Work by Bay Area Filmmaker Selected for the Eighth Beloit International Film Festival

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Award Winning Film, 50 Year Old FRESHMAN, Nominated for Best Documentary at BIFF 2013 the running for one of the Festival's annual "Biffy" awards...

Multi award-winning 50 year old FRESHMAN Suzanne Heim-Bowen, a feature documentary film by filmmaker Deborah J. McDonald of Saratoga, CA, is one of 120 independent films selected this week for the eighth Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) in Beloit, Wis., February 14-17, 2013. Chosen from among more than 450 submissions, it is also in the running for one of the Festival’s annual “Biffy” awards, Best Documentary, presented on opening night.

The Beloit International Film Festival is recognized as one of the leading young festivals in the country and has been cited as an “alternative” to the Sundance Film Festival by the New York Times and called “the next big thing” by Movie Maker Magazine. BIFF 2013 features the full range of indie films including animation, features, documentaries and shorts. Films are shown in more than a dozen settings in several communities in the Southern Wisconsin Stateline area 90 minutes northwest of Chicago. Film venues range from large college and community halls to restaurants and shops transformed for four days into cinemas.

BIFF 2013 is chaired this year by legendary comedy film pioneer David Zucker, creator of Airplane, Ruthless People and the Naked Gun film franchise. He will introduce films and be on hand for the showing of several of his popular works.

BIFF is sponsored by The Hendricks Group of Beloit in association with Beloit College with the support of Visit Beloit. Information is available at

Media Contacts:

Nina Brauer, MBI for Deborah J. McDonald
(843) 557-4290

Travis Stowers, Beloit Film Fest
(608) 295-0374

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