Arts & Culture / Mosaic / February 26, 2014

Independent films to screen for three-day festival

A total of 19 independent films — including shorts and documentaries — will be shown over the course of the three-day Black Earth Film Festival, which begins Thursday.

Each evening’s events will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Cherry Street. Tickets are $5 each night.

A few of the filmmakers are Galesburg natives. One of them is Tom Engebretson, whose short film “How I Learned to Dance” will be the 10th that he has shown at the festival. In that four minute flick, Bigfoot will teach a young boy how to dance.

Another Galesburg native is Dustin Morrow, who currently lives in Portland. His 86-minute feature film, “Everything Went Down,” chronicles a friendship between a professor crippled by the loss of his wife and a singer disillusioned by the industry.

“Just in Time for Christmas” was filmed in Galesburg by native Greg Cervantez. The 28-minute short explores economic struggles during Christmas.

To purchase tickets or view the full list of movies, check out BEFF’s website.

Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

Tags:  black earth film festival cherry street dustin morrow Galesburg greg cervantez Tom Engebretson

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