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Rural film festival coming to the Grand Illusion

February 29th, 2012 by master

Need an escape from the city without leaving the city? The Grand Illusion Cinema is hosting a film festival devoted to rural people and places called the Rural Route Film Festival. From an impressionistic documentary about Iowa to an amateur remake of Footloose to the story of a Lebanese beekeeper, the festival is an artful and eclectic look at the dusty backroads of the world.

Three different programs will be screened the week of March 16 through March 22:

Friday, March 16; Monday, March 19; Thursday March 22: 7pm
Ten of the best narrative, experimental and documentary short films from the 2011 festival.

Saturday, March 17; Tuesday, March 20: 7pm
How do you grow fresh vegetable with no land? With some dirt and a truck bed! From the makers of past fest (and Grand Illusion) hit, King Corn.

Sunday, March 18; Wednesday, March 21: 7pm
SELECTED TRAVELS: Driftless, Sand Mountain, Land of the Pure
Down home stories from Iowa, a journey through borrowed culture, and tourism in an unlikely, out-of-the-way place.

The creators of Rural Route Film Festival leave it up to filmmakers to create their definition of the word.

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Church to hold services in Grand Illusion Cinema

May 27th, 2011 by master

The Grand Illusion Cinema will soon start hosting more than just movies. On June 12th at 10:45am, the Paradox Bible Church will hold its first service in the theatre. The pastor tells us that Paradox was started in September 2010 and has been active in the community primarily partnering with the University Heights Center doing service projects and participating in community functions.

Paradox will hold weekly worship services at the Grand Illusion on Sunday mornings at 10:45am. You can read more about the church here.

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