BIFF YEAR ’ROUND Fall 2022
Wednesday, Oct 19th, 6:30 PM, 2022
Downtown Beloit Association Office
557 E. Grand Ave. Downtown Beloit
Zoom Q&A Following!
Sat Mar 2, 2019 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Brother filmmakers borrow money from a loan shark to shoot their first film.
News & Reviews
“RELATIVE Q&A with Wendy Robie (TWIN PEAKS), Clare Cooney, Emily Lape, Melissa DuPrey and More!”
Cinema Femme Magazine
“Grand Jury Award for Chicago Indie RELATIVE and WALKING DEAD star Roberts”
“At the Siskel Center, Rogers Park is Tuesday’s Star”
“A Family is at a Crossroads in Exclusive Trailer for Michael Glover Smith’s RELATIVE”
The Film Stage
“Tall Tales” is set in 1945, shortly after World War II. This historical backdrop makes it possible to remember our past and to reflect to our present at the same time. We wanted to include issues in our story that might still have relevance today, issues that still cause pain to our society, some of these issues might be more painful universally at the moment than in a country with no war for over 73 years.
Domestic violence, post-traumatic syndrome, or simply, two people trying to trust each other – these issues and challenges are present in our lives today. Just as they were present in 1945. Some things don’t change. Things that suppose to change. Things we should have learnt to deal with by now.
I truly hope that even a thriller full of twists and turns, that tells the story of a sweeping romance after the war while heavily paying hommage to Alfred Hitchcock and his films, can achieve change. By talking about these issues in a universal way. With the hope that one day we’ll learn to deal with them.
Jim Menza is a director, writer, producer, editor and actor who has spent most of his adult life in the entertainment industry. After spending two years on a successful sitcom, he set out on a forty-six State tour as the on-air host and writer of the ABC FAMILY CHANNEL’S TV show; THE SUMMER DRIVE-IN THEATRE. His films include DUSTING CLIFF SEVEN, which he also wrote, and NICE GUYS… which he wrote, produced and starred in. Jim wrote directed, produced and edited the feature films PATIENT – official selection of the Angel Citi Film Festival, FOOLISH THE WISE – official selection of The California Independent Films Festival, BLOOD, BAGGED – distributed by Fenix Films, THE LIST – Feature Film Winner of the Key West Independent Film Festival, SIGNED IN BLOOD – official selection of the Dances With Films Film Festival, SLIGHT OF LIFE – official selection of the DeReel Australian International Film Festival, EXECUTION – winner of the Haunted Horror International Film Festival, RID, and BLOODY WINGS, winner Best Guerrilla Feature The Temecula Independent Film Festival, official selection MAC Brazilian Film Festival 2015. His NOVELS include CLIPPED, LOONIES and DAREDEVIL the man without fear.