Who’s the best of the best Midwest films?

Twenty-two of the best Midwestern films from a year’s worth of the Midwest Independent Film Festival will be honored Dec. 2 at a gala awards ceremony ? not at its usual Century Cinema venue – but at the more festive Rockit Bar & Grill.

The 22 films, which played at MWFF throughout 2008, have been nominated in nine categories.

Three films scored the most nominations. Five nominations for director Steve Conrad’s feature, “The Promotion,” with John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott; four for the comedy short “Train Town,” produced by Paula Froehle and Ericka Frederick; and three for director Patrick Creadon’s doc, “I.O.U.S.A.”

And the 45 nominees in nine categories are:

Best Director
Terry Kinney, DIMINISHED CAPACITY
Steve Conrad, THE PROMOTION
Patrick Creadon, I.O.U.S.A.
Joanna Rudnick, IN THE FAMILY
Rusty Gorman, HOME OF THE GIANTS
Darryl Roberts, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

Best Feature
DIMINISHED CAPACITY, directed by Terry Kinney
THE PROMOTION, directed by Steve Conrad
OSSO BUCCO, directed by Gary Taylor and Fred Blurton
HOME OF THE GIANTS, directed by Rusty Gorman

Best Actor
John C. Reilly, THE PROMOTION
Seann William Scott, THE PROMOTION
Christian Stolte, OSSO BUCCO
John Bader, TRAIN TOWN
Will Clinger, TRAIN TOWN

Best Actress
Virginia Madsen, DIMINISHED CAPACITY
Kate James, REGRETS
Serena Vesper, THE EUROPEAN KID
Jenna Fischer, THE PROMOTION
Danielle Hoetmer, CHECK PLEASE

Best Editing
Leslie Simmer, IN THE FAMILY
Doug Blush, I.O.U.S.A.
Steve Delahoyde, REGRETS
Joe Clear and Chris Folkens, TRILOGY
Joe Langenfeld, OSSO BUCCO

Best Cinematography
David Blood, TRAIN TOWN
Mike Gillis, THE CHERRY TREE
John Luker, Grant Weiss and Joey Domaracki, TRILOGY
Steve Furman, RIDE OF THE MERGANSERS
Justin Hayward, CHECK PLEASE

Best Documentary
I.O.U.S.A., directed by Patrick Creadon
IN THE FAMILY, directed by Joanna Rudnick
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, directed by Darryl Roberts
ELECTION DAY, directed by Katy Chevigny
THE WANDERING WOMBS, directed by Jenifer Evans Carnow

Best Short Film
CHECK PLEASE, directed by Larry Ziegelman
THE EUROPEAN KID, directed by Ian Martin
THE CHERRY TREE, directed by Carlo Besasie
TRAIN TOWN, directed by Keith Bearden
STARTING TOMORROW, directed by Devin Bousquet
REGRETS, Directed by Steve Delahoyde

Best Music Video
TRILOGY, directed by Chris Folkens for The Lifeline
OUT TO GET YOU, directed by Brett Tanzer for Jonny Rumble
ALL OVER AGAIN, directed by Mark Philips for Locksley
GAME OF LOVE, directed by Ruth Leitman for The Redwalls

Rockit is located at 22 W. Hubbard St., once the home of a film studio. Festivities start at 7 p.m., ceremony 8-9 p.m. and fun continues thereafter.

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