Route 66 FF 2011 gets YERT on

Linda McElroy of the Route 66 International Film Festival has released the full schedule for their 10th annual showcase, unfolding at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in downtown Springfield from Friday, September 16, to Sunday, September 18, and several familiar titles are in tow! Danville/C-U black comedy REVOLTING, winner of the “Best Illinois Feature” award, will play early during that Friday’s “Opening Night Gala” which begins at 6:30 p.m. The C-U dramatic feature AMBER ROSE will be shown during the 4:15 p.m. block on Saturday, September 17, while “Best Illinois Short” winner IN VINO VERITAS from Fairmount will end the festival (in more ways than one, a-hem) during the penultimate 6:30 p.m. block on Sunday. Congratulations to Mike Boedicker, Mike Trippiedi, Joe Taylor, and all their collaborators for representing well, along with long-time CUBlog friend McElroy and team for demonstrating good taste! Other downstate items include PAPER AIRPLANE (9/17, 9:30 a.m. block), a “conspiracy” drama made by high school students in the Springfield Film Club, BACK HOME (9/17, 2 p.m. block), an experimental World War II short by Tye Wilson of Taylorville, and LIBBY GIRL: SURPRISE! (9/17, 2 p.m. block), the latest doggie-centric comedy vignette from Janet Mayson of Bloomington. Route 66 will kick things off early on Tuesday, August 9, 7 p.m., with a free “pre-fest” showing of the cross-country documentary YERT (YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ROAD TRIP), by Mark Dixon of Pittsburgh, PA, and Ben and Julie Evans of Louisville, KY, at the Capital City Bar & Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen in Springfield. Go join the gang to discover if the eco-doc (to be introduced by Ben Evans and Illinois Sierra Club chairman Will Reynolds) can answer the question, “Are we doomed?”

~ Jason Pankoke

One Response to Route 66 FF 2011 gets YERT on

  1. Linda McElroy :

    Thanks for the great article, Jason. We’re looking forward to meeting Central Illinois filmmakers at the fest. Also for the first time, we have enough good Illinois short films to have an Audience Favorite Competition for films made in Illinois. Come vote for your favorite Illinois film on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2:00 p.m.