The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department will host its second annual film festival on Oct. 17 and 18 at the Black Box Theatre in K-1001, on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. It is free and open to the public.
The fest will showcase one feature film and two documentaries that will highlight local themes and familiar places. At the end of each film, guest speakers will lead a discussion and answer questions from the audience.
The 1980 classic musical-comedy, “Blues Brothers,” will be screened on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.; a documentary about the Kankakee River called “Everglades of the North,” will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.; and the documentary, “As Goes Janesville,” about the struggles of a small Wisconsin town, will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.
During “Blues Brothers,” attendees are invited to come dressed as characters from the movie.
JJC Fine Arts Professor Dave Nuccio will speak about the soundtrack of “Blues Brothers” after the showing. Other guest speakers will include producer of “Everglades of the North,” Tom Desch, and Leslie Simmer, editorial director of Kartemquin Films and co-writer of “As Goes Janesville.”
Though tickets are free, space is limited, so guests should reserve seats by calling ahead of time at 815-280-2200 or stopping by the JJC box office on the Main Campus, K-1002.
Giselle Atterberry, film festival organizer and fine arts professor, said the festival was successful last year, with a large, diverse crowd. She hopes this year’s festival is just as popular.
“There’s something about watching a movie in a crowd that makes the experience different than if you were at home,” Atterberry said. “And these movies will make our film festival special because as the audience watches, they will be given ample opportunities to take pride in our area.”
An Awards of Excellence grant from the JJC Foundation was used to fund the film festival this year.
For more information about JJC’s Fine Arts Department, log on to www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/arts-sciences/fine-arts.
About the Films
“The Blues Brothers” (1980)
In their attempt to raise the cash to save the orphanage where they were raised Joliet Jake (played by John Belushi) and Elwood (played by Dan Akyroyd) face opposition from the Illinois State Police, a heavily armed spurned bride, a vengeful country and western band, and neo-Nazis. The volume
“Everglades of the North” (2012)
This documentary chronicles the history and changing ecology of the Grand Kankakee Marsh. With interviews, historic recreations, and archival images, the film offers valuable perspectives on the manipulation of this distinctive wetlands area.
“As Goes Janesville” (2012)
After the closure of its General Motors plant, this small Wisconsin city is forced to try to reinvent itself. While the film focuses on the plight of the individuals and families, the polarizing ideological battles that still embroil Wisconsin and the nation resound throughout this documentary.