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Block Cinema to be Primary Venue for Evanston's First Film Festival

March 19, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's Block Cinema will be the primary venue for The Talking Pictures Festival, Evanston's first film festival. The festival is meant to engage and entertain North Shore audiences of all ages.

The festival will be held the weekend of May 1 to 3 at Block Cinema, located at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern's Evanston campus, as well as several other Evanston venues.

The Talking Pictures Festival will highlight independent films from around the world as well as new offerings by local filmmakers. Screenings will include short and full-length animated films, documentaries, and feature, fiction, music and youth films.

The three-day festival is organized by independent filmmakers Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger of Percolator Films, a new Evanston media arts organization that also coordinates the 10-year-old REELTIME film and discussion series. For the festival, Percolator Films has partnered with Northwestern University's Block Cinema, Evanston Public Library, Boocoo Cultural Center and Café; and other community venues and organizations.

A "call for entries" resulted in film submissions from the United States, Canada, Israel, Asia and Europe. In addition, festival programmers attended the Toronto International and Amsterdam International Documentary film festivals to find some of this year's most compelling movies and videos. At least three documentaries and feature films drawn from the best of the international film festival circuit will be among those screened at Block Cinema.

"The Talking Pictures Festival is a great opportunity for Block Cinema to partner with Percolator Films and screen some of the best new international films available today," said Will Schmenner, Block Cinema's film curator. "Together, we have been sorting through the line-ups of numerous film festivals to give Evanston residents a chance to see movies that are among the most beautiful and thoughtful circling the world today."

Films will be screened at Block Cinema; Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Boocoo Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.; and other venues.

Ticket information and a complete festival film schedule will be available in April at www.talkingpicturesfestival.org.

(Nathalie Rayter, a sophomore in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.)
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