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06 Apr 2016

Eager to Learn What You Missed Last Week at FREEP Festival?

The Free Press and Michigan.com part­nered yet again to bring Detroit natives and vis­i­tors the third annu­al Freep Film Fes­ti­val.

Once again, Freep focused on doc­u­men­taries and cel­e­brat­ed the sto­ries and the cul­tures that sur­round them. Giv­en the festival’s set­ting, the four-day event fea­tured con­tent with heavy ties to Michi­gan. For many view­ers, the con­tent evoked native roots and feel­ings. For oth­ers, it opened eyes to fam­i­ly and friend cul­tures behind which they didn’t pre­vi­ous­ly know the tales. For every­one at the show, a sense of com­mu­ni­ty per­vad­ed the room and allowed view­ers to leave with a new con­nect­ed­ness to one anoth­er and their com­mu­ni­ty.

Giv­en the event’s suc­cess the last two years, 2016 was slat­ed to be even big­ger and bet­ter than before, and it did not dis­ap­point. Films were vast, cov­er­ing a breadth of top­ics in new lights and intro­duc­ing curi­ous musi­cal pair­ings and cin­e­mato­graph­ic ele­ments. Pan­els that allowed the audi­ence, pro­duc­ers and fel­low film­mak­ers to react to the films and dis­cuss their pow­er fol­lowed many.

Here are some of the high­lights from this year’s event ros­ter:

  • Freep Film Fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ed 11 screen­ing sell­outs! Bra­vo, Detroit!
  • Jason Zeldes screened his pro­vok­ing sto­ry of Donte Clark in the auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal ver­sion of Romeo and Juli­et, “Romeo is Bleed­ing.”
  • The orig­i­nal road­show ver­sion of “Apoc­a­lypse Now” was show­cased
  • “The Goat Yard” sold out its screen­ing.
  • “Life in Osborn” drew a sim­i­lar­ly impres­sive crowd.
  • Red Bull House of Art in Detroit got a pri­vate screen­ing of ‘Fire Pho­to -> 1’.
  • Wal­ter V Mar­shall and Life Remod­eled host­ed an engag­ing pan­el after the sold-out show­ing of “Life in Osborn.”
  • “Supe­ri­or” offered the mov­ing sto­ry about the 1,300 mile trek along Lake Supe­ri­or. Edd Ben­da led the project in only 21 days.
  • Greg Kohs pro­duced anoth­er tri­umphant film, “The Great Alone,” which fol­lows Lance Mackey’s strug­gles with can­cer and sub­stance abuse.
  • Sen­a­tor Bert John­son tweet­ed about the Hantz Farms Detroit Doc­u­men­tary and urged cit­i­zens to fol­low in Hantz’ foot­steps to clean up Detroit and reclaim the area.
  • Mitch Albom led the pan­el dis­cus­sion of Kohs’ screen­ing and the two explored Alaskan cul­ture and its many ties to life in Michi­gan, present and past.
  • Fire pho­tog­ra­ph­er, Bill Eis­ner, had a mov­ing dis­play at Red Bull HOA.
  • Requiem RB pro­mot­ed edu­ca­tion and aware­ness on stu­dent ath­letes, con­cus­sions and their side effects.
  • The high­ly antic­i­pat­ed screen­ing of Par­duc­ci sold out.
  • “Predator/Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves,” pre­miered with excel­lent suc­cess and reviews.

If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s show, head to www.freepfilmfestival.com.  Recaps will be com­ing out all week and infor­ma­tion on next year’s event will be avail­able in the com­ing months! You don’t want to miss anoth­er beat of this beau­ti­ful­ly enrich­ing doc­u­men­tary path.  


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