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.
Let's be honest – February got the short end of the stick as far as months go. Nestled smack dab in the middle of winter, it's a point in time where the snow and ice has lost its charm, but spring is nowhere near close. Lose yourself in film this month and forget about what it's like outside.
Welp, it's 2014, which means the New Year's resolutions season has officially begun or ending, depending on your dedication. While filling your ever-increasing list of goals with items such as eating more salads and setting up a budget are all fine and dandy, why not add a little spice to the mix?
Well, it's officially December, which means the holidays are in full swing. Of course, after your 20th cup of eggnog and the umpteenth rendition of "Frosty the Snowman," a break from festivities may be necessary to keep from becoming a total Scrooge. Perhaps a trip to the theater would do the trick?
With Thanksgiving imminent in the near future, households all over America are busy stocking up on canned cranberries, green bean salad, turkeys and a plethora of other delectable foods for their Thanksgiving smorgasbord.
But before you too get wrapped up preparing for the meal-to-end-all-meals, why not take a break and check out some of November's indie-film festivities?
October is the perfect time of year to sip hot cider and go on a nice, relaxing hay ride to view an early sunset. Or if you're like us, it's the perfect time to binge on horror movies. Sure, this gory pastime is not for everyone, but if decapitation and projectile vomit is your idea of entertainment, then sit back, pour a generous dose of rum in that cider, and check out these chilling events.
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