35th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival - Ticks
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The theme for this year’s festival is “Ticks”. These 8-legged arthropods (which are not insects, despite what some screenwriters seem to think) are convenient film antagonists that inspire fear and loathing because they feed on human blood and spread diseases, including Lyme disease. The night starts with “The Big Tick” (2006), an episode of the animated television series “Ben 10” about an enormous tick-like alien bent on destroying Earth, followed by “Bite of the Ruby Red” (1955), an episode of the television series “Soldiers of Fortune” featuring a scientist’s search for a cure for a deadly tick-borne fever in Central America. Our feature film Ticks (1993) follows a group of teenagers on a wilderness retreat that encounter super-sized ticks mutated by agricultural runoff from an illegal marijuana-growing operation. “The Big Tick” and “Bite of the Ruby Red” are family-friendly while Ticks is rated R for violence, gore, and language.
Doors open at 6 pm in Foellinger Auditorium on campus, with film introductions starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.
The event will feature a live insect petting zoo, along with live ticks to compare to the movie versions, exotic insect displays from around the world, face-painting, balloon-insects, a raffle with arthropod-themed prizes, many hands-on activities, and a display of entries from local schools for the annual IFFF art contest, with prizes to be announced at 7:00 pm. Entomologists will take over the UIUC Snapchat channel for the festival, with a filter allowing people to take a selfie with a giant tick.
- 6:00 pm Doors open: Activities, displays, exhibits in Foellinger lobby
- 7:00 pm Welcome, award and raffle winners, introduction to films
- 7:30 pm Big Tick (23 min)
- 8:00 pm Bite of the Ruby Red (30 min)
- 8:30 pm Ticks (85 min)
- Department of Entomology
- Entomology Graduate Student Association