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Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival begins Sunday

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The weeklong Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival will launch 7 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Star Cinema Grill, 53 S. Evergreen Ave., Arlington Heights, with the Illinois premiere of "Coherence."

Directed by James Ward Byrkit ("Rango," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"), the sci-fi thriller follows eight friends at a dinner party as they experience a troubling chain of reality-bending events on the night of an astrological anomaly.

Preceding the feature will be festival shorts, "Sorry About Tomorrow" and "Lapsus."

The festival continues through Sunday, June 27, with most showings at the Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. On Wednesday, the focus will be on independent music and the venue will move Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Closing night will be at Star Cinema Grill.

Tickets are from $5 to $12, depending on the event. For details on programming and to purchase tickets, go to

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