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Grand Rapids Film Festival Presents 36-Hour Test of Skills

Written by Josh Spanninga | Saturday, 07 January 2017 11:13 |

It’s no secret that making a movie is a huge undertaking. 

Hell, Avatar alone took 10 years to make. And yet the Grand Rapids Film Festival is challenging participants to make a movie in just 36 hours.

OK, so the finished films are expected to be around six minutes, and the budget is admittedly smaller than anything James Cameron would have to work with, but it’s still damn impressive what people can pull off with such time constraints. 

Raking Up the Past

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 06 January 2017 09:57 |

One lake. Two-hundred and sixty-five acres of open water. Fifty-two feet down, at its deepest point. And centuries of history. This is Reeds Lake.

Distinct, Dapper and Dashing

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 04 January 2017 14:21 |

Men, the time to complete your outfits is long overdue. Welcome to our humble guide of haberdashery and accessories for the discerning gentlemen. 

Aspiring playwrights will find themselves face-to-face with audience feedback once again during Theatre Kalamazoo’s 7th Annual New Play Festival.

The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 02 January 2017 10:00 |

Most teenagers spend their high school years as far away from their parents as possible. Not so for the Bagin family.

Nobody could accuse the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre of opting for safe, reliable productions after its decision to stage Side Show — a musical based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton who became famous in the 1920s for performances that highlighted their unique lives.

Art Martin never minded pounding nails into the wall, but for now, he’ll put down the hammer and settle into a more scholarly and public role at Muskegon Museum of Art. 

West Michigan Native Educates Next Generation of Storytellers

Written by Justine Burdette | Monday, 02 January 2017 10:00 |

After feeling like a misfit her entire life, a film set was the first place Liz Merriman felt like she belonged. Merriman feels the industry is filled with other beautiful misfits — beautiful people who truly work hard together.

Just months after the National Museum of African American History finally opened in Washington, D.C., Grand Rapids got its own African American museum in the heart of downtown. George Bayard, owner of Bayard Art Consulting and Frameshop, led the charge on the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA), which has now set up shop in a pop-up gallery space downtown. 

One of the best things about movies is their ability to take you out of the real world for a short while. On the other hand, cinema also gives us the opportunity to delve head first into our global community’s most pressing issues in the form of investigative, informative documentaries. 

The Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Environmental Action Council is a huge proponent of the latter, and has been teaming up with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) for more than five years to bring eye-opening documentaries to its theater as part of the WMEAC Film Series. 

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