The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival's 2012 Call for Entries has closed, and festival programmers had over twice as many film submissions to review compared to last year. After a challenging selection process, a program of 30 short and feature length films has been finalized. Films include "Red Balls," a Chicago produced mockumentary about dodge ball, as well as "Parrot," a short film all the way from Australia.
The third annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival kicks off with a free opening night event, sponsored by 101.9 fm THE MIX on Tuesday, July 24th, at Palatine Park District's Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine.
The night will start with the presentation of this year's music video selections; followed by a concert featuring Chicago-based Band Called Catch. Screenings will be held each evening Wednesday through Saturday, as well as a family friendly session Saturday afternoon, followed by an awards brunch on Sunday at Emmett's Brewing Company.
One highlight of this year's program will be the Illinois premiere of the 2012 Sundance film, "Hello, I Must Be Going" (directed by Todd Louiso). Featuring acclaimed actress Melanie Lynskey ("Win Win," "Up In The Air," "Away We Go") in her breakout role as Amy, a recent divorcee who seeks refuge in the suburban Connecticut home of her parents (played by Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein). Demoralized and uncertain of her future, Amy begins an affair with a 19-year-old actor (Christopher Abbott) that jumpstarts her passion for life and helps her discover an independence and sense of purpose that she has missed for years.
The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival's full program can be viewed online at http://www.bwiff.com. You can also pick one up in person at Palatine's Hometown Fest June 30 and July 1.
Volunteers will be passing them out in the parade, as well as at a booth during the Arts & Crafts/ Business Expo. Session, Saturday and Full Festival Passes are available for purchase at http://www.cuttinghall.org.