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FILM ISSUE Film Festivals


DETROIT WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL FILM


FESTIVAL Detroit, MI, USA and Windsor, Ontario, Canada June 22-26 General Admission $7, discounts for students and seniors dwiff.org


In its fourth year, the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival (DWIFF) is the only film festival that takes place in two countries at once. The festival is a non-profit organization that is funded through the community. DWIFF’s goal is to give


a platform to the new and emerging voices within the independent film


industry from not only Michigan, but the world. This year, festival organizations screened for consideration more than 170 films. Some of the films you can see there include award-winning Sundance films and red carpet premieres. Festival goers also have the opportunity


to network with prominent film industry members. For the more technically based movie lover, there’s the annual TechFair. The TechFair is hosted in conjunction with the film screenings and features seminars on filming, scriptwriting, editing and more.


TRAVERSE CITY


FILM FESTIVAL July 26-31 traversecityfilmfestival.org


Thriller!Chiller! Film Festival


The Traverse City Film Festival, started by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, is all about giving overlooked films a chance to be in the public eye. That’s why special emphasis is placed on documentaries, foreign films and American independents.


Last year, 80 films and 40 shorts from more than 25 countries were shown. A number of the films were actually US or world premieres. This year, the popular film school is coming back. The educational sessions are


by Sasha E. Wolff | sasha@revuewm.com


Waterfront Film Festival


THE ARTSY RESORT TOWN of Saugatuck is host to one of the top five film festivals in the country, accord- ing to the Screen Actors Guild. Since its start in 1999, the Waterfront Film Festival has drawn thousands of people from all over the country during the four-day event. Over the years, some of those in attendance have included celebrities like Jason Ritter, Daryl Hannah, James Marsden and more. “This year, there will


be a number of celebs in town with their films. It’s an exciting lineup for sure,” said Hopwood DePree, co- founder of the festival. Every day of the film


festival is jam-packed with great bands, unique venues and spectacular films, but it’s the opening night that DePree looks forward to the most. “It’s like a reunion of sorts for the regular festival


JUNE 9-12 Saugatuck Patron Pass: $500; FastPass: $300; Super Pass: $200; Day Passes: Friday and Sunday $70, Saturday $74; Individual Tickets: All showings and seminars are $10 waterfrontfilm.org


attendees that come out every year.” The street party features a beer garden, live enter-


tainment and an outdoor movie showing. Each year, the organizers of the festival seek to


bring a balanced mix of documentaries and dramas. Also, quite frequently, it screens a number of Oscar- winning and Oscar-nominated premieres.


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