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Whiskey Creek Film Festival slated for Sept. 11-17

This year's Whiskey Creek Film Festival features a variety of films shown over one week at the Cozy Theatre in Wadena.

The festival came about 10 years ago when Wadena resident Jamie Robertson took the idea for the festival to Cozy Theatre owner Dave Quincer. The annual event has operated with the same rules since its beginning, namely to screen some of the very best films, all in current theatrical release, that are available across the nation.

The Whiskey Creek Film Festival is produced by the Whiskey Creek Film Festival Committee. Local sponsors, including Five Wings Arts Council and the Wadena Convention and Visitors Bureau, help support the festival.

The 2015 festival has three parts — six award-winning films in current theatrical release not usually screened in rural Minnesota, a special film made in and about Minnesota (free screening on Saturday and Sunday) and a special family film (also free screening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Here are this year's six films in current theatrical release:

• Phoenix — a spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion and deception in post-World War II Germany.

• Mr. Holmes — it is 1947 and an aging Sherlock Holmes confronts an ultimate adversary.

• I'll See You in My Dreams — Blythe Danner leads this drama of friendship, love and family relationships.

• Infinitely Polar Bear — a Toronto Film Festival favorite featuring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana.

• Me and Earl and the Dying Girl — winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Festival.

• Love and Mercy — homage to the Beach Boys in this tribute to Brian Wilson.

This year's film from Minnesota is Dinkytown Uprising, a documentary 45 years in the making by filmmaker Al Milgrom.

This year's free film for families is The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet from the director of Amelie.

Festival passes are available at the Cozy Theatre box office, the New York Mills Cultural Center, Beagle/Wolf Books in Park Rapids, Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena and An Open Book in Wadena. Festival passes (six films) may be shared and are $30. The festival pass saves $12 ($2 per film) over the cost of a pass. Every festival pass also includes a coupon redeemable at participating restaurants in Wadena. Individual film admission tickets are available at the Cozy Theatre box office.

A complete schedule of movies is posted on the festival website at www.whiskeycreekfilmfestival.org.

This year's festival committee includes Don Garey, Staples, Alice Martin, New York Mills, Mary Dye Moen, Wadena, Marie Nordberg, Park Rapids, Rod Nordberg, Park Rapids, Tom Paper, Wadena, Dave Quincer, Wadena, Phil Richter, Minneapolis, Jamie Robertson, Wadena, Sally Robertson, Wadena, Judy Taves, Wadena, Jim Vollegraaf, Staples, and JoAnn White, Sebeka.

The Whiskey Creek Film Festival is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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