The 5th Annual Big Dam Film Festival to Offer Academy Award Nominee

By Travis on April 17, 2010

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Young Professionals of the Quincy Area is pleased to announce the 5th annual Big Dam Film Festival, to be held May 6 & 7, 2010 at two locations in Quincy.  This year the festival will feature locally produced films as well as an Academy Award-nominated film.  The new format is meant to showcase award-winning independent films which represent a variety of styles and genres from the local and global stage.

Tickets may be purchased online and at University of Illinois Extension for both shows at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=4562.  All tickets purchased by May 1st will be mailed.  Tickets purchased after May 1st will be available at Will-Call at the respective show.  Call Shelby Crow at 217-223-8380 to purchase tickets with cash.

The Big Dam Film Festival will kick off Thursday, May 6, at QU’s MacHugh Theatre with the Quincy premiere of Chris Kelley’s Hampshire: A Ghost Story.  The film, in which strange occurrences at a haunted restaurant build into a night of terror, won first place in horror at the Illinois International Film Festival outside Chicago and second place at The Indie Gathering in Cleveland, Ohio.  Kelley is a Quincy Native and Quincy University graduate.  He and his wife/producer Victoria run Table Sixteen Productions, where they produce television commercials and independent films.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with a showtime of 8 p.m.  A question and answer session with Kelley will be held after the screening.

The signature event will be held Friday, May 7, at the State Room (8th & State).  The evening will feature two films, the first being locally produced documentary One Night in Woodland.  The film documents the unexplainable events that occur when a Franciscan Friar from Quincy University gives a group of students a tour through the cemetery and mausoleum.  Woodland Cemetery, located on 5th and Jefferson streets in Quincy and known for its history and aesthetic significance, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The documentary was produced by Travis Yates, Instructor of Communication at Quincy University and independent video producer.

The feature film of the evening is Academy Award-nominated An Education. Directed by Lone Scherfig, the film is a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960’s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.  Rolling Stone calls An Education “A miracle of a movie,” and the L.A. Times raves, “One of the best films of the year!”  An Education was nominated for Best Motion Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Doors at the State Room open at 7:30 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m.  A cash bar will be available.

Consistent with the mission of YP Quincy, this event will promote a culturally rich form of entertainment while educating the citizens of Quincy and surrounding communities about film as an art form.  The Big Dam Film Festival has become a signature event of Quincy, and has gained the attention of other young professional organizations across the state.

YP Quincy is a network of young professionals that seeks to promote career opportunities, business development, entertainment and recreation in order to enhance the quality of life of the Quincy area.   For membership information please visits www.ypquincy.com.

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