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Five reasons Rated SGF is the celebration you can’t miss this weekend

March 21, 2019


We like to remain humble in Downtown Springfield. That said, we do throw a pretty good party. Our resume includes Artsfest, Cider Days and Taste of SoMo, after all.

This weekend we’ll throw another great party, Rated SGF, March 22-23 at the Historic Fox Theatre. It’s our film festival, in its second year of existence, and it’s the party you don’t want to miss this weekend. We’ve got five reasons why.

Live Music

Springfield is a city that loves live music. It’s an important part of the Queen City’s history. It’s also an important part of the Rated SGF experience.
 
Each screening features live music from a local artist, including an original song inspired by the film. This year’s artists are Jin J X, Molly Healey, Joe Dillstrom and Mood Ring Circus — and each artist has a unique sound.
 
Jin J X is a progressive singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has a love and passion for jazz guitar and a heart for R&B/soul singing. Healey is a longtime fixture in the local music scene. She writes songs, sings and plays the violin/fiddle and cello. Her touring resume includes local legends Big Smith and Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
 
Dillstrom released his debut solo album in 2017, featuring only his voice and his guitar. He blends the singer-songwriter tradition with early rock-n-roll. Mood Ring Circus, meanwhile, uses the phrase “indiejamrock&rollfunkyfolkjazzgroovemusic?” to describe its unique sound.
 

Great Refreshments

Oh, you will be refreshed during Rated SGF, we promise you that. The concession stand features popcorn and soft drinks, as well as itty bitty bars from Askinosie Chocolate. The popcorn and chocolate are going to make you thirst. That’s fine, because check out the drinks we’ll have for you..
 
Josh Widner (Scotch & Soda, The Golden Girl Rum Club, Best Of Luck Beer Hall, etc.) is handling the drink program, so you know it’s going to be incredible. Rated SGF will also feature the debut of a new beer from Mother’s Brewing Company. It’s named, appropriately, Rated SGF. It’s an American lager with coffee, from The Coffee Ethic, and it checks in at 5% ABV.
 
Speaking of The Coffee Ethic, they’ll have some drinks on hand as well should you need a little caffeine boost.
 

Incredible Films

This year’s lineup includes an Oscar Winner as well as a short film that was accepted into Sundance. There’s local talent, too, with several films connected to the Show-Me State. You can get your festival pass to see them all, or buy individual tickets to the screenings of your choice.
 
Short Film Block, sponsored by 417 Magazine (Crude Oil, Dust, Loom, Tall Tale, The Last Seance, Zero Sum): Get Tickets
 
 
 
 

Historic Setting

The Historic Fox Theatre is the perfect place for Rated SGF. It has, after all, been a staple of Park Central Square since it opened as a movie theatre in 1916.
 
It opened as the Electric Theatre, part of a chain based in Kansas City. Designers were from KC ensured the theatre was the finest in south Missouri. The Electric Theatre hosted feature pictures as well as Vaudeville acts. Paramount purchased it in 1930 before the Fox Theatre chain took over four years later.
 
A fire destroyed a large portion of the theater in 1946. The roof of the theater burned through, causing massive damages to the inside of the building. It took two years to repair the damage. But once it re-opened, The Fox remained one of the major first-run theaters in downtown Springfield until it closed in 1982.
 
Abundant Life Church made its home at The Fox from 1985-2014, when the History Museum on the Square moved in. Now, thanks to Rated SGF, the historic building is once again showing movies.
 

There’s A Literal Party

Cap the weekend with a visit to Hotel Vandivort for the Official Rated SGF After Party. (Make sure to snap a famous Vandivort Hotel Selfie while you’re there.) There will be outstanding appetizers as well as drinks from The Order. You’ll also be able to socialize with your fellow festivalgoers.
 
The After Party also includes the official stamping ceremony, where movie posters (created by local artists) are officially marked “Rated SGF.”
 
Want to join us for the Rated SGF After Party? Admission is included with your weekend Festival Pass, or you can purchase it through 417 Tix. What are you waiting for? Let’s celebrate film, music, food and more at Rated SGF March 22-23!