10 Good Reasons to See ELEANOR’s SECRET at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Eleanor's Secret posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see ELEANOR’s SECRET on Saturday morning, March 8th, at 10:30 am at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. You and your children will love the beautiful animation.

2. ELEANOR’s SECRET is “a fanciful ode to the joy of reading!”
– The Wall Street Journal

3. It’s FREE! (Thanks to the Farmington Community Library and the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families.)

4. The film features characters from classics storybooks Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, Puss in Boots, Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, and more!Eleanor's Secret

5. ELEANOR’s SECRET is “Charming! Imaginative! The animation appeals to all ages and parents will appreciate the pro-literacy message at the pic’s heart.”- Variety

6. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see an acclaimed children’s film that did not appear in theaters in Metro Detroit.

7. Come see the inspiring short films “Believe in Yourself” by Ian Kraft (a 3rd grade student at Forest Elementary), and”Cat Hotel” by Lia Tran (a 5th grade student at Warner Upper Elementary). These films were entered into the PTA Reflections Arts Recognition program.

8. ELEANOR’s SECRET is a fun “movie about a magic library where all the characters from classic children’s books come alive…. (and) a boy’s new found ability to read not only sets his imagination free, but saves the day!”

9. Did we mention it is FREE?!

10. The film was made by Academy Award nominated director Dominique Monféry and once you see the trailer for ELEANOR’s SECRET you’ll make plans to join us on Saturday morning.

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

Wadjda posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see WADJDA on Friday night, March 7th, at 7:15 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1)  WADJDA perfectly fits the festival theme of good films for a better world!   “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 

2)  You’ll fall in love with the Chuck Taylor-wearing rebel with a cause, 12-year-old Waad Mohammed in her breakout role as Wadjda.  Reportedly, she was one of the last Saudi girls to audition for the part.

3)  Witness film history in the making by enjoying the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and from a female writer/director, Haifaa Al Mansour.  Learn more about her struggles, her vision, and her process in this Weekend Edition interview.

4)  Come see what Jon Stewart calls “a lovely, wonderful film”.  Watch Stewart’s interview with director, Al Mansour.

5)  WADJDA made many “Top 10” lists for 2013, including The Guardian Top 10 list: “WADJDA is a funny, romantic story hiding its political edge … (and) is a film about working for change under the radar, with small victories.”

6)  And yet, WADJDA didn’t make it to the Oscars last night, which disappointed many film critics.  “The biggest surprise omission has to be Saudi Arabia’s “Wadjda”, a film many thought might go the distance and win the Oscar.”– Kristopher Tapley,

7) Your opportunities to see WADJDA in Michigan were very limited so don’t miss this unique opportunity to see it on the big screen!

8) Come celebrate women, their stories and struggles as part of Women’s History Month.

9) WADJDA provides a rare opportunity to experience the views and sounds of Saudi life and culture, along with its neighborhoods, schools, and communities.

10) Come see if Wadjda gets her bike!

View the trailer below and then order tickets for WADJDA at the Greater Farmington Film Festival site or at the Farmington Civic Theater.

What to do in Farmington/Hills this week (3/3/14)

Check out some of the fun arts events to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week (it’s film festival week!):

March 6th: Greater Farmington Film Festival opens with two films:

Reject posterREJECT at 6:45 pm @ Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College, Orchard RidgeShort Term 12 poster

SHORT TERM 12 at 9 pm @ Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge


March 7th:

Wadjda posterWADJDA at 7:15 pm @ Farmington Civic TheaterRising from Ashes poster

RISING FROM ASHES at 9:30 pm @ Farmington Civic Theater

March 8th:

Eleanor's Secret posterELEANOR’s SECRET (FREE, animated children’s film) at 10:30 am @ Farmington Civic TheaterGirl Rising

GIRL RISING at 7:15 pm @ Farmington Civic Theater

#STANDWITHME at 9:30 pm #standwithme poster@ Farmington Civic Theater

Or if you enjoy Irish music don’t miss Blackthorn, performing at the Farmington Players Barn on Friday, March 7th, and Saturday, March 8th, at 7:30 pm. “Blackthorn’s music captures the fun, beauty, and legend of BlackthornIreland and its people”, and the concert will include a special appearance by Tim O’Shea.

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.