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Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:47

Beloit celebrates the art of film

Written by  Staff Writer
The Beloit International Film Festival features a silent film showcase with live musical accompaniment each year. This year’s featured silent film is “The Cameraman” starring Buster Keaton and screening at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Beloit Memorial High School. The Beloit International Film Festival features a silent film showcase with live musical accompaniment each year. This year’s featured silent film is “The Cameraman” starring Buster Keaton and screening at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Beloit Memorial High School. Peer Canvas photo

BELOIT — Beloit is preparing to welcome filmmakers from around the world and audiences from throughout the region and beyond for the 13th annual Beloit International Film Festival. Eight screening venues will feature more than 100 films between Friday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, March 4.

This season’s films — narrative features, documentaries and shorts — will be screened at six downtown venues, including Domenico’s, the Hendricks Arts Center, Bagels and More, Bushel and Peck’s Local Market, La Casa Grande and Beloit Public Library, Max Maiken, BIFF executive director, said in a news release. In addition, a number of special events and films are scheduled at Schubert’s Luxury Ten Cinema on Cranston Road, Beloit Memorial High School and Grand Avenue Pub.

“In recent years, we have made the opening night of BIFF into a gala celebration and this year will be even better,” Maiken said. “On Feb. 23, Beloit native and world-famed jazz trumpet artist Tony Scodwell will set the tone for the festival with an opening night party at Grand Avenue Pub in Beloit.

“He will be joined by our musical partners, the award-winning Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Orchestra.”

Screenings will start at noon on the two weekends of BIFF and films will be shown evenings during the week at Domenico’s and La Casa Grande. Films by new and established filmmakers in Wisconsin and Illinois will open the festival on the first weekend with the annual Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown.

Popular special events will be back again, including the live radio show on Feb. 23 at La Casa Grande, the sing-along film on March 2 at Luxury 10, the silent film showcase on March 3 at BMHS and the concluding classic film on March 4 at Luxury 10.

For complete details, go online to beloitfilmfest.org.

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