You always get a lot of bang for your buck at The Midwest Independent Film Festival (First Tuesday of every month in Chicago, midwestfilm.com), and the March 2012 outing was no exception to that rule.  Mark Rosengren’s directorial debut, “Lac Du Flambeau”, had its world premier at the Windy City’s favorite monthly fest, and it opened to an appropriately-packed house.

Rosengren had helmed a feature-length documentary prior to this project, but “Flambeau” marks his first directorial attempt in the narrative realm.  The film follows a deeply troubled young man as he searches for stability and meaning in a small Midwestern town, following what appears to have been a tragic milestone in his life.  Suicidal emotions, love triangles, and a disjointed timeline pave the bumpy but intriguing road to the film’s elusive final destination, “Lac Du Flambeau”.

Hosted by festival co-founder Mike McNamara, the evening’s festivities also included a Producer’s Panel with Josh Throne and Vail Romeyn, UPM and Production Supervisor respectively for the political drama “BOSS” (Starz Channel, starring Kelsey Grammer), as well as the premier showing of “Wednesday’s Child”, a comedic short film directed by Rocco Cataldo.

A production still from the feature film “Lac Du Flambeau”; Photo credit: StandingPassengers.com

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