Join Us for An Evening with Mike Flanagan – October 22, 2014

An Evening with Mike Flanagan [Special Event]

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Join us for an evening with filmmaker Mike Flanagan and experience the short film that inspired the five million dollar feature, Oculus, and left us all terrified of our reflections.

Flanagan has been selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Achievement Award, presented by the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival. Following the award presentation, Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire will moderate a Q&A with the up and coming Hollywood director.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
TICKETS: $10.00

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‘LIFE INSIDE OUT’ Theatrical Premiere in Three Cities October 17-23

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The 2014 Blue Glass Award winning film Life Inside Out will be having its Theatrical Premiere next Friday in three west coast cities. The film won Best Original Music in the feature category this summer.

Life Inside Out tells the parallel stories of Laura, a devoted mother of three teenage sons, and her struggling son Shane, the family misfit and a mystery to his Dad and brothers. When Laura stumbles upon her long forgotten guitar, she rediscovers her passion for music and songwriting. In an impulsive move to avoid attending another of her sister Lydia’s scrapbook parties, Laura goes to her first open mic night, taking Shane (anxious to escape his own unpleasant fate on a father-son fishing trip) along for the ride. Despite her rocky entry into a new world of clubs and unusual characters, this first step into expressing herself proves to be the catalyst for changing not only her life, but Shane’s, in complex and unpredictable ways.

Life Inside Out will be playing in Pasadena and San Diego, California, as well as in Elkins, Washington the week of October 17 – 23, 2014. For tickets and more information, visit their website at

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BWiFF 2014 | Award-Winning Official Selections

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We are very pleased to announce the award-winning official selections from the 2014 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival! Congratulations to all of the films selected for exhibition and competition.

Thank you to all Festival Pass Holders who attended the entire event from beginning to end. We hope to see you again next year. Filmmakers, please keep an eye out for our 2015 Call for Entries this September.

And the winners are…

NightLights [Poster]Best of Fest

Audience Favorite

Best Narrative Feature

Best Documentary
One: A Story of Love and Equality

Best Narrative Short – Drama
A Man on the Edge

Best Narrative Short – Comedy
The Hero Pose

Best Music Video

Best of Illinois

Best Director
Edward Lyons for A Man on the Edge

Promising New Filmmaker
Ben Petrie for Nice is Cool

Best Actor
Stephen Louis Grush as Jacob for NightLights

Best Actress
Shawna Waldron as Erin for NightLights

Best Supporting Actor
Jeff Garretson as Tim for NightLights

Best Supporting Actress
Kate Black-Spence as Nicole for NightLights

Best Achievement For a Young Actor
Nikki Hahn as Mia for The Hero Pose

Best Screenplay
Mischa Jakupcak for The Hero Pose

Best Cinematography
Mathias Boucard for Lapsus

Best Production Design
Alexis B. Preston for Sheltered Love

Best Visual Effects
Andrew Scott & John Mamikon for Lost in the Sky

Best Editing
Stuart Doherty for V for Visa

Best Sound
Nassim El Mounabbih & Alexis Jung for Lapsus

Best Original Music – Feature
Elliott Goldkind (Score), Maggie Baird & Finneas O’Connell (Original Songs) for Life Inside Out

Best Original Music – Short
Bence Kutrik (Score) & Nick Dahlquist (Original Song) for Four in the Morning

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Sing Me the Blue Whiskey Blues

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The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) takes over Palatine and Arlington Heights from July 20th to 27th, 2014, bringing over 30 films from around the world to the comfort of one screen. On Wednesday, July 23rd, the festival’s film programming takes a musical intermission, moving to Durty Nellie’s (180 N. Smith Street, Palatine). The Blue Whiskey Festival Centerpiece concert features performances by local Chicago bands Big Paraid and Jackpot Donnie. However, staying true to the festival’s film roots, the night exhibits five music video official selections. It’s a night focused on independent music.

Doors open at 7:00pm, and Jackpot Donnie kicks off the night at 7:30pm, filling the hall with their unique sound. The band blends reggae, hard rock, funk and blues. RedEye Chicago says, “Jackpot Donnie offers throaty, imploring vocals, a sumptuous ska undertone and choruses that captivate listeners.” They are currently working on their latest EP with producer and engineer Steve Gillis (former drummer of Filter) at Transient Sound Studios in Chicago.  Their first full-length album “Music Nightly” was released in 2008, followed by the “New Mode” EP in 2010.

Formed in 2003, the band is comprised of Matt Love (vocals/guitar), Brian Wise (guitar), Adam Campbell (drums), and David Langley (bass).  Newcomer Peter Spero (keys) joined the band in 2011, bringing years of experience as a MCA (The Lonesome City Kings) and RCA (TAMI Show) recording artist.  The band has established its identity as one of Chicago’s most energetic rockers, and has been spreading rock and roll across the city and beyond.

After Jackpot Donnie, the music videos will screen. Each videos style is unique, ranging from an 8-bit retro video game, artistic black and white folk, picturesque underwater shots, a story told through dance, and even an energetic, whimsical circus.  All videos are done by independent directors for independent artists.  Videos include: “Wandering”, “We Are All Alone in This Together”, “Future Warrior”, “Ocean”, and “Midnight”.

At 8:45pm the evening’s headlining act, Big Paraid (, takes over Durty Nellie’s stage. Big Paraid is a trio made of Evan Hand, Joe Shadid and Rob Gould. Their first full length, self titled, album was released in March 2013. Sincethen, they have appeared on Mancow Morning TV Show, Chicago’s JBTV, and have been heard on WXRT, WBEZ, WLUL and more. Big Paraid’s live experience will have the audience moving. Whether it just be the trio, or their full Paraid the group promises to deliver a fun night of dancing.  The Big Paraid is known for its bombastic shows which encompass high energy original rock songs, choreographed dancers, and a confetti cannon.

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival’s Centerpiece Concert is sponsored by The Foxhole Chicago, an artistic facility and creative company dedicated to fostering the growth of local Chicago artists and businesses. This is an all ages show. Tickets for the Festival Centerpiece Concert are $10.00, and can be purchased from our website under Tickets & Passes on the top of the page, or at the door day of at Durty Nellie’s. College and high school students can get in or free with an ID. Individual session, weekend, and full festival passes are also available for purchase.


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