10 Good Reasons to See CRESCENDO! The Power of Music at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

Crescendo: the power of musicYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Crescendo! The Power of Music, March 6th, at 7:00 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. Learn about El Sistema, Venezuela’s youth orchestra program, which has inspired training programs around the globe.

2. Meet Raven, a gifted young violinist whose spirited personality both pushes her talent forward and gets in her own way.

3. Meet Zebediah, a viola player who finds acceptance, friendship and a driving passion through the program.

4. Meet Mohammed, an exceptionally gifted trombone player who is caught between his love for playing and the pressures of his father to do better in school.

5. See the film that won the Audience Award and the award for Best Local Feature at the  Philadelphia Film Festival.

6. Be inspired by Stanford Thompson, the Founder and Artistic Director of the El Sistema-inspired program Play On, Philly!, who works tirelessly with the young musicians in his programs to stay out of trouble and to hone their musical interests.

7. See ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin lead the students in a coaching session in the Play On, Philly! program.

8. Be amazed by the students’ incredible talent in playing complicated and beautiful classical music pieces.

9. Watch the internationally acclaimed conductor Sir Simon Rattle conduct some of the featured young musicians in a performance they will never forget.

10. Get involved right here in Michigan! Learn more about the El Sistema-inspired programs Crescendo Detroit and Kalamazoo Kids in Tune.

Purchase your tickets at the Farmington Civic Theater, Costick Center, or online at the festival web site.

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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.

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10 Good Reasons To See 1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

A_Thousand_Times_Good_Night_posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see 1000 Times Good Night on Saturday, March 7th, at 9:00 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. Watch Juliette Binoche, the only winner of two European Film Awards for best actress, give one of the most heart-breaking and compelling performances of her career as Rebecca, a photojournalist torn between her career and her family.

2. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, it’s a chance to see the actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a whole new way in his performance as Rebecca’s husband Marcus, struggling between his love for his wife and protecting his family.

3. See for yourself why 1,000 Times Good Night is an award-winning movie. It won the Special Grand Prix of the jury at the 2013 Montreal Film Festival.

4. Marvel at the cinematography. The breathtaking principal photography was done by John Christian Rosenlund.

5. See why The Hollywood Reporter called the film an “affecting drama made more poignant by honest-feeling autobiographical elements.”

6. Watch the movie Variety described as being imbued with “enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by [the] leading lady.”

7. See how the fictional film reflects real-life situations. The director, Erik Poppe, infuses the film with autobiographical elements. Much of the film’s premise comes from his work as a photo journalist in the 1980s, covering conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.

8. Be captivated and awed by the war-zone still images. The photographs, which are an important element of the film, are provided by the photographers Marcus Bleasdale and Astrid Sehl.

9. Be enthralled by the quiet beauty of the movie’s settings. The film was mainly shot in Ireland and Morocco.

10. Reflect on the precarious role journalists face when covering important news stories around the world. As we witness more and more journalists being captured and killed in war zones and by terrorist groups, this film reminds us all of the important work that they do.

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 1000 Times Good Night is made possible by the generous support of David and Abigail Viane.

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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.

 

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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.

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Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (February 16, 2015): Community Sing and Film Festival Preview Party

KickstART farmington is committed to kicking the community in the arts and so we recommend these three cultural arts events taking place in Farmington/Farmington Hills this week:

Monday, February 16th, 7:00 PM: Oakland County Community Sing led by Matt Watroba at Trinity in the Woods, 26880 La Muera St, in Farmington Hills.

Invitation_to_2015GFFF_PreviewFriday, February 20th, 8:00 PM: Miracle on South Division St. by the Farmington Players continues at the Barn Theater, 32332 W. 12 Mile Rd.

Saturday, February 21st, 7:00 PM: Preview party for the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival, at the Farmington Junction, 31505 Grand River near Orchard Lake Rd.

 

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kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: Is Your City Child/Family-Friendly?

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. Thinking Creatively About Mass Transit: This may not look like transit to you, but it is the only way we are going to build and scale successful, viable transit systems in cities all across this country. If you want transit, build a place. Connect it to another place. Think incrementally.

2. Child-Friendly Cities or What a Toddler Can Teach About City Design: Good urban design fosters human interaction, getting to know one’s neighbors, a sense of community and eyes on the street…. Having a toddler in tow has a way of unlocking and revealing the social life of the city. With my daughter constantly observing people on the street and in the park, attracting attention, engaging both human and canine passers-by, pointing out every baby that passes in a stroller, I’ve had to learn to talk to strangers on an almost daily basis.

3. Family-Friendly Cities?: What we are likely to find is that many of our beloved and highly ranked sprawl communities wouldn’t rank so highly with their frequent auto collisions, lack of sidewalks and unsafe speed limits.

4. Shooting with Cameras Instead of GunsPhotography gave me a way to channel feelings and support myself. It gave me a way to seek justice and a reason to live. This psychological help kept me from turning to guns or drug.

5. The State of Arts Funding in the U.S.In 2011, art funding in the United States reached a record low following the financial crisis. The 2013 National Arts Index revealed art spending made up just 0.28 percent of the government’s non-military budget in 2011, with local government spending also dropping by 21 percent over that time. The percentage of American households donating private funds to the arts also declined by almost 9 percent.

 

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