10 Good Reasons to See FED UP at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

Fed-Up-PosterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Fed Up on Saturday, March 7th, at 7:00 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. Discover for yourself why The Wrap said Fed Up “Unearths the dirty secret of the American food industry.”

2. Hear journalist and author Katie Couric narrate the film. Couric, who has been interested in health and nutrition news since her coverage of the topic on the Today Show, is also a producer of the film.

3. Learn why USA Today called Fed Up “The movie that will change the way people think about eating.”

4. Listen to former President Bill Clinton discuss the long-term health damages Americans are facing with too much sugar intake.

5. Learn why you don’t see daily value percentages for sugar listed on federally mandated nutrition labels.

6. Listen to Michael Pollan, a well-respected journalist and author known for such books as In Defense of Food, talk about how preparing your own meals helps you avoid the health hazards of too much sugar.

8. See the movie that was nominated for a Grand Jury prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

9. Learn why Mark Bittman, a well-known food author and journalist for the New York Times, compares the behavior of junk food companies to that of tobacco companies thirty years ago.

10. Be inspired to learn more about what goes into the food you consume and how you can make healthier decisions.

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

10 Good Reasons to See ERNEST & CELESTINE at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival (and it’s FREE!)

ernest_thumb1Yes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Ernest & Celestine on Saturday, March 7th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. Delight in the unlikely pairing of a bear and a mouse and what their friendship can teach us all.

2.  See an Oscar-nominated film. Ernest & Celestine was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the 2014 Academy Awards.

3. Hear the legendary screen actress Lauren Bacall in her final film. Bacall lends her distinctive husky voice to the character of The Grey One.

4. Watch the film and then go read the books. The film is based on books of the same name by the Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent.

5.  Fall in love with the U.S. version and then go watch the original. Ernest & Celestine was first released in France in 2012.

6. See an animated film that is a trailblazer. Along with its twelve other awards and eleven nominations, Ernest and Celestine became the first animated film to win the 2013 Magritte Award for Best Film.

7. Experience a film that fills you with warmth. Film critic Glenn Kenny of MSN calls Ernest and Celestine  “the coziest movie you’ll likely see all year. Every frame is suffused with a fireplace kind of warmth that, for me at least, cast an immediate spell that didn’t let up.”

8. Hear a film that is filled with an all-star cast. Along with Bacall, other talented actors and actresses to lend their voices to the U.S. version include Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Megan Mulally, Nick Offerman, William H. Macy, Paul Giamatti, and Jeffrey Wright.

9. See for yourself why Ernest & Celestine has received such wide acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes, the film review aggregator, reported that 98% of critics gave the film a “fresh” rating, and called it a film that is “[s]weet and visually charming.”

10. If you are an adult, be just as charmed by the lovely and well-crafted animations as the children in the audience.  Ernest & Celestine is brought to you by the same creators of the 2004 Oscar-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville.

Along with Ernest & Celestine, we will be presenting a selection of student films entered into the PTA Reflections program.

Check out the trailer below and join us. The film is FREE!


10 Good Reasons to See ALIVE INSIDE at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

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Yes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Alive Inside on Friday, March 6th, at 9:00 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. See the film that won the Audience Award for a documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

2. Learn more about Dan Cohen, the founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, and the many ways he is helping individuals fight memory loss.

3. Catch the illuminating interview with the best-selling author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as he weighs in on the link between music and memory.

4. Want more Bobby McFerrin after seeing Crescendo? Mr. McFerrin proves yet again his commitment to the power of music having a positive effect on the mind. In 2009, McFerrin served as the co-host of The Music Instinct, a two-hour award-winning documentary produced by PBS and based on Daniel Levitin’s best-selling book This Is Your Brain on Music.

5. See the film that won the Best Documentary award at the 2014 Milano International Film Festival Awards.

6. See for yourself why The Hollywood Reporter called Alive Inside, “A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients.”

7. Be amazed by the transformations that the patients featured in the film undergo, moving from silence and immobility to singing and dancing with their favorite music.

8. Enjoy the wonderful music featured in the film, from gospel to classical and rock, and reflect on what the soundtrack of your youth would be.

9. Be moved by the sense of hope the documentary inspires and by what Steve Greene of Indiewire in his review best expressed by saying that Alive Inside “provides a sense of idealism amid bleak situations.”

10. Learn how you can help fight the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s on patients and their families. The makers of Alive Inside have created The Alive Inside Outreach Campaign, which creates educational materials and short films to inspire young people to bring music to seniors. To read more about the campaign and to contribute, please see the donation page at http://www.aliveinside.us/#donate

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

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.

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.

Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (February 2, 2015): Musicale, Free Beer, & the Red Carpet

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:

Wednesday, February 4th, 1:00 PM: The Farmington Musicale presents “Our America” at the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, 26165 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills.

Friday, Library OscarFebruary 6th, 9:30 PM: Get your classic rock fix with Free Beer performing at John Cowley & Sons in downtown Farmington.

Sunday, February 8th, 6:15 PM: Red Carpet Event, hosted by the Farmington Community Library, featuring the Oscar-nominated short films. Pre-glow begins at 6:15 pm at the Farmington branch library with films to follow at 7:30 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.


What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (7/28/14): FCB, a Drunken Botanist, 6 Fingers, Gardens, Stardust, Raiders, 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:

Monday, July 28th, at 7:00 pm: Get Downtown Monday Night, a performance by the Farmington Community Band, in Riley Park.

Drunken Botanist coverTuesday, July 29th, at 7:00 pm: Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, presents (via Skype for a webcast event) an exploration of the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. From the sugar cane that gives us Caribbean rum, to the juniper berries that flavor gin, to the odd and obscure fruits that flavor Italian liqueurs, Amy Stewart takes a most intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers, and fruit imbibed around the world, with a compelling mixture of history, science, literature and humor. At the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile.

Thursday, July 31st, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with the Farmington Community Big Band.

Thursday, July 31st, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Friday, August 1st, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor 6 Finger Leftyconcert series with 6 Finger Lefty. Backgrounds in jazz, classic rock, folk, pop, and Irish music have not kept these musicians from finding a common ground. Rather the diversity has helped breathe fresh life into the original songs the band continues to crank out and allows a slightly different feel in cover songs. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

Saturday, August 2nd, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

Saturday, August 2nd, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Farmington Garden Club presents the Biennial Garden Walk, starting at the Warner Mansion Museum (33805 Grand River Avenue).

Raiders of the Lost ArkSaturday, August 2nd, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday, August 3rd, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm: The Second Annual Stardust Holistic Festival at the Village Mall in downtown Farmington.

Saturday, August 2nd. at 9:15 pm: kickstART farmington and the Greater Farmington Film Festival, in partnership with the Farmington Civic Theater presents a FREE outdoor screening of the classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford. In Shiawassee Park.