The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival returns July 19 and runs through July 26; once again offering an eclectic and international selection of short and feature-length films. The festival’s bookend events—The Blue Carpet Opening Night and the Blue Glass Awards Dinner/Blue Whiskey Chaser—will be held at the Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights. Unlike previous years, there won’t be a Festival Centerpiece Concert with live bands. Rock music does play a role in Bob Et Les Sex Pastiches, the 2013 French musical comedy being shown as the World Cinema Centerpiece on Wednesday night at Star Cinema Grill.
Independent films will be screened at Cutting Hall in Palatine on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This theatre has now played an essential roll in all six of the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festivals. Each night will be anchored by a feature-length film, preceded by three to five shorts. There will be additional Matinee Official Selection Screenings, which will offer a single feature film at 4:00 PM on Friday and on Saturday. This year’s lineup encompasses adventure, horror, documentary, drama, comedy, and romance. Ticket prices range from $8 to $12, and a complete festival pass is also available.
The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival gives people from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs a legitimate reason to come out to Palatine. I’d love to see more of this kind of entertainment happen here and I’m hoping to give this event more coverage as it unfolds throughout the coming week. The full schedule is available on the official website.