Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Keep an Eye Peeled for FREAKY CREEK FILM FEST

If you don't have Halloween plans yet, but you like to be scared and laugh at the same time, the Freaky Creek Film Festival over in Fairmount, Illinois, may be just the ticket. This is a film festival of short films "with a freaky, creepy or darkly funny nature" made by a combination of filmmakers from around here and around the globe.

If you're wondering where the Freaky Creek name comes from, you should know that this film fest is held at the Sleepy Creek Vineyard, which transforms from Sleepy to Freaky for Halloween. But the vineyard part means there ought to be wine available, too. Their materials don't say anything about wine -- although they do mention a special cake for Halloween night -- but there's a glass of wine in the skeleton's hand in that logo, isn't there? Note that the films will be screened inside Sleepy Creek's tasting room, which is another good sign that their wine should be available.

The Freaky Creek people are encouraging costumes and even offering special treats for those who show up wearing Halloween weeds. They also offer this warning:
The show may contain adult situations, foul language, things that may scare the bejesus out of you, and/or babies being baked in ovens. There is also a high probability that you may wet yourself laughing. If you are sensitive to these things, the show might not be for you. Ages 18+ only please (21 to drink).
The film festival runs for three days, including Halloween night on Thursday October 31, as well as the Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, although Saturday is already sold out. Festivities begin at 7 pm on Thursday and 8 pm Friday. The "Freaky Cake" scheduled to appear on Thursday will be made by Eric and Patty Woller of MeMe's Treat Boutique. You can check out MeMe's Facebook page here.

If you'd like to score tickets now to be sure you get them before the other nights sell out, click here. Tickets are $12 for Thursday but only $10 for Friday, and will be available up to one hour before showtime as long as they last.

Sleepy Creek Vineyard is located at 8254 East 1425 North Road outside Fairmount, Illinois, and you can visit their website or call 217-733-0330 for more information.

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