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INDIE FILM


by Sasha E. Wolff www.atgr.org OPENING SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 “Four Wall” Your Film T


HE FILM INDUSTRY MAY have all but vacated Michigan, but that doesn’t mean filmmakers on this side of the mitten have given up. The West Michigan Film and Video


Alliance is working against that through its 4Wall program. 4Wall, which derives its name from a term


indie filmmakers use to describe a screening event outside the traditional theatrical release, debuted last year and was born out of the 2006 series “WMFVA presents…”. In keeping with the group’s name, the event invites local film- makers to “four wall” their work at Wealthy Theatre’s Koning Micro-Cinema quarterly at 4Wall. It doesn’t matter if the film is complete or a work-in-progress; if you’re a filmmaker who wants a bit of feedback, bring it to 4Wall. Deb Havens, founding


and current chair of the West Michigan Film and Video Alliance, sees 4Wall as unique to West Michigan, if not the whole state. “WMFVA members can


“If directors want feedback, we provide a


written form they can use, or our host leads the discussion,” Havens said. 4Wall isn’t just about showing off films,


though; it’s about networking and learning from one another. The hope is that filmmak- ers will inspire each other and in turn sharpen their competitive edge. Ultimately, this competitive edge can help


create candidates qualified to work on major Hollywood productions. “I can see better quality productions com-


4WALL PRESENTS PRODUCERS SHOWCASE Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids Sept. 28, 7 p.m. WMFVA members free, public $5 wmfva.org


screen their work or sponsor the work of their associates on a big screen with top-of-the line sound and picture quality,” Said Havens. Not only do people who show their work


have the opportunity to see their film on the big screen, but they also have the opportunity to receive constructive criticism.


ing to 4Wall in the future and it becoming an event that people will look forward to coming to so they can see what their peers are making and use it as a benchmark for what they should be striving for,” says Charley VanPortfliet, a local filmmaker and host of 4Wall. In addition to networking


and screening films, 4Wall provides the public and WMFVA members a chance to listen to industry profes- sionals speak on a variety of topics. Those topics have


included a look at commercial production and style, location audio and more. Topics are certainly not limited, so participants of 4Wall are sure to learn about many unique aspects of the film industry. n


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2011 WORLD PREMIERE! 


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written by Austin Bunn, with Working Group Theatre


In October 2008, General Motors announced it would shutter the 75 year- ‐old stamping plant on 36th street in Wyoming, Michigan.


Based on interviews of those affected by the close of the plant: the "GM gypsies", tool and die third shifters, even the "ax men", RUST explores what happens to the people who make things when we stop making things.


THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL


Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.


Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik


Adapted from Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years. Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including Best Musical


WEST MICHIGAN PREMIERE!


A witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Luke believes in God. Adam believes in everything else.


by Geoffrey Nauffts


When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support… and answers. Next Fall asks us what it means to "believe" and what it might cost us not to.


BRAND NEW! ampersand a new play by Tracy Letts


Kate and Marlowe fly to Switzerland to rehabilitate their marriage. Then their clones arrive on the scene. Worse yet, Dad is in the same hotel.


A fast-paced dark farce that throws you headlong into questions about marriage, family and how we try to shape those we say we adore.


PULITZER PRIZE WINNER!


A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. The large Weston family reunites after Dad disappears, and their family homestead explodes in a storm of repressed truths and unsettling secrets.


A play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.


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