Good Films for a Better World: Greater
Farmington Film Festival Announces Film Lineup for Inaugural Festival
Farmington Hills, MI (February 6, 2014) -
Farmington-Hills based nonprofit organization kickstART farmington announces
the films selected for the upcoming Greater Farmington Film Festival.
The Greater Farmington Film Festival inaugurates March
6-8, 2014 with a selection of recently released feature films and documentaries
that engage the heart and mind, that explore important social issues and
inspire action. Films with a conscience. Good films for a better world.
The films that are part of the 2014 Greater Farmington
Film Festival include REJECT, Short Term 12, Wadjda, Rising from Ashes,
Eleanor’s Secret, Girl Rising, and #standwithme. The Greater Farmington Film
Festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to enjoy these inspiring
films as none of these films have been released widely in Michigan, and several
have not been screened at all.
is a documentary about rejection and bullying that offers insight and solutions
for modeling acceptance for children. Producer Peter Brauer will be in
Short Term 12
is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor
at a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers.
is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia,
and though living in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving,
entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away
with. The first feature film shot entirely in Saudia Arabia, and also directed
by a female filmmaker.
Rising from Ashes is a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling
legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling
genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team.
is an animated film about a magic library where all the characters from classic
children’s books come alive.
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film
about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform
societies. The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the
world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors.
#standwithme is a documentary presenting a
9-year-old with a dream that a lemonade stand could free 500 children. Slavery
still exists. The chocolate we love, that rug in our living room, or the
cell phone in our pocket, all may have been touched by the hands of a child
More information about each film, including show times,
can be found in the attached document. In addition, the festival poster is
attached, along with some promotional posters from several films. Tickets are
on sale now at www.gffilmfest.com and
are $5 each or a full festival pass can be purchased for $25. Tickets will also
be available at the Farmington Civic Theater and at the Costick Center at 28600
Eleven Mile Road in
Audiences can expect to leave each film inspired to take
action to make their community and world a better place. To facilitate this,
each film will be paired with an area nonprofit organization that works in a
related field and representatives from these organizations will be available to
discuss their work and highlight opportunities for volunteers and donors.
The festival will take place at the Smith Theatre at
Oakland Community College and at the Farmington Civic Theater. The Greater
Farmington Film Festival is cosponsored by kickstART farmington, the Cinematic
Arts program at Oakland Community College, the Cultural Arts Division of
Farmington Hills, the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation,
Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families, Farmington
Public Schools, Farmington Community Library, Cengage Gale, and Valassis
Women’s Network. More information about the festival is available at www.gffilmfest.com.
kickstART farmington is a non-profit arts
organization that aims to strengthen the community through the arts. More
information is available at our website: www.kickstartfarmington.org or on
Dwayne D. Hayes, 248-231-2158