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9th annual Whiskey Creek Film Festival held Sept. 12-18

The 9th annual Whiskey Creek Festival will be held at the Cozy Theatre in Wadena Sept. 12-18. The Whiskey Creek Film Festival Association produces the Festival each year.

The Festival came about nine 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. Today, a committee of 10 persons helps select the films and helps coordinate the events of Festival week.

This year there is a great mix of films. Boyhood, the new film by Richard Linklater made over a period of 12 years, depicts the same actors for a few days each year. Another wonderful character study in the Festival lineup is Calvary, starring Brendan Gleeson, a powerful tale about Ireland and about a priest confronted with the very complex lives and motivations of his parishioners.

Snowpiercer, a science fiction allegory in a post-apocalyptic world, and Land Ho!, a comedy about two 60-somethings traveling across Iceland provide the type of counterpoint that helps make the festival so successful: there is a movie here to interest just about everyone. Chef and A Most Wanted Man complete the basic six-film selection for this year. Tickets to the Festival are available for purchase at the Cozy box office and the Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena, the Cultural Center in New York Mills and Beagle Books in Park Rapids. A festival pass provides admission to all six feature films and costs $30. Individual tickets are sold at the Cozy Theatre box office.

The Cultural Center offers a 25 percent discount for purchases at its New York Mills location to everyone who buys a Festival Pass. And Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena has a "buy one-get one free" offer for an entrée at the Bistro for anyone who buys a Festival Pass at the Bistro too. Tickets are also available at the Cozy Theatre box office, at Beagle Books in Park Rapids, and online at Brown Paper Tickets. A link to online ticket purchases is on the Whiskey Creek Film Festival website.

The Festival features free movies as well. Families will enjoy How to Train Your Dragon 2, screened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And award-winning short films by local filmmakers and selections from the Rural Route Film Festival will be screened on Saturday and Sunday. A complete schedule of movies is posted on the festival website,