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Annual Frankfort Film Festival October 22 – 25

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October 22, 2015


Garden Theater
301 W. Main
Frankfort, MI United States
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The Seventh Annual Frankfort Film Festival, October 22 – 25, features 17 international award-winning films during the peak of  Northern Michigan’s spectacular fall color.

International Foreign, Shorts and Full Feature award-winning films will be presented from festivals held in Cannes, London, Berlin, Munich, Jerusalem, Scotland, Sundance, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Palm Springs and other cities around the world. Filmmakers may be present at afternoon film showings on Thursday & Saturday at 5pm.
The mission of the Festival is to bring the “Best of” from film events around the world to Benzie County’s beautiful coastal city, Frankfort.
Impressive award-winning  foreign, short and full feature indie films include Mommy, Phoenix, Food Patriots, The  Hundred Year-Old Man, Leviathan, Black Coal, Thin Ice, Slow West, What We Do in the Shadows, Happy Valley, The Look of Silence, ’71, Frame by Frame, Meet the Patels, Timbuktu, Red Army, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, and Sunshine On Leith, will be shown over the four day festival.
Filmmakers from two of the 17 films are possibilities for an appearance during this year’s festival:
  • Directors Jeff Spitz & Jennifer Amdur Spitz from the film Food Patriots may be present for their film showing on Thursday, October 22 at 5pm. Food Patriots is a documentary feature- length film and a public campaign profiling the goal of getting everyone to improve their buying and eating habits by 10%, specifically, 10% more fresh fruits and veggies, 10% more organics and 10% more locally grown foods.
  • Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli from the film Frame By Frame may also be present for their film’s showing on Saturday at 5pm. Frame by Frame follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.

In addition, four short films by students from the Motion Picture Arts program at Interlochen
Center for the Arts will be shown, one per day, preceding each daily  feature film. Interlochen’s Motion Picture Arts program provides students with a progressive interdisciplinary education through writing, critical studies, and hands-on curriculum.

Live music will be featured prior to the Friday, Saturday  and Sunday final films of the evening.

Passes for the four-day film festival are $85 for the entire weekend. Individual tickets for each showing are $10 and can be purchased one hour in advance of each showing. A Director Sponsor pass for one ($115) or two people ($200) will allow VIP passes for the weekend and access to the opening night party  at the Garden Theater on Thursday, October 22.

A listing of the festival schedule is available online at frankfortgardentheater.com.

Attendees of the Frankfort Film Festival can vote for the John P. Vinkemulder Audience Award for “best film” during the event.

For more information, please email [email protected]com.

About the Garden Theater:

The Garden Theater, located at 301 Main Street in downtown Frankfort Michigan, was originally built in 1923 and renovated beginning in 2008. The Garden shows first-run, independent
and foreign films, and is home to the annual Frankfort Film Festival. The Garden Theater is available to rent for private and corporate gatherings, charity fundraisers, wedding receptions and other special events. Learn more by visiting frankfortgardentheater.com.

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