Best Place to Take Your Date on Valentine's Day: The Beloit International Film Festival -
Best Place to Take Your Date on Valentine’s Day:
Can you believe it? Beloit has had its very own international film festival for nine years. Thousands of filmmakers from around the world have visited our charming little town – and from many miles away. Last year, the Best Feature Award Winner visited from South Korea! This year, Beloit welcomes filmmakers from as far as the Netherlands and South Africa. And now the Beloit International Film Festival stretches two weekends, starting on Valentine’s Day.
Dinner and a Film
I am here to argue that the Beloit International Film Festival is the Best Thing to Do for Valentine’s Day! Specifically, taking your date to the hilarious documentary “Date America” about an eligible bachelor merging the Great American Roadtrip with Online Dating. Bob Murray of Milwaukee sets up a series of dates across America to find “The One.” In the process, he gets to know his nation and meets interesting women, engaging in even more interesting dates.
The film starts out with loving teases from his friends and family, detailing Bob as a fun, lovable guy with a questionable sense of humor. But Bob just hasn’t met “The One” yet. Maybe she just isn’t in the same city he lives in? He starts his adventure by taking a gal on a brewery tour, another skydiving and another to play jumbo Jenga. This film is an uplifting and quirky romp that is sure to please any Valentine’s Day date.
The film plays at Domenico’s on Friday at 5 o’clock, making it easy to sit down afterward for a romantic Italian dinner!
Or, check out the other films playing on Valentine’s Day in Beloit. Check out the website for ticket information. You can also buy tickets at the door: $9 for adults, $5 for students (with student ID).
A Special Treat: Filmmaker Spotlight
And, if you want to add an interesting twist to the evening, a very rare experience of meeting an internationally awarded filmmaker will occur at Bushel & Peck’s later in the evening. Tate Bunker, a film-making lecturer at UW-Milwaukee and the winner of “Best Feature” from the Berlin Independent Film Festival in 2013 (as well as our very own reigning Best Wisconsin Filmmaker), will present a selection of his short films and discuss how he has continued to make successful and unique films in our state. His sweetheart will be there, too: a fantastic filmmaker name Kara Mulrooney. She is in the MFA program at UW-Milwaukee now and her talents are pervasive in many of the films in the 2014 Beloit International Film Festival.
This Valentine’s Day will be a special one in Beloit: Share the love of comedy and film with your sweetie!