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Fri Apr 5, 2024 – 7:30 pm | Beloit College Powerhouse
Sat Apr 6, 2024 – 7:30 pm | Downtown Beloit Association

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Festival Darling

Directed by Ken Amlin
Narrative Short
Canada | 2024

An eager filmmaker attends her first film festival, ready to secure her place in Hollywood. The universe has other plans for her promotional efforts despite best intentions. Filmed on location at the Beloit International Film Festival!

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This short romantic dramedy, my most autobiographical film to date, is based on an unusual blind date I went on in 2005, a night that has haunted me ever since. My goal in making the film was to recreate the events of that evening as closely as I could remember them while also working closely with two of the finest actors in Chicago (Alyssa Thordarson and Mickey O’Sullivan) to ensure that we showed as much compassion as possible to both characters.

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The Backhand -Ken AmlinKen Amlin

Ken Amlin is a multi-faceted filmmaker working as a writer, director, producer and editor. Amlin was a key collaborator with a top Canadian media production company, Suede Productions, for over a decade before pursuing his filmmaking. He has directed over twenty short films and many music videos to date. His works have been screened at film festivals worldwide, with many claiming awards. He was a recent participant in the Sundance Lab “Prepping to Direct Your First Feature.” His ability to create unique cinematography and visual effects set Ken’s style apart from his peers.

Film Information

Director: Ken Amlin
Country: Canada
Year:  2024
Language: English
Runtime: 4 min
Rated: PG


Writer: Ken Amlin
Producer: Ken Amlin, Gavin Michael Booth
Editor: Ken Amlin

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