‘A Taste of BIFF in Janesville’ Jan. 30-31

Staff Report

BELOIT, Wisconsin — The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) has moved its annual “A Taste of BIFF in Janesville” to a new location for 2015. The Ramada Janesville, freshly updated and under new management, has agreed to host the preview weekend, during which the festival will unveil many of its best films in Beloit’s sister city.

The event will begin Friday evening, Jan. 30, and run through Jan. 31, turning the property into a four-theater multiplex by converting ballrooms and the spacious pool area into temporary film-screening rooms.

BIFF Executive Director Rod Beaudoin said: “We were trying to find a way to give BIFF a different look and feel in Janesville this year; something to reflect the uniqueness of our 10th anniversary. BIFF Co-Founder and former Board President Becky Rogers had developed a relationship with the Ramada property and suggested we consider it as a site for BIFF 2015. We are truly excited about our new home-away-from-home in Janesville. And we thank Karl Anderson and his staff at Ramada for opening their doors to BIFF!”

The “mini-fest” will begin Friday evening, Jan. 30, with screenings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Jan. 31, there will be a special 2 p.m. screening of the film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. This “BIFF Cares” installment is especially valuable as a community alert to a condition that is seriously affecting Rock County. The event will include a panel discussion following the screening with local medical professionals.

Saturday, Jan. 31, will offer more films screening at 5 and 7:30 p.m., as well as a special showing of Beach Blanket Bingo, the classic fun-in-the-sun romp starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. next to the Ramada’s swimming pool on BIFF’s enormous inflatable movie screen. Festival organizers feel this screening will be a great opportunity for local residents and hotel guests to kick the winter blues.

The festival in Beloit will begin Friday, Feb. 20, with a massive downtown block party. BIFF will continue through Sunday, March 1, and will include nearly 200 films, a series of parties, award ceremonies, a silent film showcase, the second annual sing-along with Honorary Chairperson Randall Kleiser, director of this year’s sing-along film, Grease, and a raft of special events presided over by BIFF 10th anniversary hosts, longtime City Manager Larry Arft and his wife, Karen.

All festival information is available online. To learn more, go to beloitfilmfest.org.

Posted Jan. 29, 2015

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