When October comes around, it's time for all of the freaks, ghouls and creatures of all stripes to come out of hiding in West Michigan and celebrate the best holiday of them all – Halloween. And what better way to celebrate than with our friends at the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival?
We're quickly coming to the close of summer and entering into the film industry limbo that arrives between the summer blockbuster and holiday film season. But not to worry, film fans. Independent cinema is still booming in West Michigan.
It's been a good summer for films in Michigan. Countless exciting projects are being produced and released, a plethora of film festivals showcased some of the best cinema independent film has to offer, and our friends at Thriller! Chiller! announced some exciting changes for their festival. Well, it's now August, and while summer festivities may be winding down in the next month or so, the Michigan film industry shows no signs of slowing down.
The black comedy Buzzard has been picked up by international sales company Media Luna for worldwide distribution. Buzzard is Grand Rapids-based director Joel Potrykus' latest and final piece in his “animal trilogy." The film was recently scooped up by Oscilloscope Laboratories for US distribution before premiering at SXSW.
Everyone loves a good summer sunset over Lake Michigan, and stargazing from a comfy campsite can't be beat. If you're looking to watch something a bit more cinematic, however, the West Michigan film community has got you covered, too.
Let's face it – everyone loves summer. There's the new-found freedom from academic obligations, plenty of chances to soak up that vitamin D and of course, miles of immaculate beachfront on the West Michigan coast. For hardcore film fans though, it can be a tenuous time.
May is a magical time of year. College classes are either over or nearing completion, the flowers are blooming and we're finally far enough removed from winter to fully embrace spring, to blaze down the road, sunglasses on, windows down, blaring Hall and Oates on the radio. Or, if you'd rather, you can celebrate with some of these independent film events.
In a place like Grand Rapids — a smallish-to-medium-sized city taking a real solid crack at becoming a creative hub — the plight of a creator finding the right avenue to do their thing seems to be a pretty common yarn.
It's well known that April showers bring May flowers, but it's nothing short of a bummer to be confined inside while the heavens release their tentative torrential downpour. At such times, the best thing to do is to stay comfortably dry in your local theater, watching movies til the flowers bloom.
The Academy Awards are great and all, but sometimes it's even more fun to check out new and lesser-known projects by the smaller guys the academy hasn't even heard of. This month, West Michigan offers a variety of events to experience the best (and worst) independent cinema has to offer.
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