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2 Films Announced for Greater Farmington Film Festival

We’re pleased to share the news about 2 of the films that will be part of the Greater Farmington Film Festival in March. These films are fantastic and inspiring and you will not want to miss them!

The film opening the festival on Thursday, March 6th is “Reject“:

“At the essence of this film is the idea that social rejection has a profound impact on human life. We on the film team believe that REJECT will come at a time when there is an urgent need in our society to address this—in our homes, in our schools, in the workplace and various institutions.” Ruth Thomas-Suh, Director

The second film we’re announcing now is “Wadjda“:

“It’s always fascinating to discover what can make us happy, both as moviegoers and citizens of the world. WADJDA does the trick…funny and touching in equal measure.”
-Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL

Good Films for a Better World

As you probably know by now, the Greater Farmington Film Festival is coming up in March. The aim of the festival is to inspire audiences to action, to make their communities and world a better place.

We’re finalizing the films and will have information to share about that soon but for now we’ll share a trailer from an upcoming film that, unfortunately, won’t be part of our festival.

The film “Gimme Shelter” stars Vanessa Hudgens as a pregnant teenager who runs away from an abusive parent and seeks out her biological father. It’s based on a true story. The film will be in theaters later this month.

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Greater Farmington Film Festival’s New Website!

Be sure to check out the Greater Farmington Film Festival’s new web site at: http://www.gffilmfest.com/.

Take a look at the site often over the next few weeks as new information about the festival is shared.

Don’t Miss the Final Reading of the Fall Series of WNS

Join us for the final reading of the fall season with writers from Oakland Community College—Orchard Ridge, including faculty David James, R. J. Willey, and students Erica Klavons, Marly Zack, and Saleem Karim. Wednesday Night Sessions is hosted by Joy Gaines-Friedler.

David James‘ second book, She Dances Like Mussolini, won the 2010 Next Generation Indie book award for poetry. He has published four chapbooks, with a fifth one coming in 2014 from Finishing Line Press called No Way to Stop the Bleeding. More than thirty of his one-act plays have been produced from New York City to California. He earned his doctorate from Wayne State University and teaches writing for Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills.

R.J. Willey received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where he stayed on for a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. After a two year stint at a small liberal arts university in south Florida, he came to Oakland Community College in 1990, where he taught primarily developmental reading and writing and is now teaching composition, creative writing, and the occasional literature course. He recently completed a young adult novel, which is currently looking for a home.

Erica Klavons, on the brink of turning twenty, attends Oakland Community College. Writing since a young age, she is very excited to be able to participate in this reading. Although she has never been published, she aspires to do so within the next year. Her favorite type of creative writing is poetry, and she wants the world to know it.

Marly Zack is a poetry novice. She enjoys long walks on the beach and very short bios.

Saleem Karim is majoring in Emergency Medical Systems at OCC while working as a manager at McDonald’s. Though he’s been writing stories for over a decade, he says it still feels like a novel experience every time.

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