by Josh Eyrich, AP Staff
The lineup for the Second Annual Northwest Illinois Film Festival 2022 has been announced and scheduled for screenings this Friday and Saturday at Morrison Tech, 701 Portland Avenue in Morrison. The film festival, hosted by the Northwest Illinois Film Office (NIFO), celebrates independent filmmakers with ties to Northwest Illinois.
The event is free, but registration is required (here). Doors open 15 minutes prior to the screenings. For further information, please contact us at (815) 772-5182. Visit our website at nwillinoisfilmfestival.com
This year, Fourth Wall Film’s “Sons & Daughters of Thunder”, a docudrama that portrays the true story of the Lane Seminary Debates on Slavery of 1834; Never Submit Entertainment’s “Without Grace”, a romantic drama with a faith based undercurrent; and, “The Blacklight”, a genre bending thriller from Rockford’s Dashford Media and producer Don Hatton. Joining the films will be two short films and the introduction of “Chucky Chicken”, a loveable animated chicken character created by Michael Cook from Oswego, IL, and Valley Studios.
The schedule appears below:
Friday June 24th, 7:00 PM – “Sons & Daughters of Thunder”, and an episode of “Hero Street; A Bridge Too Far”. A Chucky Chicken animation will join the screening.
Saturday, June 25th, 3:00 PM – “Without Grace” and a Chucky Chicken cartoon.
Saturday June 25th, 7:00 PM – “The Blacklight” and short film “Wolfdog”, joined by a Chucky Chicken cartoon.
All the films shown have a strong connection to the Northwest Illinois region, with production teams based in Northwest Illinois, and featuring locations in Northwest Illinois.
Gary Camarano, Executive Director of the Northwest Illinois Film Office, said, “The region has some very talented filmmakers, and we want to celebrate their successes. With nearly $500,000,000 in film production last year, Illinois is becoming a major destination for film projects, and we would like to point out the growing activity here in Northwest Illinois. We have seen short films, feature films, major studio episodic projects filmed here, and we have a new animated character, “Chucky Chicken” making his local debut.