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(Beloit, WI) Robert Crozier, Beloit Daily News

The 11th annual Beloit International Film Festival recently unveiled its full schedule of films on its website, and tickets are now on sale.

More than 100 narrative features, documentaries and short films will be screened at eight Beloit venues Feb. 19-28. Locations include Bagels & More, Bushel and Peck’s Local Market, La Casa Grande, Domenico’s, Schubert’s Luxury 10 Cinema and the Hendricks Center for the Arts.

The full lineup of places and times is available on the website. Film trailers and advance ticket sales are already online.

Adam Fogarty, the program coordinator for both the Beloit and Hollywood film festivals, said the biggest change to the Beloit festival this year comes with the its association with the Hollywood Film Festival.

“This year we are now affiliated with the Hollywood Film Festival,” he said. “That has substantially increased the quality and number of films that we have brought in.”

While everyone has their favorites, Fogarty advises audiences not to miss Hells Heart, which is showing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at La Casa Grande and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Luxury 10 Cinema.

“It’s a brilliantly written, engaging psychological thriller,” he said. “It’s films like that that are the reason I came to Hollywood and to the film business in general.”

While tickets are already available online, they will also become available at the BIFF Box Office at the Gallery Abba starting Feb. 8.

A new ticket is needed for each screening attended, and prices depend on how soon they are nabbed. They cost $9 each up until the festival begins Feb. 19, and the price then goes up to $10. Student pricing is available. There are also discounts with the purchase of tickets in packs of four or six.

Besides the regular screenings and venues, the event’s annual special screenings will continue for another year, including the sing-a-long, the silent film and the classic film.

This year’s sing-a-long is Hairspray showing Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. in the Luxury 10 Cinema. Tickets cost $10.

The 2007 version of this musical comedy stars John Travolta in drag as Edna Trumblad, Christopher Walken as Wilbur Trumblad and Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle. Fogarty said Hairspray was chosen because it attempts to make the world a better place and is, at the same time, an enjoyable film. The musical takes on racial issues such as racial integration.

“Bringing that in would be good in light of the racial issues our society has recently faced,” he said.

The Silent Film Showcase will be the 1925 version of The Wizard of Oz Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Beloit College’s Eaton Chapel. It includes a performance by the Rock River Philharmonic symphony orchestra, and tickets cost $28.

Fogarty said The Wizard of Oz was chosen because “we thought it was wonderful and Beloit audiences would enjoy it.”

The free classic film this year will be The Maltese Falcon, but it is on the schedule for Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. the Luxury 10 Cinema.

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