Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Andrew Bird At The Blue Whiskey


The Fourth Annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival’s Centerpiece Concert featuring indie rock band Murley and singer-songwriter Chris Petlak takes place tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 24th) in Palatine. But there’s also a big draw for music fans tonight at the BWIFF. Director Xan Aranda filmed the final months of an Andrew Bird concert tour, including its finale in Chicago. The resulting documentary, Andrew Bird: Fever Year, is an 81-minute tribute to the eccentric indie rock musician and his determination to perform even while on crutches from a previous onstage accident. Chances are, you’ll leave Cutting Hall whistling some of his tunes. Andrew Bird: Fever Year has been an Official Selection at several film festivals across America, as well as in Copenhagen and Mexico City.

Five short films will be shown before the Andrew Bird documentary: Jonah And The Crab, director Laurel Cohen’s comedy about how the title characters become pals after an encounter on the shoreline; The Treehouse, the A.J. Sheeran directed drama concerning a young girl who wants to take her neighbor through time and space to a planet of departed souls shortly after his mother dies; Paper People, director Andrew Kightlinger’s drama about the impact a despondent Marine has on a young mother and her daughter; Hanareyubi (Lotus), a drama from Japanese director Arisa Kaneko about a mother forced to make a difficult choice concerning her son; and Frames, a documentary directed by Zachary Mehrbach about a bowling match between a recently appointed foreman and a carpenter who believes the job should have gone to him instead.

Tonight’s event begins at 7:00 PM and runs through 10:30 PM. The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival is taking place at Cutting Hall, Durty Nellie’s, and Emmett’s Brewing Company in Palatine through Sunday.

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