Why is there a ship on the cover?

This year’s cover is the last in a series of three representing the work of Waukgan-based
Edward Amet. In 1894, Edward Amet invented the first practical 35millimeter projector,
the Amet Magniscope shown on our 2006 cover. That same year Amet held the first large
audience motion picture show, our 2007 cover. And in 1898, Edward Amet was the
first person to use miniatures to create films about the Spanish-American War. These
films utilized ships like the one on the cover to recreate naval battles. These covers have
become increasingly more abstract as we move away from the history of film in Lake
County and into creating a future.

This completes this series of covers, but it’s not the only major change after this year.
The Lake County Film Festival was originally started through Dog Ear Music & Mov-
ies. Beyond having a fun time showing good movies to people, the idea was that it would
advertise our large selection of independent movies. In a strange twist, the film festival
has now outlasted Dog Ear, which will not be open at the time of the next festival. As
many of you know, Dog Ear functioned as the main sponsor of the festival, through
funding, office space, publicity and many other areas.

However, I don’t picture this as an ending of a cycle, but the start of a new one. We
have found what I believe is the perfect partner in The College of Lake County to help
in creating an event as large scale as we have become. Their facilities are completely
instrumental in allowing us to grow to our largest year yet: fourteen narrative
features, fourteen documentary features and over 90 short films.

Unfortunately, if you attend all possible screening times, you will only be able to see
11 screenings. More than ever, you will have to choose between comedies and dramas,
between emotional, educational or entertaining documentaries.

I can’t wait for everyone to see these films, meet the filmmakers and hear your


Nat Dykeman
Festival Director


The 2008 Lake County Film Festival is almost here!

This years film festival is bigger and better than ever!

Please don't forget that our host this year is the The College Of Lake County. Most screenings will take place at the Grayslake Campus. On Saturday, March 1 we will also be screening films at the Waukegan Campus. Thursday we will be at the Libertyville Civic Center, and Monday we will be at the Landmark Theatre in Highland Park. You can find links to google maps here

For a look at the schedule, please click 2008 Schedule on the left hand navigation bar. For a cleaner look at the schedule, check out this flyer.

Tickets are available online (through the schedule). Passes are available at:

Dog Ear Music & Movies
117 W. Rockland Rd.
Libertyville, IL

Call first for weekday hours. Friday & Saturday we are open from 11am - 9pm. Closed Sundays. Starting on Thursday, February 29th, the passes will move to the festival venues.

We can't wait to see you at the movies!



There was a time when Stanley Phillips (John Cusack) could see his entire life clearly.
He dreamed of patriotic service and was destined for a military career. He came close to
that dream until it was cut short simply because of his poor eyesight. Now he’s serving
customers at a home supply store while his Sergeant wife is fighting in Iraq.

Equally as awkward at home as he is at work, he is raising Heidi, their twelve-year-old
daughter and her 8-year-old sister Dawn. Although a loving father, Stanley is unable to
conform to a more affectionate role and the girls miss their mother deeply.

While tolerating his job and stumbling through parenting he is abruptly awakened when
tragedy strikes. Ill prepared to deal with it himself, he is at a complete loss contemplat-
ing how to tell his children. Desperate to delay telling the children they embark on a
spontaneous road trip. Grasping to give them their last moments of innocence, Stanley
reveals a softer side as they travel to Dawn’s chosen destination – Enchanted Gardens
Theme Park.

The farther they drive the closer they become yet Stanley knows he must face the inevi-
table task of changing their lives forever.

GRACE IS GONE was written by James Strouse (LONESOME JIM) and is Strouse’s
directorial debut.



Come and kick off the the 2008 Lake County Film Festival with us! Our silent film is the
1922 version of Nosferatu, with a new score by Del Rey & The Sun Kings. We will also
be showing some short films, trailers and music videos.


The 2008 Lake County Film Festival
Award Winners


Audience Award Winners

The Daniel Chapp Award for Best Narrative Feature: L'estate d'Inverno
Best Documentary Feature: A Soldier's Peace

There were no Audience Awards for Short Films.

Jury Award Winners

Best Narrative Feature: L'estate d'Inverno
Best Documentary Feature: Indestructible

Best Short Drama - Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Best Short Comedy - Speechless
Best Foreign Short - The Pick-Up Artist
Best Student Short - Pop Doul
Best Cinematography - Sunlit Shadows
Best Local Short - Untied Strangers

Best Documentary Short - A Map With Gaps
Honorable Mention: McLaren's Negatives


Contrary to frequent conversations overheard, sequels are not always bad. Take the following examples where the sequels are better than the original (as least in my opinion): Aliens, Die Hard 2, The Empire Strikes Back, The Godfather II, Silence Of The Lambs, Terminator 2.

But none of the follow-ups to those films, the dreaded number 3, come close to matching the predecessors. When it comes to film, three is decidedly NOT a magic number.

I have definitely had this on my mind as I planned the 3rd Lake County Film Festival. However, instead of worrying about it as the part 3, I made it a festival of firsts.

This years festival is the first time we’re giving awards and trophies (and hence the first jury, and the first audience ballots), the first time in 3 new venues (College Of Lake County, Regal Theatres and Highland Park Theatre) in 3 new towns (Grayslake, Lincolnshire and...Highland Park). It’s our first time having evening parties, with music and food, at two new locations (Mickey Finn’s and The Firkin). It’s our first time expanding into weekdays, with our opening party on Thursday and our closing party on Monday.

After fielding lots of questions about it, it’s our first year presenting films from people in Lake County (eight of them, in fact). It’s our first year for midnight films, and also our first showing you subtitled features (including Lady Vengeance, which is currently scheduled to come out in New York and Los Angeles in May). It’s our first year for World Premieres with 12 films being shown for the first time.

We also have our first Special Advance Screening, American Dreamz, which marks our first film brought to us by a major motion picture studio. We hope that this will be the start of many exciting events with major studios.

Last, but most importantly, it’s our first year on multiple screens, which means it’s the first year where you can’t watch everything available. I’ve put a lot of work into the schedule, hoping to give people easy choices for their personal desires, scheduling shorts against features, documentaries against narratives. As always, I hope you’ll be open to watching some movies that you wouldn’t necessarily be interested in.

I hope you enjoy the Lake County Film Festival Reloaded. Not a week goes by that another person is brought into the fold of people that are helping us out. The number of hours and dollars spent putting it together is overwhelming to me sometimes (starting with watching over 250 movies to pick these we present to you).

Thanks to all of you for bringing the enthusiasm that makes it all worth it.

Nat Dykeman
Lake County Film Festival