Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival will be rolling out its signature Blue Carpet at the Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center for the fourth year in a row, making the Palatine Park District facility the site of several Midwest premieres. Over the course of eight days, the festival will present over forty films from around the world of various genres. Following each film, audience members will have a chance to interact with the filmmakers either in-person, or via
"One of the most exciting things technology has allowed our festival to do is have a Palatine resident and moviegoer ask a question to a French filmmaker sitting in his living room in Paris," says Festival Director and Palatine resident Michael Noens. "We do our best to bring filmmakers out to spend time face-to-face with the audience, but when that's not financially feasible technology makes it possible. And the experience is incredible."
Noens founded the Palatine festival in 2010 with next to no funding or sponsorships. Now entering its fourth year running, the festival continues to grow and is proud to present compelling films among the likes of
"I'm excited to be bringing many different cultures to Palatine," says Marketing Director and Schaumburg resident Ashley France. "From Russia to Japan to Australia to the States, there's a little bit of everything."
Opening the festival will be the romantic comedy
"We're not all feature films either," reports Head of Programming and Schaumburg resident, Tony Schiavone. "We're screening more than twenty short films, as well as dedicating an entire night to music videos and live performances." On July 24, the festival will be heading over to Palatine's Durty Nellie's for a taste of the indie music scene. Featuring music videos from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to Palatine's own Murley (formerly Murley Shertz). Alongside the videos, Murley will be performing live on the Durty Nellie's stage preceded by an acoustic set from Chris Petlak (better known as Social Media Chris on 101.9's Eric and Kathy Morning Show).
Noens is very excited about this year's documentary selections. "We've got three documentary features and a handful of shorts, and they are absolutely riveting." From a beautiful and inspiring film following American musician