Now Accepting 2014 Festival Internship Submissions


The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival is seeking summer interns (both high school and college students) for our 2014 festival.  Depending on background, skill level and interest, interns will have the opportunity to assist in marketing, programming, filmmaker relations and festival administration.  Interns will also assist with general office operations and organization.

If you are interested, please submit your résumé to Michael Noens [] and tell us what interests you most about interning with our festival.  Interns will be selected in May 2014 for a June 9 – August 8 [nine-week] internship and expected to devote a minimum of 12 hours per week.

Below are a three different internships we are currently offering for the 2014 festival:

Assistant Festival Coordinator Internship (June 9 – August 8, 2014)

Works side-by-side with the Festival Coordinator throughout the process of gathering materials from selected filmmakers and the event itself. Expected to help test and organize exhibition formats, as well as coordinate Q&A sessions with both attending filmmakers and web video Q&As. The intern will assist the Festival Coordinator with scheduling and communication with accepted filmmakers and judges. The Intern may also be expected to travel to Chicago one day a week to work with the Festival Centerpiece Coordinator.

A/V Production Internship (June 9 – August 8, 2014)

Involves training with both P2 and DSLR cameras, production audio equipment and professional video editing software. Work side-by-side with the A/V Production Coordinator throughout the event; gathering footage of each Q&A, filmmaker interview and audience member responses. Some past videography experience recommended but not required. During the festival and the following weeks, the intern will also assist in editing video footage and prepping for social media release.

Marketing Outreach Internship (June 9 – August 8, 2014)

Works side-by-side with our Marketing Director and Sponsorship Coordinator learning how to utilize internet, print, radio, newspaper and other promotional opportunities within a budget. Expected to assist in finding creative, affordable ways of getting the word out about the festival and maximizing the size of the audience. During the festival, the intern will assist the Marketing Director in releasing various press releases and social media content (including photos, videos and live web broadcasts). Intern will also be expected to assist the Sponsorship Coordinator develop and maintain excellent relationships with sponsors.

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Blue Whiskey Cinema Series Moves to Star Cinema Grill

Star Cinema Grill

Beginning this February, we are pleased to announce that the Blue Whiskey Cinema Series will be moving to the Star Cinema Grill (53 South Evergreen Avenue) in Arlington Heights.  Our 2014 season of cinema — every first Wednesday of the month — begins on February 5 with Josh Boone’s independent romantic comedy, Stuck in Love, starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman and Nat Wolff.  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!

The Star Cinema Grill is a dine-in-theater that offers guests an extensive menu, and a full service bar with a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits. Their goal is to provide every guest with an unforgettable experience through unmatched service, the highest quality food and beverages, and a flawless film presentation.

Our series line-up through June has been announced and can be seen at  We’ll be screening classics such as Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, 2011 Best of Fest winner Falling Overnight and new independent films like Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer.  We mix it up all the time from comedies to suspense to romance.  And moreover, we turn to you at each screening to give us recommendations of what you’d like to see featured!

Don’t miss out on the fun and join us for the Blue Whiskey Cinema Series at the Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights every first Wednesday of the month!  CLICK HERE to find out how you can become a Blue Whiskey Cinema VIP Member!

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Indie Film Weekly: Before ‘Delivery Man’ There Was ‘Starbuck’

While the majority of the movie-going world is headed out to their nearest cinema to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this weekend, this Indie Film Weekly series is here to suggest some smaller screen titles you’re not likely to find a thirty second television commercial spot for. Speaking of thirty second spots, have you seen advertisements for Vince Vaughn‘s new film Delivery Man? Did you know that this film is a remake of an award-winning independent Canadian film entitled Starbuck? What makes this remake more interesting than most hijacked by Hollywood pictures is that Starbuck writer/director Ken Scott wrote and directed Delivery Man.

Check out the two films below:

Delivery Man [Pic]Delivery Man

An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity. Aside from the fact that he was a regular visitor at a fertility clinic 20 years ago, there’s nothing particularly remarkable about David Wozniak (Vaughn). Upon learning of the lawsuit, David considers letting the truth come out, and finds that sometimes the best fathers are the men who seem the least fit for parenting.

Now playing in theaters nationwide.  Check your local movie theater for showtimes. Click here for more information about the film.

Starbuck [Pic]Starbuck

At 42, David lives the life of an irresponsible adolescent. He coasts through life with minimal effort and maintains a complicated relationship with Valerie, a young policewoman. Just as she tells him she’s pregnant, David’s past resurfaces. Twenty years earlier, he began providing sperm to a fertility clinic in exchange for money. He discovers he’s the father of 533 children, 142 of whom have filed a class action lawsuit to determine the identity of their biological father, known only by the pseudonym Starbuck.

Now Playing on Netflix Streaming.  For more information about the film, visit

Enjoy some great independent film this weekend!

Michael P. Noens

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Kickstart Your Week with “While You Were Here” by Carolyn Faber

While You Were Here

The power of crowdfunding, whether it be through KickStarter, Indiegogo, or another site, never ceases to amaze me. As I browse these sites, there are so many projects that, if not for crowdfunding, would not make it to production. It truly is an amazing thing that your audience, whether it be for a film, book, restaurant or hot new gadget, can completely fund and make your project possible. Anyone can be an investor. With that being said, the last two projects posted on this blog have successfully exceeded their goals in funding. I’m excited to see what comes from this funding, and seeing the final projects.

As we go into a new week, there is a new project that has caught my eye. Perhaps motivated by the love I have for my family, or the romance I witnessed filming a wedding this weekend, this project has me ready to head in to the new week with a full heart and a smile.

While You Were Here” is a truly touching project, looking into creator Carolyn Faber’s grandmother’s history. In 1935 her grandmother, Gretel Marx Roos, was forced to leave the German village Flonheim where she grew up, and left behind a dear friend. A letter Faber discovered written by her grandmother’s friend Kino Frank, inspired her to look into the history of the two and the village. Roos kept every letter, home video, artifact and more, creating an archive of her past. Through this archive, and interviews with people in Flonheim, including Kino Frank himself, Faber pieces together the story of her grandmother and the village.

Most of this documentary has alread...

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