10 Good Reasons to See RISING FROM ASHES at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Rising from Ashes posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Rising from Ashes on Friday night, March 7th, at 9:30 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

  1. If you are a fan (like us), of “Best Cinematography” Oscar nominee films, you don’t want to miss the stunning cinematography of RISING FROM ASHES on the big screen. Rwanda is known throughout the world as “the land of a thousand hills” and is brimming with a natural, rugged beauty.

2. Wonderfully inspiring! Joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes and remarkable achievements. — New York Daily News.

3. Beautifully narrated by Forest Whitaker, who is also the Executive Producer of this film. Need we say more?

4. We all need reminders every now and then of the remarkable resilience of the human spirit.

5. If you are a cycling enthusiast (or an athlete of any kind), you will identify with the Team Rwanda cyclists, knowing first hand the raw grit and determination it takes to keep going even when the odds are stacked against you.

6. Witness firsthand that with commitment, hard work and consistency of practice, you can achieve your goals.

7. You will leave this film truly understanding the depth of feeling behind this Rwandan proverb: “You can outrun that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.”

8. Brings the devastatingly brutal 1994 Rwandan genocide–that claimed more than a million lives within three months–up close and personal by allowing us to become a part of the cycling team members’ lives and experiences during that time.

9. “Rising From Ashes” gives you more than you expect,” says LA Times Film Critic Kenneth Turran. You will leave this film awesomely inspired, with renewed faith in the human spirit.

10. You’ve watched the film trailer and understand RISING FROM ASHES is a must-see film, so get your tickets today!

10 Good Reasons to See REJECT at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Reject posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see our opening film REJECT.

1. Peter Brauer, editor and producer of REJECT, will be on hand to discuss his work on the film. If you missed him at our festival preview you’ll definitely want to hear him talk about the film. He’ll be joined by educators discussing efforts to deal with bullying in our schools.

2. If we train children to be inclusive and kind, we will, quite literally, change the world. Reject is a must-see film. —Pat Lyden, CEO, Suicide Prevention Education Alliance

3. REJECT provides insight into the scientific research on rejection and provides practical solutions that can reduce bullying behaviors.

4. You’ll be reminded that a simple act of kindness can have a great impact on another person.

5. You’ll want to play Cyberball.

6. Yes, you will laugh. And you’ll likely cry. But you’ll leave the theater knowing you can do something to make someone else feel more accepted.

7. For anyone concerned with our children’s future, this film is an absolute must-see. —37th Cleveland International Film Festival

8. You’ll know what it means to say “You can’t say you can’t play”.

9. REJECT is for parents, doctors, teachers, coaches, school administrators, organizations that train teachers, mental health professionals, clergy, counselors (camp, after-school, academic, etc.), juvenile judges, and many others—in other words, anyone who holds power over others, and holds the power to model acceptance or inflict rejection.Ruth Thomas-Suh, REJECT Director

10. You’ve watched the trailer and understand this is a film for everyone. So get those tickets now!

 

10 Good Reasons to See SHORT TERM 12 at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Short Term 12 posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Short Term 12:

1. You’ll agree with William Goss that “Brie Larson (as Grace) and the film itself are a quiet revelation.”

2. Forbes film writer Scott Mendelson put it on his Best of 2013 film list, noting that “writer/director Destin Cretton has crafted one of the most unexpectedly uplifting humanist fables of the year, a potent yet genuinely funny drama set among genuinely good people trying to do right by those who have little to count on. ”

3. The “best independent (film) in years,” according to E Online, and an “authentic gem.”

4. Short Term 12 is the “best overlooked film of 2013.”

5. Short Term 12 “comes from a place of delicate and truthful understatement, which allows the humanity and decency of its characters—and, yes, the lessons—to shine through naturally.”

6. The powerful rap song by Keith Stanfield. You can find it on YouTube but wait until you see it on the big screen at the GFFF.

7. Short Term 12 demonstrates the healing power of the arts: “the residents use comedy, hip-hop, short-story-writing and illustration to manage emotions that are constantly threatening to overwhelm them.”

8. You’ll laugh. And you’ll cry. And you’ll leave the theater feeling better than you did when you entered it.

9. This will be your only opportunity to see this award-winning “pitch-perfect feel-good film” that is a “shining example of what cinema is all about.”

10. You have a heart and it’s impossible NOT to see this film once you’ve watched the trailer. Really. Watch the trailer below and you’ll be at the festival web site ordering tickets.

What to do in Farmington/Hills this week (2/24/14)

Check out some of the fun arts events to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Michigan Beer FilmTuesday, February 25th, at 6:00 PM: a screening of the Michigan Beer Film at  the Farmington Civic Theater, with a pre-movie event at John Cowley & Sons

Assassins

Performances of the Assassins continue at the Farmington Players on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st.  “This deliciously dark Stephen Sondheim musical explores the minds and motives of the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. The show uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of these real life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

And be sure to watch this site all week for regular posts on the films featured at the Greater Farmington Film Festival.

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What to do in Farmington/Hills this week (2/17/14)

Check out some of the fun arts events to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Monday, February 17th, at 6:30 PM: the Farmington Community Library at 32737 W 12 Mile Road presents the feature film 42: The True Story of an American Legend, about legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, in celebration of Black History Month.

Monday, February 17th, at 6:30 PM: the Farmington Community Library at the Farmington branch on Liberty Street presents the feature film Monsters University for Family Picnic Movie Night.

Tuesday, February 18th, at 4:00 PM: a screening of the documentary film Soul Food Junkies at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge.

GFFF Preview and AuctionWednesday, February 19th, from 6:00-9:00 pm: the City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division and kickstART farmington host a preview and auction night for the Greater Farmington Film Festival. Enjoy some wine and treats, watch film trailers, and meet REJECT film producer Peter Brauer .

AssassinsPerformances of the Assassins continue at the Farmington Players.  “This deliciously dark Stephen Sondheim musical explores the minds and motives of the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. The show uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of these real life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

kickstART farmington. We’re here for Good. Seriously.

Why are we here?

“We” as in kickstART farmington.

When I’m asked what kickstART farmington is about I usually say something like: “we exist to promote the good of the community through the arts.”

And we mean “good” seriously. Art, whether it be visual or literary art, music or theater, has a unique ability to develop our understanding of what it means to be human, what it means to live in a particular place and time, and what it means to engage with the struggles in our world.

Art can increase our understanding of the world and of the plight of others, to make us more empathetic. To make us a better human being.

The great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky wrote: “the aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow the soul, rendering it capable of turning to the good.”

GratitudeAnd so we promote the arts in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community as a way to “turn to the good”, to bring some joy, and to make our community and the world a better place for us and for our children and their children.

This has been the aim behind our events and activities from the beginning: from Super 8 Movie Night with Vordak, to the Yule Blog, Free Art Friday, the Gratitude Photo Project at Art on the Grand, and especially the Greater Farmington Film Festival.

We invite you to join us in promoting the good of our community through the arts.