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 26, 2015): See a film, get on your dancing shoes, and listen to some music

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:

Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 PM: In commemoration of International HolocaustWatchers Remembrance Day the Holocaust Memorial Center presents Watchers of the Sky. The Sundance Festival award-winning film examines the life and legacy of Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term “genocide.” At the Center on 28123 Orchard Lake Rd in Farmington Hills.

Thursday, January 29th, 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.

Friday, January 30th, 9:00 PM: The band Twisted Root Revival performs at the Basement Burger Bar in downtown Farmington.

(And don’t forget that on Wednesday, January 28th, the schedule for the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival will be released!)

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 (10/20/14): Flamingo Incident, Three Men and a Tenor, and Spooky Fun

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, October 23rd, at 7:00 pm: The Flamingo Incident, featuring the School of Rock and Twisted Root Revival rocking out against breast cancer. At the Farmington Masonic Lodge.

Thursday, October 23rd, at 8:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Friday, October 24th, at 7:00 pm: A Toast to Education to benefit the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation and the students of the Farmington Public Schools. At the Farmington Hills Manor, 23666 Orchard Lake Road.

Saturday, October 25th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

Saturday, October 25th, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Halloween Fun Day in downtown Farmington as merchants put on the scary with a free movie, downtown trick-or-treating, plus facepainting and pumpkin decorating at the Farmers Market.

Saturday, October 25th, at 7:30 pm: Three Men and a Tenor, talented vocalists performing favorite oldies and original pieces with their own brand of antics, choreography, and harmonies perform at the Players Barn, at 32332 Twelve Mile Road.  

SpooktacularSunday, October 26th, at 3:00 pm: The FCB Concert Band presents Spooktacular XXIX at the Harrison High School auditorium, at 29995 W. 12 Mile Road.

Now through December 22nd: Light is my Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions, an exhibit of photography by Todd Weinstein. At the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Rd.

 

What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (10/13/14): Farmington Women, Arsenic, and Ghosts!

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, October 15th, at 6:30 pm: Joni Hubred-Golden will discuss her book, Farmington: A Women’s History, in the Community Room at Farmington  Hills City Hall. The event is hosted by Farmington AAUW.

Thursday, October 16th, at 8:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Thursday, October 16th, at 8:00 pm; Friday, October 17th, at 8:00 pm; and Saturday, October 18th, at 8:00 pm: The Farmington Players‘ presentation of the dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace concludes at the Barn Theater, 32332 West Twelve Mile Road.

Saturday, October 18th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

2014GhostNightAtTheMansionSaturday, October 18th, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Ghost Night at the Mansion, at the Governor Warner Mansion on Grand River.

Now through October 17th: From Our Perspective: A National Women’s Art Exhibition at the Wallace Smith Theatre Gallery, Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Road.

Now through December 22nd: Light is my Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions, an exhibit of photography by Todd Weinstein. At the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Rd.

 

What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (10/6/14): Five Lakes Silver Band, Arsenic, and Art

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, October 8th, at 7:00 pm: Benny Edwards performs at Off the Beaten Path Books at 33314 Grand River Ave in downtown Farmington.

Thursday, October 9th, at 8:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Five Lakes Silver BandFriday, October 10th, at 8:00 pm: “Of Men and Mountains”, a performance by Five Lakes Silver Band, at St. John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Rd. in Farmington Hills.

Friday, October 10th, at 8:00 pm; Saturday, October 11th, at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, October 12th, at 2:00 pm: The Farmington Players‘ presentation of the dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace continues at the Barn Theater, 32332 West Twelve Mile Road.

Saturday, October 11th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

Sunday, October 12th, at 3:00 pm: Dedication and Presentation of the Hersh Family Genocide Exhibit, at the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Rd..

Now through October 10th: Artpack Makes Art! Exhibition of work by Artpack Services Inc employees at the City Gallery in the Costick Center at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd.

Now through October 17th: From Our Perspective: A National Women’s Art Exhibition at the Wallace Smith Theatre Gallery, Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Road.

Now through December 22nd: Light is my Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions, an exhibit of photography by Todd Weinstein. At the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Rd.