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Whiskey Creek Film Festival is Sept. 13-19

For the eighth year, the Whiskey Creek Film Festival returns to the Cozy Theater in Wadena this Friday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Sept. 19.

With cool September days and nights, it’s time to enjoy indoor activities, like relaxing in a comfortable theater seat with a bag of hot, buttered popcorn and watching a great movie.

“The festival features film as art,” according to festival director Jamie Robertson. 

“These are award-winning movies in current theatrical release that wouldn’t otherwise be shown outside metropolitan Minnesota.  You can be the first to see them in Lakes and Pines Country.”

This year’s program includes something for everyone — drama, comedy, documentary, and family entertainment. 

Topping the bill is “Blue Jasmine,” with Woody Allen at peak form as director and a superb cast led by Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.

For comedy, there’s “The Kings of Summer,” a story of three teenage friends who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods.

Documentaries include “20 Feet from Stardom,” which shines the spotlight on the untold true story of backup singers behind great musical legends.   

For family entertainment, there’s a free screening of “Standing Up,” a story of two 13-year olds who are tricked by fellow island campers and, instead of remaining victims, swim to shore and set off on a journey of their own.

The Festival also includes “Still Mine,” a love story about a couple in their twilight years; “The Way, Way Back,” a summertime coming-of-age story; and “Fruitvale Station,” winner of both Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

In addition, “The Girl from Birch Creek,” and six Minnesota-produced short films will be screened free.

“Girl” is the story of Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

“We’re fortunate to have a state-of-the-art theater in Wadena,” continues Robertson.  “Credit goes to Dave Quincer, owner of the Cozy, for hosting this once-a-year festival. 

Funding was provided through the Five Wings Arts Council via the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; financial support from the local business community; and from the Wadena Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Tickets are on sale at the Cozy Theater box office, Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena, Cultural Center in New York Mills, Beagle Books in Park Rapids, and online at

Admission to one film is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors  and $5 for youth. A festival pass for six films is $30.

Harvest Thyme Bistro offers a two-for-one entrée coupon with the purchase of a Festival pass, redeemable on Friday or Saturday of Festival Week.

The Bistro will also be open Friday and Saturday until midnight, serving your choice of beverages and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

A complete list of films, show times, and sponsors will be inserted in regional newspapers from Detroit Lakes to Brainerd, and Park Rapids to Fergus Falls.  It is also included on the website.

“Make a night of it,” suggests Robertson.

“Reserve a suite at AmericInn in Wadena, then enjoy fine dining at Harvest Thyme Bistro and great cinema at the Cozy.”

For further information, call Jerry Mevissen at 218-472-3400 or e-mail:

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