BIFF under the stars: Festival launches new outdoor film series
BELOIT--Have screen, will travel.
That's the idea behind the Beloit International Film Festival's free summer film series, which brings movies to different outdoor spaces-city parks, historical sites, Beloit College, even a cemetery-thanks to a new system that includes a big, inflatable screen.
The new film series, called "BIFF Outdoors," starts at dusk Friday, June 28, in Beloit's Telfer Park with a showing of the 2011 Oscar-nominated baseball film "Moneyball."
The movie has a local connection. It stars Brad Pitt as the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, the major league partner of the Beloit Snappers.
"BIFF is no longer a cold-weather pastime," BIFF Executive Director Roddie Beaudoin said in a news release, referring to the festival's chilly four-day run in February.
BIFF bought the CineBox Pro movie system and 20-foot-wide screen using a grant from First National Bank and Trust of Beloit. Voigt Music is offering technical help with sound.
Other free screenings planned this summer include:
-- Wednesday, July 17: Sing-along presentation of "Annie" at the Krueger Pool main entrance, 1700 Hackett St., Beloit. Costumes are encouraged.
-- Saturday, Aug. 17: The Oscar-winning film "Lincoln" at the Lincoln-Tallman Restorations, 440 N. Jackson St., Janesville. The film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, will be shown under the windows of the bedroom where Abraham Lincoln slept in 1859.
-- Tuesday, Aug. 27: The 1985 cult classic "The Breakfast Club" in front of Middle College on the Beloit College campus, 700 College St., Beloit. This is the film a majority of Beloit College students said they wanted to see during their first week back on campus.
-- Saturday, Sept. 14: The 1984 version of "Karate Kid" at Old Settlers Park, located behind First National Bank, 300 E. Main St., Rockton, Ill.
-- Saturday, Oct. 5: Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic, "The Birds," Oak Hill Cemetery, 1725 N. Washington St., Janesville.
Those who attend should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.