Seventh Annual Mosaic World Film Festival at Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford Aug. 1-3

Staff Report

In celebration of its seventh anniversary, the Mosaic World Film Festival will run Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3, at the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.

Friday night is the opening-night kickoff event featuring the film Warren. Warren is a new feature film written, directed and starring Alex Beh. The film also stars John Heard, Jean Smart and Sarah Habel. Set in and around the improv comedy scene in Chicago, the film follows its ambling title character (played by writer/director Beh), a late-20-something comedian who moonlights as a barista. He’s caught in the polar vortex between his divorcing parents (played by great character actors Heard and Smart). Meanwhile, an old flame (Habel), now engaged, shows up in town. Doors open for this event at 5:30 p.m., and the screening begins at 7 p.m.

Two additional film sessions will be held Saturday and three Sunday. Saturday’s events include four feature films that will screen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be followed by the Regional Filmmakers Screening at 7 p.m. The regional screening features the best films from Rockford and northern Illinois filmmakers.

Sunday has three sessions featuring the best short films from the U.S. and around the world. Those screenings are two hours each and begin at noon, Sunday. This year’s awards will be presented immediately following the Sunday evening screenings. Full information about this year’s films and attending the fest can be found on the MWFF website,

MWFF has really exploded with films from some talented filmmakers this year,” said Jerry LaBuy, the festival director. “The word is out that this is a filmmaker’s fest. We had to add two more days and four more screening sessions since last year. The response to what we’re doing with the MWFF is just terrific.”

Full fest passes for this year’s event are $10 and can be purchased at or at the box office of the Nordlof Center beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1. If you choose not to buy a full fest pass on or before Friday, it will cost $5 for a Saturday pass and $5 for the Sunday pass. Each of those tickets allows you to attend all of the sessions for their respective day. Ticket sales will help fund future screenings and filmmaker conferences for the fest’s education arm, The Mosaic Film Project.

For more about the Mosaic World Film Festival or the Mosaic Film Project, contact LaBuy at (815) 742-7410 or visit

From the July 30-Aug. 5, 2014, issue

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