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Lake County Film Festival Newsletter
March 2020

Thanks to everyone that came out for our screening of Once Upon A River at the college in February. It was great to see a big turnout for our return to monthly screenings. Here's what's new for the month of March. You can also keep your eye on the Lake County Film Calendar
Free Screenings At The College Of Lake County
You can get more information about the International & Indepedent Film Series at The College Of Lake County at:

March 6th
(Germany, 2018)
directed by Christian Petzold


The military moves in to occupy Paris. A man assumes the identity of a dead writer, flees to Marseilles, and waits for a visa to escape war-torn Europe. But the locals awaken both fatherly and romantic impulses, challenging his self-centered plans. And is this World War II or the Present Day? Christian Petzold, best known for clever, twisty thrillers, here adds a Kafkaesque dimension to a classic 1940s novel. The result is a mind-bending meditation on emigration that nevertheless maintains a tight emotional grip. “By turns intimate and expansive, Transit is a thrilling, at times harrowing labyrinth of a movie.” (NY Times)

March 20th 
Rodents Of Unusual Size (USA, 2017)
Directed by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer


Nutria are monstrous 20 pound swamp rats, an invasive species from South America with a voracious appetite that is eating up the coastal wetlands of Louisiana. Rodents Of Unusual Size follows the multifaceted story of the nutria: their introduction to the United States, their environmental impact, governmental intervention, and those that hunt, wear, and even eat them.

Filmmakers Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer have previously screened the films Plagues & Pleasures Of The Salton Sea and Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone at the Lake County Film Festival.

The One Earth Film Festival

The One Earth Film Festival runs from March 6 - 15, and features screenings all around Chicagoland. It is dedicated to films with an environmental theme. 

The festival will feature 6 screenings at various Lake County venues, including The College Of Lake County, The Prairie Crossing School, The Catlow Theater, The Waukegan Library, The Gorton Center, and the St. Joseph Church. 

For more info visit:
The Gorton Center
The Gorton Center in Lake Forest often shows independent films in the beautiful John & Nancy Hughes Theater. 

March 5: The skiing documentary, Winterland
March 12: Hosting the One Earth Film Festival with 2040: The Regeneration
March 14: Iron Five: The Story of the 1963 Loyola Ramblers (with director & subjects in attendance) 

2020 Lake County Film Festival 
Festival Dates & Call For Entries

For our 10th festival, we are expanding into two weekends. The 2020 Lake County Film Festival is scheduled to take place November 5th - 10th. Our call for entries is currently open at Film Freeway.


Watch At Home - February 2020 
We have a page on the website with all of the films we showed at the 2019 Lake County Film Festival. Anything available to watch at home should have a link that will take you to the film. Two of these features came out in February. 


Rich Kids

Rich Kids (now somewhat shamefully stylized as Rich Kid$), is a Houston-filmed drama about some teens who break into a mansion while the owners are away and spend the day pretending to be the rich inhabitants. It was recently added to Netflix. 
While I Breathe, I Hope

While I Breathe, I Hope is a documentary about Bakari Sellers, an attorney and political commentator who became the youngest African-American elected official in the country when he was elected to state legislature in South Carolina at 22. This film follows Bakari as he vacates that seat to run for Lieutenant Governor. 

It will begin streaming on iTunes and Vimeo on February 28th. 

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