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!

 

Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (February 9, 2015): A Vintage Vinyl Valentine, a Miracle, and Frozen

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:

Thursday, February 12th, 8:00 PM: Swing Farmington’s Vintage Vinyl Valentines, at St. John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill in Farmington Hills.

frozenFriday, February 13th, 8:00 PM: Opening night of Miracle on South Division St. by the Farmington Players at the Barn Theater, 32332 W. 12 Mile Rd.

Saturday, February 14th, 2:00 PM: Frozen sing-along with Anna and Elsa at the Farmington Community Library, Farmington branch.

 

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.

 

Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (January 19, 2015): Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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 19th, 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM: Martin Luther King, Jr. MLKDay events at the Farmington Community Library, including keynote presentation with LaNesha DeBardelaben from Charles H. Wright
 Museum of African American History, poet Ber-Henda Williams, and storytelling with Miz Rosie.

Tuesday, January 20th, 7:00 PM: Farmington Hills Writers’ Group, for writers of all levels and writing styles looking to improve and discuss their craft, at the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile.

Thursday, January 22nd, 8:00 PM: Swing Farmington at St John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Rd. The January Lesson Series with Garret Urban is followed by open dance starting at 8:30 pm.

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 (9/15/14): Anne Frank, Women’s Art Exhibition, and Harvest Moon Celebration

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, September 15th, at 6:30 pm: Anne Frank Education Program in cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial Center. Hear an inspiring story from a Holocaust survivor and learn more about teenager Anne Frank, who kept a diary of her experiences in hiding during World War II. 6th- through 10th-graders will create a related art project; families of all ages are invited to hear the survivor presentation. Registration required. At the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile Rd in Farmington Hills.

Monday, September 15th, and Tuesday, September 16th, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm: Open audition  for Oakland Community College Theatre Program‘s production of the musical Godspell. Auditions will be held in the Smith Theatre on the Orchard Ridge Campus.

Wednesday, September 17th, at 7:00 pm: Benny Edwards performs at Off the Beaten Path Books at 33314 Grand River Ave in downtown Farmington.

Thursday, September 18th, at 7:00 pm: Opening Reception for From Our Perspective: A National Women’s Art Exhibition at the Wallace Smith Theatre Gallery, Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. The exhibit runs through October 17th.

Thursday, September 18th, at 8:30 pm: Swing Farmington at St. John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Rd. in Farmington Hills.

Harv Moon Fest  Mich Beer Guide AdThursday, September 18th, and Friday, September 19th, at 6:00 pm: Annual Harvest Moon Celebration with food, wine & beer, and live music, in downtown Farmington.

Saturday, September 20th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

 

 

What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (9/1/14): Farmington Musicale, Swing, Farmers, and Aviation History

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

Wednesday, September 3rd, at 1:00 pm: Farmington Musicale presents What A Way To Go: Inspiration, Dedication and Imagination, with piano, vocal and clarinet music performed by 2014 Farmington Artist in Residence award winners Susan and Jim Nuckolls, along with Fern Barber, at the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile in Farmington Hills.

Thursday, September 4th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Saturday, September 6th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

Saturday, September 6th, at 2:00 pm: History of Aviation, with aviation historian and model airplane collector Mike Ewing.View the model planes up close and learn how engine and airframe designs have progressed and changed through history, at the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile in Farmington Hills.