Beloit Film Fest at Franchesco’s, New Sullivan Theater Feb. 17-18

Staff Report

For the first time, fans of Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) will have an opportunity to view films in Rockford. Earlier this winter, BIFF announced it was expanding its festival to include two locations in the Rockford region. During its Sneak Peek parties, festival organizers announced this year’s films, including those playing in Rockford.

The Rockford films will be shown at Franchesco’s Ristorante and the New Sullivan Theater Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18. The Rockford films include Lutefisk Wars, a mystery/comedy shot in a documentary-like style; Trinity Goodheart, about a 12-year-old girl who sets out to find her estranged mother and reunite her family; Lost Bohemia, a documentary featuring the studios in Carnegie Hall’s upper floors — which housed numerous artists; Double Feature 1 — Beatboxing: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop and It Is What It Is; and Short Slot 8 — GoldenBox, Remy, Int. Bedroom-Day, CUTEeGRL, In Her Eye and Fade In.

Franchesco’s will feature “Dinner and a Movie” packages on both nights, while the Sullivan Theater will show films in a more traditional setting.

Tickets are on sale at A full schedule of all participating venues and films can be found on the site.

Rod Beaudoin, executive director of BIFF, explained: “As a result of our growing reputation and our affiliation with a number of nationally recognized festivals, we have been able to secure some of the best films we have ever shown. These are features, documentaries and shorts that are generally seen only at the leading festivals in North America and created by some of the leading filmmakers, a number of whom are talking about being in Beloit Feb. 16-19.”

Following, by venue, are the details for the two Rockford BIFF venues:

Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, $39 per person for “Dinner and a Movie”:

Friday, Feb. 17 — Lutefisk Wars, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18 — Trinity Goodheart, 7:30 p.m.

The New Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, $8 per person:

Friday, Feb. 17 — Lost Bohemia, 7:30 p.m.; and Double Feature 1, 10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18 — Short Slot 8, 7:30 p.m.; and Irving Walsh’s Ecstacy, 10 p.m.

BIFF frequently-asked questions

How can I find out what movies are playing and where?

You can check out the BIFF film and event schedule online at

Where do I get tickets?

You can purchase them online at, at the Visit Beloit box office at 500 Public Ave., Beloit, Wis., or buy them at the door — but be careful, some films will sell out!

What is a short slot?

Short slots are combinations of a few shorts that fit together to make a great film experience with a taste of everything for everyone.

Do any venues serve food?

You can enjoy food with your movie at Bagels and More (café food), Bushel & Peck’s Grocery (organic and locally grown), Domenico’s Restaurant (Italian), Franchesco’s Ristorante (dinner and a movie package), La Casa Grande (Mexican), Nikki’s Café (coffee shop with food), The Speakeasy (1920s-themed restaurant) and the New Sullivan Theater (concessions). Light concessions are available at multiple locations. Many of the restaurant venues also offer full menu services.

Do any venues serve alcohol?

You will find a variety of alcoholic beverages at Bushel & Peck’s Grocery, Domenico’s Restaurant, Franchesco’s Ristorante, La Casa Grande and The Speakeasy. Bagels and More and Nikki’s Café both serve beer and wine.

Is there shuttle service?

There will be shuttle services available in Beloit, Wis., provided by Yellow Express of Rock County. The shuttle will offer service to all of the Beloit venues and the box office.

How are the movies rated?

The selection team has assigned a rating to all films. The ratings include G, PG, PG-13, R, MA (Mature Audience — Adults Only). If a film is rated MA, you can expect violence and/or sexual content.

Can I bring the kids?

A variety of films are offered that cross all age groups. All films have been rated. Films not rated by an organization have been reviewed and rated by the selection committee.

The Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit, Wis., has been selected as a venue for films appropriate for youth and families. Refer to the Beloit Public Library on the Film Schedule for more information. For other films, refer to the ratings, as a film that is pertinent to families or family issues could have an R rating.

From the Feb. 15-21, 2012, issue

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