Herald-Whig

Big Dam Film Festival gets right to the point with short films

Posted: Feb. 17, 2012 7:58 am Updated: Mar. 2, 2012 10:15 am

By RODNEY HART
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The seventh annual Big Dam Film Festival is getting right to the point this year.

The event, backed by Young Professionals of Quincy, features a series of short films, as opposed to feature-length films. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Room near Eighth and State in Quincy, with tickets available at the University of Illinois Extension Office (228-8380) or at the door the night of the event.

"I think the most important thing about our event that keeps people coming back is seeing what we are going to do next," event organizer Adam Duesterhaus said. "In years past, we expanded from the traditional Saturday night and included both a Thursday and Friday night event, premiering a local filmmaker's movie for the first time to the public, a beer-tasting event and a feature-length movie.

"This year, we've gotten back to what made us a success in the first place."

Duesterhaus said that every year, organizers try to get as many quality films as possible from a variety of genres and filmmakers. Last year's People's Choice filmmaking winner, Pardis Parker, will once again have an entry, as will Quincy's own Travis Yates.

"The rest you'll just have to wait and see," Duesterhaus said. "People are really in for a treat this year."

Tickets are $10 for members of Young Professionals of Quincy and $15 for nonmembers.

A YP committee screens the entries, and there is no charge to submit entries.

The audience will vote for best acting, best production and best of show. There are 13 entries, including an extended trailer of the upcoming film "Villainy for the Lonely" by local filmmaker Chris Kelly. Chris and his wife, Victoria, of Table Sixteen Productions, also will do a Q&A after the trailer screens.

The event is the primary YP fundraiser. Proceeds are used to offer educational and networking events throughout the year.

Sponsors are Great River Economic Development Foundationn, Y101, State Street Bank, Table Sixteen Productions and the Historic Quincy Business District.

For more information, go to facebook.com/bigdamfilmfestival.

-- rhart@whig.com/221-3370