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Geneva Film Festival Winter Sampler event set

GENEVA – A special Winter Sampler event, featuring family-friendly short films from the Geneva Film Festival’s first eight seasons, will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Geneva Park District’s Playhouse 38, at 524 W. State St., Geneva.

Tickets are $5 for each session of films and can be purchased online at www.GenevaFilmFestival.org.

Geneva Film Festival Executive Director Scott Rolf said the short films will serve as a lead-in for the next Geneva Film Festival, which is scheduled for March 10 to 12. 

Each session will be 90 minutes long, he said. Among the films to be shown will be “Rabbit and Deer,” an animated best short film from 2014, and “Bicycle” a narrative from India that won best narrative short in 2015.

“We are kind of directing it to people not familiar with the film festival [to] give them a cross section of what the festival is all about,” Rolf said. “We did three screenings during Swedish Days last summer, and about 120 people attended. A lot of people were new. We’re trying to introduce the festival to people not familiar with it.”

Both sessions will have a director speak to the attendees after the films are shown, to discuss how the movies were made and to answer questions, Rolf said.

Zoe Lubeck, director of “Lucy,” a movie about a girl and her dog, will be at the 1 p.m. showing. Mike Cramer, director of “Teenaged Ghost Punk,” a supernatural punk rock romantic comedy, will be at the 4 p.m. showing.

Cramer won emerging narrative feature filmmaker at the 2015 Geneva Film Festival, and his film received critical praise as the official selection of the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival. 

The theater seats about 60 people, and Rolf said he hopes to sell out.

Geneva’s Cultural Arts Commission started the Geneva Film Festival in 2007 to celebrate the art of filmmaking by setting the stage for independent producers and directors to showcase their talent. 

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