Take in Some Art at Ladies Night Out in Downtown Farmington

Tonight is Ladies Night Out in downtown Farmington and you’ll also have a great opportunity to see some art at a pop-up gallery featuring work by artists Pamela Alexander,  Susan Warner and Cindy Carlton.

More information is available here.

Pick up the Official Posters for the 2015 and 2014 GFFF

You can still pick up our very limited edition posters from 2015 and 2014. Both have been signed by the artists: John Martin for the 2015 GFFF poster and Mary Lou Stropoli for the 2014 GFFF poster. 

Order at the Greater Farmington Film Festival web site.

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Did you attend the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival?

If so, thank you!

We want to hear from you. If you didn’t complete a festival evaluation you can do so now here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5R3K8HD.

Thank you for helping us make the 2016 festival even better!

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10 Good Reasons to See THE LONG NIGHT at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

The Long Night flyerYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see our opening film The Long Night on Thursday, March 5th, at 7:30 pm at the Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College.

1. Tim Matsui, the director of The Long Night, will join us for a Q&A after the film, followed by a discussion about human trafficking with representatives from area nonprofits, law enforcement, and government.

2. The film originated with the photojournalist work of director Matsui after he received a $25,000 grant to document domestic minor sex trafficking as the first ever Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grantee.

3. You’ll empathize with Lisa’s struggle to escape a life of addiction and abuse.

4. You’ll be inspired by the efforts of Tom and Nacole to rescue their runaway daughter from the streets.

5. See the film Pictures of the Year International (POYi) has named Documentary Project of the Year.

6. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from others working in our community to end human trafficking, including the Michigan Abolitionist Project.

7. “The Long Night is an important look into the underbelly of the Northwest region’s sex trade. Anyone who cares about kids should view it.”–Seattle Times

8. You also get perspectives from the police who hear “the worst story I have ever heard” every single day on the job.

9. This is the very FIRST public screening of The Long Night in Michigan!

10. You’ll gain a better understanding of how pervasive human trafficking is, how it impacts families, and what you can do to protect others and help to end trafficking in our communities.

Check out the trailer below and purchase your tickets at the Farmington Civic Theater, Costick Center,  or online at the festival web site.

Presentation of The Long Night is made possible in part by the generous support of the Michigan Abolitionist Project and State Representative Christine Greig & Bob Greig.

kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: On Aesthetics and Design, Pawlikowski on IDA, and Playgrounds of Ice

We highlight here some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. The Economic Value of a Unique PlaceWhen it comes to communities, aesthetics and design are economics, because they are critical to a unique place…. “The image of a community is fundamentally important to its economic well being … Decisions such as where to invest, where to work, where to retire, and where to vacation are all made based on what a community looks like.”

2. Long Distance Trains and Public Space: Good public spaces (busy parks, main streets, plazas) attract a diverse cross-section of a community or city and at best, can facilitate interaction across perceived differences. The train exemplifies this by providing circumstances for much more intensive interactions among strangers than usually happen in cities.

3. Ida’s Bittersweet Success: An Interview With Pawel Pawlikowski: Also, it’s a kind of love letter to Poland, although it doesn’t seem like it. A love letter to a certain point in culture, in the early 60s, a slight kind of creative arrogance, an “I don’t care what the world thinks”.

4. The Future of the LibraryWe live in an increasingly isolated culture, for individuals I mean…. I think we need physical spaces for people to come together. Along these lines, the American Public Library is one of the last non-commercial spaces that are left. If you are in a place in your life where you just need a place to hang out, you come to the library.

5. A Playground Made of Snow and IcePinPin Studio teamed up with ICEHOTEL and other local partners to create this winter wonderland featuring a maze, ice slides, seating, and a “snow lantern” that glows at night. The entire playground took less than a week to build.


So Saturday We’re Going to Party Like It’s …

almost time for the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival!

We hope you’ll join us for the 2015 Preview Party this Saturday evening from 7:00 – 11:00 pm.

It will be a great night to view the film trailers, take an Oscar quiz, enjoy some food and drinks, and make some new friends.