ST. CHARLES – Those who attend the AfterImage Film Festival at Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18 in St. Charles will be able to see movies that have been shown at major film festivals like Sundance Film Festival as well as locally made films.
The AfterImage Film Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, is making its debut this year. The festival will open Thursday night with a VIP party starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a screening of the film "Maiden" at 7:15 p.m. Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18 is located at 3740 E. Main St. in the former Charlestowne Mall, now known as The Quad.
"Maiden," which has won awards at both Sundance and Toronto film festivals, is the story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. One of the crew members, Dawn Riley, will be answering questions following the screening.
"It was predominantly a British team, but the only American on the yacht for that race is going to be out for the screening, which is really, really exciting," said Andrew Carlin, executive director of the AfterImage Film Festival.
Tickets for opening night – which include an open bar and a selection of small bites courtesy of Batavia’s Verita Restaurant are $30, available online at AfterImage's website, afterimagefilmfestival.com.
Tickets for all the screenings are available for purchase online at AfterImage's website. The film "Saint Francis" – which won an audience award in the narrative feature competition at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this year – will be shown on Saturday and Sunday as part of the festival.
"The filmmaker and the writer/star, they're local to the Chicago area, so we're having them come out Saturday and Sunday for questions and answer sessions after the screenings," Carlin said.
"Mike Wallace Is Here," a documentary about the late CBS news correspondent, is another film that is part of the festival. The film made its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
Carlin thinks the film will be one of the more popular movies at this year's festival.
"I fell in love with it when I saw it at Sundance," he said. "We felt like this is what the festival is all about, bringing really high quality independent films to this area where they wouldn't typically play."
In addition, the festival will feature the works of local filmmakers as well. That includes "Seared: The Journey of a Chef," a short film made by Elgin filmmaker Ben Gustafson. The film is among several short films that are part of the festival.
The film will be shown at 7:15 p.m. Friday and 1:15 p.m. Saturday and Gustafson will be taking questions following the screenings.
"I would say that it's a good mix of really high profile films along with some really nice local films," Carlin said. "There should be something for everyone, we think."