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Whiskey Creek Film Festival opens Friday

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The Whiskey Creek Film Festival is being held at the Cozy Theatre this week, with the bulk of the screenings being shown Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12.

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One feature film and several short films will be screened free of charge.

"How to Train Your Dragon 3D," a Dreamworks feature animation, has been added to the selection of films and will be shown free. Originally released on March 26, the movie is about a Viking boy named Hiccup who befriends a dragon. It has a high 98 percent rating on the movie website RottenTomatoes.com. It is rated PG, and the Whiskey Creek Film Festival website says it is their special film for families. Showtimes are 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 10, and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The other free screening will be a selection of shorts entered by Minnesota filmmakers. Contest winners will be awarded cash prizes and screened at other area venues. The short films will be shown at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets for other film screenings may be purchased at the Cozy box office, An Open Book and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. These films include:

• "Babies," a PG-rated documentary by Thomas Balmes. The film follows the lives of four babies around the world. Upcoming screenings are Saturday at 1:15 p.m.; Sunday at 7:10 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

• "The Kids Are All Right," an R-rated comedy by Lisa Cholodenko. Originally premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, it stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. IMDB summarizes the plot as "Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life." Screenings are Friday, Sept. 10 at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30 p.m.; Sunday at 7:15 p.m.; Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. and Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

• "Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work," an R-rated documentary by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg. The movie follows the life of the titular comedienne, who turns 75 at the time of filming. Screenings are Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.; Sunday at 1:15 p.m. and Monday at 7:10 p.m.

• "Around a Small Mountain," an R-rated drama film by French new wave director Jacques Rivette. Originally titled "36 vues du Pic Saint Loup," it stars Jane Birkin as Kate and Sergio Castellitto as Vittorio and was sceened at the Venice International Film Festival. Showtimes are Saturday at 3:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Monday at 7:15 p.m..

• "Cyrus," an R-rated romantic comedy by Jay and Mark Duplass. In the story, John (John C. Reilly) falls for Molly (Marisa Tomei) and then meets her 21-year-old son (Jonah Hill). Showtimes are Friday, Sept. 10 at 9:25 p.m.; Saturday at 9:25 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. and 9:25 p.m.; Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. and Thursday at 7:10 p.m..

• "Winter's Bone," an R-rated drama directed by Debra Granik and based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. 17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) risks her life and sets out to track down her outlaw father before her family can be turned out to the Ozark woods. Showtimes are Friday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; and Wednesday at 7:15 p.m..

The complete schedule can be found at:

www.whiskeycreekfilmfestival.org/FestivalSchedule.html.

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