2012-09-13 / Life Currents

Whiskey Creek Film Festival

The model established for the Whiskey

Creek Film Festival seven years ago has proved to be a success: show the best available current release movies not available at most theaters in the region and people will come. This year’s festival, always held the second full weekend in September at the Cozy Theatre in Wadena is Sept. 14-20.

Look for the four-page full-color tabloid insert included in your hometown newspaper.

Seven feature films plus a number of short films created by Minnesota filmmakers make the festival a project many in the region anticipate. Included in the mix is a free family movie to be screened Friday,

Saturday and Sunday. The hectic pace of summer is past, the kids have returned to school and now there is time to enjoy great movie art that doesn’t usually come to rural Minnesota. The schedule and descriptions of the movies can be found at whiskeycreekfilmfestival.org.

Tickets are available at the Cozy box offi ce, Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena and the New York Mills Cultural Center.

One of the featured films this year is “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a movie that Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling

Stone magazine calls “a game-changer that gets you excited about movies again.

Star Quvenzhane Wallis is a flat-out amazement.”

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

“The Kid with a Bike” is a film from Belgium that features Cecile De France, the actor who stars in the recent Clint Eastwood “Hereafter.” Like all of the films at the festival, “The Kid with a Bike” has received recognition nationally or worldwide it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Woody Allen’s new comedy “To Rome with Love”, a follow-up to last year’s “Midnight in Paris,” promises a romantic escape in one of the most alluring cities on earth. Stars in Allen’s movie include himself, Roberto Benigni, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page and Penelope Cruz.

The documentary “Bully” is an important film about a nationally important subject that has not been shown widely. Lee Hirsch, Sundance Festival award-winning director made the film, which follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. “Moonrise Kingdom” features an amazing cast including Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton telling a wonderful story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, “The Intouchables” has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), “The Intouchables” depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.

The free family film “The Secret of Belle Isle,” is a comedy starring Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen, directed by Rob Reiner (“The Bucket List”).

The Whiskey Creek Film Festival is made possible by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council with funding appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and from the Arts and Culture Legacy amendment approved by a vote of the citizens of the State of Minnesota in November, 2008, by the Wadena Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and by many businesses in the region.

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