10 Good Reasons to See BELLE AND SEBASTIAN at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

Belle & SebastienYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Belle and Sebastian on Sunday, March 8th, at 3:00 pm at the Memorial Holocaust Center.

1.   Belle and Sebastian‘s director, Nicolas Vanier, is a French adventurist, writer and wildlife documentary director whose past experience includes filming in some of the coldest parts of the world: the Yukon in Canada and Siberia. The film Belle and Sebastian, with its panoramic vistas of mountain ranges and sweeping landscapes, definitely shows off Vanier’s penchant for the outdoors. Eric Guichard, the film’s cinematographer, has won a Cesar Award for Best Cinematography and a European Film Award for Best Cinematographer.

2.   Love to travel? This adventure film will get your travel juices flowing. Who wouldn’t love to visit the lovely French Alps in person? From the very first scene, you will marvel at the majestic scenery presented in spectacular color.

3.   If you love dogs or are thinking about adding a dog to your family, you can check out the great Pyrenean Mountain Dog breed featured in this film. One look at the majestic Belle in all her glory, you just might end up wanting one of these big dogs for your very own!

4.   Rekindle your love of foreign films. European films have a different look and feel than American films. Belle and Sebastian is in French, with English sub-titles.

5.   Simply put, this is a feel-good family-friendly movie about the unbreakable friendship between a boy and his dog. It doesn’t get any better than this.

6.   Are you a WWII history buff? The film is set in 1943, and France is under occupation by Germany. Some residents of the small village are helping Jewish refugees cross through the mountains over the border into neutral Switzerland.

7.   Did we mention the awesome scenery in this film yet? The snowy French Alps in the Haute-Maurienne-Vanoiseare region of France along the the French/Swiss border are prominently featured. This film was shot in beautiful 35mm, lending itself well to the outdoor scenery.

8. The Holocaust Memorial Center is a nationally renowned  museum whose mission is to to remember those who perished and survived the Holocaust and to set forth the lessons of the Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making. Take some time to arrive before the film starts and attend the 1:00 pm tour, lasting about 1.5 hours, and often concluded with a presentation by a Holocaust survivor.

9. Tcheky Karyo is one of France’s most popular actors, and an adorable Félix Bossuet in the role of Sebastian is a must-see. Karyo plays César, Sebastian’s prickly, yet compassionate adopted grandfather. Both will reprise their roles in “Belle et Sebastien, l’aventure continue,” coming out this year.

10. This film is director Vanier’s adaptation of a well-known French children’s story, Belle et Sébastien, written by French actress/author Cécile Aubry in the early 1960s. In addition to this film, it was recreated as a live-action television series in France, a Japanese anime series in the 1980s and a Scottish pop music group takes it’s name after the beloved characters. Aubry’s son, actor Mehdi El Glaoui, who starred in the live-action series as a boy, appears in this version as André.

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

Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (January 12, 2015): Opening Reception of Public Art Program

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, January 12th, 6:00 PM: Opening reception for the City of Farmington Hills Public Art Program, at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Wednesday, January 14th, 6:30 PM: Kickoff event for the Georgetown University Energy Prize with Dave Rexroth, Jack Lessenberry, and American Idol Jena Irene, at the Costick Center.

Encounter in Paris by Edee Joppich

Encounter in Paris
(c) Edee Joppich

Wednesday, January 14th, 6:45 PM: The monthly meeting of the Farmington Art Foundation will feature guest speaker Edee Joppich, a former FAF member, well-known artist, and teacher. She will offer a critique of FAF member art work, at the Spicer House in Heritage Park.

Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week

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:

Terry Lee GoffeeSaturday, January 10th, 10:30 AM: For all ages, a reading of A Perfect Square, along with songs, rhymes and a simple craft. At the Farmington Community Library – Main Library on 12 Mile Road.

Saturday, January 10th, 7:30 PM: Terry Lee Goffee — Tribute to Johnny Cash. Goffee has been described the “Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Artist”. Enjoy your Johnny Cash favorites with historical insight of each piece. At the Farmington Players Barn Theater, located at 32332 Twelve Mile Road.

Sunday, January 11th, 7:o0 PM: Exhibit Opening for Never Let It Rest: Sojourns in the Shadow Lands at the Holocaust Memorial Center, located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road.

What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (6/23/14): Swing, Hullabaloo, and More

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Thursday, June 26th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with AllenAsTim and The Dance Hall Rockers, “the Great Lakes Region’s premiere Tim McGraw tribute band.”

Thursday, June 26th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

 

HullabalooFriday, June 27th, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor concert series with Hullabaloo, an 8-piece Ann Arbor-based music collective known for their feel good sound, solid musicianship, and danceable songs. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

Now through July 19th: Exhibition of work by sculptor Bernadette Marcos at the City Gallery in the Costick Center at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd.

Creating a Vibrant Arts Scene in Farmington/Farmington Hills: On a Summer Music and Arts Festival in the Park

As we’ve considered what missing from the arts scene in Farmington/Farmington Hills to make it more vibrant we wrote about the need for a performing arts center to be built in downtown Farmington, along with the need for some alternative cinema options, a cool, hip, café that supports the arts, a dynamic art gallery space (or two), a public arts project to add fun & poetry to our neighborhoods, the need for some creative writers and gadflies, and artist live/work spaces.

What about a fun and rollicking music & arts festival in the park?

summer music festivalWe have two beautiful parks in the community that would be great places to hold a music and arts festival: Shiawassee Park near downtown Farmington and Heritage Park off of Farmington Road in Farmington Hills. Heritage Park is home to a summer concert series on Thursday nights, sponsored by the City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division, while Riley Park (in downtown Farmington) is home to the Rhythmz in Riley Park series on Friday nights. There is also the upcoming DWNTWN2014 event and we’ll have more information about that next week.

But we don’t have an all-day music festival to get out there and enjoy a warm summer day in the park among friends, water, cool art, food trucks, and great music.

So, anyone want to help us plan a 2015 summer festival?

 

What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills This Week (6/9/14): Jazz and Country Music, Biking, and Fundraisers

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Tuesday, June 10th, at 5:00 pm: A fundraiser for the Graham E. Smith Memorial Fund for Suicide Prevention and Farmington S.A.F.E. at Grand Tavern (35450 Grand River at Drake).

Thursday, June 12th, at 6:30 pm: Detroit Cargo and Farmington Bike Coalition Bike Ride. Riders meet up in the parking lot at 32580 Grand River Ave. There will be light refreshments & prize drawings preceding a bike ride around Farmington.

Thursday, June 12th, at 7:00 pm: Jazz Porch Party with Jerry McKenzie and JUST JAZZ, plus ice cream sundaes on the porch and funBernadette Marcos outdoor games for all ages at Governor Warner Mansion (33805 Grand River Ave.)

Thursday, June 12th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Friday, June 13th, at 5:30 pm: Opening reception for sculptor Bernadette Marcos at the City Gallery in the Costick Center at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd. The exhibition will be on display through July 19th.

allie shermetaroFriday, June 13th, at 7:30 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor concert series kicks off with Allie Shermetaro & the Incredibles.

Thursday, June 12th, through Saturday, June 14th, at 7:30 pm: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, choral performance with orchestra. At Trinity Episcopal Church, 26880 La Muera Street, in Farmington Hills.

Saturday, June 14th, at 4:30 pm: A wine tasting and silent auction to benefit the charity Our Special Needs, at St. John Lutheran Church (23225 Gill).

Creating a Vibrant Arts Scene in Farmington/Farmington Hills: On the Need for an Art Gallery (or two)

As we’ve considered what missing from the arts scene in Farmington/Farmington Hills to make it more vibrant we wrote about the need for a performing arts center to be built in downtown Farmington, along with the need for some alternative cinema options and a cool, hip, café that supports the arts. Now we consider this question: Who will open a dynamic gallery space in the community?

Art Gallery

To support a vibrant arts scene we need art galleries like this in our community.

Our community has many fantastic artists, witness the talented members of the Farmington Art Foundation, the high school students who participated in the recent Farmington Schools Student Art Awards and exhibited at the Festival of the Arts, faculty and students in the art programs at Oakland Community College, along with other sculptors, photographers, and designers at work in the Farmington/Hills area.

We need a new gallery space (or, ideally, several galleries) to open that regularly exhibit work by the best artists in our community, along with providing an opportunity for the public to interact with work by other unique artists from across the state and country, and even from around the world. As a complement to the excellent, and perhaps under-appreciated City Gallery at the Costick Center, it should be open on Saturdays and host regular weekend and evening events.

Old Winery

The Old Winery building on Grand River could be a good home for a new art gallery

There are many great locations around the community that could serve as a gallery space, including some cool spots in the Old Winery building.

Who is up for the challenge? Any prospective gallery owners out there?