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Give the unexpected this Christmas

December 20, 2018


You could get your favorite movie lover a gift card to their favorite theater, and that would be a pretty swell gift. But what if they wanted a more immersive movie experience?

And, no, we don’t mean like 3D, IMAX or Smell-O-Vision.

We’re talking about the Rated SGF Film Festival, a uniquely Springfield experienced, dedicated to exceptional things in unexpected places. Early Bird festival passes are on sale now for the event, which is March 22-23, 2019, at the historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square.

One ticket is $39, which gets you into all four film screenings. Less than $10 per film is a pretty good deal, but that’s not all you get. Each film screening includes

  • Live music
  • Q&A session with a lead from the film
  • Killer After Party at Hotel Vandivort.

Oh, and there’s one more perk. If you order one of the first 100 Early Bird passes, you get a special gift: a swag big filled with exceptional surprises. We’re talking merch, local goodies and more.

Last year’s screenings included “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Ghost Story.” David Lowery directed both films and he attended Rated SGF. Lowery’s most recent film is “The Old Man & the Gun,” based on the true-life story of Forrest Tucker, a career criminal and prison escape artist. That film starred Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek.

“Saturday Church” also featured at Rated SGF. The musical fantasy drama tells the story of Ulysses, a 14-year-old boy dealing with the death of his father. He finds community at Saturday Church, a program run at a church to feed and provide shelter LGBTQ youth. Luka Kain starred in the film, which has a 93% score from critics at Rotten Tomatoes, and appeared at Rated SGF.

Short films “Posers,” “Counting to 1,000” and “Ghoul School” also screened at Rated SGF. Cailee Spaeny starred in “Counting to 1,000.” She is currently appearing in the Adam McKay film “Vice.” Brook Linder directed Ghoul School. He recently earned the coveted Young Guns 16 Award and has directed music videos for Ryan Adams, Miles Kane, Charli XCX, Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Spoon.

It was an impressive lineup for a young festival, and it only promises to get better. Sean Thiessen, writer and director of “Posers,” spoke highly of his experience.

“I love Rated SGF,” he said. “The hospitality and reverence for movies makes it exactly what a film festival should be: a celebration.”

Join the celebration for just $39 — and get your swag bag — by securing tickets today through 417 Tix. This year’s film lineup is still in the works.

Downtown gifts for all.

There are more ways to spread the Downtown Springfield love this holiday season. Our super-comfy, and stylish, Christmas sweatshirts are available through 5 Pound Apparel.

Have an art lover on your list? They will love Art Bucks, spendable vouchers to be used for arts and goods at Artsfest on Walnut May 4 & 5, 2019. Art Bucks are available three ways:

  • Great Southern Bank’s downtown location (331 South Avenue)
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council office, located inside The Creamery (411 North Sherman Parkway)
  • Call Christa at 417-862-2787 to order by phone.