Kansas who disguises himself as the Scarecrow when he gets to Oz. He is accompanied by Dorothy and two other farmhands, who disguise themselves as the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man. The latter is played for laughs by a young Oliver Hardy in an outing that pre-dates his partnership with Stan Laurel. Tomaro sums it up: “This is not your grandmother’s Wizard of Oz.”

Valet parking will be available. Tickets are $28 and are available online at BeloitFilmFest.org and will be available at the Downtown BIFF Box office which opens Feb.8 in the Gallery Abba at CELEB, 437 East Grand Ave.

The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 11th year, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit. For more information, please visit the BIFF website at BeloitFilmFest.org.

The Wizard of Oz
(1925 version)


Silent Film Showcase


Sat Feb 27, 2016 | Eaton Chapel – Beloit College
7:00 PM Reception, 7:30 PM Film/Performance


$28 complete! (online & at box office)
By popular request, price now includes all fees

$30 at the door.


Sponsored by:

BMO Harris Bank

BIFF’s Silent Film Showcase



The BIFF Silent Film Showcase sponsored by BMO Harris Bank has been the centerpiece of the Beloit International Film Festival since its inception, and this year’s production will be a “Wiz of a Wiz” according to Rock River Philharmonic Music Director Robert Tomaro.

Following on the success of last year’s sold-out production of the silent “The Phantom of the Opera,” Tomaro and his friends are back, this time with an original music score and a new production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The program is built around the first silent film version of the story, but it may not be the Wiz you know.

Fourteen years before Judy Garland skipped down the yellow brick road, Hollywood came out with a very wild, very crazy silent film of The Wizard of Oz. Lost since then, Dr. Tomaro will revive it for BIFF with one performance at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Beloit College’s Eaton Chapel.

Tomaro’s original score will be complemented by songs such as If I Only Had a Brain and We’re Off to See the Wizard, selections from the Broadway musicals The Wiz and Wicked, and a memorable closing tribute to Judy Garland with Over the Rainbow. “This new moshed-up romp will have you rolling in the aisles,” the Maestro promises.

The film will be presented without intermission and will be preceded by a silent cartoon and period newsreel with musical support from the ensemble.

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Synopsis



The kingdom of Oz is in trouble.
Princess Dorothea, the rightful heir to the throne, must claim the crown before her eighteenth birthday but is missing. In Kansas, Dorothy is an orphan who lives on a farm with her Uncle Henry and Auntie Em and is unrequitedly loved by two bumbling farmhands. As Dorothy’s eighteenth birthday approaches, Uncle Henry promises to show her the papers that were left beside her when she was found in a basket on the doorstep. Ambassador Wikked arrives from Oz and he and his villains try to prevent Dorothy from claiming her birthright as the princess.

A tornado comes and whips the house containing Dorothy, Henry and the farmhands away, depositing them in Oz. Prime Minister Kruel tries to have the farmhands arrested but they are aided by The Wizard, a court charlatan who helps disguise them as a scarecrow, a tin woodsman and a lion and then pretends that he has brought them to life. The three bumbling idiots try to prevent Dorothy from being fooled into marrying Prime Minister Kruel.

Continue reading the fuller review by Moria

Larry Semon & This Film



Larry SemonThis version was made by Larry Semon, a popular slapstick comedian of the silent era who appeared in some 120 films between 1915 and 1928. Larry Semon was extremely prolific (making an average of 10 films a year). Although almost entirely forgotten today, Larry Semon was once considered up alongside more famous silent comedy stars like Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton in terms of popularity by audiences of the day. Semon directed most of his own films and was known for elaborate slapstick routines and stuntwork, which often escalated the budgets of his films.

Larry Semon unfortunately never found a means of adapting his comedy routines to the growing sophistications of his audiences and was regarded as passe by the arrival of the sound era. Semon put a good deal of his own money into Wizard of Oz but the film was a massive financial flop – although ironically it is the only of his films that Larry Semon is remembered for today, solely for the novelty value that it presents in comparison to the 1939 The Wizard of Oz. (The one other novelty that Wizard of Oz 1925 has is as an early performance from Oliver Hardy of Laurel and Hardy fame who plays the role of one of the farmhand who becomes the Tin Woodsman.

Larry Semon employed both Laurel and Hardy on many of his early films, although never together. Ironically the financial collapse of Wizard of Oz was indirectly responsible for creating Laurel and Hardy – it put an end to Hardy’s employment as part of the Semon stock company whereupon he was taken on by Hal Roach Studios and paired up with Stan Laurel).

Moria Review | Wizard of Oz

Continue reading the fuller review by Moria

Rock River Philharmonic



Rob Tomaro ConductorThis signature BIFF event features members of the Rock River Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Robert Tomaro.

Since its inception, the signature event of The Beloit International Film Festival has been the Saturday evening BMO Harris Bank Silent Film Showcase.

Sold-out audiences have frequently included film festival executives from around the country on hand to see how BIFF creates the program so they might duplicate it at their festivals. This annual celebration of early 20th century film is highlighted by a performance of an original or newly conceived musical score performed by The Rock River Philharmonic.

Reception

Prior to the Silent Film screening there will be a reception to benefit the Rock River Philharmonic.

Rock River Philharmonic

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Hairspray


The BIFF 2016 Sing-A-Long


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 5 pm | Luxury 10 Theater


Adults:  $10  |  Students:  $5

Sponsored by:


Nowlan & MouatAnonymous BIFF SponsorMcDonalds | BIFF SponsorUS Cellular | BIFF Sponsor

3rd Annual
BIFF Sing-A-Long



Let’s dance!
~ Tracy Turnblad


Beloit audiences will have a chance to get their hair done, get dressed up and sing along with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walkin and scores of other stars during this year’s sing along feature is Hairspray. The 2007 award winning musical about life in the ‘60s.

Half the show will be the audience itself, dressed as their favorite characters and competing on stage for prizes. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by Shubert Theatres.

The evening begins with a live show in which your host will lead you through a vocal warm-up, judge the uproarious costume contest and award the prizes. The film will be presented with the words to the more than two dozen songs flashed on the screen to allow broad audience participation.  Dancing in the aisles will be encouraged.

Costumes are not mandatory but they are highly recommended and you will be amazed at the creativity on display.

The host will then show you how to use your free prop bag throughout the film and suggest some appropriate heckles and accompanying actions.



The Rules


The audience takes over as the star of the show from this point and almost anything can happen. The first rule of Sing-a-long-a is… THERE ARE NO RULES!

Hairspray Lyrics

Hairspray Synopsis


The award winning comedy musical tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager with all the right moves, who is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy’s mother’s dismay. When auditions are held for the show Tracy goes for it and makes it…and then the excitement really starts, all without denting her ‘do!



Hairspray (2007) - Adam ShankmanAdam Shankman
Director/ Writer

an American film director, producer, dancer, actor, and choreographer. He has been a judge on the television program So You Think You Can Dance since Season 3. He began his professional career in musical theater, and was a dancer in music videos for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson.

Shankman has choreographed numerous films as well as one of the Spice Girls’ tours. He has directed several feature-length films, including A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House, and the 2007 remake of Hairspray.



Genre:   Comedy, Musical, Romace
Year: 2007
Country:   U.S.
Rating:   PG
Runtime:   117 min.
Director:   Adam Shankman
Website :   Singalonga

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WI / IL Two – Short Slot 2016

Sun Feb 21, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Feb 21, 2016 – 5 pm | La Casa Grande

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We Know You Have a Choice

WI / IL One – Short Slot 2016

This Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

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Birthday Movie

Live, Laugh, Love Short Slot 2016

Art and love have a seemingly intertwined relationship that can feel like a serious, heartwarming, awkward, hilarious ride.

A seemingly endless experience these filmmakers were able to capture in a finite period of time.

This Short Slot


Sun Feb 21, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | La Casa Grande

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Blitz

BIFF Selects Short Slot 2016

Notable for their exploration of morality, redemption, and internalized or world conflicts. BIFF Selects invites viewers to contemplate the philosophical subtext that permeates both the films and the world we live in.

This Short Slot


Sun Feb 21, 2016 – 5 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Wed Feb 24, 20166 – 5 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

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the present

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot 2016

Cartoon and live action shorts the whole family can enjoy.

This Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s

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Hollywood Film Festival Selects

BIFF is now a Hollywood affiliated festival, and as such Beloit now has greater reach in the films that can be brought to Beloit. To celebrate, BIFF is bringing over the sold out short slot hit of the 2015 Hollywood Film Festival just as it was to present to the Beloit audience.

Mon Feb 22, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s

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Right Person for the Job

Old School Short Slot

Little is greater cause for vast contemplation of humanity than the acknowledgment of aging.

Homage to the greatest generation, issues affecting the elderly, and the legacy we leave are all food for thought to help you see the subject from a prospective you manner have considered.

This Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Thu Feb 25, 2016 – 5 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

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Against Night

Extended Stay Short Slot

Like the vacation you extend to get more out of it, some of the best short films are the ones that know how to work a longer running time the right way. Sit down, take a breather, and enjoy an eclectic short slot with both intricate and high concept films.

This Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Domenico’s
Mon Feb 22, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

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Short Film Programs 2016

BIFF recognizes the short film structure presents some of the greatest challenges in filmmaking and that creating a truly inspiring short film is among the single highest forms of the craft. Our carefully designed groupings provide a special draw for film lovers.


BIFF Selects

Notable for their exploration of morality, redemption, and internalized or world conflicts. BIFF Selects invites viewers to contemplate the philosophical subtext that permeates both the films and the world we live in.

Sun Feb 21, 2016 – 5 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Wed Feb 24, 20166 – 5 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

Extended Stay

Like the vacation you extend to get more out of it, some of the best short films are the ones that know how to work a longer running time the right way. Sit down, take a breather, and enjoy an eclectic short slot with both intricate and high concept films.

Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Domenico’s
Mon Feb 22, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

Hollywood Film Festival Selects

BIFF is now a Hollywood affiliated festival, and as such Beloit now has greater reach in the films that can be brought to Beloit. To celebrate, BIFF is bringing over the sold out short slot hit of the 2015 Hollywood Film Festival just as it was to present to the Beloit audience.

Mon Feb 22, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s

Kid’s Saturday Morning

Cartoon and live action shorts the whole family can enjoy.

Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s

Live, Laugh, Love

Art and love have a seemingly intertwined relationship that can feel like a serious, heartwarming, awkward, hilarious ride.
A seemingly endless experience these filmmakers were able to capture in a finite period of time.

Sun Feb 21, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | La Casa Grande

Old School

Little is greater cause for vast contemplation of humanity than the acknowledgment of aging.

Homage to the greatest generation, issues affecting the elderly, and the legacy we leave are all food for thought to help you see the subject from a prospective you manner have considered.

Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Thu Feb 25, 2016 – 5 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

WI / IL – One

Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


WI / IL – Two

Sun Feb 21, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Feb 21, 2016 – 5 pm | La Casa Grande


Not A Short Slot
Shorts Screened w/ A Feature Film

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Among the Believers

Documentary Features 2016

Annually, BIFF expends great energy in seeking and securing a slate of screenings that represents some of the finest work in independent documentary filmmaking, internationally.



Look for the filmmaker on site icon to know which films will have filmmaker(s) on site.

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Narrative Features 2016

BIFF’S Narrative Showcase continues a time-tested tradition of linking exceptional emerging cinematic storytellers and the sophisticated Beloit International Film Festival audience.



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Film Index 2016

BIFF 2016 Film Index

Title & LinkCategoryGenreRating

Short Slot

Filmmaker(s)
Attending
Against NightShort NarrativeDrama - PeriodPG-13

Extended Stay
Short Slot

Among the BelieversDocumentary Feature
BIFF Year Round
Terrorism, Human RightsR

YES!

ArtificialShort NarrativeHorror, Thriller, Sci-FiR

BIFF Selects
Short Slot

YES!

Birds of NeptuneNarrative Feature
BIFF Year Round
Drama - Post ModernR

YES!

Birth of an Artist - TheShort DocumentaryBiography, ArtistPG

YES!

BirthdayShort NarrativeDramaPG-13

Live, Laugh, Love
Short Slot

YES!

BlameWI/IL Short NarrativeDrama - HorrorPG-13

WI/IL One
Short Slot

YES!

BlitzShort NarrativeDrama - Youth/TeenPG-13

BIFF Selects
Short Slot

Brooklyn FarmerShort DocumentaryDrama - EducationalPG-13
C Word - TheDocumentary FeatureHealth, SciencePG-13
CatwalkShort NarrativeDrama - FamilyPG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

Charlie's Supersonic GliderShort NarrativeDramaPG

Hollywood
Short Slot

CheeseheadsWI/IL Documentary FeatureDramaPG

YES!

Child KShort NarrativeDramaPG-13

BIFF Selects
Short Slot

ClarenceWI/IL Documentary FeatureBiographicalPG

YES!

Cold Nights Hot SalsaDocumentary Feature
BIFF Year Round
Performing ArtsPG

YES!

Cold WarShort NarrativeDrama - War, Period/HistoricalPG-13

BIFF Selects
Short Slot

Collector - TheShort NarrativeDrama - Fantasy, WomenPG

Old School
Short Slot

Cootie ContagionShort NarrativeComedyG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

Dancing with Gene KellyShort NarrativeDramaG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

Dating Project - TheDocumentary Feature

The Dating
Project

YES!

Death Drive - TheWI/IL Short NarrativeAction, AdventureR

WI/IL One
Short Slot

YES!

DinosaurWI/IL Short NarrativePG

WI/IL One
Short Slot

Discovering the TruthWI/IL Short DocumentaryDisability, StudentG

WI/IL One
Short Slot

YES!

Discovery of Alan Hindley - TheWI/IL Short NarrativeComedy - Sci-Fi, ThrillerPG-13

WI/IL One
Short Slot

YES!

Don't Worry BabyNarrative FeatureDrama - ComedyR
East LA InterchangeDocumentary FeatureHistorical, Social JusticeG

YES!

Farmer's Road - AWI/IL Documentary FeaturePG-13

YES!

Fence of the Bear - TheWI/IL Short DocumentaryPG

WI/IL Two
Short Slot

YES!

Field NiggasDocumentary FeatureR

YES!

Fire EscapeWI/IL Short NarrativeDrama - RomancePG

WI/IL One
Short Slot

FishShort NarrativePG

Old School
Short Slot

FoolsWI/IL Narrative FeatureDrama - RomanceR

YES!

Forward. Side. Close!Narrative Feature
BIFF Year Round
Drama - Comedy, RomancePG
Fragile StormShort NarrativePG

Hollywood
Short Slot

YES!

Funny BunnyNarrative FeaturePG-13

YES!

GazelleDocumentary FeatureDrama - LGBT, BiographyPG-13
Glory DazeDocumentary FeatureR

YES!

Golden ShotShort NarrativeAnimation - Sci-FiG
GreeceShort NarrativeDramaPG-13

Old School
Short Slot

HairsprayNarrative FeatureMusicalPG
Hasta La VistaShort NarrativeComedyPG-13

Live, Laugh, Love
Short Slot

YES!

Hell's HeartNarrative Feature
BIFF Year Round
Drama - Romance, SupernaturalR

YES!

Help PointShort NarrativeComedyR

Live, Laugh, Love
Short Slot

Hermit - TheWI/IL Short DocumentaryComedy - Thriller, StudentPG

YES!

In the BlinkShort NarrativeDramaPG

BIFF Selects
Short Slot

YES!

In the CloudsShort NarrativeDrama - ComedyPG-13

Live, Laugh, Love
Short Slot

In the GameWI/IL Documentary FeaturePG

YES!

In UteroDocumentary FeaturePG-13
January 1stNarrative FeaturePG
JessicaWI/IL Narrative FeatureDramaR

YES!

Kittens in a CageNarrative FeatureDrama - ComedyR
Lady Ganga: Nilza's StoryShort DocumentaryPG-13
Los Angeles 1991Short NarrativeAction - Fiction, ViolenceR
Love & TaxesNarrative FeaturePG-13

YES!

MagdaDocumentary FeatureBiographicalPG

YES!

Man DownNarrative FeatureDrama - ThrillerR

YES!

Man Who Saved the World - TheDocumentary FeatureHistoricalPG
March - White Elephants - TheDocumentary FeaturePG
More Alike than DifferentWI/IL Short DocumentaryG

WI/IL One
Short Slot

Old Man and the Dust - TheShort NarrativeMystery - Thriller, FantasyPG-13

Old School
Short Slot

OliloShort NarrativeAnimationPG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

On the PathShort NarrativePG

Old School
Short Slot

One Smart FellowNarrative FeatureDrama - Comedy, WomenPG-13

YES!

Open TablesWI/IL Narrative FeatureDrama - Comedy, RomanceR

YES!

ParachuteWI/IL Short NarrativePG

WI/IL One
Short Slot

Pass the CanvasWI/IL Short DocumentaryG

WI/IL Two
Short Slot

YES!

Perfect HouseguestShort NarrativeAnimation - ComedyG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

PonyShort NarrativeDramaPG-13

Hollywood
Short Slot

YES!

Present - TheShort NarrativeAnimation - DramaG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

Ragged Edge - TheWI/IL Documentary FeatureSportsPG
Red Thunder - TheShort NarrativeDrama - Comedy, FantasyG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

Right FootedDocumentary Feature
BIFF Year Round
Human Rights, DisabilityPG

YES!

Right Person for the Job - TheShort NarrativePG

Old School
Short Slot

Ron Taylor: Dr. BaseballShort DocumentarySportsG
Rosso PapaveroShort NarrativeAnimation - Adventure, FantasyG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

Round RiverShort NarrativeDramaR

WI/IL One
Short Slot

YES!

SinceDocumentary Feature
BIFF Year Round
Crime, War, HistoryPG

YES!

SoarWI/IL Short DocumentaryEnvironmental, StudentPG

WI/IL Two
Short Slot

Song of Seashore - TheShort NarrativeDrama - Asian, WomenPG-13
Song of the SeaNarrative FeatureAnimationPG
Surviving MeNarrative Feature
BIFF Year Round
Drama - RomanceR

YES!

Switch ManShort NarrativeAnimationPG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

Tick TockShort NarrativeAnimation - DramaPG-13

Old School
Short Slot

Tiny PowerShort NarrativeAnimationPG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

Truth About Lies - TheNarrative Feature
BIFF Year Round
PG

YES!

Tugboat Captain's Ball - TheShort NarrativeDrama - Comedy, RomancePG

Live, Laugh, Love
Short Slot

Two 4 OneNarrative FeatureDrama - Comedy, LGBTR

YES!

Ty's ListWI/IL Documentary FeatureDrama - AdventurePG-13

YES!

UnmappableShort DocumentaryBiographicalPG-13

BIFF Selects
Short Slot

YES!

Visit - TheShort NarrativeR

Extended Stay
Short Slot

Waffle StreetNarrative Feature
BIFF Year Round
Drama - ComedyPG-13
Walk the DogShort NarrativeAnimationG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

WallsShort DocumentaryPG-13

Old School
Short Slot

We Can't Live Without CosmosShort NarrativeAnimation - Drama, FantasyPG

Kid's Sat. Morning
Short Slot

We Interrupt This BroadcastWI/IL Short NarrativeComedy - Sci-FIPG

WI/IL One
Short Slot

We're Still HereedDocumentary FeatureSocial Justice, MusicPG-13
Well WishesNarrative Feature
BIFF Year Round
Drama - Comedy, RomancePG-13
We Know You Have a ChoiceWI/IL Short NarrativeDrama - ComedyPG-13

WI/IL One
Short Slot

Where Do We Go From Here?Narrative FeatureComedy - RomanticR

YES!

ZeroShort NarrativeDrama - Sci-Fi, ActionPG

Extended Stay
Short Slot

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